If the performance motorcycling scenario in India is talked about anywhere, one name is definitely mentioned - Bajaj Pulsar. The original pioneer of performance oriented bikes in India, the Pulsar on its arrival back in 2001, enticed the Indian enthusiasts who literally had no choices on wheels to choose from. Not only it was affordable, but offered a good amount of punch which could be tamed equally by amateurs and skilled riders.

Over the last fifteen years, the Pulsar has received numerous incarnations - right from a puny but exciting naked Pulsar 135 LS to the semi-faired fastest Indian, Pulsar 220F. The Pulsar NS 200 was the first Pulsar which gave a major overhaul to the signature silhouette and came with oodles of technical wizardry. Taking the game one notch ahead, Bajaj has finally pulled the wraps off from its first fully faired motorcycle ever, the Pulsar RS 200. Bajaj claims this motorcycle to be the fastest and most technologically advanced Pulsar till date. Will the Pulsar RS 200 live up to the hegemony of the brand ‘Pulsar’? Here’s a detailed review of the ‘Racing Sport’ Pulsar RS 200

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2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200
  • Year: 2015
  • Make: Bajaj
  • Model: Pulsar
  • Top Speed: 88 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 118000 (Est.)

STYLING

2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200
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2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200
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2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Exterior
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The Pulsars have always been subtle and muscular looking motorcycles, but the RS 200 is adorned with a completely different design language - a hint of which Bajaj already gave with the NS 200 some three years back. The motorcycle, unlike the minimal lines of the erstwhile Pulsars, is full of busy sharp creases and mixture of design cues.

The design is purely subjective - while it can prove extremely likeable by some, it can be perceived as an unnecessarily overdone design job carried over by Bajaj. Nevertheless, you just can’t ignore the unmistakable appeal of the Pulsar RS 200. The front has a very futuristic depiction, major highlights of which are dual projector headlamps with daytime LED lamps positioned above both of them. The front face comes with a noticeable streak running from the bottom of the tinted visor to the chin of the face, thus acting as a separator of the front.

The sense of the overdose of styling enhances on moving sideways, with a busy design for the side fairing and fuel tank, which are full of complicated lines. The fuel tank is fairly large in size and comes with an incorporated tank pad for the protection from scratches. Much like the Hero Karizma ZMR, the tail piece begins right from the midway below the side cowl and has a pointy end, which also has incorporated grab rails in the rear side body panels for the pillion riders.

The uniqueness of the bike can be found in the tail lamp design, which comes in-built on the rear fender. The dual LED tail lamps have a boomerang shaped layout and have a crystal-like effect when lit. For its protection from the spillage of dirt, Bajaj has provided a tyre hugger above the rear tyre, similar to the one on the Pulsar NS 200.
In a typical Pulsar fashion, the cockpit of the RS 200 is heavily kitted out with clip-on handlebars, semi-digital instrument console and backlit switchgear which come with auto turn-off indicators and engine kill switch. The nicely-styled instrument console has been borrowed from the NS 200, and includes a tachometer positioned at the center, with a digital display unit for speed, fuel level; odometer, trip meters and clock on its right side and regular tell tale lamps on its left side.

POWERTRAIN

Moving over the complex design, the mechanicals of the Pulsar RS 200 also are something worth mentioning for. The single cylinder, liquid cooled, 199.5cc engine on the RS 200 is the same mill which powers the Pulsar NS 200. Though unlike the carbureted engine of the NS 200, the engine on the RS 200 is fuel injected. The fuel injection along with three spark plugs which the engine comes with ensures optimum fuel combustion as well as increase in overall performance and fuel efficiency. This fact reflects in the numbers too - the Pulsar RS 200 produces 24.5 bhp, which is around 1 bhp more than the power produced by NS 200. Meanwhile, the maximum torque is rated at 18.6 Nm.

The engine is a high revving unit with the redline at 11,500 rpm. The power delivery is almost linear, with the majority of torque stacked in the middle of the rev range. Bajaj claims a top speed of 141 kmph for the RS 200. As opposed to the underbelly exhaust of the NS 200, the RS 200 comes with a conventional stubby side exhaust.

SPECIFICATION

Type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, SOHC 4valve, Liquid cooled, triple spark ,FI
Displacement(cc) 199.5
Max power(PS @ RPM) 24.5 @ 9750
Max torque(Nm @RPM) 18.6 @ 8000

RIDE AND HANDLING

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With the Pulsar RS 200, Bajaj intended to make a dynamically sorted motorcycle. For this, the RS 200 has been equipped with a perimeter frame and a suspension set up of telescopic forks at front and a gas-charged monoshock at the rear, which are stiffly sprung for agile handling. The bike comes with petal disc brakes at front and rear with an optional single-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) operational on the front wheel, which fortifies safe and confidence inspiring braking on the bike.

Front Telescopic with anti friction bush
Rear Nitrox mono shock absorber with Canister

PRICING

In terms of pricing, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has created a couple of benchmarks which may give many bikes positioned above and below it some serious nightmares. The motorcycle has been launched in two variants - non-ABS and ABS. While the base non-ABS variant is priced at Rs. 1.18 lakh, the one which comes with the optional ABS will set you back by Rs. 1.30 lakh. With this, the RS 200 becomes the cheapest fully faired motorcycle on sale in India, which comes equipped with ABS. The bike is currently available only in two color options - yellow and red - for both the variants.

COMPETITION

Considering the tradition of Bajaj for the fantastic power to price ratio of its motorcycles, there are not many products which square off with them in their respective segments, in terms of both the specifications and price combined. The only motorcycle which manages to come closer to the Pulsar RS 200 is Hero MotoCorp’s flagship motorcycle - Karizma ZMR.

Karizma ZMR

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Both the Pulsar RS 200 and Karizma ZMR are fully-faired, fuel injected motorcycles, which belong to the segment of sub-250cc sportsbikes. On putting both the machines, the Pulsar RS 200 easily pips out the Karizma ZMR in terms of design and equipment, both of which are leagues ahead on the RS 200.

On the mechanical front, though the Karizma ZMR has an advantage in terms of engine displacement, it produces 20 bhp in comparison to the 24.5 bhp power rating of the Pulsar RS200. The engine on the ZMR is more refined and suitable more for longer stints, whereas that of the RS 200 loves to be revved and easily is the sportier of the two. The suspension and brakes on the RS 200 too are better than the ZMR, with the former being equipped with rear monoshock and ABS.

The Karizma ZMR is priced some Rs.8,000-10,000 lesser than the Pulsar RS 200, but the Pulsar is certainly a better value-for-money product in the comparison, owing to its better scores in almost every aspect of comparison.

CONCLUSION

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Needless to say, the Pulsar RS 200 is one path-breaking motorcycle in the history of Pulsars. Not only it features a dramatic styling and a number of features unseen on any Pulsar before, but also a very powerful engine which stays true to the credentials of a Pulsar of providing plenty of performance at a significantly lesser price for what it packs in.

For the cracker of a price on which it is available, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 will definitely prove itself as a better case for those riders who wish for a powerful fully faired quarter liter motorcycle and find the other motorcycles in this segment a bit ‘out-of-reach’ of their budget.

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Press Release

Bajaj Auto Launches the fastest Pulsar ever- unveils the all new Pulsar RS 200

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• Set to re-define the Super Sport Segment with its first fully faired bike

Since its launch in 2001 the Bajaj Pulsar has created, defined and expanded the sports motorcycle market in India. Today Pulsar sells more than 55,000 units every month in the domestic sports motorcycle market with a leadership market share of 43% making it India’s no.1 Sports bike for 14 years in a row.

Bajaj R&D has constantly innovated to ensure that the Pulsars stayed ahead-on performance, technology, styling and class leading features. The new Pulsar RS 200 again breaks new ground to offer an unprecedented level of design, engineering and performance. The super sports segment today stands at less than 1% of the motorcycle market and this bike is all set to re-define and expand this segment as much as the original Pulsar did in the sports segment way back in 2001.

The Pulsar RS200 demonstrates the design, fit and finish of the dream super sports bike that Indian youth would love to ride on. The muscular yet aerodynamic bike with its Pulsar design character, stylish front fairing and evolved performance dynamics entices you to race. Once astride, the HD focus twin projector headlights tame the darkest roads with devil’s eyes. The high intensity crystal LED tail lamp mesmerizes other riders that it leaves behind.
The Pulsar RS200 takes technology to another level with:
• A 4-valve Triple Spark DTSi Engine with Fuel Injection and Liquid Cooling to deliver the ultimate 200 cc performance – seamless and tractable power delivery at all speeds, longevity and durable performance in all weather conditions.
• 300mm disc brakes with ABS for uber-responsive sure-shot braking on any surface.
• Perimeter Frame for high stiffness-low flex to conquer the trickiest hairpins with elan. The gas filled Nitrox Mono suspension goes on to ensure comfortable riding and handling of the bike for hours at a stretch.
• A throaty midship race spec exhaust for better response - hitting the redline will never sound better
The Pulsar RS 200 unleashes 24.5 PS power and achieves a top speed of 141 km/hr and redlines at 11,000 rpm. It is a bike that is designed to take on the race track or everyday roads with equal ease, like a true Pulsar would

Speaking on the launch Mr. Eric Vas, President - Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, “The Sports segment in India is poised for rapid growth driven by evolving customer preferences. There is a large number consumers who expect true track performance from their bikes. The new Pulsar RS 200 now enters the Super Sports segment with aerodynamically tested fairings, superior chassis and engine technology to deliver adrenaline pumping performance be it on tracks or real roads.”

He added, “We are already market and image leaders by far in the sports segment and with the launch of Pulsar RS 200 look forward to gaining leadership in the Super Sports segment as well.”

The new Pulsar is in a position to completely change the dynamics and expectations in the Super-sport segment. The Pulsar RS 200 starts at Rs. 118,500/- and comes at Rs.130,268 for the ABS version ex-showroom Maharashtra.. The bike is now available at select Bajaj dealerships.

Final Ex S/r Prices Pulsar RS 200 Remarks
State /Town Non ABS ABS
New Delhi / Delhi 118,000 130,000
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