Its been a tad over 10 years since we in India were introduced to the Pulsar series from Bajaj. We saw it grow from strength to strength year by year and saw a lot of changes that made this motorcycle a favorite to many. Many engine variations, even more design changes and a lot more small bits that were added made every iteration of the Pulsar family all the more special over the years. The Pulsar brand is now sold in many countries and quite popular too. The Pulsar was definitely an eye catching machine right from the word go, but the ad campaigns took it to a all new level. One after the other Bajaj churned out beautiful ad videos that catapulted the brand image to sky high levels and made sure that the Pulsar brand was associated with youth, fun and of-course style.
Over the years the core of the machine has remained pretty much the same and changing that would mean a new motorcycle all together. Criticized for the heavy chassis and average handling, Bajaj sure have done all they possibly could with the current setup and at this saturation point is rightfully where change arrives. The KTM connection is crucial for this new step and just couple of days back we saw the launch of the Duke 200 priced at a steal 1.17 lakh. The KTM connection has opened doors to Bajaj that probably in a really sarcastic way we could say has saved Bajaj a good couple of years of R&D. But then, we really cannot take any of the credit away from Bajaj, they are group that has powerful decision makers that know for sure which market they need to capture or rather simply put know their market quite well. Mr Rajiv Bajaj at the fore front has of-course like any company head has focused on the numbers but has at the same time not forgotten to cater to the enthusiast, and there lies the beauty of Bajaj’s game plan.
Consider the lessons learnt from the older Pulsars, consider the fads that are currently the norm, consider the youth demand and finally consider KTM and it does not take much to realize, we already knew so much of the all new Pulsar.
Pulsar 200 NS 2012 Technical Specifications
|Type||SOHC — 4V — Liquid Cooled|
|Combustion system||Triple spark|
|Ignition system||Independent spark control through ECU|
|Max Power||23.52 PS @ 9500|
|Max Torque||18.3 Nm @ 8000|
|Fuel system||Carburettor, UCD 33|
|Air filter||Paper element|
|Exhaust system||Exhaust TEC enhanced centrally mounted|
|Frame Type||Pressed steel Perimeter Frame|
|Wheel Base||1363 mm|
|Length x height x width||2017 mm x 1195 mm x 804 mm|
|Seat ht-Rider||805 mm|
|Ground Clearance||167 mm|
|Vehicle Kerb weight||145 kg|
|Fuel Tank capacity||12 L|
|Front suspension||Telescopic Front Fork with Antifriction Bush Dia 37|
|Rear Suspension||Nitrox Mono Shock Absorber with piggy back gas canister|
|Brakes — type|
|Front||Petal Disc with floating caliper|
|Rear||Petal Disc with floating caliper|
|Front||Dia 280 mm Disc|
|Rear||Dia 230 mm Disc|
|Front||100/80 — 17, 52 P, Tubeless|
|Rear||130/70 — 17, 61 P, Tubeless|
|Front||10 spoke 2.5 x 17, Alloy|
|Rear||10 Spoke, 3.5 x 17, Alloy|
|Max Speed||136 Kmph|
|0-60 kmph||3.61 sec|
|0-100 kmph||9.83 sec|
|Braking Distance — Both brakes (60 — 0 Kmph)||16.33 meters|
|Battery||12V 8AH VRLA|
|Head Lamp||H4 55/60W|
|Tail/Stop Lamp||0.3/3 W, LED|
– UPDATE: Price 94,280/- INR on road Pune.
– Expected to hit showrooms by June end this year.
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Its quite hard to say who the Pulsar 200NS competes with, of-course first of all it competes with the ever so popular elder brother the Pulsar 220, and then with those yummy specs the R15’s and the forthcoming CBR 150R already seem to be in a tough spot. Heck even the KTM Duke 200 will receive some second thoughts. Mr Rajiv Bajaj mentioned there is only a learning bond between KTM Duke 200 and the new Pulsar 200NS, but one look at the specs and other key factors can get you thinking otherwise.