Pulsar 200NS

  • Manufacturer:
  • Make:
    Pulsar 200NS
  • CC:
  • Horse Power:
    23.2 HP
  • Top Speed:
    151 kmph
  • Price Delhi:
    INR: Rs. 85000/-

The Pulsar 200NS is all new and moves away from almost all the design cues that are inherently Pulsar. Although there is an obvious DNA sharing at the core with the KTM Duke 200, Bajaj strongly claim that the this bike is totally different. But truth be told the Pulsar 200NS will definitely steal a big chunk off the Duke’s pie. Now we have seen a lot of ‘generations’ of the Pulsar in the past and there has always been a lot of things good and lets say a few Pulsar characteristics that we always wished were sorted out. So does the Pulsar 200NS take the Pulsar name to an all new level? Do we finally have a Pulsar that changes all the ‘Pulsar related notions’ that has been formed over the past decade? Read on.

Engine and Performance

Thumb the starter and if first impressions are anything to go by we were impressed. The engine responded with a nice soft crank and went into a smooth idle, points here for Bajaj then. Slot it into first and get going and you are greeted by smooth confident gear shifts and a rev friendly engine. Not the typical short stroke engine characteristics though as there is enough and more power low down to get going easily. We were actually surprised with the rather evenly spread torque over the rev range which made riding at all speeds quite comfortable, and post 7K RPM there is an obvious surge ahead as you close in on that peak power RPM. The RPM cut off is at 10.8K to which you will reach easily in all gears except the 6th. The motorcycle pulls away cleanly in 5th and 6th gear from speeds as low as 35 kmph. We were a little bit annoyed with a slight tingling sound from the engine and it was present across the entire rev range, you wont probably hear it once your helmet is on, but its there. There is also this vibration that kicks in post 3K RPM and sticks on till you cross about 7K RPM, not the rough type but a irritating fine type, it is very evident especially if you are sitting on the pillion seat. Once on the highway, comfortable cruising speeds are in the range of 110-115 kmph at about 7K to 8K RPM and beyond that there is a heavy wind blast making cruising at higher speeds uncomfortable. We reached a speedometer indicated top whack of 151 kmph with a 0-100 time of ~ 9.6 seconds. Expect a speedometer correction of about 8% and still those numbers are pretty good. With sedate everyday riding we got a mileage in the range of 38 kmpl and after a hard ripping session it dropped to 32 kmpl.

The maximum speed the bike did in each gear is as follows:

| 1st : 52  kmph    | 2nd : 70  kmph  |
3rd : 92  kmph   |  4th : 117 kmph | 
| 5th : 138 kmph   | 6th : 151 kmph |

Check out the top speed and 0 – 100 video below:

Look and Feel and Build Quality

The new Pulsar moves to an aggressive naked styling and overall will remind you a lot of the smaller P135LS. The rear tail lamps are the only distinctive design element carried forward from the previous generation, although they too receive some design changes. At first sight the Pulsar 200NS might look small, but the seat height is actually quite tall and people below 5’7 will find it a bit tough to keep both their feet on the ground firmly. The bike is very compact and everything is tightly packed. A disadvantage though is that the carburettor is not easily accessible and you need to remove the tank to get access to it. Speaking of the tank, it is a non metallic one, so your magnetic tag bags are a no go on this. The handle locks only on one side, the left which we think would a pain in certain situations as ultimately you would end up in a tight parking spot. The headlights reminded us of a praying mantis, it has a strong look especially with the pilot lamps on. The petal discs looks good and add to the complete style quotient of the bike. The dash of colour on the front mudguard is actually sticker and not paint and on some bikes we already saw a bit of peeling. When we first saw the single sided mud guard we looked at it with a raised eyebrow, and expected it shake around a lot and be more form than function. But after some riding around it turns out it is stable, although there was some spray from the rear wheel on to the pillion seat. This means it surely does not need accessories that require you to visit Cheap Motorcycle Shipping.

For the first time in a Pulsar the handle bar grips are of the softer type. The seat cover is also soft and has very good grip, it keeps you in your place while braking at the same time allows you to shifts weight easily during some aggressive riding. The rear foot pegs is one place where Bajaj seems to have compromised a bit, its a full metal one, nothing bad about that, but it is not firm and sink when you apply weight on it. For a detailed look at the bike in pictures check out the parts gallery here and some cool wallpapers here.

Handling and Braking

The riding stance on the Pulsar 200NS is an upright one and you fit snug and tight between the handle bars and the tank. Hands down we are mighty impressed with how this Pulsar handles. We immediately were riding around corners quickly and even with the not so great Eurogrip tyres we were able to have a lot of fun pushing the bike fast around corners. Only hindrance to all the fun was the not so rear set foot pegs. We found the turning radius a bit high, being a naked we expected it to be much less, this could hinder slow moving traffic maneuverability. When off road we found that we cannot be as fast as we would have liked to owing to the bit heavy front, although surprisingly we had no issues of scraping with the underbelly exhaust. The ten step adjustable rear mono suspension was firm even in its softest setting. The front forks are also firm and there was no bad nose dive under hard braking. Coming to the braking department, the 280 mm petal disc works like a charm and is quite sharp and provide you with very good stopping power. The rear disc though is more like an on on-off switch as the braking does not feel progressive and is noisy. The bike is very well balanced and does not loose composure even on hard braking and that is very confidence inspiring.

Accessories and Key features

Probably the only place we are a bit disappointed with the new Pulsar is in the accessories department. The highlight of the accessories department in the new Pulsar is the all new beautiful looking speedometer. The orange backlit LCD panel is easily readable even during the day but is not of the always on types. The console also gets a clock which is definitely handy. The 55/60 W H4 headlights work like a charm and provide good illumination. Weirdly though the park lights come on only if the engine is on. The indicators move from the flexible type on the older Pulsars to semi flexible ones with no auto cancellation. The blue backlit switch gear takes a bit getting used to as all the switches are placed a bit odd but the plastic quality is a bit cheap. The grab rails are very functional and strong. Mirrors on the P200NS are functional but are small and do not provide the full vision. The centre stand does not come standard, not that you would need it much but just in case you do, it needs to be bought separately. The front number plates face the heavens and are difficult to read. The biggest disappointment came in the form of the Pulsar logo on the tank and the reserve-main knob which are plastic and feel very cheap. The side stand sensor is placed very open and easy to tamper with. The saree guard thankfully is integrated aesthetically with the swing arm and does not look out of place.

Value for Money

This segment has always been the power play for the Pulsar’s. The all new Pulsar is more powerful, more versatile and easy on the pocket, and top that with a sub 1L ex-showroom price tag, you have a winning combination. We have not got hold of the parts catalogue yet, but from our previous experience with Pulsars, Bajaj spares come cheap. The fuel economy the bike returned averaged around the 34 kmpl mark and that’s decent for a bike of this capacity.

Final Verdict

Coming down to a verdict, yes we can complain about the stuff that probably should have been carried over, the small stuff, on the flip side we can say that although this is huge change in terms of what a Pulsar was, it still misses on some of the refinement factor present in some of its competitors. But forget all that, the new Pulsar 200NS has got all the important things right. It handles like a charm and gets going pretty quick and easy and that’s what matters.

Specifications Sheet
DesignType SOHC – 4V – Liquid Cooled
Displacement199.5 cm³
Bore72 mm
Stroke49 mm
Torque18.3 Nm @ 8000 RPM
Power23.2 Bhp @ 9,500 RPM
Starting aidElectric starter
Cooling systemLiquid cooled
ClutchClutch in oil bath / mechanically operated
Ignition systemIndependent spark control through ECU
FramePressed steel Perimeter Frame
ForkTelescopic Front Fork with Antifriction Bush Dia 37
Shock absorberNitrox Mono Shock Absorber with piggy back gas canister
Brake system Front2 piston petal disc with floating calliper
Brake system Rear1 piston petal disc with floating calliper
Brake discs – diameter front280 mm
Brake discs – diameter rear230 mm
Sprocket14T front and 39T rear
Wheel base1363 mm
Ground clearance (unloaded)167 mm
Seat height (unloaded)805 mm
Front tyre100/80 – 17 inch 52 P – Tubeless
Rear tyre130/70 – 17 inch 61 P – Tubeless
Total fuel tank capacity approx.12L
Unleaded fuel (91 RON)
Battery12 V 8 Amp VRLA
Head lights12V 55/60W H4
Engine Oil Grade20W50
Weight without fuel approx.145 kg
Test Riders


  1. Guys i am 5.5 height but i luv Ns to buy.. can i reduce the height of the bike i am facing lots of problem in height wise….plz give me a gud solution..

  2. Hi please give me a good suggestion as which bike i can choose, i need a good mileage and performance.
    Bikes as per my priority
    R15 , P200NS ,CBR150 , FZ ,P180.

  3. HI,
    am looking for a bike that having power of 150 or above, having good milage anything ~45 -50, less maintenance and all.
    In my mind R15, P200ns ,P180 , FZ16,
    please help me which one i choose,
    for daily usage i need to ride nearly 30 to and fro off and in fri and mon 120km nearly i ride to home and back

  4. HI.. Am totally confused, my first preference is milage, anything at the range 43-50 and in my mind the bikes are with priority r15-V2, P200NS , CBR 150,
    which one i opt,
    also suggest me any other bike with better milage good performance and less maintanace cost price range below 1.3l

  5. i want 2 know the mileage of pulsar 200 ns in highway and village road. Is it better than 220 ? and what is the top speed of 200 ns ?

  6. im 5’6..thinkin 2 buy 200ns…im feelin dat it would be a little bigger 2 me…
    my legs r not touching da ground simultaneously wen i sit on it…
    shud i deny dis bike??

  7. Hey buddy! Thanx for this review! Im 16 and I wanna buy this beast but my father atleast wants a mileage of 45-55kmpl from this bike! So can I convince him by saying that this bike can reach 45-50 kmpl under good driving condition and economic speed?

  8. I have a Pulsar 200 NS. I want to ride it on dry Sand or sea beach.
    Is there any specific riding trick ?
    Experts please suggest tricks to ride this bike on dry sand.

  9. F*ckin’ awesome things here. I’m very glad to see your post.
    Thanks a lot

    and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you
    please drop me a mail?

  10. hi..
    nice review.
    my height is 5.5 i want to buy pulsar 200ns can i handle this byk in city?my weight is 57 kgs
    suggest me byk of 1 lakh rs..

    thanx in advance

  11. booked ma ns today……:) n hd a test ride…..guyz trust me, thr z a beast inside tht machine,growling n waitin to b unleashed….. cnt wait t get ma hands on it….:):)
    thnx fo u guyz fo ur awsm reveiw which makes me wanna buy it…..:):)

  12. nyc reveiw guyz…thnx :)
    cn u tel me wat is the on road milage of 200ns if i ride it on both highway n city traffic combined….
    thnx in advance :)

  13. They couldn’t come up trumps on this as well…The ever perennial refinement issue and thoughtless exposure and design …when will they ever match up with the Japs/Euros..:S

  14. the speedometer displays 151 kmph because of error where as in reality it is 16 kmph…i’ve checked it while racing with ktm duke 200…pulsar was showing 149 kmph where as duke was on 141 kmph still pulsar was way behind…

  15. Considering the ns has a 14t to 37t ratio in the sprockets, can it be swapped with the dtsi’s 14t to 36t sprockets? would give a little more jump in top end.

    • P200 NS has 39T sprocket with 6 mounting points whereas P220 has 36T with 4 mounting points. So, its not possible with p200ns but it may be possible to swap 220 sprocket with KTM Duke 200 as it got 4 mounting points

    • The sprockets of KTM Duke 200 and Pulsar 220 can be interswapped (CONFIRMED), but that will make the Pulsar very much undergeared & Duke slightly overgeared that what it should have been.

      P200 NS’ rear sprocket can’t be swapped with P220 one.
      However, I’m getting reports that for Pulsar 200 NS can use a sprocket from Yamaha R15 version 1.0. But I don’t know if the chain pitch is the same.
      Can anyone confirm or tell me the chain pitch of P200 NS?

  16. Awesome review guys! Very straightforward, honest and to-the-point. You got the negatives/flaws in the bike bang on! I’m a very happy owner of the 200NS and would recommend this bike to anyone with a 1,00,000/- budget. It really is a new generation pulsar!

  17. Nice review. 151kmph (with a pinch of salt – speedo error) is good enough !!

    Acceleration is a CBR250R beater I guess… or it will at least give the CBR a run for its money !!

    • The speedo showed a top whack of 151 for us, there is bound to be a X% of error, we found that to be around the 8% range. So expect to reach a true top whack of about 140 :) But again that’s dependant on a lot of conditions like wind, bike condition and even rider weight.


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