Pulsar RS 200 redefines the Pulsar brand to perfection
Reviewed by: Pratik Ghone
Price: ` 1,18,000/- (Non ABS) and ` 1,30,000/- (ABS)
- When Bajaj claimed this to be the Fastest Pulsar ever, I knew Bajaj was not joking. How could I be so sure? Well, let’s just say that I share a love-hate relationship with Pulsars. My first bike was a Pulsar 150 UG3 which I happily owned for 5 years and my current ride home is the first gen Pulsar 220 DTS-i which I upgraded to in 2009. When I say love-hate relationship, I mean Pulsar’s were pure adrenaline rush at the core, but came along with questionably-built chassis and inconsistent part manufacturers. Thereby creating an image of the “Daredevil’s bike”, as you had to be skilled and equally brave to control that chassis on a speeding corner or sudden braking. Yet I own one. You may think, am I a Pulsar addict? The fact is – When in search for a bike, Pulsar’s were just a tad bit better than the competition. Though, let’s not forget that I am talking about a decade old scenario! Today, a biker is spoilt by choices.
- Although there are the likes of the Yamaha, Suzuki and Hero, the Pulsar RS 200 also faces a competition from Bajaj’s own tie ups – KTM and Kawasaki. With time the Pulsar brand was drifting away its grip when the international players came in picture, but then something changed at Bajaj as well. They tied up with KTM and Kawasaki. Bajaj thus bought the expertise of both these brands to bring over a major overhaul to the Pulsar brand name. Result of which is the Fastest Pulsar ever – RS 200. Is it? Let’s find out..
- One look at the RS 200 and you either love it or get confused. Either way, it is an attention seeker. It is majorly based on 200NS, but every body-panel is specialized for the RS 200. It looks bigger than its competitors with the large multi-part fairing up front that encases the entire engine, the LED lights with twin projector lamps, the nice informative instrument cluster, the split seats, the can exhaust that sounds sexy, the front ABS system, aggressive styling, sleek indicators and floating split LED tail lamps at the back that look like ahem! The engine construction broadly remains the same as 200NS, but the RS200 gets a new head and, more importantly, fuel injection, as against carbureted fuel supply in the 200NS. Power rating has gone up by one horsepower, and the RS200 flaunts 24bhp that peaks out at 9,750rpm.