Bajaj Auto today unveiled the Pulsar 200NS (Naked Sports) at Mumbai. For those who do not remember, Bajaj Auto in 2009 had phased out Pulsar 200, making it the first Pulsar to be phased out.
However, they have turn a full circle now, and relaunched it in a new avatar with a 200cc liquid cooled engine with 4 valves, 3 spark plugs, monoshocks and an underbelly exhaust, like the KTM 200 Duke.
While the 2012 Pulsar 200NS produces more power than the current Pulsar 220DTSi (23.52bhp vs. 21.04bhp) and is 5kg lighter as well, it loses out on an important features that people like me loved in the original Pulsar 200; good range in a tankful of fuel, due to the decently large 15 liter petrol tank and good fuel economy.
Add to that, the underbelly exhaust would probably make crossing deep nallahs and rivers a little more difficult than earlier and the fact that the new headlight is as dim as the one on the original Pulsar 200DTSi and isn’t going to be able to rival the 55w projectors on the current Pulsar 220DTSi (which I love).
But then again, if you are a city slicker or someone who only indulges in short rides/trips, then these things aren’t all that important and the new Pulsar 200NS represent a good value for money option (although the price hasn’t yet been disclosed, I suspect it is going to be somewhere around 80k ex-showroom).
Overall it is nice to Bajaj Auto not yielding to the temptation and developing its own 200cc engine, rather than copying the engine design of the 200 Duke and trying to undercut it’s sales!
2012 Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Technical Specifications:
Engine Type: SOHC 4 valve Liquid Cooled
Combustion system: Triple spark plug
Ignition system: Independent spark control through ECU
Crankshaft Type: Integral
Max Power: 23.52 PS @ 9500
Max Torque: 18.3 Nm @ 8000
Bore: 72 mm
Stroke: 49 mm
Displacement: 199.5 cc
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 height: 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
Front Brake: Petal Disc with floating caliper 280 mm
Rear Brake: Petal Disc with floating caliper 230 mm
Front tyre: 100/80 – 17, 52 P, Tubeless
Rear tyre: 130/70 – 17, 61 P, Tubeless
Front Rim: 10 spoke 2.5 x 17, Alloy
Rear Rim: 10 Spoke, 3.5 x 17, Alloy
Max Speed: 136 Kmph
Acceleration: 0-60 kmph 3.61 sec, 0-100 kmph 9.83 sec
Braking Distance: Both brakes (60 – 0 Kmph) 16.33metres
Electrical System: DC Ignition
Battery: 12V 8AH VRLA
Head Lamp: HS1 35/35W
Tail/Stop Lamp: 0.3/3 W, LED