The Pulsar 200 NS was, in a way, Bajaj's first modern sports bike. Pulsar 200 is one of the modish looking variants in the Pulsar range which comes loaded with a 199.5cc, four-stroke, SOHC, 4 valve engine. The liquid-cooled single cylinder engine offers 23.17 bhp at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm at 8000rpm.Pulsar 200 NS reaches zenith in terms of speed at 135kmph and sprints to 60kmph from rest within 3.1 seconds. Based on the pressed steel perimeter frame, the bike has a kerb weight of 152kgs. Telescopic front forks and mono-shock nitrox rear suspension ensure balancing the bike and stopping force is produced by dual petal disc units. For 2017, Bajaj Auto has updated its entire range of Pulsar motorcycles - with updated engines meeting new Bharat Stage IV emission norms and the automatic headlamp on (AHO) function. And along with some minor design tweaks here and there for the entire range.
The anti-lock braking system (ABS) is the same single channel unit that does duty on the RS 200 so you get a bigger 300 mm disc brake instead of the 280 mm unit from the non-ABS NS200. The rear disc is the same 230 mm unit. Other than the ABS unit, the rest of the features remain unchanged and the bike continues to be powered by the 199.5 cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled, 4-stroke engine that makes 23.5 bhp and 18.3 Nm of peak torque. The Bharat Stage IV (BS-IV) compliant engine also comes with Bajaj's triple-spark and DTS-I technology. The key changes are aimed at helping the NS pass upcoming BS-IV norms. To do so the 199cc liquid-cooled engine gets a new CDI ignition unit that gets more maps for a more precise spark duration that enhances combustion efficiency in all riding loads and conditions. This means better efficiency, performance and ultimately, cleaner emissions from the engine. Then there is a fuel vapour recirculation unit and a reworked catalytic converter for BS-IV compliance. Power output from the 199cc single remains the same 23.52PS at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque at 8000rpm. Bajaj has also worked on the NS 200's design to make it look more premium and up-to-date.
The nomenclature has been revised for 200 NS to NS 200 to better sit with rest of the Pulsar line-up like the RS 200 and AS 200. The bike gets three new shades that make the bike look fresh. There are funky looking wheel rim graphics that are colour-coded with the bike. The NS now gets a belly-pan fairing. Rest of the bike remains the same save for the missing headlamp switch that was made redundant by the Auto Headlamp On (AHO) unit. The Pulsar NS 200 has always been one of the best handlers to come from the Bajaj stable. Unlike its KTM cousin, the NS 200 trades the KTM Duke 200's sharp reflexes for a surefooted feel. Cycle parts too are not as exotic or lightweight as the Duke 200 but on a twisty road, the NS 200 can be as engaging to ride. In fact, the bike feels more relaxed and accommodating on the limit, something new riders will appreciate. Ride quality is good too though a tad on the firmer side going by the sporty demeanour of the bike. The MRF Zapper tyres grip well in the dry and emanate a good level of confidence to ride the bike aggressively.
The 199.5 cc liquid cooled single is carburetted and tuned for mid-range grunt than top end whack. Strapping on our VBox equipment, we managed to get a 0-60kmph acceleration time of 4.86 seconds. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4v (carb) manages to post a quicker 0-60kmph time of 4.02 seconds though the NS 200 is faster to the 100kmph mark, completing the 0-100kmph run in 12.58 seconds, ahead of the RTR 200's 12.94 second time. The quarter mile is covered in 18.35 seconds at a speed of 112.90kmph.The NS 200 is quick to rev and has a healthy shove post 5000rpm that remains unabated till the 9500rpm redline. The engine has enough grunt to pull away cleanly from as low as 30kmph in fifth gear. In-gear acceleration tests had the NS 200 covering 30-70kmph in third gear in 4.95 seconds while 40-80kmph in fourth gear took 6.57 seconds. The six-speed gearbox is slick and precise. We managed to clock a true top speed of 125kmph on the NS 200. In terms of fuel efficiency, the NS 200 managed to give 39.7kmpl on the highway and 36.1kmpl in city running conditions.