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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Review: xBhp's Ride Report

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  • Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Review: xBhp's Ride Report

    The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS ridden and reviewed by xBhp. Full specs, details and photos.


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    A comparo between the KTM 200 Duke and Pulsar 200 NS

    KTM: High power to weight ratio combined with low gearing spread across a 6-speed box spells good take-off and fast sprinting. The quick-revving engine puts down those horses fast and the bike prods you to ride harder.
    Pulsar: The 200NS has a good engine, a well matched gearbox and relatively high power to weight ratio. Good throttle response and a predictably sharp clutch makes it quick off the blocks and a good sprinter. The engine begs to be thrashed and responds tirelessly.
    Verdict: The KTM has a slight edge here what with a more powerful engine, less weight and better running chassis.


    KTM: This one is best ridden solo. The pillion treatment is stepmotherly but the rider has a good place to park his behind. The seat padding is firm and should be good for long hauls. The non-slip dimpled cover allows you to move only when you want to. No inadvertant sliding forward everytime you brake hard.
    Pulsar: They both seemed similar on this count with the KTM pillion being a trifle worse off that the one on the 200NS, not just because of a smaller seat area on the KTM but also due to the rear footpegs being placed a little higher.
    Verdict: The Pulsar appears to have a slight edge here, winning not just due to a marginally wider seat but also with better pillion comfort.

    Electricals and Instruments

    KTM: A very comprehensive instrument console with that multi-function display that probably gives the rider more information than he would regularly expect or use. The lights again seem right and should do a good reliable job.
    Pulsar: The instruments might not be as sophisticated as the KM's MFD but the 200NS has a comprehensive complement of features in its display. The 'sidestand' indication, twin trip displays, engine oil level and temp, low battery indication and a shift light are pretty good per se.
    Verdict: The KTM MFD wins but the 200NS is close behind it.

    Fuel Efficiency

    KTM: The Duke is purpose made with a certain brief on performance where fuel economy was not very high up in the priority list. Adequate but not above that.
    Pulsar: The 200NS engine has been designed for upping the ante especially in thermal and volumetric efficieny stakes. And it shine there. With a claimed 58 kmpl under the Indian Driving Cycle and the figure dropping by about 30% or so at around 100 kph says a lot about fuel efficiency especially on a naked bike.
    Verdict: The 200NS is an outright winner here.


    KTM: A small 10 ltr tank could be the Duke's achille's heel for long rides, more so with its average fuel efficiency.
    Pulsar: The 200NS has a 12 ltr tank capacity and that allied with its better mileage gives is almost 30% more miles between fuel stops.
    Verdict: Again the 200NS wins here.

    Brand Impact

    KTM:The KTM is a very coveted brand but this passion for it remains limited mainly within the enthusiasts.
    Pulsar: The 'Pulsar' is almost a household name amongst bikers in India and a product like the 200NS that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best anywhere is a matter of pride for its owner. And less anxiety about long term ownership needs.
    Verdict: The KTM is new, exotic and globally respected. The Pulsar stands proud here and is growing globally. The KTM assures of purposeful quality while the Pulsar is reassuring as it has been always there and apparently will always be.


    KTM:At 1,17,500 INR ex-showroom, the KTM is a steal.
    Pulsar: No price disclosed yet but rumors doing rounds point at anywhere between 85,000-95,000 INR.
    Verdict: The KTM, for the passionate and the knowledgable is a steal but the Pulsar shall be a bigger steal for the masses and the enthusiast alike if it comes it at <90,000 INR.
    Last edited by The Monk; 09-23-2013, 08:32 PM.
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  • #2
    Kudos xBhp Team.. take a bow


    • #3
      hats off to Xbhp..... again the pictures did it all.....
      awesome narration too...
      the review tends me to buy one.... definitely will get one later.....
      started reading again......
      Last edited by Berlin; 02-10-2012, 06:43 PM.
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      • #4
        double kudos to xbhp. you guys seem to have done it again an amazing work,both the report as well as the pics.superb...HATS OFF..!!! IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT AND THAT IS ALL I CAN SAY...NOW I CAN GO SLEEP IN PEACE...(DON'T KNOW IF I CAN)


        • #5
          excellent photographs.. infact whenever I read xbhp magazine or articles like this I wonder how do you guys manage such wonderful photos... absolutely stunning photos .. **bows**
          Last edited by flytoash; 02-10-2012, 01:18 AM.


          • #6
            I have been dying to hear this part especially
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            • #7
              Hats off guys. Amazing stuff as usual.

              Great review and some stunning pictures.
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              • #8
                Just WOW....

                Amazing, simply Brilliant photography firstly!! And what a write-up! Can already picture how the bike would feel and am sure am gonna be right!
                Kudos to xBhp!!!
                Performance in terms of top speed, time for 0-60Kmph and 0-100Kmph data is keenly awaited!


                • #9
                  I am loving it... BAJAJ rocked A-G-A-I-N !
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                  • #10
                    The first image scared me!

                    Anyways, got impressed by the first impression. IMO, a faired version would be great, since it looks somewhat identical to the KTM Duke.

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                    • #11
                      cheers XBHP team,wonderful review and cool pictures.........
                      AweSome is too LesS!


                      • #12
                        Great Review Guys!!

                        Hey can you please tell the info that is displayed on the console??
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                        • #13
                          My jaw dropped ! Quite literally !

                          So they do have it in blue too !

                          Amazing pictures there..fantabulous clarity !
                          A very good and safe biker not only because he can pop up either of the wheels,scrape his knees on a corner or go fast and make it look stylish but because he very well knows his limits and capabilities and has the patience to learn about others and ride safe ! :)


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                          • #14
                            Excellent shots!!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chinmayscorpion View Post
                              Hey can you please tell the info that is displayed on the console??
                              Usual stuff other than that
                              1) Two trips
                              2) Clock
                              3) Side stand indicator which says "Side stand" in a neatly written font
                              4) Service indicator
                              5) Low engine oil indicator
                              6) Engine oil temperature indicator
                              7) Low battery indicator
                              8) Over rev Indicator (Past 10K it glows)
                              9) Low fuel indicator
                              10) A Bajaj logo in Blue which glows all the time as soon as the ignition is switched on

                              Hope that helps
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