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    xBhp Rides and Reviews the recently launched Bajaj Pulsar RS 200rd and 4thTECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    Last edited by Old Fox; 04-11-2015, 02:27 PM.
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    Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

    Wow super review. Seems Bajaj is doing everything for Indian motorcycle industry
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      Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

      @Old Fox sir how is the handling as compared to that of NS. . ? Seems like getting a lot of reviews which seem to be confusing, some say it's better over NS while others say it's not that good, . .

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        Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

        Beautifully crafted review.

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          Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

          Nice review :-)

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            Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

            The RS200 surely looks promising and the review reassure the fact Bajaj has come up with yet another promising 2-wheeler. (Y)
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              Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

              nice review.! thanks for beautiful high resolution pics.. what about exhaust note ?? its kinda RTR or whroom whroom ??
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                Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                Originally posted by Old Fox View Post
                .....

                The 199.5 cc single SOHC two valve triple spark engine is the same as on the NS except for one major change – the carburettor has been replaced by a closed-loop fuel injection system. The power figures are slightly better at 24.5 BHP @8000 rpm and 18.6 Nm of torque also at 8000 rpm. This small increment comes courtesy the Bosch FI and its accompanying 38 mm throttle bodies that also lead to better revvability and smoother power output at higher rpm’s. Some major work seems to have been done in the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) department as this new engine is way smoother than the 200NS one, even when it is almost brand new. The frame and the rest of the engine hardware are as it is on the 200NS except for the difference in the final drive ratios. The RS200 carries a 41 tooth rear sprocket compared to the 39 tooth one on the 200NS. The slightly shorter gearing being there to compensate the shift of the power band a trifle higher in the rpm spectrum as also to partially negate the sluggishness coming from the 20 kilo weight excess the RS lugs around, because of the faring and such stuff. .....
                excellent pics, nice review.

                a few things needs to be rectified in the text->

                (1) Engine is 4 Valve not 2 Valve.
                (2) The Engine produces maximum power at 9750 RPM and not 8000 RPM.

                My Personal Opinion about the bike, Since i am an NS Owner ->

                *The engine is slightly more rev happy and slightly smoother than NS, but only slightly.

                *I didn't feel that bike any quicker than NS (Speedometer was not working on the bike i rode)

                *The bike looks good in person, as compared to what it looks in pictures.

                *The bike looks big, but if you stare at it and observe closely keeping the whole bike in the frame of your eyes, it is actually not a big bike.

                *I didn't like the raised clip-on's at all. Not only do they look odd, but also renders the fairing useless in deflecting the wind away (specially since i am 6 feet tall). Ideally i would have preferred handle bars not only lower but also a bit farther as well.

                *Reducing the seat height is a welcome step and a feedback that bajaj accepted.

                *The switchgears are same as NS as well as most of other things.

                *Handling is good, straight line stability is much better than NS, although not as flickable as NS. it behaves the way a full faired bike should.

                *It has more weight on the front.

                *Front brake is bigger than NS and is much much better than NS, both in terms of bite and feedback. I couldn't check the rear brake but it should be like the NS. ABS is a welcome feature.

                *Rider Comfort is good, almost similar to NS, whether it is more than NS or less than NS depends on whether you like forward lean riding posture or straight-up.

                *Pillion Comfort is similar to NS. which is quite OK, in these times when others like duke are offering rear seat the size of a peanut.

                *Suspension is also similar to NS, which i feel is hard. it is good from handling point of view but not so good from comfort point of view. (My comfort benchmark is CBR250 suspension)

                *Bike heats up more than NS, but nothing unmanageable.

                *Has good enough ground clearance.

                *In the long run, there can be a slight rattle in fairing, somewhat similar to NS headlamp.

                *Maintaining NS can sometimes be a pain in the ***. To clean air filter, you need to remove plastic tank cover than remove the petrol tank to access the air filter, which i feel is a bit too much. i think it is gonna be same in RS. i dont know how it is in other faired bikes. similarly, Chain in NS is without a removable link, so to change it, you need to remove the rear tyre and remove the swingarm. which is again just too much. Now i have put an aftermarket chain with a link. I think it is gonna be same in RS, plus now you need to remove the fairing to change the oil filter as well. Although these things will never change my buying decision, all service centers of bajaj charge higher service charges for NS coz its too time consuming.



                My questions- >

                + I really doubt that it has more top speed than 200 NS since it is heavier and has a bigger rear sprocket and front fairing not being very good at deflecting the wind away from rider(Partly due to raised clip-ons)?

                + Engine redlines at 9500 RPM but produces peak power at 9750 RPM, so does it mean Bajaj is saying that you can redline the bike as much as you want it and its ok to do it and it wont harm the engine if you extract all 24.5 horses that you actually paid for. that in turn means this bike does not need a redline??? or 9500 RPM redline is a gimmick or 24.5 PS is a gimmick.


                Whether to buy it or not??

                if you ride anything less than 200 CC and are planning to upgrade, this is an excellent "do it all" bike.

                I am personally waiting for RS400, but please, please with lower clip-ons and slightly softer suspension.
                Last edited by Old Fox; 04-10-2015, 06:28 PM. Reason: Repeated text clipped off
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                  Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                  Originally posted by princesirohi View Post
                  excellent pics, nice review.

                  a few things needs to be rectified in the text->

                  (1) Engine is 4 Valve not 2 Valve.
                  (2) The Engine produces maximum power at 9750 RPM and not 8000 RPM.

                  My Personal Opinion about the bike, Since i am an NS Owner ->

                  *The engine is slightly more rev happy and slightly smoother than NS, but only slightly.

                  *I didn't feel that bike any quicker than NS (Speedometer was not working on the bike i rode)

                  *The bike looks good in person, as compared to what it looks in pictures.

                  *The bike looks big, but if you stare at it and observe closely keeping the whole bike in the frame of your eyes, it is actually not a big bike.

                  *I didn't like the raised clip-on's at all. Not only do they look odd, but also renders the fairing useless in deflecting the wind away (specially since i am 6 feet tall). Ideally i would have preferred handle bars not only lower but also a bit farther as well.

                  *Reducing the seat height is a welcome step and a feedback that bajaj accepted.

                  *The switchgears are same as NS as well as most of other things.

                  *Handling is good, straight line stability is much better than NS, although not as flickable as NS. it behaves the way a full faired bike should.

                  *It has more weight on the front.

                  *Front brake is bigger than NS and is much much better than NS, both in terms of bite and feedback. I couldn't check the rear brake but it should be like the NS. ABS is a welcome feature.

                  *Rider Comfort is good, almost similar to NS, whether it is more than NS or less than NS depends on whether you like forward lean riding posture or straight-up.

                  *Pillion Comfort is similar to NS. which is quite OK, in these times when others like duke are offering rear seat the size of a peanut.

                  *Suspension is also similar to NS, which i feel is hard. it is good from handling point of view but not so good from comfort point of view. (My comfort benchmark is CBR250 suspension)

                  *Bike heats up more than NS, but nothing unmanageable.

                  *Has good enough ground clearance.

                  *In the long run, there can be a slight rattle in fairing, somewhat similar to NS headlamp.

                  *Maintaining NS can sometimes be a pain in the ***. To clean air filter, you need to remove plastic tank cover than remove the petrol tank to access the air filter, which i feel is a bit too much. i think it is gonna be same in RS. i dont know how it is in other faired bikes. similarly, Chain in NS is without a removable link, so to change it, you need to remove the rear tyre and remove the swingarm. which is again just too much. Now i have put an aftermarket chain with a link. I think it is gonna be same in RS, plus now you need to remove the fairing to change the oil filter as well. Although these things will never change my buying decision, all service centers of bajaj charge higher service charges for NS coz its too time consuming.



                  My questions- >

                  + I really doubt that it has more top speed than 200 NS since it is heavier and has a bigger rear sprocket and front fairing not being very good at deflecting the wind away from rider(Partly due to raised clip-ons)?

                  + Engine redlines at 9500 RPM but produces peak power at 9750 RPM, so does it mean Bajaj is saying that you can redline the bike as much as you want it and its ok to do it and it wont harm the engine if you extract all 24.5 horses that you actually paid for. that in turn means this bike does not need a redline??? or 9500 RPM redline is a gimmick or 24.5 PS is a gimmick.


                  Whether to buy it or not??

                  if you ride anything less than 200 CC and are planning to upgrade, this is an excellent "do it all" bike.

                  I am personally waiting for RS400, but please, please with lower clip-ons and slightly softer suspension.
                  Thanks a ton for pointing out the errors Prince. I have corrected the main text accordingly.

                  And also thanks for your detailed observations too. Especially about the maintenance on the bike part. Yes, fairings do complicate things and the air filter/oil filter changes are tedious as would be a drive-chain change without the split- link thing.

                  As for your questions:

                  1. The top speed of a bike depends mainly on the power available to overcome wind drag which is where the variability in claims arise. Large people like you and me not just penalize small bikes with our excess weight but also with substantially more frontal area and hence greater drag. A 50 kilo slim-fit rider would easily tuck in neatly behind that faring and cut the drag by a large percentage and hence get a higher top speed. The NS rider, small or big, has nowhere to hide from the wind and so cannot really substantially reduce the drag. The slightly shorter gearing and 20 more kilos to lug around are usually factors that get the top speed down but not necessarily always. The shorter gearing here can allow the rider to take the bike further up the rpm range and so to a higher road speed and as I've said earlier, wind drag is THE limiting factor in top speeds, at least in production bikes and even a slight reduction due to streamlining (technically a reduction in the 'form drag' component) can add a surprising increment to the top speed figures. But all said and done, on bikes like the NS and the RS or generally of such low engine capacity, the top speed difference of a few kmph is more academic than of real consequence.

                  2. The red-line is marked at 9500 but I remember the engine pulling a little past 10,000 rpm before the limiter cut in. Will get you the exact figure from Bajaj though. Yes - such close proximity of peak power rpm and limiter rpm does point to a highly optimized engine. Optimized in the sense that there's not much you can extract from it in the present configuration. And NO, I would not recommend repeated redlining of the engine - any engine for that matter if you want it to run for you for a substantial while. As a general rule of thumb, you can run any engine to within some 80% of its peak capability and keep doing that till you get bored of it. The greatest probabilities of failure lie in the top 20% performance band. Also I don't think that the 24.5 BHP claim can be a gimmick. Bajaj or any such brand wouldn't risk playing around with such stuff. I guess it is the recent Triumph episode has put even such strangely damaging antics up front for all to see.

                  Originally posted by Rakesh Rok View Post
                  @Old Fox sir how is the handling as compared to that of NS. . ? Seems like getting a lot of reviews which seem to be confusing, some say it's better over NS while others say it's not that good, . .

                  Cheers!!!
                  The handling of the RS is great - decidedly bettering the previous benchmark for Pulsars set by the NS. The new MRF Zappers also appear to be playing a good role in this improvement.
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                    Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                    One of the photos had abs in the rear wheel as well...but one statement in the review has quoted only single channel abs for top model...were the test bikes equipped with dual abs
                    Last edited by TheArcher84; 04-10-2015, 06:24 PM.
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                      Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                      Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
                      One of the photos had abs in the rear wheel as well...but one statement in the review has quoted only single channel abs for top model...were the test bikes equipped with dual abs
                      The rear wheel has the sensor ring and the sensor coil in place but not the rest of the hardware. Active ABS is for the front wheel only. Bajaj probably have plans of giving ABS on both wheels at a later date.

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                      Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
                      One of the photos had abs in the rear wheel as well...but one statement in the review has quoted only single channel abs for top model...were the test bikes equipped with dual abs
                      The rear wheel has the sensor ring and the sensor coil in place but not the rest of the hardware. Active ABS is for the front wheel only. Bajaj probably have plans of giving ABS on both wheels at a later date.
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                        ...Thanks sir for the clarification...does it mean ...we can install it separately when needed since the sensor is already present
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                          Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                          Originally posted by Old Fox View Post
                          .. Also I don't think that the 24.5 BHP claim can be a gimmick...
                          gimmick was actually not the right word, what i actually want is, can you get some clarification from bajaj, why this engine produces max power beyond redline, since we cant use it frequently, it is not usable power.

                          it would have been better if it would have produced max power at, say 8000/9000 RPM, i.e. before redline so user can use it without fear of ripping apart the engine.

                          or bajaj could have shifted the redline a bit higher to say 10,000 RPM.

                          Now, its like saying that - "look, this bike produces 24.5 PS, but you dare not use it, lest it falls apart"

                          Old NS used to come with a 10,000 RPM redline, which was later reduced to 9500 RPM.

                          Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
                          One of the photos had abs in the rear wheel as well...but one statement in the review has quoted only single channel abs for top model...were the test bikes equipped with dual abs
                          The ABS controls the front wheel only. the sensor on the front wheel measures the vehicle speed and when the front wheel lock is imminent, it will slightly release the front brake and reapply.

                          the sensor on the rear wheel is also measuring the speed of rear wheel, but rear brake is not controlled by ABS, so it can lock. but if the the front brake is applied too heavily without applying the rear brake, the rear sensor will sense that and prevent lift-off of rear wheel, preventing stopie like condition. Its mentioned on Bosch Website-

                          ABS light for motorcycles

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                          Originally posted by Old Fox View Post
                          .. Also I don't think that the 24.5 BHP claim can be a gimmick...
                          gimmick was actually not the right word, what i actually want is, can you get some clarification from bajaj, why this engine produces max power beyond redline, since we cant use it frequently, it is not usable power.

                          it would have been better if it would have produced max power at, say 8000/9000 RPM, i.e. before redline so user can use it without fear of ripping apart the engine.

                          or bajaj could have shifted the redline a bit higher to say 10,000 RPM.

                          Now, its like saying that - "look, this bike produces 24.5 PS, but you dare not use it, lest it falls apart"

                          Old NS used to come with a 10,000 RPM redline, which was later reduced to 9500 RPM.

                          Originally posted by TheArcher84 View Post
                          One of the photos had abs in the rear wheel as well...but one statement in the review has quoted only single channel abs for top model...were the test bikes equipped with dual abs
                          The ABS controls the front wheel only. the sensor on the front wheel measures the vehicle speed and when the front wheel lock is imminent, it will slightly release the front brake and reapply.

                          the sensor on the rear wheel is also measuring the speed of rear wheel, but rear brake is not controlled by ABS, so it can lock. but if the the front brake is applied too heavily without applying the rear brake, the rear sensor will sense that and prevent lift-off of rear wheel, preventing stopie like condition. Its mentioned on Bosch Website-

                          http://www.bosch-motorcycle.com/en/de/fahrsicherheit_fuer_zweiraeder/sicherheitssysteme_fuer_zweiraeder/abs_light/abs_light_1.html#
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                            Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                            I went to a sub dealer last week that dealer is in Koperkhairne ( Navimumbai) told me 200 RS has waiting for 2 months is this true ??? In case if you need in a day delivery we can arrange it but the ON road cost will be 1.60 lakhs for ABS version .One of my fried checked with Authorised dealer in Thane ( Shreeram Bajaj ) even they told waiting period is of 25 days . Cost of ABS in Shreeram Bajaj Thane is 1.54 lakhs on road .

                            I cannot find any dealers in Navi Mumbai expect Raigad Bajaj ( Panvel ) . When can we expect black colour to be available ???
                            Last edited by rishii; 04-10-2015, 08:06 PM.

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                              Re: Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Ridden and Reviewed

                              An excellent and detailed review.
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