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  • Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

    xBhp Rides and Reviews the recently launched Adventure bikes from Bajaj. The AS200 and AS150. Read on for the full review, including the technical specifications and a comparison with the competition.

    The Adventurous Twins



    Text & Photos:
    Sandeep Goswami/ Old FoxWe will be focusing more on the AS 150 in this review since this has an all new engine, different suspension and caters to a different customer segment while the AS 200 is essentially the 200 NS with a fairing, targeted at the performance inclined motorcyclist.stnd will not provide enough pulling power. The problem shows up for a narrow speed band but it is there. But with the low ratios in the first two gears, the bike has good ability to start off on a gradient with a pillion on board. The real fun though lies in the 3rd and the 4th ratios, the two being close together and so keeping the engine in the meat of the power band at usual urban road speeds will not be a problem at all. The fifth is overdrive and good for cruising. Acceleration through the gears is spirited with the bike gathering speed quickly and smoothly. Our ride session was late in the day and so we got bikes that had been thoroughly thrashed out by others before us. Which is the way we prefer it since it is a hot and used bike that shows up its true colours.





    The AS 150 also has a reworked suspension, tuned on the softer side; again keeping its utilitarian role in mind. And it works well especially on broken roads. We deliberately chose a torn up section of the road running parallel to the Lavasa reservoir and the 150 almost isolated the rider from the rough unevenness of the road beneath. Very comfortable. Telescopic forks up front and Nitrox mono-shock with canister and spring pre-load adjustment does duty at the rear. Tyres are tubeless mounted on 17 inch dia light-in-weight alloys, 100mm width up front and 110 at the rear. The bike looks under-tyred visually when compared to the likes of the FZ16 and the new Suzuki Gixxer but there is more than enough grip and feedback without the inherent higher rolling resistance and so lower fuel economy that wider tyres result in. Handling is surprisingly light in feel and surefooted in practice. The 150, though weighing in at 143 kilos, feels almost like a commuter bike weighing around a 100 odd kilos. Steering is light, lean-in and out is intuitive and maneuvering the bike is effortless. The soft suspension works well as long as it is not pushed really hard at the edge of its operational envelope. Hard turns, especially when allied with multiple inputs like road undulation, mid-corner braking or steering lead to some disconcerting wriggling that makes the rider back off both on speed and lean. This though is not a performance machine and so rare will be a rider who will step so deep into such riding territory on this bike. For the average Joe, the bikes capabilities offer a wide enough safety net both in performance and control.





    Braking was one area that the 150 sorely lacked in. The front disc (240 mm disc) and rear drum (130 mm) combo in itself should be adequate enough though a disc at the rear is an almost universal preference. The front brake lever felt spongy, had excessive travel before substantial braking happened and as a consequence lacked both in feel and feedback. This in all probability is an issue either due to soft brake lines or improper brake pad materiel or both. Bajaj though was very open about this point and are on it to fix the problem asap. This is a critical issue and definitely needs attention at top priority. The 200 in contrast had fantastic brakes. Two fingers and a hint of a squeeze on the lever would beget retardation as demanded. Feedback too was great though such good brakes demand ABS as a necessity. Again the average rider does not have highly developed braking skills and powerful front brakes can lead to an inadvertent lock and slide. The ABS, especially when Bajaj already has the excellent single channel one used on the RS 200, can at least be offered as an option.







    The AS 200 rear discThe AS 200 coolant tank













    Last edited by Old Fox; 05-24-2015, 03:29 PM.
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    Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

    Thanks for the lovely review OF sir. I was infact very interested in the AS 200 from the day i saw it at the launch.

    Lovely pictures as well



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      Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

      Great review old fox sir. BTW, which bulb operates as high beam and which one acts as low beam? The turn indicator switches do look small in size. How is the switch gear quality compared to ns or rs? Any engine heating or sound change observed during spirited driving?

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        Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

        Thanks Avinash.

        Originally posted by John P Daniel View Post
        Great review old fox sir. BTW, which bulb operates as high beam and which one acts as low beam? The turn indicator switches do look small in size. How is the switch gear quality compared to ns or rs? Any engine heating or sound change observed during spirited driving?
        Thanks John. The projector is low beam. Switch-gear quality is the same as on the NS. Nothing unusual on the heating or engine noise front. Like I've mentioned in the review, I have always preferred to get a bike for review that has been thoroughly thrashed by other reviewers before me. It was so at Lavasa too this time and we put them through the paces too. Both the Pulsars did not betray any signs of performance degradation due to sustained harsh usage on a hot day.
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        • #5
          Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

          Does both the variants have the same front fork diameter ? Bajaj could have given a thicker fork, since they named its 'Adventure'.
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            Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

            Great review Sir,was eagerly waiting for this.
            I am really looking forward to the 200AS,

            though it was broad daylight ,but any comments on the light output?
            which one would you prefer ?
            Last edited by akshatajeya; 05-22-2015, 11:09 PM.

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              Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

              I folks i own a 200ns and i just wanted to know if i can use the tall visor and headlight assembly from 200as.
              I know that the headlight is attached to the half fairing but i wanted to know if the inner part of the headlight can fitted to the ns.
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                Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                From the photos it looks like that the actual headlight (the inner reflector and projector areas)is the same as the ns...

                Also the side bolts on the visor are at the same place as the 200ns althought cant say the same about the 4 bolts in the center.
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                  Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                  As usual, a detailed and honest review from Old Fox sir providing us deeper insights.
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                    Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                    Thanks for review sir [emoji4] [emoji3] .
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                      Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                      But in some pictures there is difference in the power and weight of the pulsar As200 and weight of the pulsar 200ns

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                        Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                        Originally posted by anand.js View Post
                        Does both the variants have the same front fork diameter ? Bajaj could have given a thicker fork, since they named its 'Adventure'.
                        I believe the fork tubes in both the bikes are the same diameter. Bajaj would have had to give a lot more than merely thicker fork tubes to really justify the Adventure tag. All that of course would have cost more. But since all motorcycles are built to cater to a certain market segment and the 'price factor', especially in a country like ours, holds disproportionate power over possible sales than any other factor, the design and features get pretty much defined by the targeted price.

                        Originally posted by akshatajeya View Post
                        Great review Sir,was eagerly waiting for this.
                        I am really looking forward to the 200AS,
                        though it was broad daylight ,but any comments on the light output?
                        which one would you prefer ?
                        Thank akshat. As I have also said in the review, going by the headlight hardware put in and its specifications, light output should be better than competition. Both the projector as well as the the high-beam light dazzled even in bright sunlight. Of course it is not just the brightness that means everything. the lights need to have good focus and minimum scatter for the brightness to be put to useful use. That can only be assessed after dark.

                        Originally posted by gunner143 View Post
                        I folks i own a 200ns and i just wanted to know if i can use the tall visor and headlight assembly from 200as.
                        I know that the headlight is attached to the half fairing but i wanted to know if the inner part of the headlight can fitted to the ns.
                        gunner - I have no idea about the possibility of this modification. You are right when you say that the basic headlamp assembly seems similar to the NS. Will update you if I get the chance to take a close look at both.

                        Originally posted by krishna77 View Post
                        As usual, a detailed and honest review from Old Fox sir providing us deeper insights.
                        Originally posted by captain666 View Post
                        Thanks for review sir [emoji4] [emoji3] .
                        Thanks Krishna and Captain.

                        Originally posted by deep007 View Post
                        But in some pictures there is difference in the power and weight of the pulsar As200 and weight of the pulsar 200ns
                        Yes. The AS engine has been slightly uprated in power compared to the NS though the torque remains the same. And the additional weight comes from the fairing
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                        • #13
                          Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                          Nice review sir, however there is one discrepancy in review. The 200 NS mill was never long stroke, it was always a short stroke one. 72 bore to the 49 stroke
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                            Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                            Originally posted by road_ripper View Post
                            Nice review sir, however there is one discrepancy in review. The 200 NS mill was never long stroke, it was always a short stroke one. 72 bore to the 49 stroke
                            Oops! My fault. I misread bore as stroke and vice versa. Thanks a lot for pointing out the error. Have corrected it in the review.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 Ridden and Reviewed

                              Sir in the above picture the weight of the pulsar 200ns is written 151.

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