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    Default Pulsar AS 200 Owners Review and Experiences

    It's a tiring Thursday evening, and I'd called the dealership earlier and was told that the bike would arrive today. There was no update from the guy after that because my phone, ever the drama queen, decided to run out of battery at that exact moment.

    So I'm riding back home and having my usual conversation with myself (that's normal, right?)

    "Look, I'm just saying, wouldn't it be great if the bike is already there when you reach home?"
    "Shut up, you know we're not THAT lucky"
    "What do you mean?"
    "Are you serious? Do you not know how things have been for us these past few years?"
    "I know, I know, but this could be it, you know. The moment that changes your life!"
    "There's no such thing like that. Look, I don't want to have this conversation, and we've reached our gate anyway. I'll call up the dealership once I'm home."
    "Look, I'm just saying, wouldn't it be great if...if..."


    "THE BIKE IS ALREADY HERE!!!"



    This is great! This is amazing! I don't what's going to happen next with me or the bike, but right now, at this moment, I am very, very happy. This is the first ever *thing* that I've purchased in my own name, not counting my laptop. It's mine, and mine alone, and that is a wonderful, wonderful feeling to have.

    But, enough about me and my drama. This isn't about me; it's about the bike, the Pulsar AS 200. Now, I guess I'm supposed to give a detailed review about this bike. I hate to break it to you, but that's not going to happen. That's because:

    1) This is my first bike; I've ridden the TVS Apache 180 and Wego, and those are my only points for comparison
    2) The bike's not registered, so I've only just ridden it everywhere around the neighborhood
    3) It's only been three days, guys

    Having said that, here are my disjointed impressions about the bike.

    Looks:

    Killer, although it does look a little like Mickey Mouse from some angles. I think I'll call the bike 'Mickey'. The windscreen gives it a very tall look, taller than it actually is. And the bike looks bulkier in flesh than it does in pictures. But come closer to it and it starts to look more slender and muscular in all the right areas, and not as tall or imposing as it seems from afar. I believe it is the longest of the new Pulsar Sport line, but it seems pretty compact to me.

    On the hot seat:

    Once I straddle the bike, all the bulkiness that I see from afar seems to disappear and melt into balanced proposition, with a little extra bulk in front. It really does feel like a well put-together bike with *most* of the weight concentrated right below you and at the center of mass, as it were. I think thats why it feels like so compact once I sit on it.



    On the go:

    As I said before, Ive only ridden Mickey around the locality. When I talked about my test ride, Id mentioned that she felt heavier and less nimble than the NS. After taking her around, she feels a lot less bulky and easier to move around. She turns quick and handles pretty well, despite the added weight. Of course, I suppose it still would not be as nimble as the NS. Braking is very good; just a light pull on the lever and push on the pedal, and the bike quickly slows down. I do feel some vibes creeping in at an rpm of 5k, but its a good kind of vibe. Besides, coming from an Apache 180, this thing is practically vibe-free so no complaints yet.



    Now, its too early for me to talk about things like performance, quality, handling and whatnot. So Im going to withhold and judge all of them after riding Mickey for some more time. For the moment, I think this is a powerful, well-made machine.

    What else, what elsehere are some assorted points that I cant categorize anywhere:

    1) Im tall enough that my feet just about fully touch the ground when Im on the bike
    2) The radiator fan kicked in when the engine was idling after I was riding for around 40 minutes; I dont know what to make of that, I guess its pretty normal?
    3) Im keeping the rpm below 5k for now, and riding around the locality means that the rpm is constantly changing, which is good for the run-in I think. Is there anything more I should be doing or keeping in mind?
    4) The bike came with the wrong time on the console, but I fiddled around with it and made it right; this point has no relevance to anything
    5) The AS 200 comes with the same toolkit as the NS200, which is a basic one with those black tools



    Final questions:

    Is this bike perfect?
    Nope. My words so far may have indicated that, but the fact is that this is not a perfect bike. No bike is perfect. If I could sum this bike up in a nutshell, Id say this is just like an NS, but with a windscreen and better headlights. If you can give up a bit of the nimbleness of the NS for these two things, go for the AS.

    Is the bike niggle-free?
    Dude, I just bought it three days ago. How would I know? I expect it to have the same niggles as the NS. I dont think the fairing will cause problems, since it is pretty well-built. Only time will tell, I suppose.

    You wanted the NS for a long time. Why did you switch to the AS at the last moment?
    Idont know? I saw it and I liked it. I didnt overanalyze it, although you could say I chose it because it is a better touring machine than the NS.

    Whats the gear ratio/sprocket ratio/crankshaft diameter?
    No idea, buddy. Ask an expert.

    Did you buy this bike?
    Yes. Did you even read anything that I wrote?

    No. Im illiterate?
    You should probably go to school. But lets not go offtopic


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    Motorcycle Ownership Thread Approved

    Congratulations on your new motorcycle

    xBhp's Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and AS150 First Ride and Review - http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/bike-rev...-reviewed.html
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    Congrats on your new possession :thumbup:
    The real beauty lies in throttle's twist!!

    Headlight can be replaced, Head cannot be. Wear a helmet.

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    Default re: Pulsar AS 200 Owners Review and Experiences

    Hate to say but the old gen pulsar copy of mud guard looks very odd cheap and funny with the bike,at least the ns one doesn't look this much awkward.
    Get the windscreen wrapped to black ,those nuts look way too funky and bad ...!!
    And placing a windscreen order for myself soon..!!
    Sent from the 0-60 in 3 sec machine.
    Last edited by Anuj_Gupta; 04-20-2015 at 03:18 PM.

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    Nice !
    Does it look like Kawasaki Versys from some angles or is it just me ?
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    Default re: Pulsar AS 200 Owners Review and Experiences

    So you make your own questions and then refuse to answer them ? How offtopic is that?

    Congratulations! and spend quality time with your new steed! And when you feel you can put up a nice review, we will be here to read it

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    Haha though u didnt review the bike ur writing style is funny.
    Congrats on your new ride.

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    Thank you @The Monk for approving the thread! Its good to see the thread up and running. Hopefully more owners will join in soon. Until then, it would be great if you all shared your opinion about the run-in process. As I said before, I'm keeping the rpm limited to around 5K, and riding around the locality means that the rpm is constantly changing. I tend to take the bike out for a ride for around 30 minutes every day for practice. Any points to add?

    EDIT: duplicate post removed.

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    Congratulations for your new machine.
    Just one question, Do the high/low beam work together when switched to high beam ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by offtopic View Post
    Thank you @The Monk for approving the thread! Its good to see the thread up and running. Hopefully more owners will join in soon. Until then, it would be great if you all shared your opinion about the run-in process. As I said before, I'm keeping the rpm limited to around 5K, and riding around the locality means that the rpm is constantly changing. I tend to take the bike out for a ride for around 30 minutes every day for practice. Any points to add?

    EDIT: duplicate post removed.
    Read the manual thoroughly to know the bike in and out. Manual will help you solve most of your doubts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offtopic View Post
    Thank you @The Monk for approving the thread! Its good to see the thread up and running. Hopefully more owners will join in soon. Until then, it would be great if you all shared your opinion about the run-in process. As I said before, I'm keeping the rpm limited to around 5K, and riding around the locality means that the rpm is constantly changing. I tend to take the bike out for a ride for around 30 minutes every day for practice. Any points to add?

    EDIT: duplicate post removed.
    Read the manual thoroughly to know the bike in and out. Manual will help you solve most of your doubts.
    The real beauty lies in throttle's twist!!

    Headlight can be replaced, Head cannot be. Wear a helmet.

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