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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - first impression


Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - first impression




The new Pulsar 200NS (Naked Sport) takes the Pulsar brand of motorcycles to a new 
plane. It isn't revolutionary like the first generation bike but it certainly is a motorcycle
 that has evolved, considerably. Let me leave the cosmetic bits aside for a few minutes 
and get down to the more significant improvements. Theres a new engine, transmission
 and chassis. All significantly different from the previous generation motorcycle. 
By there are a few deep holes that need to be filled.
The Pulsar's 200cc liquid cooled engine is according to Bajaj all-new, but we 
know that this is the same unit as the KTM Duke 200 , at least the block and the 
transmission. On being questioned Rajiv Bajaj insisted that there has been no 
technology and component sharing between the two but we beg to differ. Apart 
from the engine head everything below is the same as the KTM, including the 
block, bottom end and transmission. Even the oversquare bore stroke ratio is the 
same as that on the KTM.
What's different is that the Pulsar NS power output at 23.5PS is slightly lower than 
what the Duke 200 makes. The max power also comes in at 9500rpm, whereas the 
Duke does it at 10000rpm. Torque too is slightly lower in the Pulsar 200NS, 18.3Nm 
at 8000rpm compared to the KTM's 19Nm at the same 8000rpm.The hole appears 
you realise that the Pulsar makes these power and torque ratings with a three spark 
plug configuration when the KTM
uses just one.
The Pulsar NS engine has a 4-valve valvetrain, the KTM uses the same, but it's a 
DOHC unlike the Pulsars SOHC. Why? The Duke is fuel injected the Pulsar is not. 
Now we know the reason behind that is purely dominated by pricing, the fuel 
injection system is a much more expensive addition.
Where the transmission is concerned, the covers look different but peel it aside 
and the innards should be the same. Except for the ratios, but that can also be 
achieved by fiddling around with the final or primary drive ratio.
What I do expect is that the Pulsar will be on par if not very very close to the 
Duke in terms of outright performance. Because of the power and torque ratings
 I also expect it will have sharper and stronger drivability and in gear acceleration
 than the Duke. Bajaj claims that the Pulsar will do a 100kmph in 9.8 seconds 
which is pretty damn quick.
Yet the big story is the fuel efficiency which Bajaj claims will be around 58kmpl 
overall when the bike is ridden at speeds under 60kmph. Raise the speeds by 
a significant bit and you will still get figures above 50kmpl though anything above a 
100kmph drops it to under 30kmpl. Yet that's good efficiency.
The most significant change is the chassis, a perimeter frame made of pressed steel 
along with a gas charged monoshock at the rear and a box section swingarm, a 
wheelbase that is now longer than that on the P220 and petal disc brakes at both 
ends. The handlebar rake and trail also looks like it has increased. All in all I do 
expect this bike to be an absolute revelation at the racetrack or on the roads. 
It may not be very flickable but the new chassis will definitely give it a new
character. How good or bad compared to before will depend on when we get to ride
 the bike, which is soon, very soon.
The Pulsar is exciting on paper that much I will give it. In the real world what will
 that translate to is still a mystery because and this is a big one, the Pulsar is roughly 
20kilos heavier than the Duke. So in outright power to weight the Duke should leave
 the Pulsar wheezing in its dust. At a 145 kilos kerb, the Pulsar is a big and heavy 
motorcycle compared to its intended competition (R15, CBR 250R and even the 
Duke200). The fat it carries could be the one weak card in an otherwise strong suit.
On every other front despite Bajaj not being forthright about sharing the engine and 
transmission ( we honestly don't think it's a bad thing) the Pulsar 200NS is going to
 be a scorcher at the box office. Especially given that Rajiv Bajaj did mention that it
 would be priced under a lakh of rupees when it hits the market early April 2012.
 I'd like to read that as a on-road price not ex-showroom.
Turn to the next page for a detailed table comparing the 200 Duke and Pulsar 200NS.
KTM 200 Duke versus Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
Specifications
KTM 200 Duke
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
Displacement (cc)
199.5
199.5
Type
DOHC 4-valve liquid cooled
SOHC 4-valve liquid cooled
Power (PS)
25@10,000rpm
23.5@9500rpm
Torque (NM)
19@8000rpm
18.3NM@8000rpm
Fuelling
Fuel injected
Carburettor
Bore (mm)
72
72
Stroke (mm)
49
49
Transmission
6-speed
6-speed
Number of spark plugs
1
3
Kerb weight (kg)
136
145
Front Tyres
110/70-R17, tubeless
100/80-17, tubeless
Rear Tyres
150/60-R17, tubeless
130/80-17, tubeless
Fuel tank capacity (litres)
10.5
12
Fuel efficiency (kmpl)
NA
58
Brakes (front)
300mm disc with two pot caliper
280mm petal disc with floating caliper
Brakes (rear)
230mm disc with one pot floating caliper
230mm petal disc with floating caliper
0-60kmph
3.2 (estimated)
3.61 (claimed)
0-100kmph
9.2 (estimated)
9.83 (claimed)
Frame
Steel trellis
Perimeter
Top Speed (kmph)
140 (estimated)
136 (claimed)
Front Suspension
Upside down fork with radially mounted callipers from WP
Telescopic front fork with antifriction bush diameter 37
Rear Suspension
Monoshock from WP
Nitrox monoshock with piggy back canister
Length x Width x Height
NA
2017 x 1195 x 804mm
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rs 1.17lakh
Under Rs 1lakh

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - first impression

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS - first impression




The new Pulsar 200NS (Naked Sport) takes the Pulsar brand of motorcycles to a new 
plane. It isn't revolutionary like the first generation bike but it certainly is a motorcycle
 that has evolved, considerably. Let me leave the cosmetic bits aside for a few minutes 
and get down to the more significant improvements. Theres a new engine, transmission
 and chassis. All significantly different from the previous generation motorcycle. 
By there are a few deep holes that need to be filled.
The Pulsar's 200cc liquid cooled engine is according to Bajaj all-new, but we 
know that this is the same unit as the KTM Duke 200 , at least the block and the 
transmission. On being questioned Rajiv Bajaj insisted that there has been no 
technology and component sharing between the two but we beg to differ. Apart 
from the engine head everything below is the same as the KTM, including the 
block, bottom end and transmission. Even the oversquare bore stroke ratio is the 
same as that on the KTM.
What's different is that the Pulsar NS power output at 23.5PS is slightly lower than 
what the Duke 200 makes. The max power also comes in at 9500rpm, whereas the 
Duke does it at 10000rpm. Torque too is slightly lower in the Pulsar 200NS, 18.3Nm 
at 8000rpm compared to the KTM's 19Nm at the same 8000rpm.The hole appears 
you realise that the Pulsar makes these power and torque ratings with a three spark 
plug configuration when the KTM
uses just one.
The Pulsar NS engine has a 4-valve valvetrain, the KTM uses the same, but it's a 
DOHC unlike the Pulsars SOHC. Why? The Duke is fuel injected the Pulsar is not. 
Now we know the reason behind that is purely dominated by pricing, the fuel 
injection system is a much more expensive addition.
Where the transmission is concerned, the covers look different but peel it aside 
and the innards should be the same. Except for the ratios, but that can also be 
achieved by fiddling around with the final or primary drive ratio.
What I do expect is that the Pulsar will be on par if not very very close to the 
Duke in terms of outright performance. Because of the power and torque ratings
 I also expect it will have sharper and stronger drivability and in gear acceleration
 than the Duke. Bajaj claims that the Pulsar will do a 100kmph in 9.8 seconds 
which is pretty damn quick.
Yet the big story is the fuel efficiency which Bajaj claims will be around 58kmpl 
overall when the bike is ridden at speeds under 60kmph. Raise the speeds by 
a significant bit and you will still get figures above 50kmpl though anything above a 
100kmph drops it to under 30kmpl. Yet that's good efficiency.
The most significant change is the chassis, a perimeter frame made of pressed steel 
along with a gas charged monoshock at the rear and a box section swingarm, a 
wheelbase that is now longer than that on the P220 and petal disc brakes at both 
ends. The handlebar rake and trail also looks like it has increased. All in all I do 
expect this bike to be an absolute revelation at the racetrack or on the roads. 
It may not be very flickable but the new chassis will definitely give it a new
character. How good or bad compared to before will depend on when we get to ride
 the bike, which is soon, very soon.
The Pulsar is exciting on paper that much I will give it. In the real world what will
 that translate to is still a mystery because and this is a big one, the Pulsar is roughly 
20kilos heavier than the Duke. So in outright power to weight the Duke should leave
 the Pulsar wheezing in its dust. At a 145 kilos kerb, the Pulsar is a big and heavy 
motorcycle compared to its intended competition (R15, CBR 250R and even the 
Duke200). The fat it carries could be the one weak card in an otherwise strong suit.
On every other front despite Bajaj not being forthright about sharing the engine and 
transmission ( we honestly don't think it's a bad thing) the Pulsar 200NS is going to
 be a scorcher at the box office. Especially given that Rajiv Bajaj did mention that it
 would be priced under a lakh of rupees when it hits the market early April 2012.
 I'd like to read that as a on-road price not ex-showroom.
Turn to the next page for a detailed table comparing the 200 Duke and Pulsar 200NS.
KTM 200 Duke versus Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
Specifications
KTM 200 Duke
Bajaj Pulsar 200NS
Displacement (cc)
199.5
199.5
Type
DOHC 4-valve liquid cooled
SOHC 4-valve liquid cooled
Power (PS)
25@10,000rpm
23.5@9500rpm
Torque (NM)
19@8000rpm
18.3NM@8000rpm
Fuelling
Fuel injected
Carburettor
Bore (mm)
72
72
Stroke (mm)
49
49
Transmission
6-speed
6-speed
Number of spark plugs
1
3
Kerb weight (kg)
136
145
Front Tyres
110/70-R17, tubeless
100/80-17, tubeless
Rear Tyres
150/60-R17, tubeless
130/80-17, tubeless
Fuel tank capacity (litres)
10.5
12
Fuel efficiency (kmpl)
NA
58
Brakes (front)
300mm disc with two pot caliper
280mm petal disc with floating caliper
Brakes (rear)
230mm disc with one pot floating caliper
230mm petal disc with floating caliper
0-60kmph
3.2 (estimated)
3.61 (claimed)
0-100kmph
9.2 (estimated)
9.83 (claimed)
Frame
Steel trellis
Perimeter
Top Speed (kmph)
140 (estimated)
136 (claimed)
Front Suspension
Upside down fork with radially mounted callipers from WP
Telescopic front fork with antifriction bush diameter 37
Rear Suspension
Monoshock from WP
Nitrox monoshock with piggy back canister
Length x Width x Height
NA
2017 x 1195 x 804mm
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rs 1.17lakh
Under Rs 1lakh

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