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Bajaj Pulsar NS200 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 09 2020 Share this blog

In 2017, the Bajaj Pulsar AS200 finally made way for the much-awaited NS200 which was already introduced by the company in 2012. Back then though, the NS200 was quite unruly and its Eurogrip tyres were a total mismatch to this Pulsar’s capabilities. These factors might have led Bajaj to end its production.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Gone are those days, however, and the present-day NS200 features all the necessary bells and whistles which suit this street-fighter a lot better than before. What remains unchanged is its carbureted, 199.5 cc single-cylinder engine churning 23.5 PS and perimeter frame.

Starting at Rs. 1,14,355, the Pulsar NS200 now gets single-channel ABS too. That may not rank it up against the Duke 200, with which this Pulsar shares its engine, but enables it to give the more capable FZ25 and more race-ready Apache RTR 200 4V a really hard time.

Pros

  • Liquid cooling

  • Auto-headlamp On

  • Agile handling

  • Street-fighter styling

  • Punchy engine

Cons

  • No gear indicator

  • Windblast and instability at highway speeds

  • Requires frequent maintenance checks

What’s New

  • The NS200 remains unchanged from the previous year

What’s at the heart of this Pulsar?

How much firepower does the 2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 pack?

The Pulsar NS200 boasts of a 199.5cc engine, which is the same as the one powering the KTM Duke 200. That carbureted engine on this Pulsar isn’t as aggressive as its fuel-injected Austrian sibling. The engine has been detuned to make a little over 23 bhp and 18.3 Nm torque, making the NS200 relatively easier to tame.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 engine

Also that BS-IV compliant engine of NS200 is aided by a secondary air induction and a new CDI, which now runs on five maps instead of two. This allows the NS200 to have better control over ignition timings as compared to previous generation NS200.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

RS 1,14,355

Rs 1,36,680

Rs 1,11,845

Engine 

199.5cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder

249.0cc air-cooled single-cylinder

197.8cc oil-cooled single-cylinder

Power 

23.2 bhp @ 9500 rpm

20.6 bhp @ 8000 rpm

20.8 bhp @ 8500 rpm

Torque

18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm

20 Nm @ 6000 rpm

18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm

At 23.2 bhp the 199.5 cc engine of the Pulsar NS200 is the most powerful in the lot. Even the more torquey 249cc cc engine of the Yamaha FZ25 makes less power than the NS. 


Is the Pulsar NS200 a worthy trackster?

The Pulsar NS200’s perimeter frame offers the kind of rigidity needed for quick acceleration. Furthermore, the addition of a secondary air-intake and a new capacitor discharge ignition has made things that much faster.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 acceleration

Even the six-speed gearbox is well-whetted to match the quick-to-rev motor of the NS200. Bajaj has however made efforts to tune the NS200 to offer high-end brawl instead of low-end punch. So this Pulsar, though capable, unleashes itself after a second thought.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Transmission

6-speed

5-speed

5-speed

0-100 kmph

10.5 sec

10 sec

12 sec

Top Speed(kmph)

135

134

127

The Yamaha FZ25 is quicker to accelerate to the 100 kmph mark than the Pulsar NS200, which is only fair considering the FZ25’s bigger, more torquey engine. However, the NS200 is the only naked in this segment to get a six-speed gearbox, and at 135 kmph is also the fastest.


What about its braking characteristic?

Braking on the Pulsar NS200 is taken care by 300 mm discs up front and smaller 230 mm disc at the back which works in combination with a single-channel ABS unit. These Bybre brakes do well to offer the kind of feedback needed to shed the speed of this Pulsar.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Single-Channel ABS

Even the stiff chassis of the NS200 is adequately responsive to those inputs from the brakes. The most noticeable downside is the single-channel ABS unit which takes a while to kick in, causing some discomfort to the rider.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300

282

270

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

230

220

240

60-0 kmph (meters)

16.3

15.9

21.0

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-channel

The NS200 is the heaviest naked in this lineup and the only bike to get a single-channel ABS unit. Yet this Pulsar manages to stop quickly under emergencies, which results from the big 300mm front disc brakes that are the largest in this segment. The Apache RTR 4V is slowest to come to a halt despite being the lightest of all. 


Is the potent engine also efficient?

As far as motorcycles are concerned, performance comes at a price which is paid for in exchange for efficiency, and the NS200 is undoubtedly powerful. This consequently makes the NS200 less fuel-efficient. The only way to get the most out of this Pulsar’s engine is to keep it from constantly revving up, which can be done only on the highways, where this Bajaj surely shines.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

City(kmpl)

32.3

46.8

46.6

Highway(kmpl)

39.7

31.2

41.6

Overall(kmpl)

36.1

39.0

44.1

Fuel Capacity(Litres)

12.0

14.0

12.0

Keeping in mind the fact that the NS200 is a street bike and not some tourer like the Dominar 400, it disappoints with its efficiency in the city. This gives the Apache RTR 200V a fighting chance whose only upside in this comparo till now appears to be its most fuel-efficient engine.

What is the level of handling and comfort on the Pulsar 200 NS?

If Pulsars are sporty, the NS200 is at the top of this heap simply because no other Pulsar has a better handle on things than this one. Everything from its high-set clip-on handlebars to the under-belly exhaust system has been so well put together that the NS 200 responds even to the slightest of inputs.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 Perimeter frame

While the low-flex perimeter frame offers the NS200 extreme agility, the fatter rear tyre and Nitrox monoshock suspension improve stability. Even the design of the fuel tank allows the rider to sit more into the bike for enhanced feel and control. That can, however, cause severe discomfort to the rider while going down on the brakes too suddenly.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Chassis 

Perimeter

Diamond

Double cradle

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

100/80-17

90/90-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

130/70-17

140/70-17

130/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic

Telescopic

Telescopic

Rear Suspension

Nitrox mono-shock

Monocross

Monotube-monoshock

Also not helping is its seat height which can be discerning for shorter people. Otherwise, the rider’s seat is adequately padded and quite wide to accommodate practically anyone. The same cannot be said about the pillion seat though, which are tapering towards the end. It is a rider’s bike and its ride-posture is neither too dedicated as to break your back but also not too laid back to allow you to go on endlessly.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Seat height(mm)

805

795

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

169

160

180

Kerb Weight(kg)

154

152

151

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

The tall ride-height of the NS200 can make it feel a little jittery at higher speeds, though its weight does well to keep it planted. However, no other naked in this segment offers the kind of comfort as Yamaha’s FZ25. The single-seat setup and flat handlebar of the FZ25 offer the kind of ergonomics needed for those long hauls. 

How visually appealing is the 2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200?

The Pulsar NS200 is a street-fighter and it manages to look the part. Some might say that it belongs to a segment higher simply because of the way it presents itself. Strong character lines and sculpts besides improving aerodynamics, make the NS200 look a lot more muscular.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 muscular shrouds

Upfront, the shapely headlamps look sinister and things only get more menacing from here. The high-rise tank features deep creases at the sides which take away some of the bulk and enhance sportiness. Furthermore, the addition of engine cowl highlights the neatly tucked under-belly exhaust.

Even the chunky rear tyre is imposing to look at. Together, the swooping seat cowl with integrated twin-taillights and monoshock suspension make the NS200 look as if it were ready to charge ahead at all times.


Aesthetic Features

The multiple styling elements that add aggression to the NS200’s muscular styling are:

  • LED DRLs

  • Clip-on handlebars

  • Sculpted tank

  • Split-seats

  • Underbelly exhaust

  • Engine cowl

  • Twin taillights

  • 130-section rear tyre

  • Nitrox monoshock rear suspension

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Length (mm)

2017

2015

2018

Width (mm)

804

770

790

Height(mm)

1075

1075

1105

Wheelbase(mm)

1363

1360

1353

The true street-fighter design of the NS200 makes it look a lot sleeker than it is. It has the longest wheelbase in this segment which makes it ideal for longer commutes but does not take away its agility. The Yamaha FZ25, however, is the most compact and ergonomic of all.

What features set the Pulsar NS200 apart?

After being relaunched in 2017, the NS200’s most noticeable upgrade was its level of refinement as the styling and performance figures remained unchanged. 

2020 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 instrument cluster

The present-day models, however, include several features that make the NS200 a more contemporary product even though its six-speed gearbox and liquid cooling already put it ahead of its time.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar NS200

Yamaha FZ 25

TVS Apache 200 4V

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

RS 1,14,355

Rs 1,36,680

Rs 1,11,845

Features

6-speed gearbox

Dual-channel ABS

Smart Xonnect


Nitrox mono suspension

LCD instrument cluster

Dedicated info/control switch


Liquid cooling

Stare-back headlamp

Race telemetry


Clip-on handlebars

Midship muffler cover

Navigation

Even the 249cc FS25 gets only air-cooling and a five-speed gearbox, which is a setback considering the less expensive NS200 gets more upgraded features. On the flipside, both FZ25 and RTR 2004V get dual-channel ABS and fuel injection, while NS200 is still carbureted and features only a single-channel ABS unit.

How well does the Competition fare against the Pulsar NS200?

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs Yamaha FZ25

2020 Yamaha FZ25

Despite having a bigger capacity engine the FZ25 returns better efficiency. It is also more comfortable than the NS200. Yet for a less expensive price tag, the NS200 packs a more powerful punch, and out on the highway, it does well to return similar levels of fuel economy. Yes, the NS200 might not be as commuter-friendly as the FZ25 but excites a lot more than the same. 


Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

2020 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

It is hard not just for Bajaj but for practically anyone to keep up with the Japanese, but that can’t stop it from being the “World’s favourite Indian”. The NS200 offers levels of performance and refinement the RTR 200 4V cannot even come close to. Except for its higher fuel economy, the Apache RTR 200 4V hardly has anything in its arsenal to overpower the NS200’s reign.

What keeps the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 going?

The NS200 benefits greatly from belonging to the Pulsar lineup but is a Pulsar unlike any other. Its performance numbers rank it a segment higher to which it belongs. It is also fairly premium, but the Bajaj branding helps keep its price in check. All these factors make the NS200 a relatively well-rounded package. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement.