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Bajaj Pulsar RS200 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 18 2020 Share this blog

Bajaj has been providing us with an adrenaline-pumping line-up that has made powerful machines more accessible to the masses. The Pulsars are quoted by Bajaj as “The World’s favourite Indian” and there is a strong basis for that comment.

2020 Bajaj Pulsar RS200

2020 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the fully-faired iteration of the highly acclaimed NS200 and both the motorcycles are a hoon to ride. The RS200 is priced at Rs.1,41,933 and adds a premium of Rs. 1000 for the finally introduced Dual-Channel ABS variant. This edgy Pulsar takes on the likes of segment leader Yamaha R15 V3 and the newcomer KTM RC 125. This will be an interesting face-off as all the offerings offer an accessible performance package and is the stepping stone for newcomers into the racing world as well.

Pros

  • Fine balance of performance and comfort

  • Energetic engine

  • Quicker acceleration thanks to shorter gear ratio

  • Relaxed riding position

Cons

  • Styling is like any Indian TV serial; too much drama

  • Low ground clearance

  • Rattling of body panels due to vibration

What’s New

  • Dual-Channel ABS

What is the source of power?

How is the blistering performance balanced with efficient mileage figures?

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 uses a modified version of the engine used by KTM Duke 200 which is also used in the NS200. But this one is different from its naked brother as the power delivery is a bit more linear and beginner-friendly. But that is until you cross the 6K RPM mark. This motorcycle becomes a monster after that.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Triple spark engine

Power and torque figures are healthy and provide for a involving riding experience. This motor is built for those adrenaline-pumped scenarios and thus never tends to lose its enthusiasm. It surely is not as blistering as the motor from Duke 200 and it is a good sign for new riders to get used to the bomb-blasting nature of its brothers.

Mileage figures are impressive for a 200cc motorcycle and you have a balance between hooniganism and pocket-friendliness. It is due to Bajaj’s intervention and modification of the bomb of a motor from the orange monster.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,41,933

(SIngle-Channel)/

Rs.1,43,000

(Dual-Channel)

Rs. 1,45,900

Rs.1,48,750

Engine 

199.5cc Liquid Cooled Single Cylinder Triple Spark Engine

155cc Liquid-Cooled SOHC Single Cylinder Engine

124.71cc Liquid Cooled Single Cylinder Engine

Power 

24.16 bhp

@ 9750 RPM

18.34 bhp

@ 10000 RPM

14.75 bhp

@ 9250 RPM

Torque

18.6 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

14.1 Nm

@ 8500 RPM

12 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

35.0

42.0

45.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

13

11

10

All of that fairing is for nothing, as it helps hide the largest fuel tank of 13 litres of this lot. This gives way for an impressive 455 kilometres of range which is plentiful for a weekend tour and even has a touring potential.


How quick is the acceleration in RS200 from 0-60?

This motorcycle possesses a dual personality. This is because it has a  calm and composed character at the low and mid-rev range up to 6000 RPM. It’s after this that you will be shocked as the RS200 pounces forward like a hungry lion. The 6-Speed gearbox is sleek but is not as smooth shifting as its competitors and thus diminishes the experience.

Pulsar RS200 acceleration 0-60

There are no vibrations from the engine and the engine doesn't feel stresses even after clipping the throttle at all times. Peak power comes in at 10K RPM and the torque curve starts from 8K. So, you will have to work your way through all the gears to have a taste of this Pulsar’s true nature.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

9.19 s

11.42 s

18.24 s

Top Speed(kmph)

140.8

136

125

The performance advantage has Pulsar RS200 be the pack leader in both sprint and top speed runs. This is particularly impressive because the dramatic fairing and extra bits add a whopping 12 kilograms over the NS200. The competitors don’t sweat it out as they perform in conjunction with its power to weight ratio.


How well does the Dual-Channel ABS-equipped brakes behave on RS200?

2020 Pulsar RS200 is equipped with disc brakes at both ends and they provide confidence-inspiring bite and response. It is again focused at the beginners who won’t have to familiarize with the braking setup.

Dual channel ABS in Pulsar RS200

Braking is linear and thus has a progressive feel which will not startle the rider and motorcycle in case of quick braking. Finally, Bajaj has equipped the RS200 with a dual-channel ABS. It already came with a single-channel ABS unit early last year. The addition of dual-channel will help induce more confidence for new riders.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300

282

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

230

220

230

80-0 kmph(m)

N/A

34.15

35.83

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-Channel/ Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Single-Channel

The sheer bulk of this Pulsar will surely make it a sluggish stopper but it doesn’t fiddle with the braking performance. Both the competitors will give you a hard time as the brakes are like those surprise birthday parties. They will come as a surprise and you would need extra time to react.

How well does the "Fastest Pulsar" handle while keeping the rider comfortable?

You might mistake the RS200 for an all-out sports offering but that's fine as we also had that misconception. The looks and sharp edges might fool you into that but this is a very easy to ride relaxed offering from Bajaj. The suspension setup is on the softer side,  however, the front is a bit stiffer than the NS200. It changes directions with a flick and hides its added weight rather well.

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 split seat

The comfort also comes in as a surprise on this motorcycle. The footpegs are not far behind and your lower body sits relaxed just like in NS200. You will have to tilt your torso a bit forward to hold onto the raised handlebar. But it is not half as dedicated as the riding posture of Yamaha R15 V3. Bajaj went with downsides tyres for the RS200 which are MRFs, but it doesn’t compromise on the handling or comfort front.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Chassis 

Perimeter

Deltabox

Steel Trellis

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

100/80-17

110/70-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

130/70-17

140/70-17

150/60-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks with anti-friction bush

Telescopic Forks

WP upside-down forks

Rear Suspension

Nitrox mono-shock with canister

Monocross link Suspension

WP monoshock

Seat height(mm)

800

815

835

Ground Clearance (mm)

157

170

178.5

Kerb Weight(kg)

164

142

154.2

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

The rider’s seat is well padded and wide. The same is not applicable for the pillion as the seat is short and higher than the rider. The integrated grab rails are aesthetically pleasing but don't look like it can take on a person’s grippy hands! It is the most relaxed one of this lot and can even be a good touring companion!

How insane does the 2020 Pulsar RS200 look?

The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 surely looks the part and it will take a lot of time to digest all the drama that is going on. It is surely a bold design but we feel that the designing is a lot overdone and sits on the fine thread of “pleasing” and “eyesore”!

2020 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 projector headlamp

The dual projector headlights can even help you clear a lane for passage as it looks very aggressive. The design language is more forward biased as all of the fairing is confined to the front half. But we are sure that you would agree to the fact that the taillamps look out of place. But as an overall package, this Pulsar surely knows how to be an attention magnet and with the new “Racing Red” colour option, it takes the visual appeal to the next level.


Aesthetic Features

  • Dual Projector headlamps

  • LED lighting

  • Head-turning design language

  • Transparent wind deflector

  • Split Seat

  • Thigh grips

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Length (mm)

1999

1990

1977

Width (mm)

765

725

688

Height(mm)

1114

1135

1098

Wheelbase(mm)

1345

1325

1341

We know that looks are subjective but the RS200 is surely the most dramatic one of this lot as even the RC125 looks kind of subtle in front of it. Just kidding! But all of the above motorcycles have their unique design cues among which we feel that the RS200 is the deceiving one

What are the safety and class-leading features available?

Bajaj had already equipped the Pulsar RS200 with a single-channel ABS in early 2019 but it needed a dual-channel unit for the blistering performance it provided. It now finally comes with a Dual-Channel unit. The LED lighting setup is bright and makes its presence known even in the dark.

Pulsar RS200 instrument cluster

It shares most of the features with the NS200 with the addition of a mid-mounted exhaust unit that sounds impressive, especially at higher revs. It neatly integrated into the sharp design language and the bright colour options bring out the edges in this Pulsar. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Yamaha R15 V3(BS6)

KTM RC 125

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,41,933

(SIngle-Channel)/

Rs.1,43,000

(Dual-Channel)

Rs. 1,45,900

Rs.1,48,750

Features

Twin-Projector Headlamps

Variable Valve Actuation

Cast alloy wheels


Perimeter frame

Assist and Slipper Clutch

Brembo-developed brakes


Clear LED tail lamp

Aluminum Swingarm

Windshield


Mid-mounted  exhaust

Side-stand Engine cut-off

Projector headlamp

There are a lot of cost-cutting instances which are used to bring the cost down. It includes the use of a hefty perimeter frame and shared components. Yamaha R15 BV3 and KTM RC125, on the other hand, provide a wide list of rider-friendly features that even include slipper clutch!

How does the competition stack up against this insane Pulsar?

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Yamaha R15 V3

2020 Yamaha R15 V3

Yamaha R15 V3 has redefined entry-level performance motorcycling and despite its smaller 150cc motor, easily shames the higher 200cc pulsar. The RS200 is Bajaj’s answer to the growing fame of Yamaha R15. But it is still not able to outgrow the blue fever. Yamaha provides an impressive set of additional features that includes aluminium swingarm, slipper clutch and VVT for a premium of just Rs. 3000 and it won us over in the first feature itself!


Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs KTM RC 125

2020 KTM RC 125

KTM wants to recreate the aura which Yamaha R15 has achieved over the years. This is what Bajaj also wants to have to achieve with the RS200. There is a catch here, however as the RC 125 is an all-out motorcycle that demands aggression whereas the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is a very subtle case in that matter. So if you are a newbie and want to invest in full-time racing, then the orange monster is the one for you. But if you want a dual personality offering that can change at will, then the Pulsar RS200 is the one for you.

Who would love to ride this dual-purpose Pulsar NS200?

Bajaj has created a flexible motorcycle in the RS200. It planned out to take on the much more sporty Yamaha R15 V3 but ended up being a much more versatile offering. It looks like a spaceship but rides very comfortably. The RS200 also offers Bajaj’s well-established service network and dirt cheap spare parts. So, a cash crush would make it the perfect bank for buck proposition, otherwise you have much better and intense propositions like the Yamaha R15 V3 or the much newer KTM RC 125.

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