Bajaj’s attempt at catering to the adventure tourer enthusiasts with its Pulsar AS 200 fell short of success. This modified Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 gives us a rough idea about the level of customer expectations in the compact adventure tourer segment. The project has been executed by Indonesia-based Andy Customs.
The motorcycle continues to employ the standard telescopic front fork and rear monoshock but the units benefit from custom raising kits which increase the ride height and render the NS 200 a typical stance of an adventure tourer. The front fork also gets rubber cover derived from Kawasaki KLX 150 dirt bike.
The stock headlamp unit has been done away with, and it is replaced by twin circular units that once served as fog lamps on a car. The front end is further enhanced by an elliptical tubular headlamp frame, a tall acrylic windshield and a high-mounted custom fiberglass fender. The motorcycle also gets Kawasaki Ninja 300’s mudguard.
Adding to the sturdy character is a comprehensive tubular engine guard. Other noteworthy elements include custom handlebar, red finished end-weights, LED fog lamps, custom red-silver dual-tone paint job, and body-colored radiator shrouds. Overall the bike looks like the BMW G310GS.
The modification has resulted in a relaxed upright riding position which would be appreciated by adventure touring enthusiasts. The twin side panniers and a top-box (all from Givi) further enhance the motorcycle’s practicality as a tourer.
The only noticeable powertrain upgrade comes from the Yoshimura custom exhaust system which certainly enhances the exhaust note. The stock Indonesia-spec bike is capable of delivering 23.1 PS and 18.3 Nm of torque. The 200 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
The Pulsar NS 200 for Indonesia is retailed with Kawasaki’s co-branding (Kawasaki badge is seen on the fuel tank extensions). The motorcycle carries a price tag of IDR 23.9 million (around Rs 1.16 lakhs). The modification took nearly a month and costs about Rs 70,000.