Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, which is also known as Pulsar 200 SS, has been launched in India, with compelling set of features and attractive pricing.
Launch price of Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is Rs. 1.18 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) for non-ABS version and Rs. 1.30 lakhs for ABS variant.
The bike equips twin projector headlamps like the KTM RC 200 and gets pilot lamps like eyebrows. The turn indicators are extremely sleek but they do throw a powerful sign.
The front fork and alloy wheels are inherited from Pulsar 200 NS, but none of the body panels are, not even the front mud-guard.
The RS 200 gets a good mix of black and yellow (or) black and red, with a tinge of white, and the outcome is a fairly complex design to comprehend.
The RS 200 is the first Bajaj product to equip ABS, and it is the newly developed Bosch low-cost ABS unit governing the 300 mm large front disc. This model showcased during launch was export variant, differentiated by dual channel ABS (for both front and rear wheels). In India, ABS will be available only for the front wheel.
Bajaj Auto has attempted a really complex craft work on the Pulsar RS 200, which gives a modern, sporty and aggressive appeal, especially the side profile.
The black trims on the rear three quarter portion of fuel tank and side panels, bear intricate detailing. There are some slight panel gaps here and there, but overall build and material quality are appreciable.
The engine is a fuel injected version of 200 NS’s motor, producing higher power of 24.5 PS and better torque of 18.6 Nm. There seems to be no change in Bajaj Pulsar RS 200’s 6-speed gearbox, compared to the same in 200 NS.
The midship exhaust is totally new and blends in well with the muscularity of the bike.
The rear wheel gets a neat tyre hugger embracing the MRF Zapper S tyre.
Up north, the number plate hangs directly from the clear LED tail lamp assembly, which is flanked by the sleek indicators.
The rear cowl is sharply designed and accommodates pillion grab handles that are cleverly concealed. The pillion seat looks big enough to provide adequate comfort, and so does the rider’s.
During the times when the bike is put to rest, the seats show off their own sculpted design, indicating that everything about the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 deserves to be admired.
Apart from the dual projector headlamps and surrounding fairing, which reminisces of the Ego Energica electric superbike, other parts and components seem to have no apparent resemblance with other bikes’ out there.
The instrument cluster is essentially the same as the one in Pulsar 200 NS, with very subtle changes, added ABS indicator into the centre tacho dial and side stand warning on the LCD screen.
The handle bars are similar to Pulsar 200 NS’s and switch-gears are same.
Overall, Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is a bike to be cherished, and the pricing seems to be commendable for the looks and features offered.
Here are a list of specs comparison articles for Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and its rivals:
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs 200 NS
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs Yamaha R15 vs Hero Karizma ZMR
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs KTM RC 200 vs Honda CBR 250R
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs Honda CBR 150R