Bajaj Pulsar RS200 hosts many firsts for the company as well as the Indian two-wheeler market. Its design, features, performance and value are really being appreciated, evidence of which is first 1,000 bookings done in just 7 days from launch date, that is when only 17 showrooms across the nation accepted bookings. As weeks pass by, the reach of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will expand to around 50 outlets in bigger cities by the end of 2015.
So, getting to what we wished could have been better in Bajaj Pulsar RS200, it starts with the very ABS feature that the RS200 boasts of equipping. While single-channel (front only) ABS may be advocated to be sufficient enough, being the flagship motorcycle of one of the largest two-wheeler makers in the world, it should have featured dual channel ABS (front and rear) if not for the fact that it is being promoted as a Race Sport bike.
Looking closely, we have learnt that some if not all export markets that are yet to receive the RS200 will do so with dual channel ABS kit, and probably India will be the only market that does not benefit from a truly fully-loaded Pulsar. And these export models will indeed be manufactured and sent from the Chakan plant. So, why does Bajaj Auto have to refrain from offering a much safer Pulsar variant to the home-market when it produces the same locally for exports?
Then comes the handling part. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is indeed very nimble and will be easy to control in difficult situations, and the bike does not feel like it weighs 165 kg at all. But, given the sheer number of Pulsar variants out there all with similar riding posture, Bajaj could have offered a really forward-lean pose on the RS200, to compete directly with Yamaha R15. With Pulsar 200 NS and brand new Pulsar AS 200 already designed for comfortable riding and touring, did Bajaj really need to stick to the much relaxed riding position with the RS200 as well?
Third, Bajaj Auto hasn’t revealed the ARAI certified mileage of Bajaj Pulsar RS200, and responded to our query simply saying this is a race-inspiring / performance bike and there is no concern for fuel efficiency here. Is Bajaj embarrassed by the mileage of RS200 since the company holds focus for producing top mileage bikes for the country? We are yet to find out how much Pulsar RS200 can squeeze out of a litre of fuel.