Late last year, at a dealer meet in Turkey, Bajaj Auto showcased two new products – the 160 NS and the 200 NS. Of the two, the 200 NS has been launched in India, but the 160 NS is no where to be seen.
To rub more salt on the wounds of fans waiting for the 160 NS in India, Bajaj launched the 160 NS in Nepal earlier this year. Now, a few months later, Bajaj has launched the 160 NS in India, with prices starting from INR 78,368, ex-Delhi.
Pulsar 160 NS is a completely new product which is based on a modified Pulsar 150 platform. New Bajaj Pulsar’s 160 cc engine is a single cylinder twin spark oil cooled BS4 engine. Power and torque ratings are slightly higher than the Pulsar 150, which is 15.02 PS and 12.5 Nm. The 160 NS delivers 15.5 PS at 8500 rpm and 14.6 Nm at 6500 rpm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.
Engine gets electric and kick starter. New pulsar is crafted in 200 NS’ design theme, with muscular fuel tank and skinny side panels, giving a naked bike appeal overall. It is equipped with halogen head lamp, minimal head fairing, digital instrument panel with analog tachometer, new fuel filler cap, air deflecting cowl ahead of engine, silver finish centre stay and rear foot rest, underbelly exhaust, split seats, split grab handle, clear lens indicators, saree guard and split tail lamp.
The bike is suspended by regular telescopic fork on front and monoshock with coil-over spring at the rear. Braking is done by petal disc setup on front while the rear gets drum brake. Surprisingly, in export markets, Bajaj sells 160 NS with rear disc brake as well as ABS. Sadly, the India-spec does not get either.
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Front tyre size stand at 80/100-17 while rear tyre size 110/70-17. Tyres are from MRF and are tubeless. Ground clearance is at 176 mm, higher than that of 200 NS which is at 167 mm. Fuel tank capacity is 12 liters. It has a cruising speed of 90-95 kmph and a top speed of about 110 kmph. Colour options on offer are Saffire Blue, Passion Red and Glossy Pewter Grey.
New Bajaj Pulsar 160NS will rival with the new range of naked motorcycles like the Honda Hornet, Suzuki Gixxer, and so on. Below are the photos from Dino’s Vault on Youtube.