Design and Looks: The Pulsar NS160 looks exactly like the NS200, but looks a bit small just like what Pulsar 150 is to a Pulsar 180. The suspension, wheels, swingarm and the engine block goes on diet and looks a tad slim. The much familiar Wolf face like headlight assembly is the main attraction from the front, while the sharp and sculpted fuel tank does justice to the overall design philosophy. The rear section resembles a bit like the Pulsar 135 LS, especially the grab rails and taillight assembly.
Engine and Performance: The Pulsar NS160 has a 160.3cc SOHC oil cooled 4 stroke DTS-i engine which churns out 15.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and 14.6 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, which is much similar to the internals of the elder sibling. The new Pulsar has class leading specs in the Indian market. The bike is said to have raw power and superior performance that no other bike in its segment can match. The motorcycle is expected to have a top speed of around 110 kmph north. The bike has a manual 5 speed transmission.
Brakes and Suspension: The Pulsar NS160 has a telescopic front fork with anti friction bush, much similar to the outgoing Pulsar 150 at the front. The rear is fitted with a Nitrox filled Monoshock suspension with canister. Braking duties are carried out by 240mm disc brakes upfront while the rear has a 130mm drum type brake. The alloy wheels are fitted with tubeless tyres on both ends with 80/100-17 46P and 110/80-17 57P dimensions. Final Impression:
The Pulsar NS160 is expected to do what Avenger 150 did to the cruiser segment. We expect the sales to go up by a high margin as the bike has got the looks, power and superior performance. The motorcycle comes in three colour options - Saffire Blue, Passion Red and Glossy Pewter Grey and is priced at Rs. 78,368 (ex showroom Delhi).
By: Aravind Rb