Style & Design: Bajaj has launched much awaited sportbike from Pulsar series- RS200, here RS stands for "Race Sport". The bike looks undoubtedly stunning from every angle and it looks bigger than it actually is. The new RS200 is probably first Indian sport bike comes with dual projector Headlamps. The overall stance of the bike is very aggressive and it definitely looks more appealing in flesh rather than on pictures. The work that Bajaj has done on the detailing of the bike is commendable and note worthy.
Engine & Performance: Coming to the details of the new Pulsar RS200, the bike received same 199.5cc 4-valve, triple spark DTSi engine which the naked Pulsar 200NS has got for quite sometimes. The major change brought by the company into the engine department is that a Fuel Injection system is incorporated in both base as well as top variant of RS200. The bike we got to ride was a top end variant comes with ABS.
The moment you push the start button the throaty exhaust sound blow your mind away. The 199.5cc mill is mated to 6-speed transmission which is finally driven by O-Ring Chain. The engine is smooth as of Pulsar 200NS and the linear power delivery can be easily felt grace a' Fuel injection and Throttle position system. Learning from the earlier mistakes Bajaj has now put the FI system on RS200 made by Bosch unlike the FI once made indigenously and was put on Pulsar 220 Fi which got miserably failed.
Riding Dynamics: The top variant of the Pulsar RS200 is featured with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) but it is only restricted to the Front Wheel of the bike and hence there has been only Single Channel ABS available even on the top end model of RS 200. Like the Fuel Injection System the ABS is also from Bosch. The ABS is constant and can not be switched off unlike the ABS on KTM bikes which also use the system from Bosch. However, due to the short ride we could not test the efficiency of the ABS but it definitely gives you confidence on comparatively heavy bike. The braking department of the Pulsar RS 200 is been taken care by the "Bybre" disc brakes and the front has received the class leading 300mm disc up front, whereas the rear wheel has got disc brake of 230mm size.
Ergonomics & Electronics: There is front Telescopic suspension with anti-friction bush and at the rear Nitrox Monoshock does the duty. The foot pegs are fairly rear set and despite of the high raised clip on handlebars the seating is more dedicated to the racing stance. The twin split seat is a bit hard but on the whole the ergonomics of the seat makes the rider tucks into it and the chiseled fuel tank helps the rider to become one with the bike while riding. The MRF Tubeless tyres are just perfect for a sportsbike like RS200 and does the duty quite well.
As far as electronic gadgets are concerned the Pulsar RS200 has loads of them, in fact the bike has more gadgetry than some of the sportbikes available in the country have. To name a few there is:
- Roll Over sensor
- Side Stand Engine Stalling sensor
- Throttle position Sensor
- Low Coolant Level Sensor
- Low Engine Oil Sensor
- Engine Thermostat
- Fuel Cut-off Sensor
- Service interval indicator
- Malfunction indicator
When we do the comprehensive Test Ride Review of the Pulsar RS200 we will bring you the details of these gadgetry and their functioning. For a very short ride we could only tell you that the bike impressed us in all manners and at a given price tag it is pitched against many brands not only in its 200cc class but also lower cubic capacity bikes like Yamaha YZF R15 V2 as well as higher capacity bikes like CBR 250R. Stay tuned, as soon we will bring you comprehensive Test Ride Review of this super sexy "Fastest Pulsar yet".
By: Farhan Kashif