The Bajaj Pulsar has come a long way in the Indian biking scenario, featuring distinct styling, coupled with the best in performance in its class and the dynamics on offer at the most affordable of prices. Bajaj bid adieu to the Pulsar NS 200 recently – Bajaj had decided to stop production of the NS to accommodate the production of the AS200 and the RS200.
The distinct naked offering from Bajaj resulted in a sudden spike in sales, the main buyers being India's younger generation who wants it big when it comes to styling and performance. With a liquid cooled engine, displacing 199.5cc, it produced 23.17bhp and 18.3 Nm of torque which was considerably a well performing figure in the league of motorcycles in this class. This bike wouldn't have been possible if it were not for KTM, who supplied Bajaj with adequate know-how on how to make astonishing bikes. The NS 200's main competitor then, was the KTM Duke 200, which is quite obvious; the KTM fairing a bit further than the NS. NS stood for Naked Street, and it proved to be efficient in terms of ride and handling. Priced at Rs 91, 553 (ex-showoom, Delhi), the NS was certainly the bang for the buck. Add to that Bajaj's superior service network and assistance across the whole of India, the NS 200 can be the best alternative to the KTM's.
Although it couldn't turn out to be as fun to ride as the KTM, it certainly did a good job of keeping up its worth. Now, its time for the NS to hand over the baton to the new comers – the AS200 and the RS200. Two terrific bikes, loaded with features and built to suit riders who are specific about things to choose. Production of the NS 200 was stopped due to the growing demand of the new entrants and it will be a test of time for Bajaj to see if their new bikes can live up to the challenge.