Bajaj Pulsar 200NS Ownership Review by Anand

by Kannan on April 5, 2013

Hello everyone, my name is Anand. Most of you who regularly follow bikeadvice might recognize me. I had written an ownership review of Bajaj Pulsar 200NS a month back. But that seemed more like the story of how I got the bike and a overview of it. This time I’m here to point out each and every feature of the bike, all of its plus and minus points so that it could help anyone get an overall idea before making his decision to take a bike.

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Those who want to know how I had shortlisted it and started my rides with it can refer to my older review which is here:

http://bikeadvice.in/bajaj-pulsar-200ns-review-anand/

Thanks to Deepak Raj to give me one more chance to provide an insight of the bike.

A decade back when Bajaj introduced the brand Pulsar, It changed the whole scenario of motorcycles in India. It was the dawn of sport bikes in India. People started considering sport machines which were catalyzed even more with the introduction of the YZF R15 to the Indian streets. But Pulsar has always been a product which is affordable, fuel efficient and somewhat powerful to its competitors too.

Bajaj has always designed their bike keeping affordability of Indian masses in mind. The cheaper parts, lots of stickering on the bike, less paint job, etc. makes its price less; But that doesn’t mean it’ll be good for nothing in a few years. Remember that the mighty Ninjas and KTM’s duke are also manufactured by Bajaj in India. A bike reflects its rider’s personality, and it stays as the rider wants it to be. The better it is maintained the better it stays.

Anyways now coming to the bike, Bajaj has changed pulsar entirely with the introduction of 200NS, where NS stands for “Naked Sport”. Every element of the bike has been changed which makes the NS stand apart the older generation of Pulsars. It was designed by Edgar Heinrich, who is now the head of BMW Motorrad design.

Looks and Styling

At the first glance of the NS, you’ll feel that it has tits and bits of many bikes in it. From a distance it looks like a muscular version of Pulsar 135LS, its headlights will look like the one on Honda CB1000R with the pilot lamps positioned as the Ducati Streetfighter and its body will look somewhat a mixture various naked superbikes which is of course skinnier rather than boasting huge muscles like them.

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But of course it’s a small 200cc bike which looks muscular than almost every street bike present in our country. On the first look it appears as a heavy muscular bike standing in front of you, which along with its perimeter frame looks gorgeous. Headlamp provided in the bike is of 55/60W, and its pilot lamps are positioned below the main headlamp unlike its predecessors.

It’s got a 12ltr tank which is covered with a big muscular tank cover which is the main attracting element of the bike. Everyone who watches the bike for the first time surely falls in love with the tank. The reserve knob is also designed nicely and also looks good over the design, but it’s not smooth and always seems to be jammed.

The bike along with the big tank has got a sleeker tail. It looks good and also shows the fatter 130/70 rear tyre, half covered with a rear tyre hugger. Now, the rear tyre hugger on rainy days splashes mud below rear seat and pillion’s legs. Many people have removed it, which not only makes the bike look good but also shows the fatter rear tyre completely.

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But that only looks good, while riding, the mud will be thrown directly on the bike or the car behind you as well your back. So my suggestion, don’t remove it unless you’ve got a better option of fixing any other tyre hugger. A few more changes that have been made to the bike in styling segment are the rear LED tail lamp and the new stylish digital console with an analogue tachometer at the center and digital speedometer on its right.

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The digital speedometer also provides information like time, low fuel, low battery, low oil pressure, service reminder and has got an odometer along with two trip meters which can be seen one after another by pressing mode on the bike and the trips can be reset to zero by pressing set for 10-15 seconds. The left space of the Tachometer has an all-time lit Bajaj logo, a neutral display, side stand alarm, hi-beam indicator and turn indicators; making it look even sportier.

Engine and Performance

Performance is one of the things in which Pulsars have always tried to excel. To a normal commuter it may just look like an affordable bike but to us enthusiasts it looks like more power at less price. The older Pulsar 220F meant the same thing until the 200NS was launched. The 200NS boasts of a KTM inspired Triple spark, 4 valve, and liquid cooled 200cc engine.

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Now what Bajaj has done is they’ve put a carburetor instead of a fuel injection in this bike to make its cost almost 10,000 less. It produces 23.5bhp of power@9500 rpm and 18.3nm of torque@8000 rpm. The bike achieves 60kmph within 3.61seconds and 100 within 9.83 seconds and has got a top of 136kmph (company claimed, differs from person to person). The bike’s top speed achieved by me was 154 on speedo and 146 on GPS.

And that’s a quite impressive figure for the bike which returns almost 40kmpl of fuel efficiency on an average (on mixed conditions of revving hard and city drives). If ridden under 60kmpl, it can even deliver a better figure (depending on the riding style). Surprised? Well this outstanding Fuel efficiency is achieved by the better combustion of the fuel by the three spark plugs. Result? More power, More Mileage.

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The engine is very smooth in the 200NS. Plus the vibrations are so low that it can be considered almost negligible. The engine doesn’t feel stressed even at 120 kmph. For long distance touring too one can easily cruise at 105/110kmph at 7000/7500 rpm. The power delivery has been made very linear as well.

This doesn’t get you the raw power feel, like one used to get in the Pulsar 220 but it is quicker than 220. This is a very good thing for the new bikers who are trying to get their first bike after setting their hands on low powered bikes like me. The power surge is very easy to handle and the new rider gets accustomed to it in a matter of days.

Handling and Suspension

This is a segment where Bajaj has made a difference. The 200NS comes with an underbelly exhaust. This in turn helps a lot in mass centralization. The bike is so easy to handle that one doesn’t even need to put his/her leg down much at low speeds. But it has got a problem with the height. I with a height of 5’ 7.5” can’t touch my leg to the surface completely; even the ones with a height of 5’9” can’t do the same.

Now this along with huge weight (kerb weight is claimed to be 145 kgs but trust me even a CBR250R seem to be lighter than it) of the bike makes it really hard for some people to ride it. This makes this bike unsuitable for short heighted people. And the last thing which is a downer in handling part is the huge turning radius. It proves to be problematic in those clumsy parking lots, or while cutting through heavy traffic.

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Coming to the suspension, the new gen pulsars are now equipped with gas charged nitrox monoshocks. The suspension is somewhat stiff but can be made soft at the service centers. But the stiff suspension along with the rigid perimeter frame has transformed the bike to almost a track machine.

If the old gen of pulsars made you somewhat doubtful to take a corner, this bike motivates you to do so. One won’t feel the scary enough to jump into a corner. If a person wants it to be a perefect cornering machine he/she can make the suspension stiff, else for a potholed or off roading kind of environment one should soften the suspension.

Tyres and Breaking

These components are also changed in NS. This time Bybre’s Roto-petal shaped (somewhat like the Apache’s) are introduced in this bike. But this change has made Pulsar even better than what it was. Now while speeding one doesn’t have to constantly worrying whether the breaks are potent enough to stop the bike at such high speeds.

The breaks work beautifully and stop the bike irrespective of the speed you are in. But are the tyres good enough to be at par with such great braking system? Well you’d be a lil disappointed with them. The Eurogrip tyres don’t have such a good grip on the road while breaking and sometimes skids.

This gets worse with the people who rely on their rear disks more and balance using the front break. Normally one should use 70% front break with 30% rear (if needed). This can minimize those wheel lock skidding moments. But those looking for a replacement can change their tyres to Pirelli’s MT75 for front and Sport demon for rear or MRF revs.

Common confusion generally faced while choosing a NS.

Pulsar 220F or Pulsar 200NS

This confusion has been a big problem, especially to those who are taking a big Pulsar for the first time. Some of the differences between the two are,

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  • The 220F has got raw power in it which a rider can feel, whereas in a 200NS one won’t feel it due to the linear power delivery. Instead the rider would be amazed if he looks at the speedo and will wonder for sure how it came to this speed and I can’t even feel it.
  • 200NS is faster and quicker than the 220F and leaves it far behind in a straight line drag but the 220F has got a better top end and is stable in highways as the 200NS literally shakes when at high speeds due to crosswinds. However the ergoes of the NS like the upright seating position along with the liquid cooling makes it a better touring machine.
  • Cornering is a scary thing on a 220F rather than a good experience. 200NS can provide you that pleasure.

Duke 200 or Pulsar 200NS

This rivalry also confuses a lot of people. Well lets make that simple. In general terms for an enthusiast, “Those who can’t afford the duke, NS is for them” (one factor is the cost other you’ll come to know). Normally the 200NS inspired a lot from the Duke when it was made, but still they are very different machines.

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  • The Duke is fast, very fast I should say. When sitting on an NS it looks like a mini rocket to you. But at higher speeds and a long stretch, NS beats the Duke as it is restricted to go above 136/138kmph by a rev limiter unlike the NS which keeps on going all the way up until it can.
  • Performance wise we all know Duke is better than NS, But when it comes to fuel efficiency it delivers around 30-33kmpl where a 200NS (another factor for affordability).
  • Bajaj has got way cheaper spare parts where KTM’s are highly priced.
  • Height and weight of Duke is less which makes it a fun to ride bike. It won’t be correct to assign it this title.

Now ask yourself the question which machine you want and the answer is with you.

Few more things regarding the NS

  • The riding position is upright hence making it comfortable for long rides.
  • The seats are spacious and soft. And provide good space between the rider and the pillion.
  • A smooth rev happy engine. It kind of demands more when you stop after revving it, and one can rev it for long hours on highways.
  • The exhaust note of the NS is somewhat of dual nature. Below 5000 rpm it sounds like a silent engine. But when revved above 7-8k rpm, It sounds like a throaty sport engine.
  • The bike is damn good at corners and inspires the track rider in you while taking a corner.
  • The breaks are really very good, works beautifully and put stops the bike without any struggle.
  • There has been confusion with the underbelly exhaust in some people whether the exhaust will be good in knee deep water or other flooded conditions. Well, you need not to worry about that cuz if you even start after keeping the engine off after a few time (In knee deep water) it work the same as it does in normal conditions.

A few more downers in the bike which aren’t discussed above,

  • The clutch of NS isn’t like the forged ones on CBR or Apache, which causes false neutrals while putting the gear from 1st to 2nd, and downshifting problems sometimes. But this isn’t a problem which can’t be resolved.
  • Bajaj has provided 200NS with a very weak horn. In city, it sounds very weak and is almost catches no attention & in highways one can’t even hear it. One can attach addition horn of Pulsar 220F, or remove the stock horns and put dual horns of any one of 220F, R15 or Apache.
  • The “Euroslip” tyres need a special mention though. These tyres are composed of hard rubber unlike the soft rubber of MRF Revs (R15’s) or Pirelli’s. It doesn’t provide much grip on the road but is more lasting than those soft rubber tyres.
  • Paint quality on 200NS (Yeah there are at least some parts which are painted not stickered) also isn’t up to the mark. Even a scratch can take it off. It is recommended to keep a polish (if you intend to take the bike to remove the small scratches at least).
  • This bike comes with only side stand as stock, the center stand can be added separately from Bajaj’s accessories shop (costs in between 500-600 bucks)
  • The bike’s handle can be only locked when the handle is placed leftwards doesn’t lock when the handle is placed rightwards.
  • Lastly, some people often wonder whether it will cause cold start problems. The answer is No; it won’t, until one has the right engine tuning and idling rpm.

Verdict

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With this bike, Indian motorcycling has undoubtedly gone to a different level of biking. It’s an outstanding machine and does deliver what we young enthusiasts want from a bike. Power, unbelievable fuel efficiency, stunning Streetfighter looks which makes heads turn on the road, the bike has it all.

Yeah it still has a list to cover to become a perfect bike, but hey, which bike in India can be called perfect. I can call it an underdog, because it is actually something which people don’t really expect from it at first. All I could say with this bike is, great work done by Bajaj, and we really expect a lot from the upcoming Pulsar, since they have really delivered an awesome package.

Regards,
Anand

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Emothic April 5, 2013 at 8:04 am

i got two words for you . Totally awesome . Best NS review so far . And a lot more better than your last one .

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

Thanx emothic.. :D

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Arya Bisma January 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm

indeed, awesome amphibi bike LOL
Watch NS in fuel tank high, flooded area here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaO8Om-1tnM

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Jey April 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

I Would like to install either of these
Saferide ABS
OR
New Tyres

Regarding Tyres-
1. Would changing only the back tire suffice?
2. If I did step 1 would it disturb the handling in any way?
3. MRF Zapper Q or Vyde. Which would be better? Or should I go for Soft Compound tyres like The Rev Z.. Not going For Pirelli as its not available here
4.How long will a Rev Z last compared to Zapper Q or Vyde

Should I skip all these and just go for a mechanical abs, preferably Saferide ABS

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 12:25 am

If changing tyres for good grip switching to a softer compound will be useful.. But there’s a trade-off, softer compound will wear-out faster than the hard compound rubbers.. now its upto you to decide which one you should go for.. For me i wouldnt mind to make the bike totally safe and put both of em..

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Naveen Jha April 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hi Anand,
Thanks for given very good review i am also read your 1st review about Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS.I am Huge fan of Pulsar my 1st bike 2004 pulsar 180 DTSI & i like to call my bike is Monster,after thet i am buy another Pulsar 220F in 2011.I am not professional Bike Rider.But your Review is Very usefull to Buy Pulsar 200 NS for my younger Brother.Thanks Buddy.

Your Friend,
Naveen

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 12:21 am

Pleasure my friend.. :D

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Zeru April 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

An excellent review. I didn’t read your first one but this is best. Not literature like, with fancy words; simple and to the point. More than that, you’ve covered so much detail, experience, pros and cons in an elegant way.

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 12:22 am

Thanks Zeru.. :)

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Grammar Nazi April 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Review was great, but i have observed most reviewers are pretty stupid, don’t even know the difference between breaking and braking.

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

Its the damn word autocorrect.. Nothing stupid in it..

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Anand April 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The bike is not perfect and has flaws.. But it proven itself to be a lot better from any other pulsar..

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Vineeth April 12, 2013 at 8:13 am

“◾The clutch of NS isn’t like the forged ones on CBR or Apache, which causes false neutrals while putting the gear from 1st to 2nd, and downshifting problems sometimes. But this isn’t a problem which can’t be resolved.”
I have a P200NS and hate shifting gears on this problem. Can you please tell me how it can be resolved?

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Vineeth April 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

“◾The clutch of NS isn’t like the forged ones on CBR or Apache, which causes false neutrals while putting the gear from 1st to 2nd, and downshifting problems sometimes. But this isn’t a problem which can’t be resolved.” I beg you to tell me how it can be resolved.

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Anand April 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm

At first ditch the shitty bajaj engine oil, try motul, it’ll make the gear shifts a lot smoother, removing the knocking sounds o gear change and downshift problems..
Secondly, get to the bajaj guys and tell them to adjust the gear lever properly, it’ll make the false neutral fade, (mine was done on a 200NS checkup camp) although it’ll be solved almost 90% the rest 10% will fade with time and kms..

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Vineeth April 17, 2013 at 1:32 am

Thank you very much. I’ll get those done at the next service

vignesh May 10, 2013 at 12:19 am

hello Anand,
Good review man.
I just have a doubt, U have mentioned that “200NS is faster and quicker than the 220F and leaves it far behind in a straight line drag but the 220F has got a better top end” here, what do u mean by “top end” ? can u plz explain?
and which is faster in highways? the 200ns or 220f ?

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Suhas May 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Anand,
You’re absolutely on spot bro. Pulsar 200 NS is the one for riders with a thirst for Super bike power but cannot afford the price :) I own one and damn it i love it more than my wife :)

Thanks for the update on the engine oil . I too have the knocking sound problem. But bajaj people insist that I go for bajaj oils rather than any other. Next time ill stress on it. I never had the faulty neutral problem though.

Overall Great Review!

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Anand May 29, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Suhas,

In some places Bajaj service centers pour motul oils by default..

But those places which give bajaj oil, wont give nything else other than bajaj oil even after begging them for it.. U can purchase it n pour manually or the shops can do it easily..

vignesh May 29, 2013 at 8:52 pm

hello Anand,
Good review man.
I just have a doubt, U have mentioned that “200NS is faster and quicker than the 220F and leaves it far behind in a straight line drag but the 220F has got a better top end” here, what do u mean by “top end” ? can u plz explain?
and which is faster in highways? the 200ns or 220f ?

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Susair Hansda May 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

hi anand, myself susair, NS owner from bankura. can u tell me about availability of K&N filter and ABS in west bengal outside kolkata???

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Anand June 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

Im sorry i dont knw anyperson in Bankura dealing in it. But i know a person here in kolkata who can get you anything related to biking. He can courier it to you too, if u have the mechanic to do the needful then u can go for it.

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Susair Hansda June 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

i had bought a k&n filter online , model no RC – 1060 which is conical in shape after seeing on net/youtube from Method Automative Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru.but when i attended nearby authorised service center they said that whole air filter assembly to be replaced with this tiny filter but it is quite risky as RC – 1060 is not waterproof.i called the company, method automative, bengaluru & they said the same thing. so i did not change the air filter.
plz give me the cell no of that person…

Susair Hansda June 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

hi, anand, myself susair, 200NS owner from bankura, west bengal.earlier i messaged u. recently i purchased a K&N filter for my NS, model no RC – 1060 which is conical in shape after seeing on net/youtube from Method Automative Pvt Ltd, Bengaluru.but when i attended nearby authorised service center they said that whole air filter assembly to be replaced with this tiny filter but it is quite risky as RC – 1060 is not waterproof.i called the company, method automative, bengaluru & they said the same thing. so i did not change the air filter.
during detachment i noticed a quadrangular paper filter.so my question is, is this shaped(quadrangular) K&N filter available for Pulsar 200NS ???? If so then what is the model no of that filter??? plz reply me……. plz!!!!

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prateek vashishtha July 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm

hie Anand..
thank you so much for this clear explanation about 200ns..
I also want to buy a bike.and I’m interested in Yamaha fzs and Ns200…I want ur help and want to talk to you..
please contact me as soon as possible..
my email id is-
prateekvashishtha1feb@gmail.com

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Susair Hansda July 22, 2013 at 12:32 am

overall rating is towards 200NS. NS can be compared with Duke 200 only. in every aspect NS is better than FZ. Power, acceleration, top end, mileage, looks more aggressive, absolutely no vibration even at 140kmph. in all aspect NS is better than FZ. price is little bit high n little bit stiff than fz.
just go for NS dude, I assure you will not be disappointed…

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Anand July 29, 2013 at 2:37 am

Thanks Prateek, if you have queries then pm me in facebook..
As far as the bikes are concerned they’re very different in nature and are meant for different purposes, so t’ll be better to know your needs before i can say which one is better..

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Pavan Varma July 22, 2013 at 9:11 am

Hi Anand,

Thanks for giving the detail review on pulsar 200 NS.Earlier i was riding on pulsar 150. Now i want to take a new bike, the bikes in my mind are pulsar 200 NS, Yamaha FZ and hero Karizma R.
Can u advise me to which bike i can prefer,i am looking for mileage,stylish looking and comfortable while in long drive.

Thanks,
Pavan Varma

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Anand July 29, 2013 at 2:35 am

Take NS if you want a sport bike, FZ if u want a bike easier ta handle in normal daily city commute and Karizma if you are a tourer.

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Devendra August 16, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hi Anand,
I am planning to buy 200NS, please suggest me with the maintainence of bike,
And is it best to buy,

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Anand September 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

Depends on what are your requirements brother.. For eg. if your preferences are like that of a RE enthusiast this bike will no way help you. But yeah if it satisfies your requirements then all i can say that it can be a wise buy..

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hithen August 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Guys Im prchasing this bike within 3to4 days , So can u suggest me To Do List while purchasing this bike… ex: tires, rm locking system etc…
So that guys like me helpful from this blog :-)
Thanking You in advance

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rajat solanki September 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Bro plyz suggest me weather I should goo for pulsar 200ns or pulsar 220 f or r15 v2 which one is better bike to go for

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Anand September 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Depends on what your preference is.. Take R15- if u want a pure track tool, full sporty performance..
For an “i want to do everything” requirement ill suggest for the Pulsar – Well i suggest NS when i mean pulsar now, until and unless the rider needs the semi fairing of 220F for tacking the windblasts (required if u’re a highway man)..

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Pramod November 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Anand,
Bit confused on your mention about 200NS would best 220F in a straight stretch but latter has a better top end and high speed stability,especially you having clocked a GPS speed which is higher than claimed top speed of 220F.
Secondly..has bajaj done away with rev limiter on this one,.? I am sure it was there and experienced it on a test ride.
Anyways nice review..!

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Vijay November 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Rev Limiter on NS kicks in at 11,000 rpm…
//latter has a better top end and high speed stability//
P220 has a softer suspension and alongwith the half fairing that avoids windblasts to an extent, it feels more comfortable on the highway speeds above 130kmph..
NS on the default suspension setting, is a bit bouncy at that speeds and windblasts are discomforting..

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Pramod November 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Pls refer point no.1 under 200NS-Duke comparo, mentioned by Anand . he claims 200NS will go all the way it can where as in Duke it is restricted at 136-138 kmph, which confused me.

Vijay November 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm

//Pls refer point no.1 under 200NS-Duke comparo, mentioned by Anand . he claims 200NS will go all the way it can where as in Duke it is restricted at 136-138 kmph, which confused me.//

Its not a rev limiter, but a speed limiter that I believe, is working on the Duke. Both bikes redline at around 135kmph (on speedo) in 5th gear. But as soon as you hit 138 on the duke(on speedo), you can feel the power being cut off.. NS on the other hand is unrestricted. there are many who claim to have done 150+ on the NS (my best being 140 with pillion)..

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Arya Bisma January 16, 2014 at 11:50 pm

you doubt NS at flooded area, don’t you? here watch the video I made
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaO8Om-1tnM

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Nitin April 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Hi Anand,

I am From Indore
I am confused I m not take the decision for 200 you have good knowledge about 200 ns because you are using so please suggest can I take this bike or not .
Please Replay ASAP

Thanks,
Nitin Tambe

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