Pulsar 200NS owndership experience

As team BikeAdvice was trying hard to get the all new Bajaj Pulsar 200NS for a test ride, we were very glad to find Mr. Akshay from Bangalore who was very happy to share across his ownership experience with the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS to us. So here is the detailed P200NS ownership interview we had with him.

Sharat:- Tell us something about yourself, your previous bikes and the biking passion you posses.

Akshay:- My biking history started humbly with my mum’s Kinetic Honda ZX, a bike that was almost as old as me. Learnt riding on that bike, and have so many memories of good times, crashes, falls and the rest! Once I completed my education I needed a bike for work commute and my parents agreed to buy me a bike on the condition that I pay them back on a monthly basis. I agreed, and that’s how I ended up buying a yellow Honda CBF Stunner 125. This is the bike that got me bitten by the biking bug. It all started with rides to the nearby Nandi Hills and went on to riding 100km to the Cauvery River. I suddenly found the Stunner to be more of a commuter than a highway cruiser, and wanted to get something better. 6 months of ownership and 17,000km on odo later, and after much research, I settled on the R15. I got 45k for the Stunner, which was the exact down payment for the R15. Exchanged the Stunner and proudly brought the Yamaha home, much to the surprise and amazement of my parents. The next 2 years were the hardest for me financially as I was paying my parents for the Stunner as well as paying an EMI for the R15. What a brilliant bike! It was everything I wanted and I ended up modding it with Race Concepts parts that made a brilliant bike even better!
ThisYammy really spoilt me with Pulsar 220 beating power and a fuel efficiency of between 40 – 52kmpl depending on riding conditions. After numerous 600km+ rides to Hyderabad, Gokarna, etc. I realized that the R15 was a bit too taxing on the body due to its stiff suspension and committed riding position. This is when the urge to change to a more comfortable bike took over. 2 years of paying EMI’s had left me without any savings and I unfortunately had to sell my beloved R15 after 2 years and 40,000km of ownership.

Bajaj P200NS ownership interview

Sharat:-  Out of so many bikes in the Indian market, what motivated you to choose BAJAJ Pulsar 200NS? What other bikes did you consider buying?

Akshay:-  My eyes were on the CBR250R, with the bike being touted as a Sports-Tourer. A test-ride confirmed that it would be the perfect bike for me! Started calculating finance requirements and such, but lots of last minute issues ensured that the 250R would remain just a dream at 1,70,000 rupees! I then started thinking of the KTM Duke 200 as it seemed to be the best value-for-money proposition, and I’ve always wanted to own a naked after owning the fully-faired R15. This was again not to be as my finance scheme got rejected at the last minute.. This is when the 200NS finally launched in Bangalore and I got to see the bike in the flesh. Now, let me tell you that although I learnt riding on my cousin’s Pulsar 150 Classic way back in 2001, I wasn’t much of a Pulsar fan and actually hated the bikes for their crappy quality and myriad issues. I’d been following stories of the 200NS with grudging respect for all the good things I’d been hearing about the bike. Seeing the bike in the flesh and taking a test-ride completely convinced me that this was a great product and would suit my requirements perfectly! Paid the entire amount instantly and took delivery of my Emerald Blue Pulsar 200 NS – my Night Fury! The NS is continually amazing me with it’s handling, poise, raw power and sheer toughness.. This is THE value-for-money motorcycle for the biking enthusiast, and there’s no two ways about it.

Sharat:-  How has been your ownership experience so far? I am sure you would be the center of attraction out there on the roads.

Akshay:-  I’m still on the honeymoon phase of owning and riding a new bike, and the bike hasn’t disappointed at all! 10 days of ownership and close to 2000km on odo says it all. Surprisingly, not too many people on the road noticed the bike. I got the most number of eyeballs at traffic signals where people would be glancing around and would do a double-take on noticing the tall, beefy and good looking bike. Answered millions of questions on the price, mileage, issues, etc. The NS is so good that I’m not missing my R15 one bit! This is one bike I will NEVER sell, that’s how much it has impressed me. My next bike will be something big and I’ve started saving up already.

Sharat:-  How much did the bike cost in total and what was your waiting period experience?

Akshay:-  The bike cost me Rs. 1,00,481/- on-road, Bangalore. I had to wait for almost 20 days to get the bike. The waiting period was really hard as I’d sold the R15 and kept dreaming about riding away into the distance on the new steed. Passed time by reading review after review on the net.

Sharat:-   The old pulsars were not that great handlers, so this time is it a same story, or were you blown away with its new engineering?

Akshay:-  Like I said earlier, I wasn’t a big fan of the Pulsar’s and always considered them to be clumsy handling, un-refined, un-reliable machines. This model is a quantum leap for Bajaj and the engineering finesse really shows. I found the bike more poised and much more stable than the R15 around corners, and that really is saying something! The bike is almost vibe-free and most people will never believe that they’re riding a Bajaj product! Awesome motorcycle, definitely must ride to experience Indian engineering at it’s best.

P200NS Top Speed

Sharat:-   How does the bike perform in city conditions and highways?

Akshay:-  Although the bike sports a short-stroke engine design, there is surprisingly adequate torque at low and mid-range rpms! Where the R15 struggled in the city, the NS pulled away effortlessly, even with a pillion. The power delivery is VERY linear, with the power delivery progressively getting stronger with the build-up of revs. 7,000rpm onwards you start feeling a strong surge which gets truly manic from 8,000rpm all the way to the 11,000rpm redline! By mounting a Go-Pro camera on tank and taking speedo readout as the reference, the NS leapt from 0-100kmph in 9.6 seconds and went on to record a mighty 151kmph top speed!! On the speedo, the bike gets to 100kmph in the first 10 seconds, 140kmph in the next 10 and 150kmph in another 10 seconds. 0-top speed in 30 seconds now that’s fantastic performance!
The bike can putter around calmly in the city at 4,000rpm in the 6th gear. Highway cruising is best at 60-70kmpl with the bike being completely sound and vibe-free at those speeds, feeling more like a Honda Unicorn. Highest cruising speed without making the engine feel stressed is 100-110kmph. The wind-blast can really be felt on this bike post 100kmph though, but that maybe because I’m used to the awesome aerodynamics of the R15 at high speeds.

Sharat:-   There is been talks that its the same KTM 200 engine with few tweaks, What do you think about it? And how different is it with the KTM mill?

Akshay:-  The bike does share a few KTM parts, but the engineering is completely different. Yes – the bore, the exhaust, the stance all looks similar, but the bike has a completely different character altogether! The NS is much more relaxed, both in acceleration, highway cruising and seating posture. The gears are longer, the bike is much more silent and gives better fuel efficiency than the Duke. This coupled with the larger 12 liter tank, proper sized pillion seat and much more user-friendly engine makes the 200NS a slightly better option than the completely maniac and aggressive Duke. I guess both bikes appeal to riders of different attitudes. After all, your ride does reflect your riding style and taste to a large extent!

Sharat:-  This is been the first bike to hose a triple spark plug. Is there any difference which you feel while riding, from a traditional single or twin(like the older pulsars)?

Akshay:-  There isn’t any difference in feel, having 3 spark plugs firing away beneath you. The difference may only be technical, helping the NS achieve great throttle response, good fuel economy and controlled emissions. Nothing that you’ll feel while actually riding this monster.

P200NS Mileage

Sharat:-  Coming back to one of India’s main concern- What’s the average?

Akshay:-  The lowest the NS returned was 30kmpl under very hard riding and highest has been 38kmpl with both sedate city cruising along with a few speed bursts thrown in.

Sharat:-  Let us know what attracted you the most after riding about close to 2000kms.

Akshay:-  I think what I like the most about the 200NS is the confidence and assurance you feel when you’re out riding. The bike is so stable, so planted and has enough performance to leave behind almost every vehicle on Indian roads. This is a mature bikers dream – being able to commute sedately, along with the ability to go bonkers on weekends with the exhilarating performance!

Sharat:-  Who should buy this bike and who shouldn’t? Please advice potential buyers.

Akshay:-  Since this bike is such an all-rounder, it would suit everyone from a college-goer, to a commuter and even to a biking enthusiast. The bike looks good, goes great and is easy on the pocket too. The amount of power the bike delivers along with its sheer capability makes you remember the saying “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”. This beauty can definitely get you in trouble easily, but with even slightly decent riding skills anyone can feel and ride like a pro! The P200NS is surely a revolution!!

P200NS riding experience by Akshay

It was really a very detailed explanation about the new Pulsar 200NS and I would like to thank Mr. Akshay for sharing his ownership experience for BikeAdvice readers.

By Sharat Aryan

Team BikeAdvice

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  1. hhaha,,dude u made it sound like it has traction control,,u ve over praised it
    it is a pulsar!!! and r15 is Yamaha ,,will give u a run for your Money if u get the sum-feeling u got in the r15 and durability ,please just give it 12000kms,,u wont believe wat hit u,,,am tired of p’ple comparing the baby Yamaha,to this funny 200 segment bikes it has beaten them so many times but u still compare,,,compare tht NS WITH the 200’S,,the DUKE 200,,,NINJA 250,,cbr 250,,I mean if its above 200 cc it shld be compared to the above,,not with the bike which is 150cc,, logically wat u doing is giving more market to the baby Yamaha,,,,,SRY if am being too OPINIONIATED My parents told me am entitled to my,, OPINION..

    • I am on your side..Comparison should be between the bikes of the same segment. The real rivals of this bike should be CBR 250 R, Duke 200 ( since they are 250cc and single cylinder engines ). Can be even compared to Ninja 250 and CBR 150 R ( in terms of comfort and durability ).

      Anyway Pulsar 200 NS is a nice looking bike and it will attract a lot of youngsters.

    • Always remember one thing, R15 is so much respected bike in India, every single new bike is compared with R15 if it is above 150cc. I never saw a review where people comparing, pulsar 200 and CBR 150. Try to understand its the baby YAMAHA who is such awesome machine, everyone just wants compare with.

      • Exactly Abhey… u are absolutely right!!! R15 is a revolutionary bike whose performance will always scratch a question if it is just 150cc

    • It shows that r15 is way ahead from the segment it should belong, these kinds of comparision are compliment for r15…
      but there is the price issue with drags r15 to the 200cc above segment.

      • R15 is actually an exception dude…… even if its a 150cc ‘BABY”….it delivers a top speed close to the one provided by a 200cc “MONSTER”….so it can b compared……R15 is a good model of perfection and performance.

  2. The Pulsar 200NS is surely a giant leap. But “more poised and much more stable than the R15 around corners”. This really sounds odd.

  3. Awsome review …. By the way can you tell me wheather duke and ns share ,same oil filter or they are diff ..is it easily available in market

  4. http://www.autobikeindia.com/728/new-2012-bajaj-pulsar-200-ns-launched-in-india




    check those links then tell me the top speed of NS…. !!!!

    Never give fake info at bike advice web .. coz many of bikeadvice readers read reviews everyday…and such info may misguide them…!!

    Did u saw the lunch event of NS.. where Mr Bajaj talked about NS.. and yes Performance is good but top seed is claimed by Mr Bajaj is 135 kmph and milage is 58 kmpl..!!

    Comparing R15 with NS is not Fair…!! both are made for different purpose.
    Abt speed corning R15 V1 set benchmark…!!
    Just get ride of R15 V2 then ur doughts will be cleared regarding mid range torque(city conditions) and performance regarding 0-60kmph and 0-100kmph according to its power (150cc and 17ps) is very good even batter the 200cc and 23 Ps.. You can try high speed cornering with V2 and ur confident will be surprised..!!

    Rest the review is very good..!!

  5. This review was like a conversation and good. But you told that Pulsar is more stable on roads than R15, the words of santanu is true or not?

  6. ha ha ha .funny owner dummy bike.i own an r15 v2 and my friend own an new pulsar 200 ns . A well knowledged person about bike will not even take this review even as dramatic cinema story . With 150 cc r15 can easily claim 135 to 140 kmph .this is what called as fantastic engineering ……..p200 ns_cks

  7. Guys i have got PULSAR 200NS. . .And uptill nw have clocked abt 3200kms on odo. .which includes 4 to 5 long tours. . Ridden through ghats and with the pillion on i enjoy bending the bike on turns at abt 80-85 and i never had a wory.
    R15 is the great bike and i hv a lot of affectn for tht bike.
    But plz dnt underestimate and show down the PULSAR 200NS.
    And one thing the people who say that why they are comparing R15 with the 200NS,
    The reasn is R15 is a benchmark in Indian Motorcycle history.
    Bikes are nt compared on power but the fact tht do they have a controlled agression and refined output…..

    • Again said ! I have never ridden a fantastic machine like R15 ! Even cbr150 feel underpowered while ridding in city. sad even after years together, honda is unable to make a better than legendry R15

    • If you Compare…Be sure to compare Price too….Honda CBR is terribly Overpriced ! It cost almost 1.7L , 70,000 over NS ?

      You Get almost every thing in NS except Full faring & Fi and even much more over CBR. It a Person, CBR150 looks damn ugly.

      Can anyone justify what honda did with those 70000 bucks ?

    • even if you compare 200NS with CBR150, NS is faster, quicker, & better than CBR150. Do you know that even CBR150 is priced higher than NS which doesn’t have an engine kill switch on it, even Bajaj Discover has a engine kill switch, while CBR150 is a premium 150cc bike except R15 provide a quality switches.
      NS has a better weight to power ratio than CBR250 also, & if can’t compare a 150cc premium bike (R15, CBR150) which r more expensive than NS than why you comparing it with a 250cc bike which has a full faring.

      Except the looks of NS is better than R15 & CBR150 in every angle, if Pulsar 200NS gets a full faring like R15 or CBR150 these 150cc baby will even can’t touch Pulsar 200.

  8. Comparing R15 with NS is ok since R15 set a bench mark in Indian Bike History, but technical comparisons shouldn’t be done. Companies started launching new stylish bikes only after the launch of R15 which created a fear in other motobike companies. No bikes can take the place of R15 it purely rocks. U can feel it only if U own it. Anyhow NS will grab youngsters until launch of another new bike. 🙂

  9. Why cant pulsar 200ns compared with R15???……
    Both are placed in sports segment with different engine capacity…and in the categorie of cost…a true vfm bike even launched in india…better than overpriced bike seller honda

  10. Hello My Dear Friends, Pulsar 200NS Is Like Godfather Really No Bike Can Match It In All Things It Has Smoothness,Pickup,Top Speed,Mileage,Comfort.Etc O Sorry And Main Thing Price The King Of Road Pulsar I Like One Thing About Bajaj They Give Powerful Bikes In Low Range And 200NS Can Beat All Bike In Market At This Time Apache 180 Yamaha R15 All Says R15 Is 150cc Why Are You Comparing To 200cc Bikes The Price Of Yamaha R15 Is 1,25000 And Pulsar 200NS 95,000 Only Thank You…………..!!!!!!!

    • Godfather ..!! that means old ..!!

      Buddy even you can visit BAJAJ plant, all most every employee is under 40 age.. so they make bike for youngster not for old..!! And Pulsar is for Young.

      You are right.. Ns is wonderful bike. We will be/are proud owner too but i dont agree the statement
      “No Bike Can Match It In All Things It Has Smoothness,Pickup,Top Speed,Mileage,Comfort.Etc O Sorry And Main Thing Price The King Of Road Pulsar”..!!
      This statement is 100% true if comparing with old Pulsar Gen.. but comparing with other brands like Yamaha R15, Honda CBR 250.. its not 100% true..!!!
      Few Reasons
      Comparing Top Speed- CBR 250 is faster and R15 can compete and no vibs in any speed. (Ns has smother engine then old pulsar series but there is vibs @ 4k to 6k Rpm and above 9k Rpm.)

      Comparing Smoothness- Honda’s and Yamaha’s engine is much smooth then Ns and Yes Ns have vibs in high speed but less then old pulsar.

      Comparing Pickup- R15 0-60kmph 3.2 sec cbr 0-60kmph 4.3 sec and Ns 0-60kmph 4.7 sec..( R15 is fast coz of power to weight Ratio) 0-100kmph CBR And NS Is Faster with few sec.

      Comparing Mileage- Yes Ns has got 3 spark plug tech and it gives decent mileage 53 Kmpl, R15 48 kmpl Cbr 42kmpl.

      Comparing Comfort- Cbr 250 has got very comfort seat , Ns has comfort, R15 is true sport so comfort is ok.

      Comparing Price- Ns is Cheapest then Other But “Quality doesn’t come in Cheaper rate” hope u know.

      Pulsar series dont have FI in any current models. coz Bajaj didnt successes till date in FI. ( p220 had FI but Failed) So Ns is cheaper. Built quality Of Ns is very good then Old Pulsar.. Still waiting for durability and reliability of NS. And am Sure Pulsar will have FI in coming Pulsar.

      Although Ns have got engine from Ktm Duke 200 It dont have engine smoothness as KTM DUKE. Hope You know about Ns Engine. But the engine head is Pure Bajaj and Bajaj can only use more Spark plugs then other brand and I Salute BAJAJ Engineering dept.. 4 valve and 3 spark plug (7 hole) in one head (NS). Great Job Man..!!

      • You need to do some research before posting shits buddy. This guys is obsessed with R15. I’m a proud owner of r15 since last one year, my cousin has bought P200Ns recently, I got a chance to ride from Palghat to Bangalore(420Kms). The handling of the bike is as good as that of my R15, but R15 is a whisker ahead. In power, I felt pns200 is way ahead, no question in that. I really do not know how from where did this guy get the knowledge that p200ns takes 4.7 sec, it just takes less than 4 sec(100 out of 100 times I can bet) to reach 60 from idle and R15 also takes that much time to get 60kmph from idle.
        Yamaha R15 is ahead in technology wise, p200ns doesn’t have Fuel Injection, yet Pulsar ns200 is worth a bike to buy. This machine can beat r15 on speed and power on any day and r15 can beat pulsar ns 200 on technology wise and handling wise on any day. And Superz, I can definitely say, after reading your comments, you’ve never tried riding a Duke 200 and Pulsar ns 200, you have only tried r15. The vibration ain’t that annoying as you were trying to portray it out. Accept the facts.
        In my opinion, p200ns is right up there with R15, if not ahead.

      • Bro…… My Friend Has Yamaha R15 V.2 It Gives 35 Only…….. And That’s Real Fact And I Agree With Ur Some Points But Nit All….

  11. Hoo man review is about P200NS but discussion is about R15 🙂

    Yes, R15 is a bench mark to Indian bike market and no other bike can be compared with it, but lets appreciate p200ns as well they have done their homework to have good performing bike

  12. NS rocks with killer price tag… If i have 1 lakh i will obviously go for NS.. obviously it is going to used for commuting…. NS gives comfortable commuting but R15 is cramped.. so NO long rides on a above 1 lakh priced bike… funny is’nt it 🙂

  13. Just saw the 200 NS top speed video.


    This will piss off a lot of those ‘blind’ Pulsar fanboys. Lol that sure is fun to do, but anyway, in my opinion, that 151 km/h reading in the video is total bogus. I’ll give you three reasons:

    1) I know that road. I use it every other day going home from work. It connects NICE Road to the PESIT college Ring Road. That road has some significant downhill stretches, so it’s not hard to achieve super high speeds traveling on them.

    2) The speed reading stays at 151 km/h for just about a millisecond. Even during the entire speed-band, the speed reading keeps fluctuating wildly unlike on other bikes. Take a look at the video yourselves. That’s definitely not something you can consider a ‘steady’ read. Just for show.

    3) The Pulsars have always had very optimistic speedometers, often giving riders an illusion that they are going faster than they really are. Every bike has speedometer errors, but Bajaj is famous for stretching that error margin to crazy lengths so their customers can have some instant pseudo-gratification, and I really don’t see how the NS is any different.

    Now, I want to stress this fact as slowly as I can so that it sticks with all the fanboys thinking the Pulsar is God – IT IS NOT – and it never will be with all it’s flaws and unrealistic self-projections.

    Logic + common sense dictates that this reading is a lot wrong-er than it’s allowed to be, so if I were a Pulsar fanboy, I would stop jumping with joy, accept that it’s a good bike, albeit with a very unsteady and inaccurate speedometer, and let peace prevail on the planet.

    PS: Congrats to the owner. It’s a good bike, and I’m sure you’ll continue to enjoy your ownership experience.

  14. GUYS. I have one major safety issue with the tank styling. imagine if you hit something at say 45kmph.Maybe a car.The tank is built in such a way that your balls will flatten.trust me i have read many articles about this .So i would like the bike advie guys to review this aspect considering the bike design

  15. I am seeing lot of Yamaha Fans disguising as PULSAR fans and trying to pull leg. I am sure they do not Own 200NS.

    TOP SPEED : 151 KMPH speed – NO , It is not possible , but I am sure it can easily Beat R15 (I have hands on Experience … I am an actual Long drive Freak- so believe me), But cannot Beat CBR 250.
    Even CBR has speedo error every Bike has.

    POWER: Can Easily beat R15 but little lower compared to CBR 250.

    R15 is for Boys who are looking for a Funky Bike!(With Quality Ride Ofcourse) and wanna impress girls.

    200NS is for Real MEN who are Bikers – thirsty for Speed and Power.

    CBR 250 is for BIKE FREAKS who are hungry for TOP SPEED and wanna overtake other Bikers.

  16. John, You are absolutely right.. I Have hands on experience in both the bikes for R15 (12 months) , 200 NS( 3 Months). I Ride aroung 100 kms daily.

    R15 – is for kids who want to attract girls
    p200ns – is for matured professionals

    This is s fact.. Not for any controversy

  17. Hi Meet.

    The Brakes of 200NS are almost similar to R15 , but not equally good.
    But yes have heard that it is 2 times better than P220.

    According to me it is easy to apply brakes all of a sudden without much Jerks.
    And is efficient enough.

  18. Review are good & i m impressed by ns….though i m planing to buy new bike for myself…bt i m confused between 200ns and avernger 220cc….can nyone suggest me which one to go for????

    • Definitely go for NS, which is more powerful than avenger, better handler in city as well as highways, a far better engine than of old 220 cc engine.

  19. I think the owner dint ride R15 till now so he is praising this 200 so much.
    I have gone on a 800kms ride on R15 its the best.Except CBR no one can beat it and thats too 250.
    R15 ni aati toh pulsor vahi gol headlight waali bikes bna rha hota abi tak… LoL

  20. R15 is good but 200ns is better, got bigger engine. Mileage of Both bikes are same but 200ns is more powerful and has got oil cooler.

  21. Bajaj should desain engine and body work which light, aerodynamic, good power distribution to wheel..which that what I felt for old pulsar generation, we have not get the NS here..I ride UG3 for 4 years..with 70+++km on ODo recently..vibes rate less then compare to Japanese Locally Bike made here with the same ages…Overall it a good comfort cruiser bike which give you pleasure and no frusterating hours on long ride..it just a matter of weight that annoying..maybe this weight also help during long cruise with it stability…riding 223 even on medium rev cause my ball shaked…on UG3 stay smooth even I have visited 8000k..wish I could review this NS personally…to bad Kawasaki Indonesia will take here and the one that will lauch here will be Injection ready to got our goverment regulation………………


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