If we have to nitpick, we only had two grudges against Pulsar 200NS – it sported Eurogrip tyres and the grunt (of the 220) was missing. We can take that lack of grunt as the characteristic of the new-gen engine but Eurogrips were something which could have been avoided! Whenever we asked Bajaj, if and when is the rubber changing the answer always was ‘they are at par with the competition‘.

Nonetheless, it was back in December 2014, one of our reader spotted the 200NS shod with MRF tyres and it appears that Bajaj is offering them along with Eurogrips in some batches since Sep-Oct last year. This year three new Pulsars have joined the ranks which include the new flagship – ABS equipped Pulsar RS200 and the new Adventure twins – AS150 and AS200.

Pulsar AS 200 Eurogrip

We specifically and carefully noticed that each motorcycle from the stage-showcased ones at all the media events in Delhi and Pune to the showroom display motorcycles in Bangalore as well as Bhopal sported the MRF tyres. We were convinced that Bajaj has ditched the Eurogrips completely at least for the new 200 Pulsars. However, it was a couple of days back our Pune team mate shared this pic with us! It is the AS200 with Eurogrip tyres!

This leads us to believe that Bajaj is going to supply the AS200 (and also possibly the AS150) with both the tyre options depending on the user demand since they target sales of about 10,000 units per month. But will you really want an inferior tyre for the same amount of money?

Pulsar-AS200

This motorcycle we rode in Bhopal was shod with MRF tyres

We are writing this quick text to keep you informed about this and if you are concerned about the rubber, do make a note of the tyres at the time of booking your bike, so that you can avoid those under-performing Eurogrips.

Pulsar-RS200-vs-AS200

Bajaj used to offer the Eurogrips on their smaller bikes in order to have a back-up against MRF and to meet the demand. We sincerely hope and believe that the flagship Pulsar RS200 comes only with MRF rubber. If you spot one with Eurogrips factory fitted do send us the tip…

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5 COMMENTS

  1. A cheap move by Bajaj. They intend to sell the eurogrips to people with the lack of knowledge and will provide MRF’s to people who demand.

    • exactly my friend who ventured to buy a p150 recently was shown the bike with eurogrips..he stated he will buy the bike with Mrf tyres only else will move on to next bajaj showroom..he got a phone call in evening..ur bike is ready with MRF tyres!

      • Think of a huge number of people who dont know the difference between Eurogrip’s and MRF’s.

        They end up referring to other buyers saying new pulsars have issues with road grip please buy something else.

  2. Here in Pune Bajaj is maintaining double standards as well, I enquire for
    AS 200 at Sai Service, Shivajinagar and another showrooms at Wakdewadi,Fatima nagar etc. I found that Bajaj is selling AS200 is Eurogrip as well as in MRF tires. At Wakdewadi showroom i saw 30 -40 AS200 black with MRF tires, whereas at Sai Service, Shivajinagar they told AS200 comes in only eurogrip and not with MRF tires.
    Further i enqiure this issue at Wakdewadi Bajaj Showroom, the service guy told me that “in company they fit whichever tire they get hands on, so in lot you will find MRF tires and in other lot you will find onlyeurogrip tires to AS200”.
    1.Is Bajaj not capable to maintain one tire brand for Pulsar AS200?
    2.Does Bajaj Assembly line manager as no control over which tire brand to use to AS200?
    What the heck is this, Bajaj is playing with our belief, knowing that eurogrip is not good on turns and slips off eventually on braking they purposely fitted the same tire on AS200. The bike with maximum power comes with such a poor performance tire.
    I pleade #BikeAdvice to look into this serious issue.

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