Bajaj has always been successful in revolutionizing the Indian 2-wheeler scene here in India, the birth of the Pulsar series was an inevitable turning point for Indian Motorbiking Scene for the better and a hard wake-up call to other manufactures , so much so that they started taking India as a more serious market, yes I am talking about Yamaha, Honda and so on.
Now even with these, Bajaj had lacked in a very important department, bringing in new tech within its home grown product. Let’s be frank here, even though the Pulsars were really good and sold in large numbers, it did lack in the tech aspect, it lacked precision and control, it did not make the rider to feel complete confidence while riding it, it just wasn’t present, something which was slowly becoming more and more of a deciding factor for the Indian crowd, who themselves are evolving at an alarming rate(which is actually really great). As I have owned the Pulsar 220 for about 3 years and riding it for around 80k kms, I strongly felt the this is the area that they really lacked.
But what I love the most about this is that Bajaj did not just sit around and do nothing about it, while the other manufacturers are either sleeping or still ignoring India(Yes, that’s Yamaha I am talking about, Where the R25/R3 dammit ?!) but instead went for a total overhaul and thus the Pulsar 200NS which was miles ahead of the Pulsar 220 in almost every aspect than the then flagship product from the Bajaj stable , And they did not stop there, but instead now have come up with yet another product,the Pulsar RS200 which is India’s first home grown Liquid Cooled, ABS equipped,Fi fueled bike.
And this is no small achievement, though I would not want to comment on how well the Bike works as they have just started reaching dealerships for product launch and it still has to pass the litmus test which will be done by the customers who will be buying these products and putting the bike to its limits , only time will tell, and let’s hope it does it well. But more importantly, I hope this serves as yet another wake-up call to the other manufacturers and up their game.
We are not going to discuss about anything related to specifications or performance figures here, as this is not a review of the bike but instead just a thoughtful rant from a fellow biker who wants to share his view with other.
Now as we are still on this topic. The tag line Bajaj chose for the RS, well, it’s nothing but outright offensive and it ends up in projecting a bigger image where Bajaj are unofficially saying that they support street racing, which is a pity to hear from such a big brand. Not going to bitch more about this, but instead just hoping that they will hopefully change this approach, but hey after all is said and done, all they care about is the sales, so wasn’t this kind of expected ? Like I said before time will tell.
For now all I am waiting is for the bike to be available for test ride and would love to go and get a proper feel of how the bike really is.
Would love to know what you guys think about it, so do comment below and let us know.