Pulsar RS200, a new beginning for the Indian motorcycling scene ?

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.

Pulsar 220F

Pulsar 220F

 

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.

Pulsar RS200

Pulsar RS200

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.

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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.

Seriously ?!!

Seriously ?!!

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.

Cheers
Ride Safe
Krishna

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5 responses to “Pulsar RS200, a new beginning for the Indian motorcycling scene ?

  1. – the Indian 2-wheeler scene here in India

    – bajaj’s didn’t lack in ‘tech’ it went from fi to carb, squeezed in lot more spark plugs, all in the name of vfm tech. What it lacked in, was consistent quality

    – yamaha got this technology to india at a very ballsy half a decade ago. So how are they ‘sleeping?’ Bajaj has merely adopted this technology standard ‘now’
    Be glad they have because that only means someone else having to try harder to push the envelope ahead, and that way… The industry/us benefits!

    🙂 write more. Write often

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    • Hi Satyen,
      I generalized the ‘tech’ word as covering many aspect, the crappy chassis , the handling which was very below par and not inspiring confidence and lack of good suspension and such features until the NS came along. Probably generalizing it as tech wasn’t the wisest of word choice.

      Yamaha sleeping again i mentioned towards the delay in r25, something i think any Yamaha fan might be waiting for.

      Indeed it is us the biker who are benefitting from this and I’m really glad this is happening.

      And thanks for the encouragement mate. That’s the plan 🙂

      Cheers
      Ride safe
      Krishna

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  2. Are you sure? Cause after shifting from the ZMA to the P220, I feel as though I’m riding an imported adventure series bike, courtesy to the buck load of sensors and flashy flashy features(Yup! The new color scheme does add 2bhp 😀 )

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    • That is the difference Ashwin, compared to ZMA , it may have more sensors on the dash, but other models do have more electronic wizardry , and with the RS being equipped with ABS and Fi, and ECU controlling the fueling its only going to increase.
      I thought the new color scheme drops 2 bhp 😛

      Cheers
      Ride Safe

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