The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is the latest presentation from the home-grown automaker in the sub-200cc segment. Considering that it is in its early days, the market response to the product is still unknown. However, with the macho look, some cool features on board, and considering how well its predecessors have performed in the market, it would be safe to assume it to be one among the most popular motorcycles of this segment.
With just a few days into this major launch, let’s find out some cool facts and features about it and be acquainted with what this naked 160 is capable of and to what extent we can expect this motorcycle to be as popular as the other Pulsars.
The Bajaj Pulsar 160NS was first launched in some of the international markets like Nepal and Turkey. In India, the introduction of this motorcycle was rather late. But now, we already have a big range of motorcycles to choose from among the Pulsar series. Introducing or re-introducing new model has been a very regular feature that the company has got up its sleeves. Hence, one can easily say, “Another day, another new Pulsar up the block”. Sigh!
The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is just a replica of the NS 200 and the NS 150. The overall body design of a naked street motorcycle has been retained. It is still based on the perimeter frame and has the fierce approach about it.
The new NS 160 imitates the same concept as seen in its bigger brother, the NS 200. The Pulsar NS 160 makes a highest power of 15.5 bhp at 8,500 revs per minute and a peak torque of 14.6 Nm at 6,500 revs per minute. This engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission gearbox along with an oil cooler unit.
We have that undeniable fact, that is, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 150 and the AS 150 are most powerful motorcycles in the segment, producing 17 bhp of power apiece. Humongous for a 150 cc motorcycle. But, for a change, the NS 160 is different. The power production has been kept to a bare minimum while the torque has been tuned up. The traditional Pulsar 150 made 14 bhp of power with 13 Nm torque. This new NS makes 14.6 Nm torque.
The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is around 5 kgs lighter than the NS 150 and has a kerb weight of 135 kgs only. It has front disc brakes and rear drums with an option of ABS (anti-lock braking system) on the front wheel. The NS 160 has wider tyres than the NS 150 as well.
Bajaj will continue its legacy in the sub 200 cc segment with the competition expanded further. The new NS 160 is a step forward in taking on the new 160 cc segment which has the relatively newer and popular Honda Hornet 160R and the powerful TVS Apache RTR 160.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 has a BS IV compliant engine along with AHO (automatic headlamps on). Moreover, this motorcycle will have all the necessary punch on the road and the freeway (higher torque for the thrust) that we felt was lacking in its predecessor, the AS 150.
We all know that the new Pulsar NS 160 has a perimeter frame and an oil cooking unit. This makes the motorcycle the most pocket-friendly Pulsar that has oil cooling. So all the Pulsar fanatics – thumbs up!
The price factor
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is launched at an exclusive showroom price of Rs. 80,648 (Rs. 94,853 on road price in Pune), which makes it priced more or less similar to the competitors. The Honda Hornet is priced at Rs. 95,770 (on road price) while the Gixxer is priced at Rs. 95,035 (on road price). However, it is more expensive than the TVS Apache 160.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 is one of the hundred attempts that the company had made towards the redemption of the NS, AS and RS series. The classic Pulsar series (including the 200F) has been nothing short of legendary. But the same cannot be termed for the newer series, despite the fact that the NS 200 has been doing better business than the AS and the RS.
But one thing is for sure. The Pune-based company is sure to provide its fanatics with the best possible options which are indicated by the proactive juggling from one model to the other, keeping in mind the relevance with the current market demands. As an example, if the designing of the AS 150 wasn’t enough, the introduction of the NS 160 (people loved the naked street designing) is the much-needed cover for the lesser known ones.