A sequel to any blockbuster faces an uphill challenge, to live up to tall expectations. The Pulsars can proudly proclaim themselves the biggest all-Indian two-wheeler success story, which means the new 200NS has its hands full.
The Pulsar 200NS must embrace the family DNA to strike a balance between sporty and practical if it is to successfully lift the baton from where the outgoing Pulsars sign off.
A twin-spar, steel frame ranks amongst the biggest upgrades on the Pulsar 200NS. A pair of hydraulic forks are standard in front, while an adjustable, gas-charged monoshock holds fort at the rear. The 200NS supports its rear suspension with a rectangular swingarm.
The NS provides a well padded, roomy split saddle, and is a comfortable bike to pilot thanks to an upright riding position. The Pulsar easily holds its line when committed mid-corner, even as it falls short of feeling as light and effortless to turn-in as its sibling, the 200 Duke. Ride quality is good. The TVS made tyres on our test bike performed reasonably well when riding the new Pulsar, but there is still lot of room for improvement.
The 200NS brakes are really good, Brembo petal type front and rear discs that allowed us to stop the NS from 60kph in a scant 16.4 meters during brake testing.