The 2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200
It Looks Great – But Will We Ever See The Bajaj Pulsar In The USA?
Curry isn’t the only hot thing to come out of India. Introducing the brand new 2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200; a compact sports bike with a touring touch. If you’re looking for a smaller capacity motorcycle to get you from A to B, then take a look at this.
Underneath the muscular yet aerodynamic full fairing lies a powerful 199.5cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder SOHC and 4 valve engine, boasting 24hp. For a 200cc engine, that’s a fair amount, especially when you consider the Pulsar’s top speed, a wild 140km/h (87mph). And that’s not all either – this Indian made machine has designs to take on the export market and when compared with its Chinese rivals, it’s sure to blow them out of the water. If you’re not familiar with Bajaj, you soon will be; they’re not a disposable brand, like Lifan or Zongshen, they’ve already been since the 1930s and they’re set to be a real contender.
Why? Because they put thought into their designs and produce machines that not only work but come with a wide range of comforts not usually found in the small capacity range.
Aside from the perfectly sculpted and aerodynamically efficient full fairing, the Pulsar RS200 also comes with twin projector headlamps and a cute LED tail light, standard telescopic forks up front but an unprecedented Nitrox mono shock at the rear (complete with piggy back), front and rear disc brakes with single channel Bosch powered ABS. The ABS isn’t standard but comes as an add-on for a reasonable extra cost.
On top of that, the 2015 Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is also fitted with a digital speedometer and fuel gauge, 17” rims with tubeless tires and a racing exhaust.
All of that comes at a price of just over $2000 USD (for the ABS package), which I think is an absolute bargain. Don’t forget that Bajaj aren’t just some fly by night company – they know what they’re doing. In more recent years, Bajaj have been responsible for India’s distribution of Kawasakis and KTMs. They’re no stranger to the premium market.
But Will We Ever See The Bajaj Pulsar In The USA?
In short, probably not. While there is a growing interest in small capacity motorcycles in the USA, it would take something special to unseat the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 or Yamaha R3 from the top step of the podium. And for many Americans, a Bajaj is just too foreign – but in time that mentality will change, and thanks to Bajaj’s partnerships with better known manufacturers, it won’t be long until we see their models on our streets on a regular basis. But the 2015 Bajaj Pulsar might be a tall order.