Bajaj Pulsar NS160: Everything You Need To Know
Did you know that the Pulsar NS160 undercuts most of its rivals? Here are the top 5 facts you need to know about the sporty commuter from BajajDid you know that the Pulsar NS160 undercuts most of its rivals? Here are the top 5 facts you need to know about the sporty commuter from Bajaj
Everyday two-wheelers, once known to be bland and basic became more exciting, sporty and tech-laden, thanks to the introduction of the Pulsar brand. The NS200, the first liquid-cooled engine-equipped Pulsar took the segment by storm by offering a spirited performance at an affordable price. Bajaj then shifted its focus towards capturing the 160cc motorcycle space. The Pulsar 150 was a bit too commuter-like to make the cut, and this is where the smaller NS160 comes in. And here’s everything you need to know about this sporty commuter from Bajaj.
Looks Like The NS200:
Yes, both the NS200 and the NS160 look almost identical to each other, but the styling was intentional as enthusiasts loved the transformer-like look on the NS160’s larger sibling. The only way to tell the two apart is the NS160’s skinnier tyres, stickering and a visually smaller engine.
Gets a 4 Valve engine:
The baby NS is powered by a 160.3cc, single-cylinder engine with oil cooler. It's capable of producing 15.5PS at 8500rpm and 14.6Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm, mated to a 5-speed transmission. Interestingly, the engine features a 4-valve setup which inherently offers better combustion and higher efficiency. This configuration could also make it easier for the manufacturer to upgrade it for BS6 emissions norms.
Features A Perimeter Frame:
The NS160 is the only bike in its segment to come equipped with a perimeter frame. The capable chassis, paired with a light front end helps the bike handle rather well. Further aiding its handling capabilities is its suspension setup which comprises of a telescopic fork and a Nitrox monoshock. Its 17-inch wheels come wrapped in 90/90 front and 120/80-section rear tyres.
Comes With Single-channel ABS:
Thanks to mandatory government safety regulations, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 now comes equipped with the safety net of single-channel ABS as standard. However, the added equipment has resulted in a price hike of around Rs 6,500 over the non-ABS variant. A 240mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc help anchor the NS160.
Priced at Rs 92,595, the Bajaj Pulsar NS160 isn’t the most affordable 160cc motorcycle in the country, but it still undercuts a majority of its rivals. These include the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Fi (Rs 99,101), the Yamaha FZS-FI (Rs 97,680) and the Honda CB Hornet 160R priced at Rs Rs 94,608 (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). That said, the price for the baby NS is likely to increase in the near future when Bajaj updates it with a fuel-injection system in order to comply with stringent emissions norms.