Bajaj Pulsar NS160 Pros Cons. This makes the NS series good for two different price points, helping riders fulfill the desire of owning a typical benchmark street bike within a strict budget. It shares most of the components with the Pulsar NS200 while effective cost cutting can be seen in place when one looks at the spec sheet.
List of Pros
(1) Excellent Looks & Style: A sure-shot winner of its category, Bajaj Pulsar NS160 has looks that makes one fall in love at first sight. The impressive tank shrouds, demon inspired front fascia and thin tail section makes it the best-looking motorcycle of this segment. The muscular, chiseled body is a head turner for this price tag. Bajaj Auto uses dual tone body shades with Matte Grey insertions for a class leading visual experience.
(2) Good Amount of Power & Torque: The 160.3cc, single cylinder oil cooled motor is good for 15.5 PS at 8500 rpm and 14.6 Nm at 6500 rpm. The high amount of torque in usable rev band makes this Pulsar an excellent option for street riding. NS160 weighs 142 kg and proves to be the best thing Bajaj could offer in their in-house 150-160cc segment.
(3) Eye-Catching Shades: Pulsar NS160 can be bought in three exciting dual tone shades: Red, Grey and Blue, all of them mixes up very well with their dark matte shade. All of the shades have a huge 160 moniker on their tank extensions. The base shade is seen on the fuel tank, side panels around the headlight and lower engine panels. Timely inserts within the front fender adds premium touch to the motorcycle. Bajaj also offers body coded pinstripes on the NS160.
(4) Cool Instrument Console: The most advanced digital-analogue console from Bajaj is used on the NS160. It comes with an analogue tachometer while all other values like speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge are seen on the digital screen. The same is shared on Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and NS200. The informative display has different back-lit shades on all these motorcycles.
(1) Insufficient Braking: Bajaj Auto offers just 240 mm of front disc brake on NS160. This same sized disc was given on Discover 150 earlier. Rivals like Suzuki Gixxer costs almost same and offers dual disc brakes that are actually quite effective in their size. Honda CB Hornet even offers CBS as an added safety feature. The rear disc brake on the Gixxer matches the size of NS160’s front brake. Bajaj should have launched a double disc variant for a premium of around INR 3000-4000.
(2) No ABS: Single Channel ABS is offered in the Turkish version of NS160 while the one sold in India does not support the safety feature. The same single channel ABS is used on Pulsar RS200 in India with an increase in price of INR 12,000. Bajaj and Suzuki are only manufacturers to offer single channel ABS while all others bring dual channel ABS to the Indian market.
(3) Thin Tyres: Cost cutting took a toll on the shoes of Pulsar NS160. The wide and impressive rubber from NS200 was replaced with a smaller 80/100-17 for the front and 110/80-17 for the rear. The front tyre size on the Pulsar NS160 is identical to the one used on most 125cc bikes in India. The rivals are equipped with extra wide 100 and 140 section wheels.
(4) High Wet Weight: Bajaj Pulsar NS160 weighs 142 kg, making it the heaviest bike among its rivals in India. Yamaha FZ Fi weighs just 132 kg while the heavily loaded CB Hornet 160R with CBS weighs just 140 kg. This has a negative impact on initial acceleration and handling of the NS160. The bike would have crossed 145 kg if a rear disc and bigger tyres were on option.