Feb 22, 2012

15 Pulsar 200NS: Story of it’s evolution in sketches

Design sketches that show how the Next Gen Pulsar (200NS) was styled by Bajaj Auto..

Creating an automotive legend/cult is itself a rare event in history. But when it comes to upgrading an established automotive icon to the next level, it becomes an even tougher (and even a risky) task.

Posted below is the story of the evolution of such a cult motorcycle brand "Pulsar" in it's latest next gen avatar, the Pulsar 200NS.

Well begun is half done” goes the popular saying. Even for automobiles/motorcycles the saying holds true in the form of “styling”. Get the styling correct and selling becomes superfluous. But the real challenge comes when one needs to upgrade a brand which becomes very popular. The manufacturer faces the dilema whether to go for an evolution (and risk playing it too safe) or for a revolution (and risk messing with the original design).

The in house design team of Bajaj seems to have taken a leap of faith and the result is all there for us to see. The Pulsar 200NS has turned out so well that it will look equally at home when parked either at a street in Pune or Paris..!!

The following sketches shows the design inspirations, iterations and attention to details which the designers at Bajaj Auto which went behind creating this next generation Pulsar. It’s evident that the designers used the lines of the original (2007-2009) Pulsar 200 as the design inspiration.

From the fashion conscious “youth culture” to the stance of a “raging bull”, the designers took inspirations from various sources. Signature “Pulsar” design cues like the twin pilot lamps, twin strip LED tail light, the side and tail panels, the way the seat flows into the tank have been carefully retained in the current upgrade.

Have the designers done justice to the next generation Pulsar 200NS?

I definitely think so. Also the sketches probably give us a glimpse of more good things that we can expect from future Pulsars. But above all the sketches and the final product (Pulsar 200NS) shows how much an Indian manufacturer has moved ahead towards becoming world class.

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Anonymous said...

Arguably the best looking naked bike in india.The FZ16 look weakling in front of it.

sunil said...

the sketches show that bajaj has a solid in house design team. kudos to the team at bajaj

Shaiju B said...

Truly exceptional!! Is it designed by Bajaj or outsourced to any European company, any idea?

S.P - Biker Next Door said...


according to Mr. Bajaj the styling of the new Pulsar was done completely in house by Bajaj

Anonymous said...

fz 16 is cult now...pulsar 200 ns is mix of some many bikes....

Shaiju B said...

In that case, its a huge achievement.

Anonymous said...

fz-16 is cult now...pulsar 200ns is mix of lot bikes

Anonymous said...

Not to start any argument if FZ16 is a cult what can pulsar be called be it the original classic pulsars ? You tell me my friend Pulsar was always the king,the man who started every thing.Pulsar when it was launched,it not only had the classic brawny naked look but also had the stuff (power and engine capacity) to match those looks which also gave it a distinct character and appeal and impact on the people and at the same time being light on the pockets too and good fuel economy and also came with much more practicality.Now when yammie launched their FZ 16 they were successful in introducing the modern european naked looks to the people of india and also did manage to come out with a more beefier stuff like monocross,all plastic tank, big forks short exhaust etc.But despite all this the they failed in delivering a balanced package with the good fuel efficiency and performance and VFM most of all practicality.i not kidding or saying this based on any misguided fanboyism but its a fact that,in India not even the great R series bikes of yamaha can match up with the pulsar and..Its time we Indians start to work for our country and started appreciating and supporting and nurturing more Indian or desi products and efforts instead of giving every support to foreign and the Japanese in particular.Yes even though Indian products have minor imperfections and also slightly lacking refinement and crude in nature,they are certainly improving rapidly all we just need to give is a healthy support and some nurturing and then we'll see ourselves Indians rising on our own effort and starting to play the game neck and neck with japs.proud to be a pulsar maniac, proud to be an Indian...Jai hind.

Anonymous said...

@ above wats ur problem? its my opinion its goin to count wid everyone...but i can openly speak out my opinion....

p220 rider said...

FZ-16 is a cult for ignorant indians. Pulsar is a cult for proud indians.

ShahRukh said...

superb............... superb................ pulsar rockssssssss...........................

Pritz said...

but nothing can replace ZMA-R...<3

Ashique Ash said...

Bikes Karizma ZMR Pulsar 200 NS Yamaha R15 V2.0
Engine (in cc) 223 200 150
Power (in BHP) 17.6 23.5 16.76
Torque (in Nm) 18.35 18.3 15
Weight (in kgs) 159 145 136
Power To Weight 110.7 162.1 123.2
0 – 100 kmph 13.5 9.8 11.5
Top Speed 126 136 130
Price 95500 95000 107000
Cost Per BHP 5426 4043 6384
Mileage 38 35 35

Anonymous said...

see, everything is fine. My opinion is, bajaj could have donr this earlier. Yeas they could. But their business strategies did not allow it. thats all. -veda

Anonymous said...

I have a 2004 Verison Pulzar DTS I, and the bike crossed 2,45,600 Kms and only this year 2012,it gives 56km for 1 litre in City and on highways 62 +, the bike may be heavy, but iam happy about with old Pulzar bike, i have changed the Engine Bore only this year 2012. And its still going strong.

Shane C

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