Be it the kilometre-long back straight or the set of tight switchbacks of Bajaj’s proving ground at Chakan, the Transformer-like Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 sure doesn’t feel like an amateur on a track
Story: Aninda Sardar
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
In full race crouch with the head tucked away from the wind-blast the kilometre-long back straight of the Bajaj test facility at Chakan, near Pune, feels endless. It’s not as if the bike I’m on is slow. Admittedly, the digital speedo is showing me 148.2 km/h at this point and there’s still a few metres to go before I need to shed a bit of speed, shift down to fourth and flick the bike into left that leads into the series of switchbacks. Want to know what motorcycle we’re on about? It’s none other than the newly launched Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
The design of the motorcycle is revolutionary, where styling is concerned. The low-placed twin projector headlamps, the LED pilot lamps just over them and the overly sculpted fairing give a very unique visage to the Pulsar RS 200. Looking at our test bike, which was a bright shade of yellow, one couldn’t help but think of it as a two-wheeled Bumblebee from the Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Transformers’. Visually, the looks of the RS 200 will polarise people. Some will love it for its Transformers-esque styling while others will find the criss-cross of cuts and dashes too overwhelming.