Spy shots of the Pulsar 200SS continue to increase in number as the launch date of the bike draws near. Another set of pictures snapped on the Maharashtra-Goa highway are the first ones that show the bike actually being ridden.
On close examination, we can see that the bike borrows its LED indicators from Duke’s 200/390 cc bikes and the single-side mounted splatter guard from the 200 NS. Despite the gaudy camouflaging, it is clear that the tail lights are not mounted on the tail piece but the plastic extension. In the front of the bike, new mirrors have been installed. Also, there is a new instrument cluster consisting of a rev counter. No ABS equipment is visible and it is being suspected that the Pulsar 200SS will sport FI instead. However, test mules bearing ABS sensors have been spotted so its more likely that the standard is going to be non-ABS and a pricier ABS variant will also be offered.
The fairing on 200SS looks extremely busy and its lines and orientation of the tank resemble those of the 200NS. Twin projector lamps which are featured on the upper level are the same ones as on the RC 390. The difference being that on the KTM, they faired in while the 200SS portions a generous rifled cylinder in the fairing for it. The bike will be the first fully faired vehicle to come out of the BAL stable.
Two versions of the fairing have been spotted during the tests. One has narrow cuts in the region of the projectors while others have larger cutouts. The exhaust on the bike has been positioned in the right, and will not be joined with the trailing end of the fairing plastic, as on the RC 390.
News around the joint is that the 200SS will get a fuel injection system on its engine and that this will also be the case with the coming Pulsar 200 NS models. The 200SS will have a higher tuning in order to compensate for the bulky fairing. A taller sixth, which will give the bike better highway cruising abilities, is likely. The 200NS has a four valve, four stroke, single pot 200cc powerplant with a peak power of 23.5 PS at 1.86 kgm of torque.
The fairing comes courtesy of the fact that most of the 200 NS’s competitors, which includes the Hero ZMR, Honda CBR150R and Yamaha R15 sport full fairings. Fairings are perceived as giving bikes a sportier look so Bajaj has decided to jump on the bandwagon. The SS stands for Super Sports and the company has revealed its intentions for the bike right in its name.
The 200 SS is sure to be ready for launch soon but Bajaj may defer that for a while. The bike’s release may be put odd until January 2014 or even later on, during the Auto Expo in February 2014.