I started driving cars from Class VIII, and that got me addicted to the taste /thrill of SPEED. However my addiction got to a new level when I was gifted my First bike (Pulsar 150) during my college days. Although being a huge CAR Lover, my preference got shifted toward bike because of the sense of freedom that I felt while riding my bike which was missing in the car.
However, my bonding with my bike was short-lived (only 2years) as my bike got stolen on Jan,2010. I was hugely depressed, and seeing that Dad offered me to buy another one. But I was too much attached with my bike to move on to another. But after a year, the hectic schedule of Office, as well as studies made me realize that I had to move on. I love the looks of Full -Faired bikes, and was hugely impressed when I first sat on a R15 V1.0 of my friend. So I surfed the net to gather more info on it, and found that R15 V2.0 is expected as the spy pics were circulating all over. However the expected release got delayed , and when It was finally released, I found it to be Impractical as the only bike in my garage (because of the pillion seat). So wait for my bike continued further due to my exams, and then finally I decided on P220. On the day I took the quoting of the dealer for P220, I came to know that Bajaj is going to launch the Next-Gen Pulsars at the end of the month. So decided to wait to give it a look once...
30th Jan 2012 - 200NS unveiled(but not launched:()
Now, to be fair, I was Not impressed seeing the bike on the day it was unveiled(since I am faired fetish), however was blown by seeing the technical specifications... and the icing on the cake was Mr Bajaj's statement of launching the bike under 1lakh!!!! And from there on the waiting continued and how...In the mean time , read various 1st impression reviews, and every one was going GA-GA on it. And with more pics, the design also got to me and it looked very sexy from certain angles.
7Th June 2012 - The release
After a long 4 months wait, the bike was 1st released at Pune but that too in a phased manner. Even while the bike was launched in all other metro-cities within a month, Kolkata was denied such privileged. And with every passing day commuting by bus and the "forever-stuck" traffic of Kolkata made me more and more frustrated.
14th August 2012 - Kolkata Arrival
FINALLY, the bajaj Flagship has arrived in the Least preferred metro city - Kolkata. Today I got the opportunity to see the NS (my would be) for the first time. I went to the showroom with my friend to check out how Good Hearted my Would be is, apart from her sexy looks. Simply put, took a Test Drive!!
Here is My First impression:-
1) The bike looked much much bigger than what the Photos portray. IMO
, the size gives you a feel of a Quarter liter bike.
2) Completely different from the monotonous look of the old-gen pulsars.
3) Headlight, and the Broad Perimeter frame surely is the USP of the bike's look.
4) When I sat on the Bike, the Hand's position kind of felt commuter-ish, because of the raised up handle-bars. However, the foot-pegs are placed in quite an Aggressive position.
5) The tank gives a feeling of Big-Brother of Hunk, while sitting. Oherwise(i.e. while standing) the tank looks superb, and gives the NS it's big bike character.
6) The instrument cluster looked very posh
7) Am 5'10", and had no problems with the foot placing.
8) The seats are soft, and the front seat is huge. Can easily accommodate any Fat As*
9) The rear part did gave a Hint of 135LS, but unlike many, I liked the tyre Hugger, and it certainly helped in making the rear look beefy.
10) There are lots of Sticker jobs. Can prove to be both advantage, and disadvantage.
11) There is a huge gap between the rear side panel and the seat. That kind of gap must be Intentional, and must have some purpose which is still oblivious.
12) The switch-gears seems to be a downgrade from the previous gen. The fuel knob, though seemed funky, but is of bad-quality.
13) Missed the self-cancelling Indicators
1) The engine Sound wasn't Highly addictive or anything, but it certainly depicted the smoothness of the engine.
2) The RPM needle is very responsive with the throttle movement.
3) The riding stance is Comfortable, and not Sporty.
4) While riding, the feel and the view of the handle and the RVMs gives you a dirt bike/street bike kind of feel.
5) The gear shifting was very Smooth. ( a Big Improvement by Bajaj)
6) The Engine has great pull. I found it to be as good as P220 (if not better). 220 has a rawness in its engine, so one can feel the pull, But the NS engine being smooth, one hardly gets an idea of it.
7) Me being a safe rider, found the handling adequate enough. But my friend differed on this issue, and that had more to do with the rear tyre slipping (on dry road) during his test ride. Tyres certainly seems to be a let-down on this Flag-ship model. If a bike is modeled for good handling, then why ruin that feature with Bad tyres?? As speculated earlier, Bajaj must have given an option of better tyres for the spirited riders.
8) Both the Brakes were good, and did not make any screeching sound.
9) The bike seems to be weighty, but the weight was not felt while riding. I made some dodges with the pillion at low speeds, and never the bike felt heavy.
10) Vibrations - it was there I felt a tingling sensation between my thighs, while my friend also felt it on the footpegs. [mind you all - me coming from a P150 UG2, didnt feel it much, while my friend coming from a Fazer, prominently felt it]. However no vibrations were there on the handle-bars.
11) I missed out on checking the low-end torque (one of my vital requirement), but my friend assured me that the bike scores well in that field as well.
12) Even if your GF/Pillion is short height-ed, she/he will get a nice view of the road while sitting on the pillion, because of the seat height. However, the pillion seat is adequate and comfortable also.
After healthy 10 min discussion with my friend, we both agreed that BIKE IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE INVESTMENT. So without any further delay, the booking was done @10000/- with 20 days waiting. The dealer was friendly enough and responded well with all our demands to the extent he could. The bike in launched in Four colours - Red, Yellow, Blue, Black. But the dealer had only the red one as the 1st bike.
21st August, 2012 - Colour Dilema...
I had almost written off Yellow from my list, but yesterday's visit to showroom brought Yellow back to contention, and by a big way.. My dealer had only Red and yellow, but No blue. So went to another showroom today morning to have a look at the blue, and was not so impressed. So blue being out, called the dealer and told him that I will pay another visit to his Showroom to have a look at Red v/s Yellow, and will decide there itself.
Went to the showroom this evening, and took a Hard look from all angles for 15-20 min, and then gave my decision to the dealer. It surely was one of the toughest Decision I ever had to make!!
Even the dealer jokingly commented that in his dealership experience of 10 years, he has never seen such a Choosy guy
Oh.. I didn't mention the colour I chose.. Did I??
Leaving it for all of you to guess...
(Hint - It is one of the colour that is present on the Flag of East-Bengal Football club)
24th August, 2012 - 1st date
Today I met my darling while I went to make my full payment..
She looked awesome, while standing with a sexy tilted pose along with her siblings. I wished I had dressed little more smartly to make a good 1st impression.(was unaware that I will be meeting her today). Anyways, checked her out from all sides with a gentle touch of my finger at the right places. She was too shy to talk (wasn't fired up), but I'm sure our tuning matched.
I promised her to meet for a 2nd date on Wed(the delivery date).
Giving u all a small trailer...
Pic-a) Vehicle No.
Pic-b) Engine No