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Bajaj Pulsar N160 | Full Review

Bajaj has always been the Nepali market’s household favorite. Due to the immense popularity of the Bajaj series, the company realized the need to launch a naked and naked sports variant of the very loved Pulsar 160cc. This very new N160 can be confused with the NS160, but are very different in their own ways. It has been increasing its model variants to cater to the niche needs of its very large customer base.

The overall look of the bike is a bit different than the NS model obviously because it does not have the sports tag. Much similarity can be seen in comparison with the Pulsar 125 and 150, but it is way more aesthetic and powerful than the normal commuters of Bajaj. The Bi-functional Projector LED DRL headlamps have a praise worthy illumination specially for night rides. This design is identical to the N250 but a bit slimmer than before. The headlamp makes the front section more slender and sharp which makes it different from the lower cc bikes of bajaj. Indicators are placed just below the handlebars, along with the side mirrors now structured at a wider position.
Dual color aesthetics and the infinite digital console sums upto N160’s most unique feature. The Digital console does not have any extra bezel to reduce distraction for the rider. This instrument console showcases digital speed indication, analog tachometer, gear position indicator and more. The distance to empty readout indicates range remaining before the fuel tank is empty. A 14 liter muscular looking fuel tank can be seen even though the body is designed to be slender. A USB port can also be seen, seamlessly attached to the tank flap.
Similar to any naked Pulsar bike, N160’s pillion seat also floats. The rider as well as the elevated pillion seat has a slender design with wider split grab handles. The bike now has a better center of gravity, improved handling and better balance. The exhaust system is placed in the underbelly with sporty accents. This exhaust system has a throaty and loud note when accelerated. N160 has special crystalline LED tail lamps in a classic design with tail lamps having ruby crystal dust. This bike at an eagle eye view gives a well-contoured and structured design of the bike. Even though N160 does not have the Sports bike tag, its aggressive as well as premium looking body structure is pretty well incorporated.

N160 has an all new refined 164.8cc, twin spark, 4 valve, oil-cooled, DTS-i engine. It produces a peak power of 16PS @8750rpm and a peak torque of 14.65Nm @6750 rpm. One of its specialties includes torque on demand. Over a wide rev range, the bike can offer almost 85% of peak power. Its engine's benefits are defined through its optimum output. It is able to give high power even in heavy load condition, better torque and lower emission at lower rpm to smooth gear shift. In an overview, N160’s engine gives smooth power delivery.
N160 has best-in-class acceleration. It has the most responsive and fastest passing acceleration in the 160cc segment. The smooth shift can be felt in the 3rd, 4th and 5th gear, accelerated at an average speed of 30 to 70 kmph. Its top speed is 120 kmph and it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km in about 14.5 seconds. The 14 liter fuel tank lacks a reserve tank. Its average mileage is estimated to be approximately 42 kmpl. For a 160cc bike to be this fast and responsive, Bajaj has definitely improved its naked street bikes in terms of power and performance.

Similar to NS160, this bike also has chunky, 17 inch, tubeless front and rear tyres. The front tyre measures 100/80 and the rear tyres measure 130/70. N160’s dimensions and structure is identical to the Pulsar N250. Ground clearance is 165mm and the wheelbase is 1358mm. The dimensions of N160 make it more practical and smooth than its sports version. N160 also possesses the best-in-segment front suspension, a 37mm telescopic front fork suspension, available only in the dual channel ABS variant. For the rear suspension, we can see a 5 step adjustable monoshock that is well-refined for better handling and balance. The best feature of the N160 is its dual channel ABS. The front disc brakes measure 300mm with ABS and the rear disc brakes measure 230mm, heavily promoting safe riding in any situation. Single channel ABS variant weighs 152kgs, whereas the dual channel ABS variant weighs 154kgs. In the 160cc segment, N160 is the only one with the amazing dual channel ABS which makes it really superior.

Pulsar has always been at the top of its manufacturing game. From having technologically advanced features to introducing first-in-segment features, Bajaj’s ability is praise worthy. The NS variant showcases a sporty stance whereas the N160 variant showcases power and practicality. This N160 can even be compared to the TVS apache 160 4V in terms of power and performance. Priced at Rs. 3,79,900, it is definitely on the more premium, but for the feature packed bike it is, all the money one pays for it will be worth it. The Pulsar N160 in Dual Channel ABS variant is available in Brooklyn Black color and the Single Channel ABS variant is available in Blue, Techno Gray and Racing Red. This bike is a fit for almost all occasions that includes city touring, commuting purpose and power acceleration rides.


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