Bajaj Pulsar is known for its sporty dynamics since its launch. They changed the motorcycle industry of India. The Pulsar NS160 has now just set a world record for the longest no-hands wheelie. The record was performed by Hrushikesh Mandke and it has entered the India Book of Records and Federation of Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI).
The motorcycle covered a record distance of 186.8-metres which is almost a 100-metres more than the previous record of 89-metres. The record was performed in front of senior representative from FMSCI and an adjudicator from the India Book of Records.
Commenting on entering the record books on the Pulsar NS160, Hrushikesh Mandke said: “The Pulsar 160 NS is the epitome of power and performance and it was the perfect choice for me to attempt this feat. The bike is light enough to manage a no-hands wheelie, but at the same time a strong frame to deliver control, and of course powerful to easily initiate and maintain the wheelie. It is a proud moment for me be a part of another record-breaking event.”
The Pulsar NS 160 was chosen because it is light yet it is one of the most powerful 160cc motorcycle. The 160.3 cc petrol engine is air and oil-cooled. The engine comes with fuel-injection to ensure proper fueling. The engine produces 17.2 PS of max power at 9,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 14.6 Nm at 7,250 rpm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.
Hrushikesh attempted the record at an airport that was blocked off. He also recently made a record on the NS200 for the fastest quarter- mile wheelie in 23.68 seconds. Bajaj Auto said, “All the necessary safety protocols were laid down by some of the country’s finest and most experienced automotive journalists and road testers. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 used to set the record was in original showroom stock condition. A special waiver was requested for and obtained from the steward for removal of the number plates and the rear mudguard to avoid scrapping the tarmac while performing the wheelie.”
The NS160 comes with the same steel perimeter frame that is offered on NS200 and the NS200 is already known to be one of the best handlers in its segment. Suspension duties are done by telescopic fronts up-front and an adjustable rear monoshock at the rear.
Braking duties are done by a 260 mm petal disc in the front and a 230 mm disc at the rear. For safety, Bajaj offers single-channel Anti-lock braking system as standard. Bajaj offers 17-inch alloy wheels that come with a 90/90-section tyre in the front while the rear measures 120/80-section.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 costs Rs. 1.11 lakhs ex-showroom and it competes against the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Yamaha FZ-S V3, Hero Xtreme 160R and the Suzuki Gixxer.
Bajaj currently is working on a new generation of Pulsars. The Pulsars that are currently on sale have started to show their age as the design and the engines have not been updated for a lot time. The only updates that the Pulsars have got are new paint schemes and emission norm compliance.