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Pulsar NS 160 curiosity and objection about wheel size (written by Rafsan Khan)

Though Pulsar NS 160 cc segment is an uprising bike but it has some complain about its wheel size. Today I will discuss about 3 pair of 3 segment tyres of my own bike (though this bike company gives enough for a sports bike, even then for a better performance I share my experience.

I always maintain the air pressure in front 30 psi and rear 35 psi and 97% of the time I ride single. The both rim size is almost same. The difference is just 2 mm between them. I think we should give main importance in front tyre rather than rear one for this bike. because of its weight, all the load of this bike comes in front tyre when we brake and stock tyres doesn’t has the capacity to hold it. I saw everybody is curious only for rear tyre. We can’t get better braking system without same category tyre in front and rear.

Pulsar NS 160 User

First I will speak about stock tyre:

 In front: 80/100 x 17 (MRF)

In rear: 110/80 x 17 (MRF)

NS 160

Front: 80/100 x 17 (MRF) And Rear: 110/80 x 17 (MRF)

Mileage: I got the mileage of 30 km/L. mileage depends on how and where you ride. Nevertheless, I’m just showing you the average.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Speed: Acceleration of this bike is excellent. However, I notice some movement on high speed.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Balance: Its overall balance is good. Most of the time I had to step down when bike getting slow.  I notice some back movement on high speed.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Braking: This bikes braking feedback is little bit low. The front wheel can get skid from a sudden hard brake in high speed and the rim and shock absorb can be cracked.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Compound: This bikes tyre compound is little bit hard. That’s why the tyre is slightly heavy. It has a less capability to hold the road when it’s brake. For that the tyres Life expectancy is much higher and decay less. You can ride up to 35000 km with tubeless.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Cornering: You will face less confidence in cornering. You will get the same cornering feel in 100cc segment.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Look: This bikes outlook seems little bit Incomprehensible to me.

Rating: 4 out of 10.

Experiment 1:

Pulsar NS Tyre

Front: 90/90 x 17 (MRF) And Rear: 120/80 x 17 (MRF)

Front: 90/90 x 17 (MRF)             and   Rear: 120/80 x 17 (MRF)

This is bigger than stock size tyre and used in Pulsar 220

Price when I purchased: 2900 and 4100 tk but it’s variable according to place and time. Tyre has also a braking period and takes 1000 km to adjust.

Mileage: I got 27 km in 1 litter of octane.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Speed: There is no difference in speed. I found no movement in high speed with pillion.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Balance: It’s better than previous stock. Step down possibility becomes low.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Brake: Braking is far better than before. The front wheel doesn’t skid in sudden brake.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Cornering: You will get better confidence rather than previous one.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Compound: This tyres tyre compound is hard and it’s slightly heavy. Life expectancy of this tyre is much higher. It can ride up to 35000 km with tubeless.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Look: The look is far better than before in my opinion.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Experiment 2:

Pulsar NS Rear Tyre

Front: 100/80 x 17 (MRF) And Rear: 130/70 x 17 (MRF)

Front: 100/80 x 17 (MRF)         and Rear: 130/70 x 17 (MRF)

Price when I purchased: 3200 to 4200 tk but it’s variable according to place and time.

Mileage: I got 24 km from 1 litter octane in first 700 km. suddenly the mileage become 41 km/L. by searching, I find out though tyre is wide but it’s lighter than previous one. That is one of the main reason for this mileage.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Speed: There is some differences in speed. It’s take more than 3 second to hit 0-100. I can’t cross the top speed of 114 even in single ride. I found no movement in high speed.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

Balance:It’s far better than previous stock. Often you need to step down. The balance becomes better in little Bowie. The handlebar becomes heavy for the 100/80 x 17 front tyre.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Brake: Braking is just like 90/90 and 120/80 size tyre. But bike becomes 1.5” high. I face no miss balance in hard brake.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Cornering: You can have full confidence with those tyres in cornering. Even if double stand will touch the road though you will feel there is some space for cornering.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Compound:Tyre compound system is soft and it’s hold the road more tha previous stock. But in this compound, life expectation little bit low. You can ride up to 25000 km with tubeless.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Look: It’s look like NS 200 from side and front end. But it’s look like 110cc from back end because of the tyre is much wider than rim. It’s almost look round.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

At the end I will say that, first stock is enough for those rider who don’t cross 50-60 km/h limit.

90/90 x 17 (MRF) in front and 120/80 x 17 (MRF) in rear is the best combination for this bike in my opinion.

100/80 x17 (MRF) in front and 130/80 x 17 (MRF) in rear is best for cornering and braking.

I will change into 90/90 x 17 in front and rear 120/80 x 17 in future.

 

Written by: Rafsan Khan

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