We have recently ridden the all-new Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z. Here’s what we liked and disliked about the bike:

We have recently ridden the all-new Bajaj Pulsar NS400Z. Here’s what we liked and disliked about the bike:

Gets new LED projector headlight with Z-shaped DRLs, tank extensions with larger radiators shrouds and new belly pan when compared to the NS200

Design looks quite sleek and sharp but still too similar to the other NS bikes in Bajaj’s lineup

Gets the Dominar 400’s 373cc engine but with peppier acceleration thanks to lighter kerb weight (174kg) & 46-tooth rear sprocket — Motor is quite tractable, will comfortably do 40kmph in 3rd gear

Can also cruise comfortably at 100kmph in sixth gear under 5500rpm — Vibrations felt at the handlebar and footpegs post the 6500rpm mark

Quite easy to manoeuvre in the city — Handles corners well but requires a bit of effort to tip the bike into corners compared to the KTM 390 Duke

Radial front tyre would have significantly improved the overall stability — Stiff suspension in line with the bike’s sporty nature — Potholes & speed breakers can be felt at high speeds

On paved roads, ride quality is decent, though — Brakes offer good bite and stopping power — Taller & wider handlebar suits the bike better than the clip-ons on the NS200

It is feature-packed in terms of a well laid out LCD instrument console with dot matrix inset — Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation

Four ride modes: Road, Rain, Sport, and Off-Road — Power delivery and ABS intervention different for each modes — Traction control can be switched off in Sport and Off-Road mode

At a very affordable price tag, does the NS400Z deliver enough performance to excite Pulsar enthusiasts?