When Modenas launched Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 in Malaysia, I wanted to buy it so much that I went straight to the shop nearby and made a booking. That was so abnormal because I don’t usually make such a quick decision when buying something so expensive. Of course, the RS 200 is one of the most affordable bike in Malaysia for that segment and it offers plenty of perks that no other bikes offer. The price was RM 12800 ++ (on the road) and that is a steal for a bike which has ABS.
However after buying it, I felt that I’ve made a hasty decision because I could have easily get settled with something cheaper. In fact, its sibling, the Bajaj V15 tempted me more because of its retro look and of course, the price which is almost half of RS 200’s price.
Today, I am so happy that I actually bought the RS 200 instead of anything else because it saved my life. It was a rainy evening when I rode back home. I am generally a safe rider and I was riding at a safe speed (not too slow and not too fast) when the disastrous incident happened. There was a purple Myvi going in front of me at the speed of 60-70 KM/h and suddenly that brainless moron decided to turn left into another junction without giving any signal. Below is the exact spot where the incident happened (photo taken from Google Street View to explain the situation).
The red dot was the Myvi’s exact point when the half baked driver decided to cut left and enter into the other junction (which is shown in red arrow). The blue arrow indicates where I was when the Myvi went across like that. At that point when the incident happened, I was completely blur. All I could remember was, I pressed both my brakes so hard and it was just inches between the car and my bike. Whoosh, it was almost a disaster.
Although I was shaken by that incident, I continued my way back home as usual. At one point, I saw the driver again and that’s when I realised that he did that reckless move because he wanted to use a shortcut and avoid the traffic jam at the main road. I got so furious when I saw that car again and I started chasing it. What made me even more pissed off was when I saw the driver talking on the phone. Well, I couldn’t do much except for giving a warning to the driver (which I believe he wouldn’t even be bothered). I wanted to kick and break his side mirror but then I felt it will be an uncivilized act. So I let it go. Only if I have a video recording of the incident, I will immediately go to the police station to make a report. You know what, I am going to get a good camera after this.
Anyway, the point is, that incident taught me on how important brakes are. The single channel ABS (anti-lock braking system) fitted on the RS 200 was so quick to act and stop the bike. I really thought that I am going to bang the car and fly like a boomerang but at the speed of 50-60 KM/h that I was going, the bike stopped as soon as I hit the brakes.
- The bike didn’t skid or drag off path despite the wet road condition and sudden braking.
- The MRF tyres did a good job too even in such a rainy condition.
- It was just inches away when the car cut across my path and yet I escaped.
Now, I am proud to have the RS 200 as my daily commuter. It is the best thing that I’ve ever bought and I really appreciate it. I will never regret buying this bike and I am going to keep this bike for as long as I can. Love you my dear Bajaj Pulsar RS 200. You are the best. I feel like a super man whenever I am with you. Thank you.