Modenas launched its latest Modenas Pulsar RS200 refreshed for the year 2021 with new colour options and graphics. To commemorate this occassion, they've decided to throw a mini track day at the Litar Rakyat Kuala Selangor for media members and influencers to test what this 200cc sports bike is capable of in track conditions.
Before we jump into the review, the 2021 Modenas Pulsar RS200 is priced at RM9,990 (excluding insurance, road tax, and registration) and customers can now choose between three new colour offerings - Pearl White, Pewter Grey, and Burnt Red (the only matte colour option for the RS200). All colours come with the new 17-inch white alloy wheels, which in our eyes definitely looks fresh and clean.
For a 200cc motorcycle designed to take on the streets rather than track, we were curious if the Modenas Pulsar RS200 is capable of with more stresses placed when ridden hard in the circuit. The Litar Rakyat Kuala Selangor might be small, but it was good enough to showcase the bike's acceleration, handling, and braking. If the RS200 can deliver well on a mini track like this, then it can definitely be excellent on normal everyday riding conditions on the road.
Underneath all that new flash lies the same and fuel-efficient 200cc single-cylinder SOHC triple-spark engine that produces around 24hp and 18Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission handles the power delivery to the rear wheels whereas braking is taken care of via a set of disc brakes (300mm front, 230mm rear) paired with ByBre brakes (a sister company of Brembo). Plus, it comes with a single-channel ABS unit handling the front end for added safety.
Powering out of corners and going through the gears are actually quite fun on this particular track. Braking and downshifting offer no drama, but you might need to deploy the 'rev-match' technique to enhance the smoothness when going down the gears.
The stock tyres can handle everyday riding situations (as I've experienced in the past when the bike was launched and also with my own daily Modenas Pulsar NS200 ABS) but if you're planning to visit the track a lot more often, a set of grippier rubbers might take things to a different level when tackling the corners.
For a 200cc street bike that's priced just under the RM10,000 mark, there's not a lot to complain about. It has good brakes, decent performance, and most importantly, more comfortable than most of you might think. Even beginners who tried it out on the track commented that their arms weren't as stressed or tired due to how its tank and seat position, as well as height, were designed.
If you're a beginner who wants to give a street bike a go without breaking the bank, the 2021 Modenas Pulsar RS200 should be high up on your list of potentials. With a bit of practice and some minor additions, you can have a lot of fun on this bike, whether riding on the streets or tearing it up on the track.