The new Pulsar 200NS, as all of us know is a huge aberration from its predecessor as regards detailing and components. The overall stance and philosophical connect, however is still very much there. While many of us may think of it as just another design exercise, it was indeed a Herculean task to make sure that the new Pulsar had its own identity without deviating from what the brand stood for. We have managed to get hold of these very interesting design sketches which document the evolution of the Pulsar 200NS’s design from its very embryonic stage.
The first image clearly depicts how all the details of the previous gen Pulsar were duly taken into consideration before the designers put their pencils to paper to Pulsar its new face. The front biased stance, the distinctive head / tail lamps, the short fender, the creases and cuts on the tank, the instrumentation and the wheelbase were all duly taken into account. On the bottom left section you can see how the bike took inspiration from a bull to represent power and aggression. The most visible influence can be seen as the high, bulging tank that somewhat resembles the hump of a fully grown, aggressive, adult bull. All those thoughts and details led to an initial sketch for the bike which would have suited a 1000cc naked streetfighter more than a 200 cc machine. Have a look at the sketch on the bottom right. That sexy looking swing-arm befits an exotic Italian beauty. The front fender, the headlamp, everything had an added dash of aggression and largesse which of course had to be sobered down in the next stage to make the bike suitable for mass production and keep the costs in check.
The next image depicts the journey of the Pulsar right from its genesis to its current form. The simplistic round headlamps, profile and tail section the bike in 2001 have evolved into a detailed exercise in design with complex surfaces. The character lines tell you how the first and second generation bikes were somewhat diverse in terms of their stance, but the second and third generation bikes have an extremely strong relation.
We see the bike in a more ‘closer-to-production’ guise in the third set of sketches. The fancy bits have given way to more practical, production ready components. The detailing is better defined and the shape of the bike is more observable with images from all angles available.
Those sketches then took birth in material form as a clay model, allowing the designers to understand how the machine looks in the flesh and tweak the design if required.
The design details of critical components such as alloys, disc brakes, frame, front forks and footpegs. In these images, you can see how a multitude of options for all the components were taken into consideration before selecting the final, production parts.
Finally, some technical drawings of the engine, transmission and frame.
So that’s how the Pulsar 200NS journeyed through various phases before presenting itself to us in its current, impressive form. What do you think of the new Pulsar’s design? Do let us know your views and opinions on the Pulsar200NS’s aesthetics. We would also like to know what would be the things you would like to change in the new design if given a choice, and how. Get heard. Get commenting!
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