Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Vs KTM RC 200: Baby Sport Bike Comparo

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The 200 cc sport bike segment is again dominated by KTM with the RC 200. Being manufactured along with the KTM RC 200 though is the newly launched Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.

Both the motorcycles have a full body fairing and clip on bars to give them the right feel they were made for—to perform.

So, will Bajaj's three-plug RS 200 stand a chance against the KTMs single plug RC 200? or does the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 have a little too much spark but not enough to do the business? Let's take a look.

Pricing:

  • Bajaj Pulsar RS 200: INR 1,18,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
  • Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 ABS: 1,30,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
  • KTM RC 200: INR 1,66,588 (ex-showroom Delhi)

Although the KTM costs a little more than the Pulsar, it is definitely worth it. Read on to know why.

Design:

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200:
The Pulsar RS 200 has a full body fairing with clip on handlebars, but raised a little to make it a comfortable ride in the city.

Design:

KTM RC 200:
The KTM RC 200 is the entry level performance motorcycle by the Austrian brand in India. This too, has a fully faired body, with trellis frame chassis, that is a little modified compared to the Duke to extract better performance.

The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 could have won the design round because the KTM RC has a love it or hate design. We, however, prefer the KTM's styling.

Key Features:

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200:
The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 features projector lamps, LED tail lamps, semi digital meter console disc brakes for the front and rear.

Key Features:

KTM RC 200:
The KTM RC 200 features inverted forks, dual projector headlamps, daytime running lights, LED tail lamps, aerodynamic windshield and disc brakes for the front and rear as well. It also has a multifunctional fully digital console.

Now, when value for money becomes a major part of decision making, the KTM RC 200 wins hands down.

Engine and Specification:

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200:
The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is powered by a liquid cooled, 199.5 cc single-cylinder engine engine, with three spark plugs, which generates 24 horsepower and 18.6 NM of torque. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The motorcycle weighs 165 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 13 litres.

Engine and Specification:

KTM RC 200:
The KTM RC 200 is powered by a 199.5 cc, liquid cooled, single cylinder engine that generates 25 horsepower and 19 Nm of peak torque. The RC too, is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The RC 200 weighs 137.5 kg dry and has a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres.

This a segment where both the motorcycles are quite evenly matched, although the KTM is marginally more powerful. Looking at the power to weight ratio though, the KTM has the upper hand again.

Safety:

Bajaj Pulsar RS 200:
The RS 200 features and optional ABS facility. It has a 300 mm butterfly disc brakes for the front and 230 mm disc at the rear.

Safety:

KTM RC 200:
The KTM RC 200 is equipped with 300 mm disc brakes in the front and 230 mm disc brakes at the rear. It does not come with ABS even as an option.

On the safety part, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 comes equipped with ABS which is a boon.

Verdict: KTM RC 200

The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and the KTM RC 200 are tough competitors. The RS 200 costs less than the RC 200 but the KTM has a good power to weight ratio. Things will now boil down to personal opinions, but we would strongly recommend the KTM RC 200.

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Story first published: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 17:02 [IST]
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