Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: specifications comparison

    All-new Bajaj Pulsar N160 features styling inspired by the bigger N250. We compare it with its rivals on paper.

    Published On Jun 25, 2022 07:00:00 AM


    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: specifications comparison
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    Bajaj has finally released an all-new Pulsar N160, after what seems like an eternity. This new model bases its design heavily on the recently launched Pulsar N250. We compare its specifications with that of its competitors to see how it stacks up.

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: engine and output 

    Barring the Apache RTR 160 4V, all the motorcycles here are powered by relatively old-school two-valve engines and that shows in the peak output figures, with TVS leading the way by some margin. The Bajaj Pulsar N160 is closely trailed by the Hero Xtreme 160R, with both bikes making near-identical power figures. It's no surprise that the Suzuki and the Yamaha are lagging considerably, utilising smaller engines with a relatively older design. One thing to note here is that Hero is the only motorcycle that still comes with a kick-starter.

    Pulsar N160 vs rivals: Engine
    Pulsar N160TVS Apache RTR 160 4VSuzuki GixxerHero Xtreme 160RYamaha FZ-FI
    EngineAir & oil-cooled, 165cc single-cylinder engineAir & oil-cooled, 160cc single-cylinder engineAir-cooled, 155cc single-cylinder engineAir-cooled 160cc single-cylinder engineAir-cooled, 149cc single-cylinder engine
    Power16hp @8,750rpm17.55hp @9,250rpm13.6hp @8,000rpm15.2hp @8,500rpm12.4hp @7,250rpm
    Torque14.65Nm @6,750rom14.73Nm @7,250rpm13.8Nm @ 6,000rpm14Nm @6,500rpm13.3Nm @5,500rpm

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: suspension and brakes

    On paper, the Pulsar N160 leads the way, with it being the only bike here to offer dual-channel ABS as an option as well as sporting the largest disc sizes in this comparison. The TVS and the Hero are the only ones here to have a rear drum brake on offer.

    Pulsar N160 vs rivals: Suspension & Brakes
    Suspension & BrakesPulsar N160TVS Apache RTR 160 4VSuzuki GixxerHero Xtreme 160RYamaha FZ-FI
    Suspension (f)Telescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic fork
    Suspension (r)MonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshock
    Tyres (f)90/90-1790/90-17100/80-17110/80-17100/80-17
    Tyres (r)120/80-17110/80-17140/60-17130/70-17140/60-17
    Brakes (f)280mm disc (single-channel ABS) 300mm disc (dual-channel ABS)270mm disc266mm disc276mm disc282mm disc
    Brakes (r)230mm disc130mm (drum) 200mm (disc)240mm disc130mm (drum) 220mm (disc)220mm disc

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: weight and dimensions

    The Pulsar N160 is the heaviest bike on offer here, being nearly 20kgs heavier than the lightest bike in this comparison, the FZ-FI, in its dual-channel ABS guise. All the bikes here sport reasonable seat heights in the region of 790mm to 800mm, making managing them a fairly trouble-free task, even for the vertically-challenged. 

    Pulsar N160 vs rivals: weight & dimensions
    Weight & DimensionsPulsar N160TVS Apache RTR 160 4VSuzuki GixxerHero Xtreme 160RYamaha FZ-FI
    Kerb Weight152kg (single-channel ABS) 154kg (dual-channel ABS)144kg (drum) 146kg (disc)141kg138.5kg (drum) 139.5kg (disc)135kg
    Seat Height795mm800mm795mm790mm790mm
    Fuel Capacity14 litres12 litres12 litres12 litres13 litres
    Ground Clearance165mm180mm160mm167mm165mm

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs. rivals: features

    All the bikes in this comparison get a full-LED headlamp, tail-lamp and DRLs as standard equipment. Except for the Pulsar N160, which gets a semi-digital instrument cluster, all models here feature a fully digital unit. The TVS is by far the most feature-rich bike here. It gets adjustable levers (on the special-edition variant), GTT (Glide Through Technology) and riding modes in this segment.

    GTT raises the idle RPM when you’re feathering the clutch without touching the throttle – while stuck in chock-a-bloc traffic – and this prevents the bike from stalling.  

    Except for the Pulsar and the Gixxer, all the bikes in this segment get Bluetooth connectivity, at least as an option. 

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs rivals: price

    The Hero Xtreme 160R (drum) and the FZ-FI are the most affordable models in the segment. The Suzuki Gixxer, despite being one of the oldest models in the segment, is the most expensive bike here by a significant margin. The all-new Bajaj Pulsar N160 is priced on the higher side but does boast a dual-channel ABS option.

    The most powerful and feature-rich bike here, the Apache RTR 160 4V slots in the middle of the price range. We’ll have to wait and watch how the Pulsar N160 performs in this highly-competitive and price-conscious segment.  

    Bajaj Pulsar N160 vs. rivals: Price
    Pulsar N160TVS Apache RTR 160 4VSuzuki GixxerHero Xtreme 160RYamaha FZ-FI
    PriceRs. 1.23 lakh (single-channel ABS) Rs. 1.28 lakh (dual-channel ABS)Rs. 1.20 lakh (drum) Rs. 1.22 lakh (disc- without connectivity) Rs. 1.25 lakh (disc-with connectivity) Rs. 1.26 lakh (special edition)Rs. 1.34 lakhRs. 1.11 lakh (drum) Rs. 1.14 lakh (disc) Rs. 1.16 lakh (disc-stealth edition)Rs. 1.12 lakh (FZ-FI) Rs. 1.20 lakh (FZS-FI) Rs. 1.23 lakh (FZS-FI Deluxe)

    All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi.

    What would be your pick amongst these bikes? Let us know in the comments section below. 













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