Bajaj Auto, with the help of Mattighofen-based sportsbike manufacturer – KTM – has developed its new 200cc Pulsar called the RS 200. The motorcycle is fully faired, and is rumored to have the same engine as the Pulsar 200 NS. Bajaj will launch the new Pulsar RS 200 on the March 26 in Mumbai. We take a closer look at the bike and compare it to rivals – the KTM RC200 and the Honda CBR 250R – on paper.
All the motorcycles in the comparison make use of single-cylinder, four-stroke and liquid-cooled engine. While we are aware that the Pulsar RS 200 and the RC200 use the same 199.5cc engines, jointly developed by Bajaj and KTM, the difference is that KTM uses a single spark plug to start its engine, and the Pulsar uses three. The Honda CBR 250R definitely has a displacement advantage over the rest, with its engine developing 249cc, about 50cc more than the rest.
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||199.5cc|
|Honda CBR 250R||249cc|
The Honda CBR 250R makes 26bhp at an early 8,500rpm, clearly at the top, but the smaller capacity KTM RC200 makes 24.7bhp at 10,000rpm, which is achieved rather quickly, close to the larger CBR. The Pulsar RS 200 is close, producing 24.2bhp at 9,750rpm.
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||24.2bhp at 9750rpm|
|KTM RC200||24.7bhp at 10000rpm|
|Honda CBR 250R||26bhp at 8500rpm|
The CBR 250R makes the maximum torque of 2.3kgm at 7,000rpm. The KTM RC200 and the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 make the same amount of torque – 1.9kgm at 8,000rpm.
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||1.9kgm at 8000rpm|
|KTM RC200||1.9kgm at 8000rpm|
|Honda CBR 250R||2.3kgm at 7500rpm|
KTM has given the RC200 upmarket USD forks up front and a monoshock does duty at rear. The Honda CBR 250R and the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 use conventional telescopic forks upfront and a standard monoshock at rear. This setup also does its duty well on the two bikes.
|Motorcycle||Front suspension||Rear suspension|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||Telescopic forks||Monoshock, box section swingarm|
|KTM RC200||USD forks||Monoshock, alloy swingarm|
|Honda CBR 250R||Telescopic forks||Monoshock, box section swingarm|
Fuel tank capacity
Both the Bajaj RS 200 and the Honda CBR 250R have decent fuel tank capacity, both capable of carrying 13 litres of fuel. The KTM RC200 is equipped to carry 9.5 litres of fuel.
|Motorcycle||Fuel tank capacity|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||13 litres|
|KTM RC200||9.5 litres|
|Honda CBR 250R||13 litres|
Honda's CBR 250R and Bajaj's RS 200 get ABS equipped disc brakes up front and at rear.
Also, Honda provides a combined braking system on its CBR 250R also. KTM however, does not provide ABS brakes on the RC200.
|Motorcycle||Front brakes||Rear brakes|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||300mm petal disc (ABS)||230mm petal disc (ABS)|
|KTM RC200||280mm disc||230mm disc|
|Honda CBR 250R||296mm disc (ABS)||220mm disc (ABS)|
The lightest motorcycle in the comparison here is the KTM RC200, weighing just 154kg, it also has the best power to weight ratio in the comparison. Bajaj’s Pulsar RS 200 weighs 165kg, and the Honda CBR 250R, weighs 167kg only.
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||165kg|
|Honda CBR 250R||167kg|
The Honda CBR 250R is the longest and the tallest here in the competition. The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is the widest of the three but the KTM has the most compact stance of the motorcycles compared here.
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||1999/765/1114mm|
|Honda CBR 250R||2032/720/1127mm|
Bajaj has just priced its Pulsar RS 200 at Rs 1.18 lakh, for the non-ABS variant, and the one that is equipped with ABS braking is priced at Rs 1.30 lakh. The new and fully-faired Pulsar RS 200 provides good value for money for those looking to purchase a sportsbike that is not as aggressive as KTM’s RC series and has a fresher and newer appearance, compared to Honda's CBR 250R. The KTM RC200 is priced at Rs 1.77 lakh and the Honda CBR 250R is priced at Rs 1.88 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
|Bajaj Pulsar RS 200||1.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|KTM RC 200||1.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Honda CBR 250R||1.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) |