• Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
    Bajaj Pulsar RS 200.
  • KTM RC200.
    KTM RC200.
  • Honda CBR250.
    Honda CBR250.
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Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs rivals: specs comparison

20th Mar 2015 1:30 am

We take a closer look at the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200’s specifications and compare them on paper to its rivals – the KTM RC200 and the Honda CBR 250R.

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 200199.5cc
KTM RC200199.5cc
Honda CBR 250R249cc


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 20024.2bhp at 9750rpm
KTM RC20024.7bhp at 10000rpm
Honda CBR 250R26bhp 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 2001.9kgm at 8000rpm
KTM RC2001.9kgm at 8000rpm
Honda CBR 250R2.3kgm 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.

MotorcycleFront suspensionRear suspension
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200Telescopic forksMonoshock, box section swingarm
KTM RC200USD forksMonoshock, alloy swingarm
Honda CBR 250RTelescopic forksMonoshock, 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.


MotorcycleFuel tank capacity
Bajaj Pulsar RS 20013 litres
KTM RC2009.5 litres
Honda CBR 250R13 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.

MotorcycleFront brakesRear brakes
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200300mm petal disc (ABS)230mm petal disc (ABS)
KTM RC200280mm disc230mm disc
Honda CBR 250R296mm 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. 

MotorcycleKerb weight
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200165kg
KTM RC200154kg
Honda CBR 250R167kg



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 2001999/765/1114mm
KTM RC2001978/688/1098mm
Honda CBR 250R2032/720/1127mm



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 2001.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
KTM RC 2001.66 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Honda CBR 250R1.88 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)



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