KTM Duke 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS

Wow, 2012, the year was full of happenings for all those bikers who live bikes. The year saw many new bikes enter the market and make it big. At the start of the year, during the Delhi Auto Expo, we saw Honda introduce their CBR150R. Though Honda made the beginning, Bajaj followed it with their much awaited KTM Duke 200. Not only did Bajaj introduce Duke 200, it later on brought 2012 version of Pulsar, Pulsar 200 Ns. Now Bajaj has two of its own 200cc bikes competing against each other. This surely has changed the trend of Indian biking scene. Though there is a substantial price difference, these back to back launches made customers confused, as they had to choose one from two 200cc bikes. On one hand it is international brand bike KTM, while the other is better known as India’s NO 1 sports bike Pulsar 200Ns.

Here, on this site, we thought of giving readers the details so that they can decide which bike to opt for.

Let us first consider the styling of these bikes:
Both these bikes are distinctly opposites when it comes to styling. KTM is not fashion conscious and everything on KTM is just there to serve some purpose to make the bike a demon ready to rule the road. Though from the front, the bike may look a bit weird with long headlight, but that’s what makes KTM a very different bike. You cannot spot another bike of this quality and styling. This bike will surely make people yearn to have another look, and of course stand out of the crowd. The bike is surely naked from the rear. You’ll just see a fat tire and a thin LED tail lamp strip when you have a look at the bike from rear. Look at the side, and you will be bit satisfied as the bike looks sporty with orange and black colored tank, engine uncovered, headlight frame and rear tire hugger frame. All the features put together makes an ultimate stylish bike, and that’s KTM. The bike looks really bulky, but is actually not.

Now let’s have a look at Pulsar 200 Ns styling:
Pulsar has got a beauty parlor visit, or should we say, men’s salon visit, thus, the bike now looks more aggressive and at the same time groomed. Though the visit was indeed needed, as it has to look like a chocolate cake to tempt the customers out there. Pulsar is no doubt a very popular sports brand, and the charm was fading out in comparison to its competitors. Bajaj has surely worked hard on making Pulsar 200Ns look better than the older Pulsars. As we said earlier that the bike looks aggressive from the front, from the rear the bike has inherited longitudinal tail lamps from last Pulsars. Let’s say, overall, the bike looks like a beast with muscular tank and naked styling.

TECHNICALITIES
KTM Duke 200 comes with a single cylinder, 4 stroke, 199.5cc liquid cooled engine, which produces power of 25BHP@10,000RPM and 19.2Nm of torque@8000RPM. Duke due to its shorter gearing reaches a top speed of 140Kmph in just few seconds.
Meanwhile KTM’s opponent Pulsar 200Ns has also got a 199.5cc, 4 valve, liquid cooled engine that produces 23.52PSof power at 9500RPM and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000RPM. The main difference is that KTM is a fuel injected and ignited by a single spark plug, whereas Pulsar is carburetted and ignited by 3 spark technology, which Bajaj claims to deliver better fuel effeciency.
KTM is of course a good bike, but given that it’s a good Rs. 40k costlier than the Pulsar 200NS, the Pulsar is more of a value for money product. Friends at PowerDrift created the above great comparo video of these two mean machines which should give you a better insight on the competiton.

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