Which bike is better – Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 or KTM 200 Duke? A question often asked by many riders looking for an upgrade from their 125 cc or 150 cc motorcycles to 200 cc motorcycle. Let’s help you make the apt choice-

Starting with the physical appearance, the Bajaj NS 200 is 2,017 mm in length, 804 mm in width and 1,075 mm in height while the KTM 200 Duke is 2,050 mm in length, 730 mm in width and 810 mm in height. Not only the NS 200 is bulkier in size, it also weighs more than 200 Duke. The 200 Duke is a super light weight machine weighing only 134 kilograms. All credits to its ultra-light tubular trellis frame. On the other hand, the NS 200 weighs 158 kilograms. The NS 200 has a 12 litres fuel tank while the 200 Duke gets a 11 litres fuel tank. From the comparison of dimensions, you may have understood that the 200 Duke is more agile and has better handling. Both are offered in 3 color schemes. Pulsar comes in wild red, graphite black and mirage white colours and the Duke comes in black, white and orange colour. The NS 200 looks muscular but 200 Duke is sharper and more vibrant. The Duke looks aggressive and the riding posture is also relatively more sportier.

Both the motorcycles get 199.5 cc liquid cooled 4-stroke engines. So, is the power output same? No, the power figures are different. The engine of NS 200 produces maximum power of 23.5 PS @ 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 18.3 Nm @ 8,500 rpm. The engine of 200 Duke produces maximum power of 25.1 PS @ 10,00 rpm and a peak torque of 19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm. Needless to say that 200 Duke is faster than NS 200, both in terms of acceleration and top-speed. Mind it, the orange rocket is pretty fast and not for everyone. It just provokes the rider to wring the throttle and ride faster. Not to forget, the heat management is better addressed in 200 Duke than NS 200. A person, not used to riding a 200 cc motorcycle, will definitely find it bit difficult to control the 200 Duke, especially in traffic. The NS 200 is also a fast machine but it is not as swift as the 200 Duke, making it controllable for a person with less riding experience. The rider needs to have some good prior riding experience to control and enjoy the ride on 200 Duke.

The instrument cluster of 200 Duke is completely digital and way more informative than the digi-analogue meter on Pulsar NS 200. It indicates the fuel level, temperature, overheat warning, neutral, high beam, low engine oil level, gear indicator, two trip meters and an extra trip meter which comes to life when you are on low fuel. The panel shows time, average speed, real time mileage, the riding time and distance to service which is unique in this class. Adding on to it, the 200 Duke gets WP USD suspension in the front against the telescopic suspension on NS 200. Here too, the 200 Duke has an edge over NS200. Both the motorcycles are manufactured by Bajaj at its Chakan plant. Hence, the build quality of both the bikes is similar. Talking about the fuel efficiency, the NS 200 goes about 36.4 km in a litre of petrol while 200 Duke manages to cover 34.2 km in a litre of petrol. Ok, so NS 200 is slightly better. The braking system is taken care 300 mm and 230 mm disc brakes in front and rear for both the bikes. But, the NS 200 is offered with single channel ABS as well. Thus, NS 200 is lot safer than 200 Duke for an inexperienced rider.

Coming to the last but the most important difference – PRICE. The NS 200 is priced at INR 1,09,000 and the 200 Duke is priced at INR 1,49,000. Suddenly NS 200 might seem to be a very attractive package costing INR 40,000 less! Kidding! The 200 Duke is a bike for those who are looking for a light and swift motorcycle to cut through the traffic as well as go fast on empty roads, provided they are confident enough to tame the motorcycle without ABS and don’t have the price factor as major constraint. On the other hand, NS 200 is a motorcycle for those who are upgrading, have less riding experience, prefer safety over speed and may have price as a constraint. As simple as that!

We have attached the specifications list below:

Pulsar NS 200 200 Duke
Dimensions Length 2017 mm 2050 mm
Width 804 mm 730 mm
Height 1075 mm 810 mm
Wheelbase 1363 mm 1366 mm
Ground clearance 167 mm 175 mm
Kerb weight 154 kg 148 kg
Fuel capacity 12 Litres 11 Litres
Engine Type Single Cylinder, SOHC, Triple Spark Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, DOHC Engine
Displacement (cc) 199.5 199.5
Max power 23.5 PS @ 9500 RPM 25.1 PS @ 10000 RPM
Max torque 18.3 Nm @ 8000 RPM 19.2 Nm @ 8000 RPM
Clutch Wet, Multi-Disc (Hydraulic) Clutch in oil bath
Gearbox 6 speed 6 speed
Braking System & Tyres Brakes front (mm) Single-channel ABS, 300 dia disc 300 dia disc
Brakes rear (mm) 230 dia disc 230 dia disc
Tyres front 100/80-17″ 52 P 110/70-17 Radial
Tyres rear 130/70-17″ 62 P 150/60-17 Radial
Chassis & Suspension Frame Pressed steel Perimeter Trellis Frame, Powder Coated
Front Suspension Telescopic Front Fork with Anti-friction Bush WP USD
Rear Suspension Nitrox Mono Shock Absorber with Canister WP monoshock
Electricals Battery 12V, 8Ah VRLA 12 V
Headlamp H4 Blue Tinge 12V 55/60W 12V 60/55W H4

You may also like to read the ownership review of KTM 200 Duke-

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