The sports bike segment in India has seen a lot of launches in the last couple of years, all thanks to the growing demand and intense competition. While most of these bikes failed to mark its presence, some of them stood out and managed to lead the segment. The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS and Yamaha R15 are such bikes which are ruling this space since their inception, and their popularity in only growing with time.

The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has been there on the block for quite some time before being pulled off the road recently. Of course, the company had different plans regarding the motorcycle. The new avatar of the motorcycle, although similar to the previous one, looks more deadly with an all new dual tone paint job on its body.

The Yamaha R15 has been one of the most sought after sports motorcycle that offered power with a touch of elegance. But what stands about the R15 is the company’s zeal to keep the motorcycle utmost competent with regular feature updates and facelifts. The current breed of R15 is in its 3rd generation and looks like a reborn power package.

The exteriors

Both the motorcycles are built on a completely different platform. The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS looks like one of those ultimate devilish naked street fighters, ready to haunt the roads. The aggressive body graphics, muscular appearance, and a bitch midsection make an altogether fierce combination. The front profile features a diamond shaped headlamp which adds to the already demonic look.The digital console sits all by itself, without the assistance of any windscreen. The muscular fuel tank looks even more beefed up when seen from a side-on angle

On the contrary, the Yamaha R15 carries the conventional sporty aesthetics with the fully faired body and a sharp rear section. Up at the front, there is a windscreen which covers the semi-digital instrument cluster, which features an analog tachometer (digital for the latest V3.0). The body is built with supreme aerodynamics to enhance the sporty appearance. The seat height is lower than that of the Pulsar counterpart with a much leaner forward riding position.

The engine

The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS as beastly as it could get even in terms of the engine power. The naked street motorcycle continues to feature the trademark powerful Bajaj engine that promises to offer power that you cannot afford to miss. It features a 199.5 cc single cylinder engine that is capable of thumping a mind-boggling 23.17 bhp of power at 9,500 revs per 60 seconds and 18.3 Nm of highest torque at 8,000 revolutions per minute. The power is transmitted to the wheel via a 6-speed gearbox.

Speaking about the Yamaha R15, one cannot doubt the fact about how much the sports motorcycle can be deceptive in its approach. With a rather modest 155.1 cc single cylinder engine, the R15 can blow up the acceleration with a humongous 19.04 bhp of power at 10,000 revs per minute and a maximum torque of 14.7 Nm at 8,500 revolutions per minute. The power is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed gearbox.

However, even though the R15 is slightly modest when compared to the beastly 200NS, the former can zoom across the road with a blink of an eye considering the lightweight platform that it is built on.

The overall efficiency

The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, even though has the power to work with, lack of some features adds to the flaws. With such a powerful engine, the safety of an ABS would have been all the buyers would have asked for. But the company does not offer that feature even as an option. Moreover, an average mileage of 30 kilometers in the city and a maximum of 40 on the highway is what keeps the buyer’s contemplation.

The Yamaha R15, on the other hand, does not quite disappoint as the buyers tend to be more content with the sporty riding position, slippery clutch, and a fully digital instrument cluster, at the cost of an average fuel efficiency.

The Bajaj Pulsar 200NS, a naked street fighter, a more than handy commuter, a budget-friendly racer and all the other names it could be tagged as has all the elements to woo the crowd. It can hit acceleration of 0-60 km per hour in just 3.6 seconds along with a top speed of 136 km per hour. More often than not, it’s the naked frame of the 200NS that keeps the buyers interested.


While the Yamaha R15 portrays that conventional sporty body that people often dream of riding. The big fully faired body, lean-on riding style, high pillion seat, and all make for one heck of a sports motorcycle. It is for the advanced level racer-born individuals who can constantly fly at over the 100 km per hour mark and can hit a top speed of close to a thunderous 145 km per hour.


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