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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS vs KTM Duke 200
Which 200 must you pick
By : Ruman Devmane | Published : February 04, 2012
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Both bikes that people have been waiting for for a long time. Both 200cc. Question is, if you were to go out and buy one tomorrow, which one would it be?






Looks striking, but we're not so sure whether we can call it pretty. The consensus is it's got a lot of styling elements from various popular Indian motorcycles (and some international ones too) but in a world where even the most striking designs begin looking dated in about two years, the Pulsar's distinctiveness may help its cause.

Attractive and how and has 'cool' written all over it in big, orange letters. It's a KTM, so it's typically sharp with a lot of chiseled bits. The headlamp is a vertically stacked affair with minimalistic plastic bits on the sides and the tank is chunky (11 litre capacity) without being a hindrance to the rider in terms of hanging off in corners etc. Best of all, the Duke's cycle parts and the motor are all so well-designed, they're as good as styling elements.

Engine & Transmission

Triple spark plug technology, four valves per cylinder and a 199.5cc single-cylinder, liquid cooled motor that shares its bottom half with the Duke 200. The 200NS produces 23.4 bhp@9500 rpm (it redlines at 10,500 rpm!) and 1.86 kgm of torque at 8000 rpm. No fuel injection yet for the Pulsar but there is an all-new venturi carb doing service in the 200NS and we're not question its efficiency or performance. Bajaj claims 58 kpl in the Indian cycle, and while we think that's a bit optimistic, we'll only be too glad to verify. Oh, and there's an all-new 6-speed gearbox on the Pulsar, apparently taller than the one on the Duke, which means it will be more suited to long sprints.

A single spark plug is enough for the Duke 200's 199.5cc single-cylinder mill. The Duke boasts of better numbers - 25.48 bhp@10,000 rpm and 1.99 kgm@8000 rpm. That's delicious, when we're talking about a motorcycle that weighs just 136 kg! The 6-speed gearbox on the Duke 200 is short, tightly packed, which means you experience rapid acceleration in the first three gears, until things eventually calm down a bit. It's a punchy, involving engine that demands to be ridden with a heavy throttle hand and will reward you with lots and lots of wheelies. Tempted, aren't we?


Bajaj motorcycles are typically loaded with all kinds of features and the 200NS is no exception. A 280mm petal disc up front, 230mm disc at the rear, a Nitrox monoshock unit, digital speedo, the usual good-quality switchgear and its party piece – that pressed steel perimeter frame (like on, say, an R15) which means it's a lot more rigid (25 percent, say Bajaj) than earlier Pulsars and will definitely have much improved handling over its predecessors.

USD (upside down) forks, a multi-function display speedo console, chiseled swingarm, a disc each at the front and rear and that discreet exhaust positioned 'under there, somewhere' (also present on the 200NS, and is a massive weight saver) – the KTM Duke 200 has all that you need to be very thrilled about it, apart from that stonking motor.



Both are street hooligans (we haven't ridden the Pulsar yet, but this is certainly Bajaj's implication) and while the Duke is more so, owing to its conventional handlebar and trellis frame, both are going to be absolutely competitive motorcycles to ride around the track too. Pulsars traditionally have been sharp handlers albeit without the poise of an R15. This should be taken care of by the 200NS and we're very keen to see how it performs against its contemporaries. The Duke 200 is fast around corners, and very stable while at it and we'll be quite pleased if the Pulsar has a similar mindset.



At Rs.1.17 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), the Duke 200 is definitely a steal. Although this is an introductory price so you would do well to buy one at the earliest! Bajaj has announced it will price the 200NS at less than a lakh, which means you get what is in many parts a KTM, with the usual madness of a Pulsar for less than R15 money. Now if that's not juicy, we don't know what is.


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  Posted by aegan at 9th April,2012
what joy said is 200% correct!next pulsar will have 8 spark plugs including one in the exhaust!lol
  Posted by mohammad.ali at 4th April,2012
I will go with duke it is best than 200ns
  Posted by joy at 24th March,2012
bajaj should put this 200cc engine on its autos and make better auto rather then telling people that its performance oriented bike, i heard that bajaj is thinking even creating a 350cc bike (just wonder how many spark plug it will plug, 7 or 8 if possible it will plug 2 spark plug on the riders also) nonsence bajaj company it should make auto ... why its thinking about race bikes, where as non of its single bike is enough efficent.
  Posted by vikram at 21st March,2012
Pulsar is the best one..........
  Posted by kuldeep at 16th March,2012
  Posted by MacLord at 14th March,2012
What is the top speed of ktm duke and pulsar 200ns?
  Posted by prakash at 27th March,2012
  duke will reach 150km/hr
  Posted by XYZ at 21st March,2012
  136 Kms for Pulsar 200NS
  Posted by Paras at 19th March,2012
  pulsar 200 ns - 136km/hr (estimated) duke - 140km/hr (claimed)
  Posted by Nitin at 10th March,2012
Just want to know what mileage is expected from the duke200..??
  Posted by AYAN KUMAR at 9th March,2012
I will definitely buy KTM.
  Posted by sonu wadhwa at 3rd March,2012
Good to read please to see wating until driven
  Posted by arun g at 28th February,2012
Question is, if you were to go out and buy one tomorrow, which one would it be? already booked duke.....
  Posted by prathamesh at 5th March,2012
  pulsar would be good if u can wait till april end for possession
  Posted by banzai at 10th February,2012
any info on how much the compression ratio is?
  Posted by lockhrt987 at 7th February,2012
Correction: Pulsar Red lines at 10000.
  Posted by kanishk at 6th March,2012
  price has been set to 86,000 in delhi
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