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Yamaha RX100 & Bajaj Pulsar 150 - Different strokes
The finest college bikes in India go head to head
By : Joshua Crasto | Published : May 12, 2006 | Photos : Pablo Chaterji
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Do you remember the time when you stuck a so called cassette tape into a Walkman, Hara jeans were the most fashionable pieces of clothing, Charms cigarettes at the chai shop were in and Jacko wasn’t termed Whacko? The legendary RX100 is the only other thing that will thrill you to bits when added to that list. And if it doesn’t, then you’re probably from the generation that has an iPod as a best friend, considers low-waisted jeans worn backwards cool, has chilled frappe as a cuppa and thinks Jacko is whacko. And of course you think the Pulsar is the be-all and end-all of Indian motorcycles. Well, both the popular Pulsar and the RX100 are heroes in their own right, so we decided to put them up against each other to see if the RX was simply a piece of wistful nostalgia.

It’s just about eight am and we’re waiting outside the Mumbai University campus for the RX to arrive. It was supposed to be here an hour ago and Pablo’s getting a bit impatient. It suddenly appears as a distant spec at the far end of the road, just as the bells of the tower clock start tolling. It feels surreal, like the warning sirens at the start of a war.

The 1990 RX100 here is bone stock and has covered 55,000 genuine km, while the Pulsar is our long-term 180 DTSi. Gleaming chrome, glossy red paint and simple plastic badging are up against our electric blue and snazzy decals and it’s already hard to make a choice. Clean, straight side-panels with a small oil gauge stiffen next to the Pulsar’s well-curved racy-looking ones and somehow this battle seems evenly poised.The small (and not so bright) headlamp squints at the neatly crafted bikini fairing. I’m in love, definitely, just not sure with which one yet.
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  Posted by Ravi Kumar Maddala at 23rd November,2011
I need Spare parts for yamaha RX 135
  Posted by arun at 13th November,2011
i need YAMAHA RX100
  Posted by ZICO at 19th August,2011
HI frndzzzz,,,,,,,I m also a big fan f RX100. nd I believe that it is the real tiger of the road still now. bcz this 98cc bike have the power, that it can make a man tensed who have 150cc bike.... MR. pegu....
  Posted by GLADY at 12th July,2011
Hai guyzzz I am also having an RX135 my friends call me YAMAHA GLADY
  Posted by Pegu at 25th May,2011
I have a Pulsar 150 from 2002 in mint condition with the only thing custom being the paint but it looks straight out of the showroom- even after 1000s of miles on the Himalayas, broken countryside roads or through the potholes of Delhi. And I intend to keep it that way for as long as I have bones that can take care of it.The Rx never gave me that special feeling or confidence to have fun and enjoy riding to become my only form of meditation. Its been my best mate and stood by me in the toughest situations. It has that absolute rawness in it which comes packaged in a refined, well sculpted exterior which I think defines my personality too. Plus, being friendly on the planet does help my conscience! Sorry 2T junkies, it is the Pulsar for me.
  Posted by pegu at 25th May,2011
Oh also, for the record, when i was a bit more immature I have outdragged the RXes & CBZs & Fieros etc but speed is not all that makes a bike. Mr Harshvardhan & anyone who thinks the same needs some education.
  Posted by IRSAD MANSURUI at 10th January,2011
  Posted by harshvardhan at 16th November,2010
My beauty rx100 will win and pulsar will miles away behind trying 2 look at rx100 but she will not do so cuz rx100 go much ahead than that shit!!
  Posted by raja at 26th September,2010
its a amazing one to drive
  Posted by rahul at 23rd September,2010
I have an RX 100 and I m very lucky
  Posted by anas at 3rd April,2010
amazing comparison
  Posted by Mohana at 4th February,2010
Last 2 lines of the article is punching!! Hats off to Yamaha Family! I do own a 2001Model RX135 5Speed:)
  Posted by Vijeth C M at 20th January,2010
You bet! I live by my RX (RXG not 100). I've tried other four strokes of similar size & Pulsar (I'm too slightly built for the R15 etc. etc.) but nothing gets me kicking like this one! No vibrations from the engine, hits 60Kmph in about 6 to 7 seconds, easy to ride through traffic, and comfortable over long rides too. What else can I ask for? oh yeah! I forgot to mention. I get about 45 kmpl in city. Good no?
  Posted by Gavin at 9th January,2010
Hi Guys I was idly trawling the internet looking for rxs info and came across your site. It appears that you are in India and it seems that the rxs was very popular over there. It was never a well loved bike in England as we could ride 125s at 17 and the rxs was always more of a commuter bike. However I have had a couple of these over the years. i originally bought one in 1989, an 86' model I think, so my wife could learn to ride. I now have a different wife and bought a 1994 model(the bike not the wife)in 2002 for her to learn to ride. She rode it once and then decided to do the test and now rides a bandit 600. I sold the bike to a brother in law who left it sitting in his garage. I have just bought it back from him and I'm considereding restoring it to it's former glory. I use it for commuting to work at the moment although I do have several other bikes. There is quite an interest here in older bikes but no-one except me seems interested in the rxs. I found your site quite interesti
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