Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 [COMPARED!]

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So the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS is back again. This time around, Bajaj is calling it the Pulsar NS200, and in its second innings, the bike comes with a set of minor updates. There’s already enough buzz on the re-launch of the NS200 but there’s another bike that just might steal the show away from this Bajaj streetnaked. Yes, we are talking about the new 2017 KTM Duke 200.The new 2017 KTM Duke 200 carries really minor changes but it’s still a very competent motorcycle. Let’s compare these two refreshed models in our Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 comparison here-

bajaj pulsar ns200 vs ktm duke 200

Also See- KTM Duke 200 vs Duke 250 vs Duke 390

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 Price Comparison

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 KTM Duke 200
Price (ex-showroom, New Delhi) Rs 96,453 Rs 1,44,000

The KTM Duke 200 has always been pricier than the NS200. Basically, the NS200 is to the Duke 200 what the Dominar 400 is to the Duke 390. No surprise then, that, the Pulsar streetnaked is cheaper than its Austrian cousin. However, the price difference between the two bikes has widened over the years. Currently, there’s a difference of almost Rs 50,000 between the prices of these two models. All this makes us wonder if the Duke 200’s higher price tag is really justified.

 

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Pulsar NS200 comes across as a really good VFM product

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 Specifications Comparison

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 KTM Duke 200
Engine 199.5 cc, single cylinder, air-cooled, DTSi 199.5 cc, single cylinder liquid-cooled
Max. Power 23.52 PS 25 PS
Peak Torque 18.3 Nm 19.2 Nm
Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 151 KGs 130 KGs

The Duke 200 holds a slight advantage over NS200 in terms of engine performance. While the 1 BHP-1 Nm difference doesn’t look significant on paper, let’s not forget the NS200 is more than 20 KGs heavier than the Duke 200. This means the Austrian streetnaked is quicker and much more fun.

new 2017 ktm duke 200

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 Mileage Comparison

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 KTM Duke 200
Mileage 45 KMPL 40 KMPL

The Pulsar NS200 offers a higher average fuel mileage. While the Duke 200 isn’t too far behind, the NS200 holds a definite advantage over the Duke 200 in this aspect.

Also SeeUpcoming Bajaj Pulsar bikes in India

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 Top Speed Comparison

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 KTM Duke 200
Mileage 136 KMPH 142 KMPH

Thanks to a more potent engine and a more performance-focused tuning, the Duke 200 ends up being considerably faster than the Pulsar NS200.

Also See2017 KTM Duke 250 | 2017 KTM Duke 390

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 0-100 KMPH

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 KTM Duke 200
Mileage 9.85 Seconds 9.02 Seconds

Again, a lower kerb weight and a more powerful engine enables the Duke 200 to have an advantage over the NS200.

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The Pulsar NS200 has a higher mileage, but is slower to the Duke 200

Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs KTM Duke 200 Comparison Verdict

  • Price- Well, the NS200 and the Duke 200 aren’t direct rivals. The baby Duke is almost 50% costlier than the NS200. However, the two bikes are too close in terms of specifications for each other’s comfort. And in terms of pricing, the NS200 is a clear winner here. It offers a very well rounded package. The Duke 200, however, offers only a slightly stronger performance for a lot more money.
  • Specifications- The Duke 200 is the winner in this department. The NS200 isn’t far behind; it offers almost same performance from almost the same engine. However, at 151 KGs, it’s considerably heavier than the Duke 200.
  • Mileage- The NS200 offers a higher average fuel mileage. This makes the Pulsar NS200 a better buy for those looking for a good mix of performance and fuel efficiency. The Duke 200 isn’t far behind, but thanks to a single minded focus on delivering performance, the fuel economy takes a slight hit.
  • Top Speed & 0-100 KMPH Timing- The KTM Duke 200 is both faster and quicker than the Pulsar NS200.

Comparison Verdict- Well, these two are pretty close to each other in terms of pricing. Also, both the bikes are stylish and look modern. There’s enough kit available on both the models. Still, there’s a lot that separates these two models. While the NS200 tries to come across as the Jack of all trades, it’s actually the Duke 200 which is the undisputed King of the performance game. Hence, those looking for a reasonably quick and fast bike without spending a lot money should look at the Pulsar NS200. However, those looking for a thoroughly performance bred low displacement motorcycle should get themselves the 2017 KTM Duke 200.

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