Given the foothold of Pulsar brand in India, it is important to consider every product in Bajaj Pulsar RS 200’s segment will face a challenge to even keep up current sales pace. In that respect, one of the slow selling bikes here is Honda CBR 150R, which could potentially decelerate due to the arrival of Pulsar RS 200.
Comparison of tech specs of both bikes, it is apparent that Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 has the upper hand, in terms of performance and fresh looks. To start with, Pulsar RS 200 is slightly smaller in size as compared to CBR150R. Wheelbase of 190 mm adds more score to CBR 150R in a market like India, but Pulsar RS 200’s 157 mm is not bad either. There is substantial difference in kerb weight of both fully faired motorcycles (by 27 kg), point CBR, but the (148.48 PS/tonne) power-to-weight ratio of Pulsar far outruns the Japanese (which sports only 128 PS/tonne).
The single-cylinder liquid-cooled 199.5 cc fuel-injected engine in Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 churns out 24.5 PS @ 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm @ 8000 rpm, while Honda CBR 150R manages only 18.52 PS @ 10500 and 12.66 Nm @ 8500 rpm from its 149.4 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder motor with Programmable Fuel Injection (PGM-FI). Both engines are mated to 6-speed transmission, and both send power to 130/70 – 17 rear tyre. Only the front tyre sizes are different in the two, and Pulsar wears the bigger one – 110/80 – 17, while CBR 150R uses 100/80 – 17.
With no option of ABS, Honda CBR 150R is priced at Rs. 1.22 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), while Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is priced Rs. 1.18 lakhs for non ABS and Rs 1.3 lakhs for ABS variant (single channel – front only). With better performance and more updated looks, features on offer, the Puslar RS 200 easily wins this duel.