The KTM 200 Duke and Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 were launched in India in 2012. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200's engine is based on the KTM 200 Duke's motor, but with some mechanical changes like the triple spark plug technology. Later, TVS Apache RTR 200 joined the naked street fighter motorcycle segment in the country which competes with the other two.KTM launched the 2017 200 Duke priced at Rs 1.43 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. All three motorcycles are good with their respective features, engine, styling and performance. When it comes to performance, people opt for KTM due to its responsive motor, however, the NS 200 and the Apache 200 also offer appreciable fuel efficiency figures with acceptable performance. Here is a quick comparison between the three motorcycles.
Engine: The 2017 KTM 200 Duke and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 are powered by the BS-IV compliant 199.5 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, while the Apache RTR 200 is powered by a 197.7 cc engine. Out of the three, the 200 Duke has the most power at 26 hp, while the NS 200 generates 21 hp and the TVS Apache 200 produces 18.05 hp. Torque on the KTM 200 Duke is also the highest with 19.2 Nm, followed closely by the Pulsar NS 200at 18.3 Nm and Apache 200 with 18.1 Nm. Another factor that aids in the performance of the 200 Duke is its weight. The Duke weights 129.5 kg (dry weight) which is lighter than the TVS Apache RTR 200 (148 kg) and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 (151 kg). The less weight on the 200 Duke is due to the use of a lightweight steel trellis frame. It is clear that the KTM 200 Duke is lighter and has the best power-to-weight ratio when compared to the other two motorcycles.
Design: All the motorcycles have an aggressive design language. The Pulsar NS 200 shares its styling with the 200 Duke and has similar cues like the underbelly exhaust, raised handlebar and a sculpted fuel tank. Riding position on the KTM 200 Duke is slightly more aggressive than the TVS Apache 200 and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, however, it does not rob away the comfort level entirely. The 'Ready to Race' dna reflects in all KTM motocycles which is present in the 200 Duke as well. Based on the Draken Concept that was showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the Apache RTR 200 gets fuel tank extensions, split seat engine cowl and aggressive styling for the headlamp with C-shaped pilot lights. Unlike the Apache, the KTM 200 Duke largely remains same as the previous model. The three-chamber underbelly exhaust remains unchanged for lower centre of gravity which improves handling. To keep emissions in check, the KTM 200 Duke has a regulated catalytic converter.
Features: The 200 Duke features multi-function digital instrument console that provides information about the fuel consumption, gear position, clock, trip meter, etc. The motorcycle now gets 800 mm two-piece seats, similar to the Apache 200, that is claimed to be good for long-distance riding and comfortable for both, rider and pillion. The KTM gets 43 mm upside-down front forks by WP suspension and pin-jointed swing-arm at the rear. Another change is the ignition key slot which is now placed on the fuel tank instead of the instrument console. That said, the Apache 200 has a host of options to choose from. Potential customers can choose if they want a non-ABS version with Pirelli Scorpion sticky tyres that is carbeuretted or the top-end variant with all bells and whistles. In addition, the Apache RTR 200 is available in seven body colours, while the 200 Duke and the NS 200 are available only in three colour options. In terms of safety, the 200 Duke takes charge and is available only with ABS, while on the Apache 200, it is an option and the NS 200 does not get it at all.
Price: The KTM 200 Duke is the most expensive of the lot priced at Rs 1.43 lakh, while the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS retails at Rs 96,453 and the TVS Apache RTR 200 is priced at Rs 89,457 for the base version and Rs 95,015 for the top-end version, all prices ex-showroom, Delhi. Looking at the prices, the TVS Apache RTR 200 is the most value-for-money proposition and offers a number of options like ABS and Pirelli Scorpion tyres. However, performance of the 200 Duke with its lightest dry weight would fare better in terms of top speed and acceleration. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 gets a few cosmetic updates, but mechanically remain same which in today's date for its price tag is not the right proposition.