Big fight in the entry level performance Motorcycle find out who wins the top spot

When TVS introduced the new Apache RTR 4V we all were really very much excited to see this motorcycle in flesh. This new motorcycle surely featured the most powerful engine of the Apache lineup and that was not the end for the first time TVS has also fitted a monoshock suspension setup at the rear which by the way is already available with some of the other competitors that the new Apache competes with.

Talking about competition the new Apache RTR 200 4V is a streefighter which takes on he newly launched Bajaj Pulsar AS200 which is actually a semi faired version of the Bajaj famous streefighter model the NS200, while the other big competition that it will face is from the KTM Duke 200 which has been ruling this segment since its launch.

Meanwhile let us also inform you that the deliveries of the new Apache RTR 200 4V has already commenced in some of the major states and the new Apache takes on the above mentioned rivals in India. The new motorcycles gets its power from a 197.75 cc, SOHC, four-valve, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine which is available in both carburetor as well as with fuel injected form as well which also makes it an unique offering in this segment.

So let us now get into the details of this comparison review to find out who has the biggest advantage amongst these three motorcycles and who claims the top spot.

Click past jump to read more about the comparison review of the all new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs the Bajaj Pulsar AS200 and the KTM Duke 200

STYLING

2015 KTM Duke 200 - Road Test High Quality
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2015 Bajaj Pulsar AS200 : Driven Exterior
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TVS Launches The Apache RTR 200 4V: Specs, competition, Images & Many More Exterior
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All these motorcycles vary a lot from each other in terms of styling. While the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the KTM Duke 200 has a sporty and aggressive appearance the Bajaj Pulsar AS200 on the other hand is the only semi faired motorcycles amongst the trio and gets a tourer like appeal with huge windshield towards the front to prorect the rider from wind during high speed riding.

Coming to the new Apache RTR 4V this definitely looks slightly different from the existing Apache series, the new motorcycle gets a shaper look towards the front, the sharp headlamp unit which looks to have been inspired from the Draken X-21 concept showcased by TVS at the 2014 Auto expo. Offcourse the huge fuel tank with the side cowl attracts your attention, the split seats on the Apache too looks different and sporty. The Apache gets an all new fully digital instrument cluster which shows plenty of information. Lastly it also gets a double barrel exhaust and fatter rear tyres to complete the overall look.

Compared to the new Apache the AS200 definitely looks more dominating offcourse! It lacks some quality when you compare with the Apache especially panel gaps but besides that the AS200 surely has everything that you will absolutely love. It also gets a semi faring which houses the projector and halogen setup headlamps which definitely has the best illumination amongst the trio. Apart from that the AS200 also gets a sculpted fuel tank and sport split seats. The AS200 unlike the Apache gets a half analogue half digital instrument t cluster which offcourse does not provide as many information as the Apache for sure.

Coming to the most expensive motorcycle amongst the lot the KTM Duke 200 definitely gets a proper streetfighter appeal to it. With its exposed frame and small but informative instrument cluster and split seats everything surely has been designed to make it stand out in the crowd. The Duke 200 also happens to be the tallest motorcycles amongst the trio. However when it comes to features surely the Duke200 does justice to its price tag by providing better rubbers, upside down forks and many more.

POWERTRAIN

TVS Launches The Apache RTR 200 4V: Specs, competition, Images & Many More Exterior
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Just like I mention in eveyr other comparison review the powertrain definitely is the most important part of any motorcycle and just like we already explained before the Apache RTR 4V is the newest kid in the entry level performance motorcycle segment while both the AS200 which deploys the NS200 engine and the Duke 200 has been in this game for a long time now.

The TVS Apache 200 is powered by a single cylinder, liquid cooled, 4 stroke 197.7 cc engine which produces about 20.5 Ps of peak power at around 8, 500 rpm while the FI injected variant churns out 21 Ps of peak power at 8, 500 rpm and 18.1 Nm of torque. The engine is also paired to a 5 speeed manula gearbox. Now compared to the other two motorcycles the Apache surely is the most least powerful motorcycle. The Bajaj Pulsar AS200 on the other hand is powered by a single cylinder, oil colled, 4 stroke 199.5 cc engine which produces about 23.17bhp at 9500rpm and 18.3Nm of torque, unlike the Apache the AS200 engine is paired to a 6 speed gearbox. The most powerful motorcycle of this lineup however is the KTM Duke 200 which uses the four stroke, liquid cooled, single cylinder, 199.5cc engine which churns out about 25 Ps of peak power and 19 Nm of torque, the engine is also paired to a 6 speed gearbox as well.

The As200 is the only motorcycle in this group which misses out on fuel injection while both the Apache as well as the Duke 200 benefits from a fuel injected engine.

Apache RTR 200 4V Pulsar AS200 Duke 200
Type SI, 4 stroke, Oil Cooled Triple spark 4- valve DTS-i engine Liquid cooled four stroke, liquid cooled, single cylinder
Engine Capacity 197.75 cm 199.5 199.5
Cylinder Arrangement Single single single
Maximum Power ps @ rpm 21.0 @ 8500 rpm 23.5 @ 9500 rpm 25 @ 9000
Maximum Torque 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm 18.3 Nm @ 8000 rpm 19 @ 8000
Gearbox 5 speed 6 speed 6 speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

2015 KTM Duke 200 - Road Test High Quality
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2015 Bajaj Pulsar AS200 : Driven Exterior
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When it comes to ride and handling obviously all the motorcycles almost provide the same level of comfort. Quite honestly these are performance oriented motorcycles and thus their suspension setup is also directed for a sporty handling. However compared to the Duke 200 the AS200 as well as the Apache’s suspension is setup little less on the firmer side.

The Apache 200 4V has been fitted with hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Just like the Apache the AS200 also uses almost the same suspension setup it too gets a hydraulic telescopic suspension towards the front and monoshock suspension setup towards its rear. The KTMK Duke 200 on other hand enjoys the benefits of a 43mm upside down telescopic front forks and adjustable hydraulic monoshock at the rear which are sourced from the renowned WP brand. But as already mentioned above the Duke 200 suspension has been setup for a stiff ride which obviously also makes it a better handler at higher speeds.

The AS200 because of its impressive overall body weight definitely is stable at higher speeds the Apache because of its softer suspension setup definitely looses out to some of its better handling characters. The Duke200 with its sportier suspension setup also stays on top of the list in the handling department.

Talking about brakes the Duke 200 has been fitted with 300 mm disc brakes towards the front and a 230 mm disc brake towards the rear but it does not get an ABS. The Apache RTR 200 4V has been equipped with a 270 mm disc brakes towards the front and 240 mm disc brakes towards the rear. The Apache also happens to be the only motorcycle in this competition to get a petal disc brakes which cools of quickly. The Bajaj Pulsar AS200 relies on a 280 mm disc brakes towards the fromnt and 240 mm disc brakes towards the rear which provides enough bite to actually stop the motorcycle but it does not get any ABS.
The Apache is the only motorcycle amongst the trio which will also get an ABS in the near future.

PRICING

TVS Launches The Apache RTR 200 4V: Specs, competition, Images & Many More Exterior
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The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has been priced in between the 1.10 Lakh-1.20 Lakh brackets, while the base carbureted variant is priced at INR. 91,660 (ex showroom). The AS200 on the other hand is priced at INR. 94, 049 (ex showroom Delhi). The most expensive motorcycle of the lot however is the KTM Duke 200 which is priced at INR. 1,46,200 ex showroom.

CONCLUSION

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The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V no doubt is one very capable motorcycle of this segment which actually is also the only motorcycle which also offers both carbureted as well as fuel injected setup at the same time. The loaded Apache will also offer plenty of cool stiffs like ABS, premium tyres as well as fuel injected engine at the same time. The Bajaj Pulsar AS200 on the other hand is a smart motorcycle it definitely is a motorcycle which offers some unique features like projector headlamp setup, windscreen and also a powerful engine but surely the lack of ABS and Bajaj gearbox actually makes you think twice before finally settling for the motorcycle. The most expensive motorcycle of the lot is the KTM Duke 200 which definitely is also the most powerful and offers plenty of goodies as well.

But if you are not an experienced rider then the Duke 200 as well as the AS200 may not suit you because first of all they are uncomfortable and are powerful machines. The new Apache on the other hand offers everything in right proportion, it is neither too aggressive nor too mellow and will suit any rider who is looking to upgrade from their daily commuter.

Riju Ganguly
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