Bajaj Pulsar 150 and 160 NS
The Bajaj Pulsar 150 is the highest selling 150cc commuter bike in India. Despite it being long in the tooth, the combination of muscular style, good fuel efficiency and value for money makes it an extremely popular motorcycle in the two-wheeler market.
The styling might not have been updated for a long time, but the motorcycle has received new colour schemes and variants over the years. In order to add spice to the recipe, the company has introduced the Neon series wherein the motorcycle adorns a matte metallic grey colour scheme with contrasting neon orange or yellow highlights. However, the Neon model loses out on tank extensions and engine belly. Besides that, the motorcycle continues to feature a split seat design, sporty decals for the single and twin-disc models.
The powertrain remains the same 149.5cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that delivers 13.8bhp and 13.4Nm of torque. It comes mated to a five-speed transmission.
The Pulsar 150 is suspended by telescopic front forks up front and dual springs with adjustable preload at the rear. The braking setup consists of a disc brake at the front as standard and the choice of a drum or a disc brake at the rear. All variants of the Pulsar 150 feature a single-channel ABS system as standard fitment.
The Pulsar 150 is offered in six paint schemes – black-grey and black-red for the single-disc model, black-blue and the same black-red for the twin disc model and neon red, neon yellow and neon silver for the new Neon series. In its segment, the Pulsar 150 competes against other executive 150cc commuter bikes like the Honda CB Unicorn 150, Hero Xtreme Sports, Yamaha SZ-RR V2.0 and the TVS Apache RTR 160.
TVS Apache RTR 160 and 4V
TVS Motors launched the Apache brand in India in 2007 and the 160cc Apache was the first bike from the Apache series that was introduced in the Indian market. The 'RTR' stands for 'Racing Throttle Response' and the motorcycle is designed with a racing approach. It comes with a lap timer in the instrument console and provision for the last three 0 to 60kmph timings. It is also the first bike in India to feature a petal disc brake. Now, TVS has equipped the Apache RTR 160 with ‘Supermoto ABS’ essentially is a single-channel ABS.
The bike gets 17-inch alloy wheels in the front and rear with 90mm section tyres at the front and 110mm section tyres at the rear. The front forks have a travel of 105mm and the rear has a two-shock approach rather than a monoshock.
The Apache RTR 160 is powered by a single-cylinder four-stroke 160cc engine which produces 15.2bhp of power at 8,500rpm and 13.1Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. This motor comes mated to a five-speed gearbox. It is available in seven different paint schemes, some of which are matte schemes. The latest update has been the ‘Race Edition’ which offers a fetching scarlet stripe over a white background. It essentially reflects the new look TVS has developed, with the 3D logo on the tank.
The Apache competes against the Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. There is also its own sibling, the Apache RTR 160 4V. The Apache RTR 160 ABS is available in two variants; the one with a front disc costs Rs 85,573 while the rear disc version costs Rs 88,652 (ex-showroom).
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