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Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi Vs Hero Honda Karizma Vs TVS Apache RTR 160 Fi Vs Yamaha YZF R15. (According to Auto Magazines)

December 31, 2008 — Abhishek kumar

Posted below are excerpts of the comparisons carried by the respective magazines.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 (Best Power Spread)

The 220 has the strongest pull over the largest rev range. That decidedly makes it the bike with the most useable power. Excellent straight line speed is an icing on the cake.

Yamaha R15 (Best Lap Time / Best handling)

The R15 has its power stored in the reservoir above the 7000rpm band. The fact doesn’t mar the lap times at all, especially with that phenomenal handling. The 220 will have the edge in more practical conditions though.

TVS Apache RTR 160 Efi (Best Value Track Tool)

For a 160cc air-cooled two valve per cylinder bike, the track performance of the RTR EFI is nothing short of a revelation. Want to go racing? There’s no better learner’s tool for the money.

Hero Honda Karizma

Surprisingly for us, the Karizma emerged as the last finisher here. Trust us, there is hardly anything wrong with that bike. It’s not as brutally focussed towards track performance as the other contenders and compromises on a few things for the sake of practicality and comfort.

Yamaha YZF R15

The Yamaha YZF-R15 needs some right-wrist wrestling to keep in the meat of its powerband and not every rider is going to be able to do that, especially in crowded cities like Mumbai…

… if you’re looking to upgrade from your existing 150cc motorcycle, and want something that’s stylish and exclusive, or if you live anywhere close to a racetrack, the YZF-R15 is for you.

If you already ride anything with more than a 180cc engine, then the Yamaha doesn’t quite justify the additional price you’ll be paying for the marginal performance upgrade – hang on for a little while longer and you’ll soon have better options coming your way.

TVS Apache RTR 160 Fi

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI

If you’re going to be caught up in a threat-inducing battle with your parents who refuse to pay more than Rs 70,000 for a new bike, then go ahead and settle for the TVS Apache RTR-FI 160.

…Zipping around in the city will be enjoyable and you won’t regret taking her out on the highway either. The TVS Apache presents itself as a great option if you’re on a tight budget but still want your garage to boast of the latest technology that is on offer.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi

The Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi though, still remains right on top of the game owing to not only its bigger engine capacity, but great all-round capability as well…

Fuel efficiency is good, is a dream to ride hard and will probably tire you the least after that long road trip because of it’s comfortable riding posture. Equipment levels are high and the bike, though not exactly cheap, is affordable and justifiably so…

The 220 does everything in just the right amounts to offer the most wholesome riding experience among all of the three fuel injected contenders in the country today. The king keeps his crown, but just.

Conclusion: So now you know what the auto journalists think about these bikes head to head…

…but before you take the above comparisons as the gospel truth, let me also point of another “Race Track Comparison”, this time done by Overdrive magazine a couple of months back.

Actually Overdrive had done an episode for its TV partner CNBC TV18 ( and had distributed the DVD in one of its print issues), in which it had carried its own “Race Track Comparision” of the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, Hero Honda Karizma and the TVS Apache RTR 160 Fi (if my memory is collect its was Fuel Injected the Apache RTR 160).

In that particular “Race Track Comparison”, Overdrive magazine had voted the Hero Honda Karizma as the best bike for the Race track followed by the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi and the TVS Apache RTR 160 Fi accordingly.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI

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