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Bajaj Pulsar 220 Vs. Yamaha R15 Vs. RTR 180

Ever since the Karizma was Indian biking standards the performance arena. Earlier the RD 350 went on sale, there only a handful of customers identified as performance enthusiasts by Bikes were sold in terms of their Mileage and cost. But now the current scenario has changed.

Now a days bikes are with exact BHP and Torque that came be made out of it. So I to have a check on the top three among Indian Bikes.I to accept that currently in we have wide range of in every segment. Shortlisting bikes among the wide was a bit difficult task.

After various showrooms, Bikers and rides, finally I figured out the that performance is not only the Engine Capacity or power that a bike can make, its a package consisting a balance Power and Handling.Now coming to our of top three contestants, I had hard to have the Karizma dropped the list as both the variants ZMA R and ZMR a tad lesser in terms of performance to the Pulsar 220 Dtsi, TVS Apache 180 and R15. Hero Honda has a league and point of view Bajaj and TVS as they are not into any while others keep their engines to top the performance So finally I ended up shortlisting the 220 Dtsi . Apache 180 and Yamaha R15 as the top performance bikes currently in Indian Market and let see who wins by the end of review.

A Brief Introduction:

The YZF R15 which was launched on July has taken Indian performance to the next level. As R15 is the direct of the mighty R1 not only carries the but also the R series biking in terms of handling and performance. R15 is the least Powered, small engine and highly priced.

Its to believe that only 17ps of power on a 150cc R15 can easily challenge the big guys with 220cc engines. TVS its new upgrade launch over the RTR FI, has the FI badge.

But refined the engine to that can do a 17.3ps. Judging the many still think isnt much difference the 160 and 180cc RTRs. But trust me you to have a ride in the RTR 180 to have you blown.

Since Pulsar 220 just made a drizzle in chart and been outperformed by a 150cc engine, Bajaj the Pulsar 220 with a massive of Power in a carburetted 220cc Pulsar 220 hits all other bikes directly in terms of to Money ratio.


days many youngsters started to give much to looks and styling right selecting a Girl Friend to a Enough spoken about looks, undoubtedly still is no bike in India within the price range to match the Since the R15 is better known as the version of R1, it directly carries the and curves from the R series.

The front fairing along R series dual head and split clip-ons can drag any to stare upon. On contrast as we all the rear looks a bit annoying skinny tyres, but I hope everyone got used to the narrow rear. I have to admit its a feast to our see the amazing dual lamps lit in high beam night.

Though R15 ‘s rear similar to any other normal

Also the R15 carries the same speedo from its sibling the fact is R15 ‘s speedo offers contrast than any other in Market. R15 is currently offered in Red, Blue and Black.

a limited white edition is among various showrooms.Moreover in of dimensions, Pulsar 220 looks a father in front of the kid R15 . But this changes once you sit on the bike as 220 feels the same like a Pulsar with some plastics attached and not the completed bike feel like the R15 all black styling, the all new Pulsar 220 looks more attractive added magnetism. The beautifully front semi fairing pretty much more for the tag, but looks plasticy

But I would say the ZMA R’s Semi fairing much more maturity in The eye catching feature is the front lamps which not only the rider in dark, but also … looks which is the one of its kind.

Pulsar 220 Dtsi is the bike in India to have a based head lamp from the Yamaha R1. Bajaj has to meddle with the Side mirrors this time, but ended up on the wrong side, it looks “okay” on the fairing When looked beneath the its all the same like a 180cc Same chassis, clipons, seats and Rear led.

Its impossible to figure out a Pulsar 220 rear. Even the Digital and gas shocked suspension is exactly the like its siblings. So you its very to understand the marketing strategy Pulsar 220.

My favorite on Pulsar220 is the exhaust, Technically the is the same as a Pulsar 180′s but buried in a beautiful Silver which certainly grabs attention instantly. Its evident TVS hasn’t spend much on on designing the new Apache 180 .

The design are pretty much same the Apache 160cc. With Pearl White color and forks the RTR can be distinguished among its easily. Tank scoops the RTR logo on them and the all black is well blended. No more with the RTR 180′s rear, the rear mudguard is really as it can be removed to look aggressive and during rainy rides.

LEDs are the same from its and has a good reputation for its quality the Pulsar’s rear LEDs. The is Blue lit and posses a 0-60 as well as a top speed indicator. But one element in Apache’s design is the seating posture, which a rider more perfectly any other.

That is, the Rider and look like “made for

In simple words to join the you can buy a Pulsar or Apache, but to stand out the you should have something the R15

Pulsar 220: 3.5/5

180: 4/5

R15: 5/5


The juiciest part of this may be this segment as this is the purpose for which all three are for. When reviewing the there is no match for the Pulsar 220 an amazing 220cc engine, on a 32″ carb, produces 21bhp of and a stunning 19.44nm torque. to this Bajaj claims a Pulsar 220 can hit 0-100kph in 11secs and a top of 144kph. which is currently the Indian (Bike).

Next the Apache 180, with a bigger 180cc engine, of producing 17.3ps and a decent torque, always has an edge the Pulsar in terms of handling. But TVS claim that the Apache is of hitting 0-100kph in 12.5secs and a top of 125kph. Some may feel may be a turn down, which absolutely no sense within a

In contrast to Bajaj and TVS, one that I love about is their marketing approach. has never claimed any 0-100 record or top whack for R15 or FZ. Even launching the performance accessories, specifications just say the power is by 30% and top speed is over 150kph it, Plain and Simple. Some may with puny 150cc a 17ps power with torque may not be worth comparing the Pulsar220.

But let me make you understand the scenario with my experience these bikes.

Yamaha R15: First of Bikes never exactly the same mention as mentioned in For example Pulsar 135 LS is advertised 13.5ps power and a 0-60 in 5.2secs, but in real world made this calculation on an output with a rider 58kgs. So in order to gain the performance mentioned on papers, our should also match the bike.

Here coming to our The only bike that can rev upto 10,500rpm would be the R15 . the ECU cuts off fuel supply to after 10.5K rpm. R15 a hardworking 150cc engine, of …-casted aluminum which is from Thailand, performs to the but fails to make a typical understand how exactly to ride the to gain optimum performance.

most of us are used to Pulsars and we are used to a 3000 to 7000rpm band, where most of our bikes struggle or rather stressed to reach 7000rpm in the place. But the actual fun in R15 is released 7000rpm till the engine cutoff at 10,500rpm. The more you the smoother the engine is, as a result R15 you power hungry and urges to more and more.

Trust me you can get a vibration free ride in any bike over 100kmph, this one.

Pulsar Once I release the clutch in 220. eagerness to move was much higher than the R15 and 180, it deliberately pulls you which will surely you understand what exactly “21bhp”. But regarding RPM level engine is pretty much to operate under 7000rpm and totally stressed over mark. Power band is much narrow towards the Low and Mid

The next amazing thing the Pulsar 220 is that you just to twist the accelerator 55 degrees to the maximum throttle, which is 85 degrees in R15 and Apache. But I have to two things the engine is not as smooth as the two at higher RPMs and vibrations the petrol tank and fairing, reduces confidence for a normal over triple digits on the Since the entire bike about 150kg twisting the at high-speeds is also a concern.

much to say Bajaj has done a job this time with the 220, If you need a relaxed posture and no compromise in Power here is your Holy

Apache RTR 180: As the name it really oozes out Racing Response, on demand. Apache 180 is much eager to move while you may feel someone from behind, once the is released. Similar to R15 the Apache completely under powered a Pillion is on board, this may be due to the power to weight ratio and capacity engine.

Also the of semi or full fairing a negative point towards the as a normal rider may loose over high speeds. But city the Apache 180 is a gift for freaks.

Though Apache 180 like a normal bike, the quality cannot be compared to any bike within 200cc R15 ). Like the other two you hardly when you hit 100kph and due to the same design vibrations are felt so within 4500rpm to 7500rpm and you pass the mark you forget as heavy wind blowing you. makes you forget all Being clear about !80 ‘s performance, its a practically undefeated at its price point.

A Drag and Top Test:

We fixed the deserted airport road to be ideal for as the road itself is built in standards. But unfortunately, our friend the Pulsar 220 did not turn up in time to this Drag and Top speed within Sunset, hence I able to click Pictures. I was sitting in a RD350, with a

But sorry guys the video came out so pathetic that I want to publish.

Once the Whistle was blown to off, it was really amazing to see the 220 with a small wheelie forward with much than the other two, about half a meter followed the R15 and Apache was about lesser than the R15 . But once all crossed about 85Kph the R15 a big smile kicked both the till 123kph with a two meter gap. But lately the took over and a top whack of was seen in Pulsar, where the R15 struggled at around 142kph. I was in a RD 350, we all three did not pay much to the Apache 180, which was in the untill 110kph and went 20-30 meters behind a top whack of 126kph.

We tried the thrice and found Pulsar 220 to be the in Drag and top whack too. came the R15 which also the drag from 80kph, but at the end. Apache even kept at the maximum throttle, a good engine note, but to catch the other two. One which we noticed when all were running at the same was the speedo read exactly in R15 and Apache, where it was 68kph in 220. This made us Pulsar speedo to be over

According to our calculations all three hit the sprint in less than Where the time difference was in

An interesting point to be noted in the test is that, Both 220 and Apache 180 were is stock not even a Month old, but the R15 was 2 old. Later the next day I got an to ride an R15 factory modified ECU, High lift and Racing exacust. Nothing can this baby except the it easily hits a top wack of with plenty of energy in it.

Yamaha salesmen quoted a top of 167kph at 12,000rpm in 6th gear, is not possible with any other in this segment. Also recommends you not to exceed 11,000rpm as you may end the engine. Along with the discs the entire ride was a gift to me.

But you got to add 30,000/- to an R15 to gain performance.

Pulsar 220: 5/5

180: 4/5

R15: 4.5/5

and Handling:

Once we headed up to traffic, The entire scenario The Pulsar 220 felt so heavy and the was almost feeling so hard to sharp curves. In contrast felt like heaven in the traffic. All three have tyres, where Pulsar and R15 better road grip as are MRF’s soft compound.

still feels unsafe high speed cornering due to its TVS Within city it was the Apache to both R15 and Pulsar in terms of handling. But once the Traffic can way upto 60kph, both to give way for R15 as the rider has the confidence to do within the same traffic.

R15 like the front tyre is attached to the ground and nil vibrations one feel that its okay to more and more.

Since the R15 the lightest of all three, it has a edge in the Handling department. Its provides you confidence over high cornering. Also an important to add is that when cornering on 220 or Apache 180 . I noticed most of the bend towards Left taking a Right corner due to of confidence, but most of the R15 rider towards the same direction on the corner lies.

This depends on the Bike’s overall R15 is much more accurately with the Delta box chassis certainly makes you understand Yamaha’s heritage.Regarding brakes all are equipped with front and discs and Apache which has a petal disc grabs much easily than

A distinct feature about the R15 ‘s is that, even without an ABS in the brakes never lockup at Regarding Pulsar 220 . it carries the brakes from its sibling and is enough to stop the 21 horses. serious improvement is required the rear discs in Apache and

They feel less than traditional drum and also disc pads out in the rear most commonly.

to say R15 provides much accurate it a good balance between the and rear discs. Moreover in gear shifting, Apache 180 needs some quality RD as its difficult to operate the gear box Pulsar 220 with an improved box is certainly perfect, but not as perfect as the engineered R15′s gearbox.

Its that two supensions cannot at the same frequency providing a balance over the wheel Hence R15 has an advantage of mono which is a gift for track and also handle potholes efficiently than Apache and .

If you are a frequent tourer and confused these three, then this content should you. Generally touring on a is purely for enjoying the ride other mode of transport. In our its the Pulsar 220 to bag the First prize of its relaxed seating posture and fairing, gives enough for long distant drives.

220 is capable of cruising at 120kph ease. On contrast the R15 can provide you a more smoother ride in digits, but the seating posture is a inconvenient for longer drives, a rider has to take a break 2 hrs in order to relax from Coming to the Apache, the Seating is still inconvenient as shoulders are not and vibrations, which is a nightmare in drives. This makes the R15 and to be disqualified for touring purpose .

220: 4/5

Apache 180: 5/5


Pulsar: 5/5

Apache 3/5

R15: 3.5/5

Quality and

Since all the contestants deal the performance, All three engines are operated in higher RPMs surely reduces the Engine But I have tried to give a picture of how these bike may over 2 years of optimum main reason for having a queue out of Honda showroom wait periods over 2 is just for the kind of quality Honda products offer.

many may argue that am my Pulsar for more than 5 and its still running. I agree to the may be your Pulsar or Apache is But How? For instance the Apache 180 much stressed over It feels as though you are punishing the which literally annoys the if you plan to take a smooth over the Highway, trust me you surely end-up reaching much tired than a ride in Pulsar 220 or R15.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI

I was totally upset as an Apache 150 After vibrating constantly for 3 now it makes the funny sounds all TVS service personnel say it common for a year old bike. The ugliest is that the Syncro Stiff (as advertised) which was used in 150, has proven itself to be of handling a 150cc engine is carried over to the Apache 180 Even the engine housing is the same for all Apaches except the and Piston size.

So if Apache is choice for a enjoying the next 5 with smooth riding I may advice you to step back

Since the Fastest Indian has a 220cc engine, it has an edge the R15 and Apache in terms of engine But when I compared R15 with Bajaj and TVS’s salesmen all told was our bike will equal or better than R15 at a price Point. But regarding durability and vibration free their answer was its a Yamaha Sir, and moreover “What you pay is you get”.

Bajaj pro-biking showroom directly admits that engine usually gets over a period of two years. But he informed me that the new Pulsar is more refined than its But its hard to believe that has improved its quality by reducing its bracket.

Regarding R15 ‘s quality, its the famous tunning fork that is going to make the All the above speed test was with a Two year old R15, 30,000kms done. But the other two in stock condition.

I am pretty sure that if a similar Pulsar or Apache can never be with R15. Also point I noticed was Bajaj and TVS some cheap grade oil which would cost you 200rs, which itself is a for performance and engine durability, Yamaha recommends Yamalube synthetic engine oil which cost you about 400rs.

one thing common between and Apache owners is that often complaint about vibrations, exhaust note harsh and gear box rattling at the center. Where as R15 owners say nothing at service points. In the R15 looks and sound the same after two years of optimum

Trust me the engine sounds the same like a new R15 waiting for

Pulsar 220: 4/5

Apache 3.5/5

R15: 5/5

Value for and Mileage:

All three offer Speedo, front and rear and Full DC electric system, Pulsar and Apache have lid Leds, in which Pulsar’s very often.To own your 220 on road, it may cost you about with Bajaj finance you can pay as initial down payment and the 3,236/- in 18 months at 10.99% rate, At this price Pulsar 220 is really unbeatable a higher power and displacement and gadgets like projector lamp, Self canceling and back lit switches (Which I dont like, during the more darker the more

More over one needn’t at the switches every time he it.) Also another to be noted is that the Pulsar 220 only three free after which you got to pay for other Apache 180, which is much the same like its 160 offers a little more engine and rear discs at a 80,487/- and you can avail TVS finance at 8.99% per annum, that is for a down payment, you have to 2,817 for 18 months.

If you compare 180 with Fazer or Pulsar I would anytime say its the Apache is miles ahead of both. But in comparison, its clear that the 220 seems to be providing much value for money than Moreover the Pulsar220s without the fairing is yours for 81,747/-

Yamaha R15 retailing at about is still a dream for many.

But has provided enough justification for the unlike the Pulsar’s oil cooling R15 liquild cooling system works hard to keep the oil viscosity under control. the other two, if in case you are to continue paying your for about 6-8 months you can cover the 30,000/- to own a R15, which become your status

Speaking about mileage is illegal in this comparison, but its a deciding factor amongst us comparing all three. Since R15 on FI, the fuel supply is much controlled than the other So you will never experience a drop in mileage. If you hold the about 8000rpm in both and R15 every time then you may both to run about 35kms

But if you operate an R15 under 5,000rpm you are to run 50kmpl. Similarly Apache 180 may run 45-48kmpl when kept 5,000rpm. Pulsar 220′s hungriness reflects in fuel too, Pulsar when over 8,000rpm runs 30kmpl and 35-40 when under 5,000rpm.

With this about you can calculate your riding and conditions (city or highway). spares TVS seems to cost a bit than Bajaj and Yamaha as a pad would cost you about which is just 1000/- for 220 and R15. One important point to is that Yamaha’s spares are cheaper than others, the front fairing plastics cost you only about

Pulsar: 4.5/5

Apache 3.5/5

R15: 4.5/5

After sales servicing is a long term deciding when purchasing a Bike. to the sales chart, Yamaha R15 almost five times than Apache 180 and about times more than 220. Which makes R15 the best seller in India these three. Its the same old the more market demands the response you get.

R15 is allowed for a ride only in selected moreover the wait time for a color R15 is about 2 months may be an irritating factor, where and TVS are ready with their in hours. Moreover in India service from Yamaha reflect its international reputation. TVS has its approach towards customer these days.

Every is treated with much and this makes us gain confidence towards their Every compliant is taken account and a callback is make 24 hrs to ensure the customer is all right.

with its world class showroom and a Ninja in display a WOW feeling the moment you enter the Owing to the sales depression on 220 and Avenger, Bajaj is ready to a test ride even a pillion within a controlled Everything is plain and simple Yamaha, we offer you service and branded spares and you pay the money it, there is no mutual understanding makes them stick to rules and regulations.

Bajaj due the number of pro-biking showrooms many to drop the Pulsar 220 due to sales servicing issues. personal satisfaction towards experience is guaranteed with

Pulsar: 4.5/5

Apache 5/5

Yamaha: 4/5

BikeAdvice Verdict:

you are tired reading the entire Let me make this plain and Pulsar 220 being the fastest may score a edge over in terms of performance. But heavily durability and ease of handling.

So our in this segment would be the R15 . in order to understand this you to … a corner at about in an R15 to understand where exactly all extra money went. is no comparison to the quality of ride an R15 can offer you. Every and every twist would be a event to be attacked by the R15 unlike the two.

Coming to our runner the 220 . I have to admit that has done a great job in uplifting biking status. But still a way to go in order to gain international Also Bajaj should the fact that restricting to a lower price tag will help in gaining reputation.

to Apache 180 . which is surely not a But not upto the mark like the two. TVS has to do something to reduce the which is carried out like a disease throughout the family.

which Apache 180 still a better chassis and at least an semi fairing in order to top the

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