Newly Launched Honda Hornet 2.0 Competes with Kings of 200cc segment Motorcycles in 2020
If we look at the bike market in the price bracket of 1.5-1.6 lakhs, we have so many options to choose from. But we often get confused of this huge market and couldn’t choose the right motorcycle for us. The newly launched and highly refined Honda Hornet 2.0 makes it even harden by competing with feature loaded TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the power packed Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. So, here we decided to come up with this article to make your decision clear.
BAJAJ PULSAR NS 200
If we talk about the performance output from these motorcycles, the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 wins it clearly. So technically the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 produces 24.5 bhp of power and 18.5 nm of torque and it is the heaviest in this comparison weighing 156 kg. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V produces 20.5 ps of power and 16.8 nm of torque and weighs 153 kg. The Honda Hornet 2.0 produces 17.03 bhp of power and 16.1 nm of torque. But don’t judge it’s capabilities by it’s power figures, because it weighs just 142 kgs and has the most refined engine in this comparison!
The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 shines at highway rides. If you are a traveler and spend most of your rides in highways, then just close your eyes and go for the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. So, the highest points for highway rides goes to the NS 200 followed by the Apache RTR 200 4V and the Hornet 2.0.
HONDA HORNET 2.0
So, if you want a bike for city rides then the Honda Hornet 2.0 will be the best friend of yours. It’s lightweight, has the most refined engine and doesn’t heats up much in bumper to bumper traffic as well. The bike has amazing initial grunt which makes it perfect for city rides. And other plus points of buying the Hornet 2.0 are the fact that this bike comes with the Golden USD front forks which no other bikes in this price segment has offer. This bike gives you better fuel economy than most of the bikes in this segment, results in better fuel tank range. The bike also comes with better grip tyres. So, for city rides the Hornet 2.0 will get the points followed by Apache and NS 200.
TVS APACHE RTR 200 4V
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V lays between these two motorcycle. This bike misses out on 6th gear which makes the NS 200 a better option for highway rides. But it’s not bad at all. So, this bike is better if you have both city rides and some occasional highway rides. It doesn’t disappoint you.
FEATURES AND DIMENSION:
TVS APACHE RTR 200 4V
But when it comes features it just destroys both of these bikes. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes with some amazing features like Turn By Turn navigation, low fuel warnoing and assist, Bluetooth connectivity, crash alert, call/sms alert, lean angle mode, dual channel ABS, slipper clutch and others!
The bike is balanced with double cradle split synchro stiff frame chassis which gives you amazing confidence while cornering. The official top speed of the bike is 127 kmph and that 197.75 cc single cylinder, oil cooled, fuel-injected, BS6 engine is mated to 5-speed gearbox. The bike comes with 12 litres fuel tank. The bike also has wet multi plate slipper clutch for better and smoother gear shifts.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes with 270 mm front disc and 240 mm rear disc. And those front and rear 17 inch tubeless tyres sized at 90/90-R17 at front and 130/70-R17 at rear. And these alloy wheels are radial tyres. It has front telescopic forks and rear mono tube-mono shock suspensions.
The bike has 2050 mm length, 790 mm width, 1050 mm height, 1353 mm wheel base, 800 mm seat height and amazing 180 mm of ground clearance.
BAJAJ PULSAR NS 200
The Bajaj Pulsar 200 doesn’t have so many features. This is where it just can’t keep up with the competition. It just comes with some basic features like single channel ABS, 100/80-17 front and 130/70-17 rear MRF tyres. These stock tyres are average and doesn’t offer much confidence while cornering. But just change the stock tyres to some other and that 199.5 cc single cylinder liquid cooled, fuel injected, BS6 motor is ready to give you goosebumps while riding by producing 24.5 bhp of power and 18.5 nm of torque!
The Bajaj NS 200 unlocks its potential after mid-range, so it makes the bike ideal for highway tours. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 also has fuel injection and liquid cooling for heat management. The inclusion of fuel injection results in better acceleration and better fuel economy. An addition of 6th gear makes your ride smoother. Braking of this bike is really good.
Low end power is not that great. The bike misses out on so many features and doesn’t has dual channel ABS which is necessary for some riders when they have this much of power. The inclusion of dual channel ABS makes it easier to control while panic braking. The brakes are good but these brakes doesn’t give you a good feedback while braking.
HONDA HORNET 2.0
The all-new Honda Hornet is the most refined and has smoother engine than both of these bikes. This engine is made like it lasts forever and doesn’t give you trouble at all. This bike has 184.4 cc single cylinder, air cooled, fuel injected BS6 engine which produces 17.03 bhp of power and 16.1 nm of torque. The bike has wider 110/70 17″ front and 140/70 17″ rear tyres. The bike also gets fully digital instrument cluster and Golden USD front fork.
Golden USD front fork is the most prominent feature of this bike. The bike also gets amazing wider tyres which is not there in its competitors. That 16.1 nm torque comes early in the rev range which makes it an amazing choice for city rides. Initial pick-up of this bike is also better than both these bikes.
Missing of 6th gear might become a deal breaker for some buyers. The bike only comes with air cooling system, it would be great if Honda has given it liquid cooling system.
So the conclusion is simple. If your primary need is highway rides then just join the Pulsar NS 200 tribe. If you want better low end punch and have prominent city rides then just go for the Honda Honet 2.0. But if you want best of both words, means you have daily city rides and some occasional highways rides and also want so many features then the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is there for you.
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