From the year it was re-launched, the NS 200 was reborn to become a cult-bike for the youth. Bajaj took that deliberate decision to rival the RTR 200 which was launched an year ahead. Although, the RTR stays the most zestful bike. With the new BS6 trikkery, these two bikes are still the upmost priorities for everyone who are in budget and in need of performance too. So, let’s have a brief look at the comparison review on NS 200 vs Apache RTR 200 4V.
Apart from the numbers differentiating their specifications, NS 200 stands for those who crave for peak power and ready torque. While the Apache’s comfort seat, decently powerful engine and punchy exhaust with the best in segment brakes makes it tackle the rival. The numbers for Apache being 20.2 hp and 16.8 Nm of torque and NS stands up with 24.1 hp and 18.5 Nm torque. Apache is equipped with a combination of air and liquid cooled engine and the Pulsar is completely liquid cooled .
Coming to the looks, TVS honed the new Apache’s head lamp equipped with LED headlights along with DRLs and a new Bluetooth-enabled instrument console, minor styling tweaks and a new feature call GTT – Glide Through Traffic , whereas the NS didn’t get any Cosmetic updates but is updated with 4-valve, liquid-cooled, Triple Spark powerplant has a fuel-injection system, this should lead to improved throttle response, performance and fuel efficiency. Apart from the updates, NS still carries the same old analogue tachometer with digital speedometer, which kind of looks old but still gives the real revving feel.
While the NS 200 is mated to a 6 speed gearbox , the RTR misses out a 6th gear which definitely disappoints the touring bikers. But the TVS machine gets a slipper clutch which access rider to shift the gears quicker and smoother, which Bajaj must seriously look into.
Apart from touring, these two are the best city commmuters in which RTR stands first for of it’s maneuverability. The RTR now weighs 153kgs which is 4 kgs heavier than the older version and NS 200 goes up to 156kgs now. Additional fitting for BS6 versions includes a catalytic converter for both NS and RTR and makes them more refined now.]
The company claimed top speed of NS 200 is 140+kmph and RTR 200 now goes upto a topspeed of 135+ kmph with more or less vibrations in the foot pegs. And mileage on both the bikes is now increased to a bit with the fuel injection on NS and Race Tuned fuel injection( RTFI) on RTR 200.
Powerful engines need powerful brakes, where TVS being the first bike in India to introduce ABS , it has the best stopping power with 270 mm front and 240 mm rear disc diameter holding dual piston calliper at the front and a single-piston one at the rear. Whereas NS gets slightly bigger diameter i.e., 300mm and 230mm at the front and rear respectively for the ABS version. Getting on to the suspension, both the bikes are given with 37mm forks in the front but the Apache gets KYB branded suspension on offer which is a notable difference. And the seat comfort is better on the RTR while NS’s seat is on the harder side.
A complete conclusion makes it clear that, the RTR 200 4V is now the most advanced bike with a package of electronics on offer, while the NS is a power machine excluding all other technical features. For the one who is waiting for more safer and new-gen 200CC motorcycle, the RTR stands first. And for those who are ready to pull out a wheelie with good riding skills , NS is the most agile and suitable.
Price tags being similar for both the bikes at 1,28,000/- ex-showroom. It’s upto the buyer to pay for a dual channel ABS Apache or a bit more powerful NS 200 with single channel ABS.