The Nepali market is flooded with an array of motorcycles in the 200cc segment, making it a difficult task to choose the perfect bike that meets the needs. Two popular bikes in this segment are the NS 200 and the Duke 200. While both bikes offer similar specifications, they have subtle differences that set them apart from each other. Let us take a look at how these two naked bikes will stand against each other.
Starting off with the price rates the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is priced at Rs 4.02 lakh whereas the KTM Duke 200 is priced at Rs 5.65 lakh–so the KTM Duke 200 costs around Rs 1.63 lakh more than the Bajaj Pulsar NS200.
In terms of delivering power, the Pulsar NS200 is powered by a 199.5 cc, four-stroke, SOHC, four-valve, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, BS6 engine that comes mated to a six-speed gearbox. The engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 24 hp and a maximum torque of 18.3 Nm. The NS200 can reach a top speed of 136 kmph.
On the other hand, the KTM Duke 200 is powered by a 199.5 cc, single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled, FI, DOHC, BS6 engine. The engine–mated to a six-speed gearbox–generates a peak power of 25 hp and a peak torque of 19.3 Nm. The Duke 200 can speed up to 135 kmph. Furthermore, the NS200 provides a mileage of 36 kmpl whereas the Duke 200 offers 33 kmpl of mileage.
|Pulsar NS200||Duke 200|
|Ground clearance||167 mm||155 mm|
|Seat height||805 mm||822 mm|
|Wheelbase||1363 mm||1367 mm|
The Pulsar NS200 gets slightly more ground clearance of 12 mm than the Duke 200, making it more versatile in every type of road condition in Nepal. However, the Pulsar NS200 gets a shorter wheelbase than the Duke 200.
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Both the naked bikes share some features, such as LED units, disc brakes, alloy wheels, and a self start system, but the Duke 200 offers more premium features than the NS200 models. While the Duke 200 comes equipped with a fully-digital instrument console that displays information such as speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip metres, clock, gear position indicator, and fuel gauge, the NS200 comes with a semi-digital instrument console that displays the same information except the gear position indicator. The Duke 200 also comes with the Bosch dual-channel ABS whereas the NS200 comes with single-channel ABS only.
But Bajaj now has launched the 2023 Pulsar NS200 in India that comes with dual-channel ABS, so we can expect it to launch soon in Nepal.
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As for the suspension, the NS 200 comes with a telescopic suspension in the front and a mono-shock suspension in the rear, while the Duke 200 gets a WP upside-down front fork and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. So, the Duke 200 gets a better suspension setup as compared to NS 200. Additionally, both bikes come with disc brakes at the front and rear, but the Duke 200 gets a larger front disc as compared to the NS 200.
Both bikes are good choices in their segment, and the choice between them ultimately depends on personal preference and specific requirements.
Which one would you prefer?
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