Here’s The Is The Quickest 160cc Bike To Accelerate And Brake?
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Here’s The Is The Quickest 160cc Bike To Accelerate And Brake?

Featured Stories by Team Drivio | Aug 10, 2023

We compare the Bajaj Pulsar N160, Hero Xtreme 160R, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer 155 and the Yamaha FZ-X here. 

  • The Pulsar N160 is the only one that boasts of dual channel ABS in this company. 
  • Yamaha’s FZ-X, meanwhile, has the least powerful brakes of the lot. 
  • With its mild engine, the FZ-X’s acceleration figures weren’t impressive either. 

The sporty bike market of India, specifically the 160cc segment, is experiencing a significant surge with a plethora of bike offerings from various manufacturers. Notable contenders include the Bajaj Pulsar N160, Hero Xtreme 160R, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, Suzuki Gixxer 155, and Yamaha FZ-X. 

In a quest to determine the superior performer among these options, an extensive comparative analysis was conducted. The primary focus was on evaluating the acceleration and braking capabilities of each bike. Here’s how that went: 

Acceleration

Bike NameTime taken to go from 0kmph to 60kmph
Bajaj Pulsar N1605.24 seconds
Suzuki Gixxer5.74 seconds
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V5.58 seconds
Hero Xtreme 160R5.62 seconds
Yamaha FZ-X7.04 seconds

Evidently, the Bajaj Pulsar N160 emerges as the swiftest among its counterparts, surpassing even the 'racing DNA inspired' TVS Apache RTR 160 4V. It's intriguing to note that the Pulsar generates 1.5PS less power than the Apache; nevertheless, it excels in the mid-range aspect, while the Apache leans towards delivering rapid top-end performance. 

Despite its relatively heavier build within this group, the Bajaj Pulsar N160 boldly takes the lead in claiming initial recognition. The Pulsar's ability to rev freely facilitates a swifter attainment of commuter-friendly velocities compared to its rivals.

This holds particularly true when compared to the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, which, despite showcasing superior top-end performance, lags behind in quick acceleration. The Hero Xtreme 160R's lightweight attribute offers a slight advantage over the Suzuki Gixxer 155, while the Yamaha FZ-X's underwhelming engine fails to match the standards set by its counterparts. It lags behind by nearly two seconds, indicating that it doesn't truly embody the characteristics of a sporty motorcycle.

Braking

Bike NameDistance taken to go from 80kmph to 0kmph
Bajaj Pulsar N16033.91 meters
Suzuki Gixxer38.08 meters
TVS Apache RTR 160 4V38.36 meters
Hero Xtreme 160R38.83 meters
Yamaha FZ-X40.84 meters

Remarkable power warrants an equally impressive braking prowess. Once again, the Pulsar N160 takes the lead with remarkable finesse. It outshines its counterparts by an impressive margin of four meters, attributable to its potent braking force and enhanced feedback, facilitated by the pioneering inclusion of dual-channel ABS in this segment. 

Once more, the FZ-X falls short of expectations. The braking aspect offers little assurance, leaving the rider desiring better performance. Conversely, the Xtreme, Apache, and Gixxer showcase a more balanced rivalry. Nevertheless, a distinct victor emerges, and that is the Pulsar. 

This is not solely due to its ability to achieve the briefest braking distance, but also owing to its remarkable lever response, amplified by the inclusion of dual-channel ABS which significantly enhances the overall experience.

Verdict

A shift in dominance has occurred as the reigning king is toppled. The Apache no longer holds sway over the segment; instead, Bajaj has reclaimed its position at the pinnacle. The Pulsar excels precisely where it matters most, only trailing in the realm of extraneous features. Notably, it stands alone in this lineup by offering dual-channel ABS, a feature that garners our strong approval.

With that being said, opting for either the Pulsar, Apache, or even the Xtreme would constitute a wise purchasing choice. However, the Gixxer and FZ-X may not be as commendable selections.