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Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Indian Simplicity Or Austrian Flash?
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Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Indian Simplicity Or Austrian Flash?

Reviews by Team Drivio | 13th May 23

The Bajaj Pulsar 220F has been quite an icon ever since it was launched. 

  • Pulsar’s 220cc rev-happy engine makes 21 PS and 19 Nm. 
  • The RC 200’s engine, meanwhile, is a liquid-cooled one. 
  • It makes 25 PS and 19.5 Nm. 

Given that there are so many new bikes entering the sub-250cc market, there are many options for customers in this segment. But some people would be perplexed by that. We're here to assist you in making your decision between the Bajaj Pulsar 220F and the KTM RC 200, so don't worry if you're truly torn between the two:

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Design & Features

There are only two colour options available for the Bajaj Pulsar 220F: blue-black and black-red. It still has a semi-faired appearance. The BS6 model has the exact same appearance as the earlier BS4 model. Even the decals on the BS6-compliant model have not been updated by Bajaj. So you might want to wait a while if you're hoping for a brand-new Pulsar 220F.

The features remain unchanged. It receives an updated semi-digital instrument console with switchgear that is illuminated and displays a variety of data, including trip metres, odometers, speeds, updated fuel level metres, and miles until empty. ABS with a single channel is available as standard.

The RC 200’s design is the main improvement. The original twin-projector fascia has been replaced with a larger, all-LED headlamp (the RC 125 has a halogen unit), which is surrounded by new fairing-mounted DRLs and indicators that have a boomerang-like appearance. In addition, KTM has modified the side fairings so that heat is diverted away from the rider's legs and less heat is released.

It is encouraging to learn that KTM is supplying the middle child of the RC series with all-LED lighting. The motorcycle's face has a flared appearance because of the integrated front turn indicators. The same monochrome LCD console as the 250 Adventure is also included with the RC 200. Comparing this to the previous model's orange backlit dash, it is energising and well-organized.

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Engine & Gearbox

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar 220FKTM RC 200
Engine220cc air-cooled engine199.5cc liquid-cooled engine
Maximum Power21 PS25 PS
Maximum Torque19 Nm19.5 Nm
Transmission5-speed6-speed

An upgraded 220cc fuel-injected engine powers the Pulsar 220F, producing 20.4PS, or 0.53PS less than the BS4 model. The torque is still 18.55 Nm. It still has a 5-speed transmission. 

The same 199cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, OBD-2 compliant engine that powers the RC 200 produces 25.8PS and 19.5Nm. The airbox is increased by 40%, giving the torque band more mass. 

The engine is another matter; on paper, nothing has changed. At 10,000 rpm, the 200cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled 4-valve mill continues to produce 25PS and 19.2Nm. To improve its effectiveness and help the motor run cooler, the radiator has just been bent and made larger. Even the suspension is the same, with the exception that the fork on the upside-down now has 10mm more travel. The RC 200 is actually becoming a better all-around machine as a result of all these upgrades. 

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar 220FKTM RC 200
Front suspensionTelescopic ForkInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre90/90-17110/70-R17
Rear tyre120/80-17150/60-R17
Front brakeDisc Disc
Rear brakeDiscDisc
ABSSingle-channelDual-channel

In terms of the foundations, nothing has changed on the Pulsar 220F. It still has a telescopic front fork and twin rear shock absorbers. Disc brakes at both ends working in tandem with a single-channel ABS give anchorage.

The Pulsar 220 more than makes up for the lack of character compared to its predecessor with its powerful performance and cutting-edge features like two-piece handlebars, a rear disc brake, and thicker forks, which convert into a better setup and speed. However, as of right now, this is the best and only performance streetfighter motorbike on the market in the nation. The new Pulsar 220 DTSi seemed incredibly sure-footed and well-heeled as she ate over bumps and other road undulations with ease. 

A 43mm WP Apex USD fork (10mm greater suspension travel currently) and a monoshock are in charge of the suspension. The RC receives new five-spoke lightweight alloy wheels and updated braking components.

A preload-adjustable monoshock and a 43mm WP Apex USD fork are included in the chassis of the KTM RC 200. A 310mm disc in front and a 220mm disc at the back are responsible for stopping power. The front and rear tyres on the KTM RC 200 measure 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17, respectively.

But now that the handling is so good, various problems start to appear. Its MRF Revz-C tyres (110/70 R17 up front and 150/60 R17 in back) are functional for daily driving, but when you start pushing hard on a track like we did, their limitations really start to show. 

On the previous generation of the RC 200, they felt okay, but on the new model, at heavy lean angles, they feel as though they would give way if you apply a lot of force. The brakes are another component. Don't misunderstand us. They are great. They have a fairly strong bite, and KTM claims they can reach 100 kph in just 47.4 metres. 

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Dimensions

DimensionsBajaj Pulsar 220FKTM RC 200
Ground clearance165mm158mm
Kerb weight160kg151kg
Fuel tank capacity15-litres13.7-litres
Seat height795mm824mm

But this new RC 200's handling is certainly going to dazzle most folks. How did KTM accomplish that, though? Because despite the endless claims of how much lighter this bike is than the previous generation, its kerb weight remains at 160 kg. That's because the new fuel tank is over four litres larger than the old one, at 13.7 litres.

The dry weight has thus been lost, and it has been lost in the appropriate places. The new wheels are also significantly stronger and lighter. The front brake rotor, which is larger at 320mm, has been made lighter by being mounted directly to the wheel instead of through its carrier. To make it lighter, some mass was even removed from the rear sprocket. 

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs KTM RC 200: Price

Bajaj has set the 220F's price at Rs. 1.67 lakh (on-road, Pune), and deliveries are anticipated to start the following week. The bike may be reserved for a pittance of just Rs 500. Both a White/Black/Red and a Black/Red paint job will be offered. This is probably your last opportunity to ride the iconic Pulsar 220F if you're still in awe of it. 

The KTM RC 200 is offered in three colours: Dark Galvano, Metallic Silver, and the GP Edition, with an MSRP of Rs 2,17,696 (ex-showroom Delhi). 

Verdict

Therefore, compared to its predecessor, the new RC 200 is in some respects more practical and user-friendly. But in other, more significant aspects, it has improved in terms of rider enjoyment. The design is the sole significant update here, but it's the more subtle adjustments made throughout that have truly improved the RC's riding experience. The greatest part is that, despite all these modifications, the bike still costs only Rs 2,17,696 (ex-showroom, Delhi)—almost precisely the same as the previous generation. 

The Bajaj Pulsar 220F is still a fantastic value for the money. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F has become a legend in the Indian two-wheeler market because of the overall package, not just the competitive pricing. It is the perfect choice for riders searching for a fun all-arounder to start with because it is partially faired, has remarkable performance, a long list of features, and engaging handling. 

Having said that, we still thought the motor could have used a little more finesse. However, despite these shortcomings, the Pulsar 220F now advances into a greener era with unadulterated nonchalance.

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