Bajaj Pulsar N150 vs Honda SP160: Comparison Review
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Bajaj Pulsar N150 vs Honda SP160: Comparison Review

Reviews by Team Drivio | Oct 19, 2023

Both the N150 and the SP160 have engines from their siblings

  • The N150’s 150cc engine makes 14.5PS and 13.5Nm
  • Those looking for stylish bikes will like the N150
  • Honda SP160 may appeal to many as their ideal daily commuter 
  • Its design is inspired from the N160 and the N250 and it looks very sporty and sharp

The Bajaj Pulsar N150 and the Honda SP160…while it might not sound like it, the bikes have a lot more in common than just displacement capacities. Both bikes are actually cosmetic jobs of their good-selling siblings, the P150 and the Honda Unicorn, respectively. So we decided to put them both against each other to help you decide if you should actually go for these rip-offs or the original bikes: 

Bajaj Pulsar N150 Vs Honda SP160: Designs

The Bajaj Pulsar N150 showcases an attention-grabbing design and impressive features. Its semi-digital instrument cluster, styled like the Pulsar 250s, is a standout feature. This cluster includes a gear position indicator, instantaneous fuel efficiency data, and distance-to-empty indicators, enhancing the rider's experience.

While the instrument cluster is visually appealing, it's worth noting that the visor over the headlight somewhat obscures the infinity effect. However, this minor setback is compensated for by the conveniently located USB charger. What truly sets the N150 apart in this segment is its pioneering LED projector headlight.

The SP160 draws inspiration from the sporty Honda SP125, a more spirited version of the Honda Shine 125. Unlike the Unicorn, the SP160 boasts a bolder appearance, featuring sharp extensions on the fuel tank. If you're in the market for a bike that combines sporty aesthetics with everyday functionality, the SP160 is worth considering. 

This bike is equipped with a digital display that provides essential details such as fuel level, gear position, trip data, speed, mileage, and time. Furthermore, it features LED lights, including a distinctive M-shaped design for its tail light, reminiscent of the SP125.

Bajaj Pulsar N150 Vs Honda SP160: Engines

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar N150Honda SP160
Engine149.68cc air-cooled engine162cc air-cooled engine 
Maximum power14.5PS 13.46PS
Maximum torque13.5Nm 14.58Nm
Transmission5-speed5-speed

Under the hood, the N150 is powered by a 150cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine, inheriting its lineage from the Pulsar N160. Some modifications align it with the bore x stroke figures of the previous generation Pulsar 150. With 14.5PS and 13.5Nm of torque, it may not be the most potent motor in its class. Still, its strength lies in torque delivery. Approximately 95% of peak torque is accessible between 3500 and 8500rpm.

This torque-friendly design allows the N150 to accelerate smoothly from speeds as low as 25kmph even in fifth gear. In urban traffic, it's possible to stay in fifth gear most of the time. Shifting gears, when required, is effortless thanks to the smooth gearbox and a light clutch. While it excels in city commuting, it's less impressive on the highway, where engine noise becomes noticeable at higher speeds.

Beneath the surface, both the SP160 and the Unicorn are equipped with identical BS6.2 162.71cc single-cylinder air-cooled engines. These engines deliver the same power, with 13.4PS and torque measuring at 14.58Nm, and they feature a five-speed gearbox. Suspension-wise, they utilize a telescopic fork and a monoshock for a smooth ride.

Bajaj Pulsar N150 Vs Honda SP160: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

SpecificationsBajaj Pulsar N150Honda SP160
Front suspensionTelescopic forkTelescopic Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre90/90 - 17 80/100-17
Rear tyre120/80 - 17130/70 - 17
Front brakeDisc brakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDrum brakeDisc Brake
ABSSingle-channelSingle-channel

When it comes to braking, the double disc variant of the SP160 is equipped with a 276mm front disc and a 220mm rear disc, while the single disc version incorporates a 130mm rear drum brake with single-channel ABS. In contrast, the Honda Unicorn opts for a 240mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum brake.

The SP160 boasts a seat height of 796mm and a ground clearance of 177mm, making it comfortable and well-suited for various road conditions. Notably, the SP160 features wider tires, measuring 80/100 -17 at the front and 130/70 -17 at the rear, adding to its sporty appeal and enhancing grip and stability.

One of the N150's strong points is its lightweight design, greatly benefiting its handling. Despite a 1352mm wheelbase, not particularly short for its class, the N150 feels exceptionally nimble when navigating congested city streets or tackling corners.

Its soft suspension setup, though, makes it less suited for aggressive cornering. Nevertheless, it compensates by adeptly absorbing mid-corner bumps, ensuring an overall comfortable ride.

Bajaj Pulsar N150 Vs Honda SP160: Dimensions

DimensionsBajaj Pulsar N150Honda SP160
Wheelbase1352mm1347mm
Seat height790mm796mm
Ground clearance165mm177mm
Kerb weight145kg141kg
Fuel tank capacity14-litres12-litres

The N150 introduces a new frame, setting itself apart from the N160 and other Pulsar models. At 145kg, the N150 is 5kg heavier than the Pulsar 150, and you can feel that weight, especially when manoeuvring through corners.

Bajaj Pulsar N150 Vs Honda SP160: Price

BikePrice (ex-showroom Delhi)
Bajaj Pulsar N150Rs 1,17,734 
Honda SP160Rs 1,17,500 onwards 

In terms of variants and pricing, the N150 takes a significant step forward from its predecessor. The Single Disc variant is priced at Rs 1,16,755, while the Twin Disc variant is available for Rs 1,19,757. Importantly, these prices are only about Rs 5,500 higher than the corresponding Pulsar 150 variants. This makes the N150 a strong value proposition in its segment.

Honda, meanwhile, has priced the SP160 at Rs 1,17,500, ex-showroom Delhi. And that is a bit more than what we expected. But then that’s always been the case with Honda bikes, for the brand tends to price them a bit more than the rivals despite them not packing a whole lot more in terms of the riding experience, dynamics or even features. The SP160 too, feels a bit dated in those aspects in this segment. 

Verdict

The N150 is Rs 13,000 less expensive than the N160, making it a more budget-friendly choice. While the N160 is the superior bike, the N150 stands out with its affordability. The bike has been priced very competitively. So if you're budget-conscious, the N150 makes a lot of sense for you.

One drawback is that the bike is heavier than the Pulsar 150 despite packing fewer features. It would have been nice if Bajaj had offered a rear disc brake, at least as an optional accessory. This would have also allowed the bike to have dual-channel ABS, a valuable safety feature. But if you're okay with these compromises, the N150 is a likable motorcycle.

In conclusion, the Bajaj Pulsar N150 impresses with its design, torque-friendly engine, lightweight chassis, and competitive pricing. While it may not cater to the most performance-focused riders, it excels as a stylish and practical choice for urban commuters and budget-conscious enthusiasts.

As for the SP160, it, just like the Honda Unicorn, feels a bit bland and a bit dated, especially when compared to the modern-day bikes we have in this very segment. If we had to select one, we would definitely go for the N150, for it’s a more characterful bike and is a tiny amount more expensive than the SP160.