Which Bike is Better Pulsar or Apache
Performance motorcycles are gaining a lot of popularity amongst Indian riders. The motorcycle manufacturers are introducing innovative offering which comes with larger motors. It was only a few years ago when the Pulsar 150 and Apache RTR 160 were considered a respectable example of Indian performance two-wheelers. Now, however, they’re considered fine options for entry-level commuters.
Apache RTR is offered in two variants which are bifurcated on basis of single and double ventilated disc brake setups and amongst other features. 2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 is only offered in one variant and is priced at Rs. 85,378 and the 160 RTR is priced at Rs. 88,948 for the base model.
|Model||Bajaj Pulsar 150 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)||Apache RTR 160 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Single Disc||Rs. 85,378||Rs. 88,948|
|Double Disc||N/A||Rs. 91,511|
In terms of features, both motorcycles stand neck-a-neck. Both Pulsar 150 and RTR 160 get digital speedometer, odometer, trip-meter and analogue tachometer. The instrument cluster also gets a fuel economy indicator and both bikes also get body graphics which give them sporty appeal.
Engine and Specifications
2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 is powered by a 149cc engine which produces 14 PS of peak power output and 13.4 Nm of torque. The 159.7cc motor in Apache produces less torque than the Pulsar and only has 1PS of power more than the 150cc bike. RTR160 still manages to accelerate from 0-100kmph in 15.9 seconds whereas the Pulsar does the same in 19.44 seconds.
|Specs||Bajaj Pulsar 150||Apache RTR 160|
|Engine Type||Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, 2-Valve, Twin Spark, DTS-I Engine, BSIV Complaint||Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, SI Engine|
|Power||14 PS||15.12 PS|
|Torque||13.4 Nm||13.03 Nm|
|Gearbox||5-speed, Wet multi-plate||5-speed, Wet multi-plate|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||15L||12L|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||3.2L||2.5L|
|Top Speed||110Kmph||118 Kmph|
|0-100 kmph||19.44 sec||15.9 sec|
The 2018 Bajaj 150 offers a claimed fuel economy of 44.67kmpl and TVS Apache RTR 160 offered claimed fuel economy of 60kmpl.
Braking and Handling
The 2018 Bajaj Pulsar is only offered in one avatar and comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes on the rear wheel. Apache RTR is offered in two variants. The base model is offered in a single disc brake setup, whereas the double-disc variant gets disc brake at the front and at the rear of the motorcycle.
|Brakes||Bajaj Pulsar 150||Apache RTR 160(single disc)||Apache RTR 160(double disc)|
Tyres and Wheels
As far as the wheel size is concerned, both motorcycles get the same 17-inch alloys in the front and at the rear. The Pulsar comes with 80/100 tyres at the front and 100/90 tyres at the rear, which means the motorcycle gets slimmer and fatter tyres than as compared to Apache. This means Pulsar 150’s tyre setup is designed to be more comfortable than sporty. Apache’s tyre setup is wider and skinnier than that of the pulsar, which means the bike has been tuned to improve handling and perform characteristics which compromises the ride quality.
|Tyre||Bajaj Pulsar 150||Apache RTR 160|
2018 Bajaj Pulsar 150 is offered in five colour schemes, namely- Black Pack, Chrome Black, Laser Black, Nuclear Blue and Dyno Red. Apache RTR 160 comes in six colour schemes, which are Grey, White, Red, Black, Yellow, Matte Red and Matte Blue.
Bajaj 150 and Apache RTR 160 come with Bajaj V15, CB Hornet 160 R, Suzuki Gixxer amongst other motorcycles which fall in the 150cc-160cc segment.
|Bajaj Pulsar 150||Apache RTR 160|
|One of the most powerful 150cc motorcycle in India||Powerful engine in 160cc segment|
|Feature-laden offering||Impressive build quality|
|Attractive price tag||Excellent acceleration|
|Bajaj Pulsar 150||Apache RTR 160|
|Not the most refined engine in the segment||Engine vibrates a lot in the high range|
|Not the most responsive gearbox||Handling is compromised at high speeds|
|Questionable build quality||Reserve and Fuel tank capacity could have been improved|