The Pulsar NS200 and the Apache RTR 200, both have a well laid out instrument cluster. While the Pulsar NS200 gets analog as well as digital instrumentation, the Apache 200 is home to a fully digital one. In the Pulsar, the analog tachometer is housed in a circular unit which also has an integrated fuel indicator. Clock, speed, trip meters are displayed on the right side of the cluster in a small LCD screen. The RPM indicator glows every time you hit redline. The switchgear has backlight like the rest of the Pulsars.
The Apache has a large LCD screen which is really good to look at. It shows clock, gear indicator, speed, tachometer, fuel level and two trip meters. It also sports a lap timer and the adjustable shift light which is unique for a bike in the segment. The Apache has an edge over the Pulsar NS200 in the quality department. The usage of plastics and paint finish feels superior to Bajaj.
In terms of the riding position, the Pulsar NS200 offers a sportier experience. The clip-on handlebar is placed a little way from the rider, but it isn’t difficult to reach. The footpegs are lower and marginally rear-set. This makes it easy for speed junkies to go faster and have more fun. Crouch, open the throttle and blast away. The tank design also helps in placing the knees with ease, however, taller riders will face issues tucking in their knees due to their long legs.
The seat on the Pulsar is soft, and has the right amount of cushioning to keep you comfortable, just like the one on the Apache 200. The Apache is more commuting oriented and that makes everyone’s lives easy. The Apache offers a more relaxed riding stance, thanks to the closeness of the handlebar. The position of the pegs too, helps the overall riding experience. It is easier to stay on the Apache for a longer duration as the bike doesn’t feel cramped even for tall riders.