The Apache RTR 160 has a slight edge over the Pulsar P150 in terms of numbers. The Apache RTR 160 uses a 159.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine. The Urban and Rain modes limit the power and torque outputs to 13.1bhp at 8,000rpm and 12.7Nm at 6,500rpm, respectively. Meanwhile, the Sport mode offers access to the full 15.8bhp at 8,750rpm and 13.85Nm at 7,000rpm. Now, these modes do not alter the engine character. Instead, the Urban and Rain modes limit the revs to 8,000rpm. This, in turn, limits the top speed of the Apache RTR 160 in the lower power modes. Thus, we used the Sport mode for almost the entire road test. Meanwhile, the Bajaj Pulsar P150 has no ride modes. The 149cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled motor on this Bajaj product makes 14.29bhp at 8,500rpm and 13.5Nm of peak torque at 6,000rpm.
While the Apache RTR 160 makes slightly more power and torque, both motorcycles are equally fast. Both vehicles maxed out at around 125kmph on the highway. The character is almost similar, too, but the Apache RTR 160 feels slightly peppier whereas the Pulsar P150 has a relatively linear power delivery. Both motorcycles feel comfortable above 3,000rpm, and they start to accelerate smoothly post 4,000rpm.
They can cruise at 80kmph at approximately 6,000rpm, while anything above 90kmph feels stressful. The five-speed gearbox feels nice as well and we did not face any shifting issues on either of them during the road test. The clutch on the Pulsar P150, however, is remarkably lighter and this enhances the comfort levels, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic. It has a crisper gearbox too as compared to the Apache RTR 160. Then, the braking setup comprises disc brakes on both wheels and the setup on both bikes feels progressive. They feature single-channel ABS, however, TVS uses a fancier term and calls it Super Moto ABS.
The handling is decent, and it’s remarkably easy to filter through moving traffic. But the Pulsar P150 feels more comfortable thanks to the aforementioned ergonomic advantage over the Apache RTR 160. Also, the longer wheelbase makes the Pulsar P150 more stable at higher speeds while the Apache RTR 160 feels borderline twitchy at similar numbers on the speedometer. Then, although the tyres deliver a decent performance, the grip feels insufficient when pushing hard. Lastly, the turning radius is sufficiently short, but not as much as something like the Royal Enfield Hunter 350.