It was a very close call here, but the winner is the Pulsar RS200. While the RS200 lost on the ride quality front, it easily made it up in the handling and the braking departments. The suspension setup on the RS200 is on the firmer side and that isn’t really friendly for a rider who’ll spend most of the time in the city. Plus, the hard seats makes matter worse. The Apache is softer, thanks to the well-tuned suspension setup and the seats are comfortable too. Result? You will feel at home when the Apache glides over bad roads or when you try to ride over uneven roads.
In the handling department, the Pulsar RS200 feels so much better, especially at the corners. There’s good feedback from the front, but could’ve been better if there wasn’t so much fairing weight on the front. Quick direction changes are easy and the bike is stable at high speeds. The Apache too, is a very good handler, but it just doesn’t feel as dynamic and agile as the Pulsar RS200. Yes, the front feels light as there’s no weight like the RS200 at the front, and that helps in manoeuvring in heavy traffic conditions. In the corners, the Apache is brilliant – thanks to the responsive chassis and the Pirelli tyres.
When it comes to braking, the RS200 performs way better than the Apache. It gets a single-channel ABS unit and bigger front brake disc. The bite of these brakes is pretty good and you feel them on the levers. This brake setup will surely be appreciated by the experienced riders. The ones on the Apache are good too, but doesn’t have the same amount of bite and feel. We tested the non-ABS version, however, there’s a dual-channel ABS unit from Bosch that comes as an option. Unfortunately, this model hasn’t launched yet. If you’re are an amateur rider, we recommend you go for this version instead of the non-ABS. It’s safe and that’ll make your experience better and safer. Wheelie fans, the bad news is both the bikes get rear-wheel lift mitigation and that won’t let you perform an endo. For that, there’s a non-ABS version.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: 7.5/10
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200: 8/10