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Honda CBR250R vs KTM Duke 200 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200NS: Comparison

by Priyadarshan Bawikar Photography: Kunal Khadse Posted on 22 Nov 2012419,009 Views82 Comments

Forget your 100cc commuters, your kilometres-to-the-litre top trumps... this is war. A war for the hearts and minds (and wallets) of Indian bikers, and by bikers, we mean those who love motorcycling in its truest sense


Duke 200 Honda CBR Pulsar 200NS exterior



Of course, by bikers, we do not mean the masses for whom a motorcycle represents the most affordable and convenient means of transport. While all of us here at ZigWheels have great respect for those penny pincher motorcycles, this time around we’re talking about bikes which appeal to the heart and not necessarily to the head. This is a war between the best performance bikes to carry the ‘Made in India’ moniker.


Honda’s CBR 250R has pretty much been the daddy of the Indian performance bike segment since its launch last year and not only is it the best quarter-litre cracker that we’ve seen built on our shores, it has also pretty much stunned the whole world with its prowess and friendliness. But earlier this year, the mad orange Indo-Austrian KTM 200 Duke redefined how low capacity motorcycles can be as much fun, and just as beautiful, as those ‘big bikes’ we all dream of owning one day. And now, to complicate matters even further, we have a name that has become synonymous with performance; a motorcycle whose predecessors pretty much sparked off the enthusiast biking culture in India, a bike that is closely related to the Duke – the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS.


These three bikes represent the pinnacle of Indian performance motorcycles, the ones that are the most hotly debated about and discussed across the internet and in biker bars. And yes, it is true that they address fairly different price points and each of these excels at what it does best. So while we will be looking at these aspects as well, the bottom line is to figure out which of these takes the crown of the ‘best Indian performance bike’, and if not to decide where your hard earned money should go, then at least to put an end to those endless debates.

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