3) SUXUKI GIXXER SF:
On a visual front, almost nothing has changed from the standard carburetted version of the Gixxer SF. You have to look really hard to spot the differences. And barring the tiny badge on the fairing that indicates this bike is running with fuel injection, the only other dissimilarity is a noticeable gap on the left side of the fairing, which houses the fuel cock on the carbed bike.
Almost as an afterthought, this FI version gets a clear lens tail-light. Looking at the overall design, while fully faired bikes are usually much loved in India, the Gixxer SF’s design is a bit of a hit or miss.
But for those who just care about having a bike that looks like a sportbike without its awkward seating position, the Gixxer SF is just right.
Apart from FI, this engine is identical to the regular Gixxer SF’s. It is the 155cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder unit. Even with the fuel-injection system, the power and torque figures of 14.8hp at 8,000rpm and 14Nm at 6,000rpm respectively are unchanged. What has changed, however, is the throttle response, which feels much crisper, especially at low rpms. In fact, the motor’s tractability seems to have increased a bit, and the bike can easily pull from speeds as low as 35kph in top gear, without any judder.
The engine does retain its slightly gruff-sounding nature though, but overall vibrations have been reduced significantly, and even when you rev the motor all the way up to its redline of 10,000rpm, all you get is a very mild buzz through the footpegs.
- Power-14.6 bph
- Top Speed-127 kmph
2) TVS APACHE RTR 200 4V:
The Apache RTR 200 4V is the new flagship model in TVS’ line-up. A big step up from the Apache RTR 180, this model has undergone a major cosmetic and technological revamp to give it a new lease of life.
The Apache RTR 200 4V gets a completely refreshed styling, though it does look like an evolution of the smaller Apache RTR range. The fuel tank extensions, raised tail section and the edgy front fascia give the motorcycle the quintessentially aggressive look of a streetfighter.
The Apache RTR 200 4V is built around a double cradle chassis, which has been designed to offer superior performance on the track without compromising city riding.
- 0-60-3.9 sec
- Fuel Tank Capacity-12 litre
- Engine Type-SI,4-stroke,oil-cooled
- Starting method-Electric start
PULSAR NS 200:
The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 was relaunched in early 2017 featuring a few cosmetic updates and retuned BS IV-compliant engine. It has been positioned between the Pulsar 220F and the Pulsar AS200.
The new Pulsar NS200 gets three new dual-tone paint schemes to set it apart from the older model.
Also new is a ‘200’ decal on the tank extension, a belly pan, rim tapes and a tank pad similar to the one on the Dominar 400. Under the skin is a 199cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed transmission.
Power output is same as before, the engine delivers 23bhp and 18Nm of torque.
It rides on telescopic front forks and a preload adjustable rear monoshock. Brakes setup consists of a 280mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc brake.
The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is available in red/silver, black/grey and black/silver paint schemes. The Pulsar NS200 competes with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Yamaha FZ25.
- Spark Plugs:3 Per Cylinder
- No. of Gears:6
- Electric Start:Yes