Step Brothers: Bajaj Pulsar and KTM Duke

But in the end, all it takes is a ride to sort things out between these two. They realise there is nothing to prove to each other. In essence, the Pulsar is the loving girlfriend you know you should be committed to; the KTM is the seductress you fall for, giving in to sin - each has its place in the world. Neither motorcycle, by the way, will take too kindly to me referring to them as girls. As far as Indian motorcycling goes, the Duke is a true classic. And the Pulsar 200 NS is Bajaj’s way of percolating that classic’s essence to a wider audience.

The Duke is still the king of hooligans, the best hardcore motorcycle in India. But pretenders will now have to go through the Pulsar first.  

(Words: Kartik Ware, Photos: Varun Anchan)