Yamaha R15 V 2.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS

It’s simple really. These are two of the most fun motorcycles in India. The Bajaj Pulsar is something of a legend in Indian motorcycling circles. The earlier generations set our market on fire, gave birth to a whole generation of hooligans and paved the way for this, the 200NS which is the most advanced Pulsar yet. Meanwhile, the Yamaha R15 is a Japanese thoroughbred, drawing its inspiration from Yamaha’s hallowed YZF series of motorcycles and it set a new standard of dynamic behaviour when it was launched.  

If you’re in the market for a performance bike, chances are, you have an eye on each of these. So where does the math come in? Well, 50cc, 6.2bhp and 3.3Nm more for 20 grand less - that’s the equation the Pulsar offers. Should you empty your piggy bank for the big Bajaj, then? Or does the Yamaha’s racing pedigree prove superior? What’s the bike to go for when pure performance is on your mind? That’s what we’re here to find out.