Yamaha R15 V 2.0 vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS

This is where things get really interesting on a motorcycle - corners. Now these two motorcycles offer very different experiences when going through a set of twisties. Both have clip-ons and rear-sets, but put them to very different uses. The Pulsar offers a sporty yet upright riding position, perfect for everyday use and high-speed riding. The R15, on the other hand, has a riding position that seems to be the product of an Italian designer - it’s painful for everything except hard cornering.

The Pulsar features a 100/80 section front tyre, a smidgen thicker than the 90/80 the Yamaha sports. Both bikes show off fat 130/70 hoops at the rear, and both have twin-spar frames that promise large-scale exploration of the rubber’s real estate. However, the R15’s soft-compound tyres are better at gripping the tarmac/concrete/paver block/whatever than the Pulsar’s. The Pulsar’s chassis seems to be “inspired” by the older R15’s, right down to the snail-cam chain adjuster on the swingarm and that’s a compliment for the Japanese bike.