The Bajaj Pulsar AS 200 is the latest entrant in the Adventure Sport category. This particular segment has so far not been explored much by the manufacturers and the only bike that existed before the AS 200 was the Hero Karizma. The motorcycling scene is changing very rapidly in India and we might see more categories and performance oriented bikes competing in this segment.
In this comparison, the specifications of the two bikes – Bajaj Pulsar AS200 Vs Hero Karizma R have been compared.
Design and looks
The Pulsar AS200 is based on the Pulsar NS200 platform and appears like a NS200 essentially with additional front fairing. There are no differences in the bikes’ engine and rear styling too. The front fairing is small, looks stylish and makes the bike look more urbane. The fairing takes away from the bike its rugged and macho styling that was the most prominent features of the NS200. You may or may not like it if you are a fan of the Pulsar NS200 but it would definitely make the bike more aerodynamic. The split seat is not very aggressive and should give the rider a comfortable position.
Unlike the Pulsar AS200, the Karizma R has a fairing which looks more complete due to the reason that the rear view mirrors have been mounted on it and not on the handle bars. The dual dynamic headlamps look small and are narrower than the previous version but make the bike look unique in its own right. The split seats of the Karizma are more straight and should provide a more relaxed riding position to the riders.
Features and Engine
The Pulsar AS200 uses a lower capacity (200cc) single cylinder, liquid cooled engine. Despite the lower capacity it manages to deliver more power (23.52bhp) than the Karizma R. The Karizma uses a 223cc engine that manages to deliver better torque figures (19.4NM) than the AS200 which delivers 18.3NM. The torque is available at lower range of 6000rpm in case of the AS200 the maximum torque is delivered at 8000rpm.
The AS200 uses a 6-speed transmission whereas the Karizma uses a 5-speed transmission. On papers, the AS 200 has a better power-to-weight ratio and that should make it a better performer.
In terms of features, the Pulsar AS200 is a clear winner, since it offers a digital odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, shift light and engine kill switch. The Karizma R on the other hand uses analogue speedometer and odometer. There is no shift light on the Karizma R which is disappointing.
Suspension, Wheels and Tyres and brakes
The Karizma R uses dual shock suspension system whereas the AS200 makes use of a monoshock on the rear wheel. At front, both the bikes use similar telescopic suspension system. The Karizma uses larger rims – 18inches whereas the AS200 uses 17inch rims. The rear tyre is marginally wider on the AS200, the front tyre on both the bikes is of same width. The Karizma uses disc brake at front and drum brake at rear whereas the AS200 uses disc brakes for both the wheels.
The Pulsar AS 200 is marginally expensive and it is justified since it is better equipped too. The competetion between AS 200 and Karizma R is extremely close and both are worthy opponents that you must consider before making a purchase.