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Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15 V2 – Shootout

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Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15

Shootout – Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15

Both the R15 V2.0 and Pulsar 200 NS are as different as chalk and cheese, yet both offer a splendid riding experience.

When the Yamaha R15 was launched in 2008, it kicked off a revolution of sorts. Strong performance and splendid handling made the R15 the cheapest way to enjoy riding. Just last year, Yamaha upped the ante with the launch of the R15 Version 2.0. Even though the Yamaha R15 became costlier, it was still the bike to have since there was no competition. Come 2012 and the competition intensified several notches. First there was the KTM Duke 200 and then the Honda CBR150R, both tried to steal the R15’s thunder. Being more expensive, they were not able to unsettle the R15. With the launch of the Pulsar 200 NS, the R15 faced stiff competition from a potent motorcycle, which not only offers more performance, but is cheaper too. But does the R15 still hold onto its crown, of being the cheapest way to motorcycle nirvana?

Styling – Both these bikes have very different styling. While the Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS is a naked motorcycle which exposes its body parts and flexes some muscle, the design at some places (rear) is not really impressive. The Yamaha R15 is a small capacity sports bike, at least the styling makes us believe that. This mini-R1 and mini-R6 hybrid is a full faired machine and looks the part. Right from the twin headlights at the front to the raised rear, the R15 is a looker and thus the bike to ride if you want to grab some eyeballs.

Pulsar 200 NS ClusterR15 V2 Cluster

Instrument Cluster and Switch Gear – Both bikes get an analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer. While the R15’s clear cluster is neat, we like the Pulsar 200 NS’ console, which feels more substantial. The Pulsar’s instrument cluster also displays more data, including side stand warning light, shift light and low fuel warning light. Switch gear of both these motorcycles are good but the R15 feels more robust and superior in quality than the Pulsar 200 NS. Overall, there is not much to choose from between both these bikes in the console department.

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Performance – Both these mean machines use 4-valve, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engines. However the displacement and output are very different. Powering the Yamaha R15 V2.0 is a 150cc motor which belts out 17 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 15 Nm of torque at 7500 RPM. The Pulsar 200 NS uses a 200cc engine with triple spark plugs, generating 23.5 PS of power at 9500 RPM and 18.3 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM. While the Pulsar weighs 145 kgs, the R15 weighs 9 kgs lesser. The extra power and torque output does play in the Pulsar’s favor and even the weight advantage doesn’t really help the R15 much, because the 200 NS does have significantly better performance, right from the word GO.

Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15 Comparison

Any speed, whack the throttle of the Pulsar 200 NS and it will surge ahead of the R15 without breaking into a sweat. The 200 NS is faster to 100 km/hr by a whole 2 seconds and even has a higher top speed by 7 km/hr. Clearly, the Yamaha R15 is no match for the Pulsar in terms of outright acceleration but this Yammie pulls back strongly when it comes to engine refinement. The R15’s engine is supremely refined with absolutely no vibes at any RPM, although the Pulsar 200 NS does tend to vibrate a bit at high revvs. The R15 redlines at a higher 10,500 RPM, compared to the 10,000 RPM of the 200 NS. The fuel injected motor of the R15 is quite advanced and feels extremely relaxed at all speeds. If you redline all day, you know this Yamaha motor will remain faultless for years to come.

Both bikes are mated to 6-speed transmissions. The Pulsar 200 NS has seen a huge leap in shift quality but the R15 continues to hold an edge when it comes to cog swapping smoothness. There is not much to choose between the mileage of both these machines, which return anything between 35-40 km/l (depending on riding style). Overall, the Pulsar 200 NS edges out the Yamaha R15 in the performance department, but that was no surprise, now was it? Higher displacement and more power, worked in the Pulsar’s favor.

Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15 Shootout

Riding Dynamics – While the Pulsar 200 NS takes a huge leap in terms of underpinnings and hardware, the Yamaha R15 does have that extra edge with better components (aluminum swing arm, etc). The Pulsar does handle splendidly well with the 50:50 weight distribution helping in sharp and precise handling. However the Yamaha R15 does one better with even better handling than you can imagine. Riding the R15 makes you forget physics, its so sharp, agile and inch perfect in changing directions. Yamaha has truly made a track machine with the R15.

Ride quality of the Pulsar 200 NS is a bit on the stiffer side while the R15 feels a bit more plush. Both bikes offer a compliant ride but the R15 feels more composed throughout. Even at high speeds, the R15 simply sticks to the road like its glued to it. It doesn’t get affected by crosswinds and the sheer composure of this machine is truly marvelous. The Pulsar 200 NS does tend to get affected by air turbulence but feels reasonably stable for a street-fighter motorcycle. Braking performance of the Pulsar 200 NS is extremely good, although the tyres play spoilsport. The R15’s brakes are simply mind boggling and offer stupendous speed shedding capability.

Even though the Pulsar 200 NS has very good riding dynamics, the sheer brilliance of the Yamaha R15 makes the Pulsar 200 NS look pale in comparison. The R15 is undoubtedly the more confident and surefooted motorcycle to throw into corners, with a wide grin in your helmet.

Pulsar 200 NS vs Yamaha R15 Review

Verdict – The decision to decide between the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS has only got tougher? While the R15 overrules the Pulsar 200 NS in the styling, handling, stability and braking departments, the Pulsar 200 NS pulls back strongly with better performance and a mouth watering price tag. The Pulsar 200 NS is priced at Rs. 1.02 lakhs, while the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 costs significantly more at Rs. 1.35 lakhs (all prices on-road, Mumbai). For the extra amount you pay, you get a tried and tested motorcycle, which is faultless and will never let you down, even if you keep the throttle wide open 24 hours a day. Thus, if your budget permits, the extra dough spent on the R15 is well worth it. But if acceleration is your main criteria, the Pulsar 200 NS emerges on top. You simply can’t go wrong with either of these fantastic motorcycles, they are that darn good.

The Pulsar 200 NS offers the best power to money ratio, while the Yamaha R15 excels in handling and quality. Both bikes can put a wide grin on the rider’s face, as soon as the throttle is opened.

Further Reading –

Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS Review
Yamaha R15 V2.0 Review
Pulsar 220 vs Pulsar 200 NS – Shootout
Honda CBR150R vs Yamaha R15 – Shootout
Pulsar 200 NS vs KTM Duke 200 – Shootout

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Ananthakrishnan

    The most awaited comparision.Great one.
    I expected DUKE too.Its tough to choose b/w Pulsar and its sibling.

    • Thanks Ananth, for Duke vs Pulsar 200 NS, check the further reading section for the link to the review.

  • Adheep


    If you guys could make a comparison between the Duke200 and CBR250 it would be awesome!
    and they both behaves on the City vs Highways

    • Adheep, we have already done that long ago. Have you read the R15 vs CBR250R vs Duke 200 comparison?

  • Ben

    The most excellent and unbiased review I have ever read. Even though you own a 200ns you have let out the true colour in the review. Hats off to you Faisal.

    • I don’t think he owns a 200NS. He has a pic with many bikes/cars many times.

    • Thanks Ben. However I don’t own a Pulsar 200 NS. The picture you see is from the Pulsar 200 NS road test.

  • Bharath

    My Choice will be the Pulsar NS, for its comfortable riding dynamics and a suspension that works well even on broken roads :-)

  • Sam

    Hey can u tell me which bike is better in the range of 150cc for city driving??
    I am thinking of fz-16, hero hunk, or unicorn.

    • Sam, FZ-16.

    • Sam

      Thnxx. Can u tell me In which color, fz-16 looks better on road???
      Blue, Black or Red.

    • Sam, black.

    • mahesh

      which bike should i buy….

      Pulsar 200NS or Yamaha R15 or CBR 150 ?

  • deepan

    out of topic but just my thoughts-
    i guess the yammy V2 sales are still on the high not only because of its performance, quality and reliability but also its a fully faired bike. the youngsters these days are expecting a faired sporty looking bike since they are shelling out more than a lakh, and since the previous version of the yamaha has created waves and has established the the performance pedigree and standards its pretty hard for the naked bikes to break even with the fully faired yammy.

    • Deepan, well said. Full faired bikes are more desirable in India and that is why KTM is also going the full faired way.

  • akash

    problem with pulsar is that its yet to prove its credentials

  • MUTHURAJA Koondrakkampatty.

    The pulsar is less cost and a Naked sports. But yamaha has much costlier than pulsar, and yamaha’s techniques are amazing, i think they have made the pistons as forged pistons and that’ll reduce the heat losses up to 20 to 40 percentage than others. And their engine will not produce any vibrations at higher revolution even the 150 cc is tuned to produce 200 cc’s output. This shows the quality of this bike. And the pulsar has triple spark plugs. Hence the burning of fuel and air mixer is completely accomplished. This increase the mileage of this bike. And at higher speed this bike produce some vibrations. But i don’t know whether the bike is reliable or not.
    One thing all of the indian made bikes are lost their originality after some years. Why our country bikes are being like this. This kind of habit
    opens the gates for abroad companies to earn profit, when the indian bike maker compete with other country bike makers in their country?

  • fayaz

    I bucked pulsar 200 ns, but am not getting a satisfaction while seeing r15… am I done wrong?

    • Pulsar 150

      Even me also having same confusion.

      My opinion, if u bought a fared one, u will suffer when u crashed. Even if ur wallet is huge.

      you will fear to do stunts. coz my friend suffered like that. so choose by considering this too.

      Ride safe.

  • Shivansh shakya

    How about braking of 200 ns??and r15 is not comfortable for city rides I guess.suggest the best out of two.planning to buy one issue of price ll be my first bike

    • dhaval

      if price is no issue, then get honda cbr250r.

  • gokul

    is pulsar 200NS engine reliable !!!

  • bids

    My frst bik..i want perfrmnc,milage.n reliabl also. . Sud i go 4 R15 or pulsar 200ns.

  • naseef

    hey i want gud performance luk handling stability +mileage so R15 or 200ns i am more intersted in R15 but i need a suggestion …………………!

    • Naseef, if your budget permits, get the R15.

  • Toshi

    last week I bought a R15 and just wana know whether I can get crash guard for it..

    • Toshi, there is no crash guard available for the R15.

  • Vishnu

    Hi Faisal,
    Nice review, I decided to buy 200ns.
    After reading ur review i am having second thoughts…
    I cannot go beyond 1 lakh and as bajaj engines are not very reliable, should i go for it or should i buy FZ ..?

  • Dz

    I own a Pulsar 200NS since 4 months and now it had to undergo open heart surgery… Really bad experience, isn’t it. So, now can anyone tell me how it stands against tested and proven Yamaha’s motor. I’m selling it to get R15 v2. Cheers!

  • JOHN

    I think Dz has R15 and wants to buy 200 NS :)

    • Dz

      I still have 200ns. I posted previous comment after its engine failed after a long ride, and by the way it occurred after it finished its run-in period. Its piston block, crank assembly and few more other components. It was covered by its warranty though I had to pay for engine oil and oil filter (for their faulty engine). Also paid for another oil change after completing its second run-in period. They assured me it won’t repeat again. After 6 months (2 months after its first open heart surgery), I’m facing the same problem again. After last maintenance, I didn’t revved it hard until its second run-in period. 2 days before I went on a long ride again, and again the problem is back! I was confused last time (because of Bajaj’s assurance, which proved to be wrong) but am sure this time that I’ll switch to R15 very soon.

    • Dz

      Hey John, I still have 200ns. I posted previous comment after its engine failed after a long ride, and by the way it occurred after it finished its run-in period. Its piston block, crank assembly and few more other components. It was covered by its warranty though I had to pay for engine oil and oil filter (for their faulty engine). Also paid for another oil change after completing its second run-in period. They assured me it won’t repeat again. After 6 months (2 months after its first open heart surgery), I’m facing the same problem again. After last maintenance, I didn’t revved it hard until its second run-in period. 2 days before I went on a long ride again, and again the problem is back! I was confused last time (because of Bajaj’s assurance, which proved to be wrong) but am sure this time that I’ll switch to R15 very soon.

  • Baljinder Singh

    Faisal, i got NS 1week back……. am happy with the bike performance. but again a Big issue of braking. Poor tyre grip on road when suddn aply. New bike so i hav to wait for new to get fixed…….

    • Baljinder, congrats on your new bike. Yes, tyres are not of very good quality on the 200 NS.

    • Baljinder Singh

      Thnx Faisal for choosing NS……..othrwse i would have taken 220 long bck

    • You are welcome Baljinder, do write your initial impressions on the bike in our forums.

  • Bal

    is it possible to decrese the height of pilion of r15

  • Bal

    is plastic quality is poor on R15

  • st

    hi,faisal.How to increase the top speed of bajaj platina 100


      @ST …….. Yes it is possible to increase to increase the top speed of your Bajaj Platina but at the expense of outright power/acceleration……what you have to do is to change the rear sprocket with a smaller one, for you the ideal rear sprocket will be one teeth lesser than the existing one. but mind if you decrease the nmbr of sprockets any further than it will be very troublesome to ride in city since it has a small displacement engine. POSITIVE EFFECT will be increase in FE fig on highway because the engine will be revving less than it was previously at same speeds…

  • Akhil

    HI Guys I am Planning to Buy R15 v2 . But this discussion has really confused me.
    I had just one Concern . Is this Bike Great on Indian Unreliable roads for daily use.

    • Akhil, yes both bikes are good for our roads.

  • Jitu gupta

    Hii faisal on performance which byke have to select between 200 ns & r15 v2…?

  • Baljinder Singh

    Jitu, both NS and R15 are performance bikes…….I think u should go for NS as better option.

  • Baljinder Singh

    Hey faisal, my NS givn around 35 to 37km/l figure its tat k?? still not done enough kilometers for 1st service. After 1st service can i replace rear tyre wid ZAPPER of 220?? or any other

    • Baljinder, your mileage will increase after service. You should get the same spec tyre from Pirelli/Michelin for your NS.

  • debraj

    r15 is d best bike of india..u people see r15 is just 149.8cc but its top speed is 142, close to its engine cc. pusar200 is 200cc its speed is 145 far frm its people dnt compare r15 with 200ns..r15 is far better frm 200ns..see its small cc can challenge big cc like pulsar220 or 200..people who ar supporting pulsar200ns, I think they are mad person..yamaha is d best not only in india but in d world..its japanese bike even america cant stop barking lik dogs u people those who supports bajjaj pulsar200 or 220..yamaha is d best yes yamaha.

    • unknown

      …but i just dnt like height for back seat.if you r married its hard to stay with saree..if u r single,hmmm fabulous 2go out wit ur gf ;) ! whats say guys…?

  • utkarsh

    hey I m just confused between the three cbr 150r r15 200 ns which one to buy. I just love performence

    • unknown

      utkarsh if u r single,go wit 200 NS.
      am sure u wnt lost ur money, good luck

  • shahid

    its been more than 2 yrs now i bought my r15.. its a great bike with mind boggling performence, handling, breaking and looks no need to say.. it never let me down and still grabe few eyeballs when i ride it.. no bike is there for comparision and competition..

  • AB_Pande

    Whats this noise about tyres. The NS gives me 45+ mileage in the city, braking is stupendous at any speed. (of course, if you lock the rear, you are going to curse the grip). The handling feels pretty divine. (parking, starting and winds are a pain in the rear though)

  • unknown

    r15 v2 pulsar 200 ns!!!
    gr8 competition

  • dt

    Is any way to get 20 ps power from R15

    • DT, yes you can tune the R15 and get more power from it.

  • Raeed

    Its true that pulsar 200ns’s acceleration is more than r15 v2.but i don’t see that so difference between them. What do you think,can i beat the 200ns with the r15 v2 in the off road?

  • Dz

    Hi Faisal, I might only be the unlucky one to get the engine repaired just after two months, but anyways now I’m switching to R15 v 2.0. Can you suggest me the color for 2013 R15 v2.0? I generally like black as the perfect color for bike (as my previous two bikes were black), but blue-white combination of 2013 model seems to be more cool.
    One more query, is the deltabox frame of R15 v2.0 made of aluminium or steel. I supposed it was steel, but a guy in Yamaha showroom was sure it was made of aluminium. Even R125 and R6 have steel deltabox, just R1 has aluminium deltabox. How is it possible to get aluminium deltabox in R15 in the price we get.

  • sagar srivastava

    hey hie friends.
    I am new here ..I want your help..I am planing to get a new bike it ‘ll be my first plz suggest some good one …I am totaly confused btw pulsar and yamaha …although I have tried my hands on both of it ….tell me which of these I should go for ..pulsar 150 180 200ns or yamaha fz ..need. to take it in a week .or other …so I want a bike ..on which I have not cry on later… plz help.

    • Sagar, get the Yamaha FZ, makes for a very good first bike.

    • sagar srivastava

      yr m going for pulsar 180 …plz ..tell me its reviews. and your opinion …
      plz be little quick.


  • Maddy

    Hey Faisal,
    i want to buy new bike,since i like pulsar 200NS most but when i saw the reviews about the breaking system of NS i get shocked.its Tyre is very slippery on friend had accident yesterday on NS,fortunately he and his NS is fine but, when he comes to garage he had waste his 2 hour to open his front headlight crawl.he also told me that NS is worst in terms of Tyre and breaking is it right?and he also told me that NS is best in terms of performance and looks and budget is not high it is one lakh and if i stretch my budget to more, then which 1 you will suggest me.rather than r15 give me 4 to 5 choice.

    • Thiru

      karizma zmr,
      r15 version 1.0

  • Maddy

    Hey Thank you Thiru,
    Actually i already take the test ride of Fazer and karizma zmr but i am disappointed from all this two bikes.and Yamaha r15 v1.0 is not present in market so what to do?plz tell me.actually my family mechanic tell me don’t use bajaj brand becoz its part r not reasonable and not durable also.instead of that use Honda or hero bikes.i already had Honda shine but i am getting frustrated due to his vibes which is irritating.Is any1 has pulsar 200ns and have problem of rear tyre and break so tell me that whether i should buy it or not ?and not then which bike should i choose? please help me guyess

    Faisal plz reply yaar..

    • Maddy, get the R15 V2.0, trust me, its a splendid bike.

  • Ammiee

    hey faisal which bike is better pulsar 200ns , r15 or cbr 150 ?

  • `aravin

    hey faisal , Pulsar 200ns stock tyres or pirelli sports demon tyre?
    pls suggest me



    • Use the search button on the top right of the page and you will get your answer.

  • vignesh

    what is the top speed of both the bikes tested with gps?

    • Vignesh, R15 around 129 km/hr, Pulsar 200 NS around 136 km/hr.

  • sushanth

    Hello faisal.. I ve been using a 100 cc byk n plan 2 upgrade 2 150cc.. I jst love r15 v3.. N i can afford it.. But d prblm is dat since dhs s kindoff my 1st byk i want it 2 b reliable n dont want it 2 give prblms! And also i drive through traffic a lot n i love racing .. So i was also cnsiderin d duke 200!! But i wanna whch s a bettr byk fo me.. Also i hear duke s for smaller riders nly.. M 5’9″ n 70 kilos.. 19 f age please tell me wda d byk ll suit me n 1 oda thng!! Is d duke a head turner lyk r15, in sense dus it luk hot n ll ma gal love it?! Plss pls plss ryt 2 me @

    • Go for the Duke, it’s an excellent bike.

  • Rajesh

    hey Faisal

    my priority is speed, style nd comfort….so which one should i buy…i m confused between r15, cbr 150 , pulsar 200ns nd pulsar 220f…

    plz help me out sooon…!!

  • pachu

    Dear faisal ,
    Which is better 220f or 200 ns

  • karthik

    Dear,faisal will ns be equal to r15 v1 in terms of performance and comfort.pls help me faisal

  • Rajesh

    but Faisal isnt the CBR150 litl slower in speed than the other 3 bikes i have listed….

    • Yes it is Rajesh but it’s more fun.

    • Rajesh

      fun..!! but how….??


    I confused with this two bike r15 & 200Ns with is better for me iam 6fit and my body is so big not fatty but big so tell me Faisal wich is best


    I confused with this two bike r15 & 200Ns but which bike give me long life

  • dinesh

    Hi faisal

    I want short and sweet of the best of r15 and cbr150r

    Which one to go and reasons

  • Anoop

    Faisal,which bike has got good engine reliability…pulsar 200ns or pulsar 220f

  • Rajesh kumar

    I have driven both 3 bikes-cbr, r15,pulsar 200ns. But i felt the 200ns is better of the lot by performance wise. I like it’s throttle, absolutely marvelous.

  • Rkg

    Help me out guys . I want a bike of around budget is around 1 lakh. I don’t want pulsar 220. Then What bike should i go for?

  • rishabh dubey

    Lol…to b clear
    Pulsar 200 ns has a top speed more than p220 BT when it comes to ride for best sitting position and best handling ..the 200 is no where to compare with r15 v2 …..what will u get driving 140kmph+ if u have poor handling…
    Make or ride enjoyable;showable….go for r15..if u want a power booster wid no comfort;go for 200ns

  • sanket

    hii, fasal sugest me good bike. my budget is upto 86000
    I need cool looks,mileage,resale value , low maintnce, pls help me there are three bikes in my mind,
    pulsar200 ns

  • sanket

    hii, faisal
    sugest me good bike. my budget is upto 86000
    I need cool looks,mileage,resale value , low maintnce, pls help me there are three bikes in my mind,
    pulsar200 ns

  • Yogesh Janbandhu

    Hii Faisal….
    200NS or Karizma R…?? Which Bike is best for cost, good milaege, riding and Low maintenace…. Plz tell me…..

    • Karizma is too dated so Pulsar 200 NS is highly recommended over it.

  • Yogesh Janbandhu

    Thanx You…
    NS Kaa Milaege Kitnaa H Bro…?

  • Nayamath Syed

    Hi Faisal . I need to say Thank you for your comparision of these 2 bikes. which helps lot of people like me..

    Lots of my questions got clarified by this review..and one more suggestion from your side.Its my First bike..which would you suggest to i am 6feet height.
    I saw you replied about 200 NS..for height person.i about this R15 will not suit to me ..? can you suggest pls!!!….

    • Nayamath, you are welcome.

      Tall riders are not comfortable on R15 but if you are ready to adjust, go for it.

      Honestly, since this is your first bike, I will suggest Yamaha.

    • Nayamath Syed

      Thank you Faisal..As you said i will go with Yamaha..
      In Yamaha FZ or FZ Fazer?.. or any some other model let me know pls..

    • Nayamath, Fazer.

    • Nayamath Syed

      Alright..Thank you Faisal..

  • raghav

    which one is best faisal sir pulsar180 or yamaha fzs?

    • Raghav, Yamaha FZ-S better than Pulsar 180.

  • Prateek bengra

    Mr.faisal :)
    Pulsar220 or Yahama r15 2.0 ?
    Whats are the top speeds of both ad you have tested..
    As i saw on youtube yahama r15 is 150kmph and pulsar 220 is 153..
    Suggest me a bike in terms of topspeed etc

    • Prateek, what are your requirements and budget?

    • Prateek bengra

      I am a rider.. my main purpose is touring.. basically leh-ladakh tour evry year on bike, i will be buying a bike onky for touring purpose.. strong enough to last forever ..
      Budget is not a problem i can manage ..
      I just need good performance sir . I want a bike suitablebfor touring as well as i can enjoy the top speed etc.. so you suggest me which bike i should for.?
      Thanks :)

  • Prateek bengra

    From inside i want to buy 220..
    But for long riding N Racing purpose i wana buy r15..
    You can suggest me according to that..

  • millin

    Hey faisal I m totally confused between r15 and pulsar 200 ns up till nw I have ride 125 cc bikes only and nw I want. To own a gud bike with better performance and handling. Please suggest me between this too bikes as soon as possible which will give me a smooth and racing type performance

  • First Bike

    Faizal, This my first Bike and well just learning to ride a bike, though i do very well with long drives on cars. I am married and want something comforable for a pillion driver too. I am 6.1 and wieghs 85+. Budget around 1 lakh. I have zeroed in 200 NS, cbr150 and r15 v2. Royal Enfield i ruled out as i am not an experinced biker and as one of my colleugue said ” U need to grow into a royal enfield from other bikes :-D” My heart goes for honda ( As i already own a honda car) but bit off my budget. r15 i am sceptical for the pillion seat height and my height with the riding position. So zeriong on pulsar 200ns for its VFM. But a bit worried on different views on net about bad braking ( maybe the tyres) and not so refined engine (maybe the honda has spolied me ) in 200 ns. My requirements are daily commuting to office (apprenlty around 20 kms on a non rainy day) and odd trips short distances. Long trips above 15-20 km i will be picking my car esp on highways. Kindly suggest between r15,200ns and cbr150. Also suggest if i need to look down to the bottom of Vroom pyramid for sub 150 bikes as its my first bike. Only concern to the bottom of the pyramid is the bike suiting my size ;-). Advance thanks for the reply

    • If it fits your budget, get the R15.

    • First Bike

      yes r15 sounds sensible. Sorry to ask again, is the riding position (considering my height) and pillion seat position a concern?

    • Nivin, pillion seat is a big concern. Ideally for a pillion, the CBR150R is a better bet.

    • You can opt for the Bullet, you will get the hang of it. It’s nothing like that you have to be an experienced biker.

  • New buyer

    @Faisal…..I’m confused between honda unicorn & yamaha fz or fazer….please suggest me wt this two….I’m a new comer for bike riding..

  • agam

    which bike is gud pulsar 200ns or yamaha r15

  • anmol

    which bike is gud for young age?? no price boundation

    • Anmol, Ninja 650.

    • Atul Saxena

      Lol!! Well said dude…

  • Siddharth Gupta

    Hi faisal,
    Just booked a Yamaha FZ-S limited edition. This is my first bike but hope not my last. Never thought i would be buying a bike being a car freezy freek. I m jst mad with cars.But since i rode my friends yamaha RX-100 i feel in love. To make my next move i went to a yamaha showroon for a test ride and i iknew what i wanted. Loved the R15 but my budget was too trim. So i settled for an Fz. Triumph is coming out with its range of bikes….will have to really store in money and loot some banks to get there. but on a serious note i am planing in to get a high end bike by the end of next year. hope yamaha brings out its R1000 with better Peace!

    • Siddharth, from the FZ, you should upgrade to a 250cc bike, maybe a Duke 200 would be a good option. Congratulations on your first bike.

  • Yash

    Hey. Guys I hav pulsar 150 round headlight model….. N i gt all d fairing of r15 v2 Bt. Unfortunately. M nt getting d engine belly pan…. I stay in Mumbai. Please guys. Help me…… N temme a mechanic. Whu cn. Fit d fairin for me

    • Yash, any mechanic should be able to do it. Will need some fabrication.

  • ritupon doley

    i hav yamaha r15 plz gv me the details of warnnig system hlp me plz…

  • Aditya

    Salam walequm faisal bhai. Bhai i m 5″5′ in height.. and i m planning to buy pulsar 200ns. Will i be comfortable with it ? Please do reply quickly , i m buying it soon. :)

    • Aditya

      Bhai plz reply soon. M w8ing for ur response.

  • abhishek reddy

    hai faisal i’d like to know whether i can punish 200ns by revving it like r15 …. when i’d been to test drive 200ns i smelled something burnt in its engine part when i driven it by revving hard….. so would you suggest if 200ns is reliable …. and does 200ns have forged piston like r15 has…..

    • No forget pistons on 200 NS but it’s decently reliable but of course no one can match Yamaha in terms of engine reliability.

  • Nimit

    Hii faisal im 6’2 B.E student im confused in r15 and 200 ….and their colour

    • 200 NS according to your height. New colors are out have a look at showroom in person!

  • Neeraj

    Hi Faisal,

    Which one is better among fazer, pulsar 200 ns n r15? I think If R15 crashes, it will be huge loss because of its huge front part??

    • Kushal

      Neeraj, R 15 has a looks of a sport bike and if you buy such a bike you have to compromise on this.
      If this is really a concern for you … Go for FRAZER.


  • subash

    hii,im planning to buy r15..
    suggest some ways to get more mileage , say above 38 kms/ltre…

    • Ride slowly, you will easily get good mileage.

  • Abeesh nis

    pulsar 200ns is best for high spd and low budget but r15 only gives the stunning look!!!

    • Kushal

      But on high speed pulsar 200 NS vibrates and it cannot match the stability which R15 provides.
      Also its a butter smooth at corners at high speeds.


  • Varun Singh

    Hey faizal I wanted to know which bike would be preferable for a better pillion rider yamaha r15 v2 or pulsar 200ns.

  • Varun Singh

    Is yamaha r15 v2 good for stunting?

  • rush

    hey Faisal, i m confused btw both th bikes,…….can u sugest me, which one is better, ….i m college student, so i focused on style more,……jst tell me, which bike is better for going on long drives, R15 or NS…??

  • Rajesh

    hey Faisal, can i use MRF revz tyres on 200 ns as on r15 v2

  • amit malve

    I am bit late in reading this review, anyways a nice & unbiased review. Good!

  • Prabhu mishra

    Hey nice review man hats off to your and i am planning to buy a yamaha r15 bcoz of its handling and dynamics and i personaly don’t like naked bike and once again thanks for doing this review

  • Kushal

    Hii Faisal
    I got my Red Beast … YAMAHA R15 V2 (raring red) on 21st MAY, 2014 and I must say that it is just awesome Machine from Biking giant YAMAHA.Even if PULSAR 200 NS has a displacement of 200 cc and power of 23 PS, the handling, styling, braking & performance of R15 is just Fantastic.

    Faisal, I want to know some precautionary measures for my bike from rain water ???
    Please guide

  • KSD

    Hello Faisal khan I am planning to buy a R15 and what are the performance upgrades that I can do 1)without effecting the mileage much 2)no consern about mileage . please suggest me for both the cases

  • shafiq

    I dont have any budget issue but i am stuck between ktm duke 200,bajaj pulsar 200ns and yamaha yzf r15.i want a good perfomance but engine quality is must. I want a good refined and smooth engine which will not give me an engine problem in future. So which should i go for?

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