Yamaha MT-15 vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200: Spec Comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on April 1, 2019

With the launch of the street-brawler MT-15, Yamaha has introduced its most performance-oriented sub-200cc naked motorcycle in India. While the MT-15 is essentially a stripped-down version of the familiar R15 V3.0, it features different styling elements and offers a more comfortable riding stance as compared to the R15's racy and aggressive stance, which, frankly, was a pain in everyday use. In terms of competition, though, the MT-15 clearly punches above its weight, owing to Yamaha's extravagant pricing habit. At this price point, the MT-15 can be easily compared to the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200. Let's take a look at how the MT-15 fares against its rivals.

Dimensions

At 2,020mm in length, the MT-15 is just a shade longer than the NS200 but considerably smaller than the Apache RTR 200. However, the MT-15 is the shortest out of the three at 1,070mm and also has the smallest wheelbase. At 810mm, the seat height of the MT-15 remains the highest (although the same figure for the NS200 can't be confirmed), meaning that some riders might find themselves seated a bit too high and feel less confident during turns. However, at 138kg, the MT-15 is the lightest of the three, which will surely make it the most nimble and easier to handle in everyday conditions. One aspect where the MT-15 might cause some issues is its low ground clearance of 155mm, which might cause the rear suspension mount to scrape those intimidating speed breakers. 

  Yamaha MT-15 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS200
Length 2,020mm 2,050mm 2,017mm
Width 800mm 790mm 804mm
Height 1,070mm 1,105mm 1,075mm
Wheelbase 1,335mm 1,353mm 1,363mm
Seat Height 810mm 800mm NA
Kerb Weight 138kg 149kg 154kg
Ground Clearance 155mm 180mm 169mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 10 litres 12 litres 12 litres

Performance

Owing to the smallest engine capacity out of the three, the MT-15 has the lowest power output of 19bhp. However, Yamaha has updated the engine mapping on the MT-15 (over the R15) to give it better low-end performance, meaning that it’ll be eager and peppy while pottering through everyday traffic. While the Pulsar NS200 is the only bike here not available with a FI version, it shares a common trait with the MT-15 – a six-speed gearbox, which allows for better performance extraction. Where the Apache and Pulsar offer a rear monoshock setup, the MT-15 offers a rudimentary swingarm layout. This might just take away some of its sporty credentials.

  Yamaha MT-15 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS200
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-Stroke, SOHC Oil-cooled, 4-Stroke SI Liquid-cooled, 4-Stroke SOHC 
Displacement 155cc 198cc 199.5cc
No. of Cylinders 1 1 1
Power 19bhp 20.2bhp / 20.7bhp 23.1bhp
Torque 14.7Nm 18.1Nm / 18.6Nm 18.3Nm
Gearbox 6-speed 5-speed 6-speed
Fuel System Fuel Injected (FI) Carburettor / FI Carburettor
Suspension Front - Telescopic forks Rear - Swingarm Link Front - Telescopic forks Rear - Monoshock Front - Telescopic forks Rear - Monoshock

Features

In the ABS game, the Apache emerges a clear winner, as it is the only bike here that offers a dual-channel ABS. However, the MT-15 goes toe-to-toe with the Apache in terms of offering a fully-digital instrument cluster with a gear shift indicator. The MT-15, however, trumps its other two rivals in terms of modern styling equipment and extra utility, which comes in the form of full-LED lighting and a USB charging port for added convenience, respectively.

  Yamaha MT-15 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS200
ABS Single-Channel Dual-Channel Single-Channel
LED Lighting Headlight + Taillight Taillight only Taillight only
Instrument Cluster Fully Digital Fully Digital Digital + Analogue
Gear Shift Indicator Yes Yes No
USB Charging Port Yes No No

Price

This is where things get a bit doubtful for the MT-15. Despite the lowest engine capacity and power & torque outputs, the MT-15 is the most expensive option out of the three. But then, Yamahas have always been priced exuberantly in India, and it has hardly ever dented their popularity in the riding community. So, with a few extra design tweaks and utility features, does the MT-15 justify its expensive price tag? Or is it logical to go for options like the Apache RTR 200 and Pulsar NS200 that offer more power and performance at a lower price? Well, the choice is yours to make...

  Yamaha MT-15 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Bajaj Pulsar NS200
Price Range (Ex-Showroom) ₹ 1.36 lakh ₹ 97,340 - ₹ 1.11 lakh ₹ 1 lakh - ₹ 1.12 lakh

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