Yamaha MT-15 Vs KTM 125 Duke Vs 200 Duke Vs TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Vs Bajaj Pulsar NS200 - Spec Comparo

16/03/2019 - 13:45 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Suvil Susvirkar

Yamaha has launched the MT-15 in India at an ex-showroom Delhi price tag of INR 1.36 lakh, which is a bit premium than what most had expected. Another surprise element is the fitment of a single-channel ABS, as its fully faired sibling, the YZF-R15 V3.0, which costs INR 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), features a dual-channel unit.

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The Yamaha MT-15 has been launched in India at INR 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), placing it in a premium segment and much above its rivals listed in this technical specification comparison.

Also read: Yamaha MT-15 vs YZF-R15 V3.0 - Differences and similarities listed

In terms of performance and pricing, Yamaha’s naked roadster occupies the space between the KTM 125 Duke and the 200 Duke. Apart from the Austrian pocket rockets, the MT-15 could also face some rivalry from the likes of TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 that deliver marginally better performance, while retailing at a much affordable price tag. Therefore, we compare the technical specifications and prices of the five motorcycles to get you a detailed on-paper comparison.

SpecificationYamaha MT-15KTM 125 DukeKTM 200 DukeTVS Apache RTR 200 4VBajaj Pulsar NS200
Engine and performance
Displacement155 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve with Variable Valve Actuation124.71 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve199.5 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve197.75 cc, air/oil-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve199.5 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve, triple-spark
Power19.3 PS @ 10,000 rpm15.2 PS @ 9,250 rpm25 PS @ 10,000 RPM20.5 PS @ 8500 rpm23.5 PS @ 9,500 rpm
Torque14.7 Nm @ 8,500 rpm12 Nm @ 8,000 rpm19.2 Nm @ 8,000 rpm18.1 Nm @ 7,000 rpm18.3 Nm @ 8,000 rpm
Transmission6-speed with Assist & Slipper Clutch6-speed6-speed5-speed with Slipper Clutch6-speed
Brakes
Front282 mm300 mm300 mm270 mm300 mm
Rear220 mm230 mm230 mm240 mm230 mm
ABSSingle-channelSingle-channelSingle-channelDual-channelSingle-channel
Suspension
FrontTelescopic forksUpside-down forksUpside-down forksTelescopic forksTelescopic forks
RearMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshock
Dimensions
Length2,020 mm1,993 mm2,002 mm2,050 mm2,017 mm
Width800 mm789 mm873 mm790 mm804 mm
Height1,070 mm1,083 mm1,274 mm1,105 mm1,075 mm
Wheelbase1,335 mm1,366 mm1,367 mm1,353 mm1,363 mm
Seat height810 mm818 mm810 mm800 mm805 mm
Ground clearance155 mm175 mm170 mm180 mm169 mm
Fuel tank capacity10 litres10.2 litres10.2 litre12-litre12-litre
Kerb weight138 kg148 kg148 kg149 kg154 kg
Tyres
Front100/80-17110/70-17110/70-1790/90-17100/80-17
Rear140/70-17150/60-17150/60-17130/70-17130/70-17
Prices (ex-showroom) Delhi
PriceINR 1.36 lakhINR 1.18 lakhINR 1.60 lakhINR 1.11 lakhINR 1.12 lakh

Considering the on-paper comparison, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes across as the most value for money package. The Apache RTR 200 4V is the only motorcycle in its segment to feature a dual-channel ABS. Its rivals have opted for a more affordable, single-channel unit to keep the costs low. The Apache RTR 200 4V also benefits from a slipper clutch, and yet, TVS has been able to price the motorcycle competitively at INR 1.11 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Similarly, the Bajaj Pulsar NS200 also packs more power and has a much affordable price tag than the MT-15.

The Yamaha MT-15 has the upper hand in the visual department, and the projector headlight with LED DRLs adds a hooligan look to the package. The healthy performance numbers from the motor and the addition of Variable Valve Actuation work in its favour. A pair of upside-down forks, which are seen on the international-spec model, would have made the MT-15 look beefier and more appealing.

The international-spec KTM 125 Duke benefits from the latest generation 390 Duke inspired visual cues, although the Indian variant continues to feature styling from the previous generation model. Thus, the motorcycle misses on full LED headlight and Bluetooth enabled TFT display. However, it packs premium hardware such as upside down forks, DOHC motor and a fully digital display. The DOHC 4-valve motor helps the 125 Duke deliver a good power output (15.2 PS), but it still isn't enough to catch up the Yamaha MT-15's 19.3 PS. What works in its favour is the competitive price tag that's approximately INR 18,000 lower than the MT-15.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 side view
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, despite packing features like dual-channel ABS and slipper clutch, retails for the most affordable price than other motorcycles included in this comparison.

Also read: Hero Xtreme 200R vs. Bajaj Pulsar NS200 vs. TVS Apache RTR 200 4V - Spec comparo

The 200 Duke, on the other hand, packs the most number of horses but it also retails at an ex-showroom price tag of INR 1.60 lakh, which is INR 24,000 more than the MT-15, putting it in a higher price bracket than other motorcycles listed in this technical specification comparison. The bike was added to the list because the MT-15 sits between the 125 Duke and the 200 Duke.

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