A mega drag race with the following motorcycles: Yamaha R15 vs MT-15 vs Bajaj NS200 vs KTM Duke 125 vs TVS Apache RTR200 4V

Yamaha R15 vs MT-15 vs Bajaj NS200 vs KTM Duke 125 vs TVS Apache RTR200 4V: Who wins this MEGA drag faceoff?

There are a number of performance-oriented bikes in the market right that have an ex-showroom cost of around Rs. 1.5 lakhs. This includes the likes of the Yamaha R15 V3, Yamaha MT-15, KTM 200 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 2004V and lastly the KTM 125 Duke among others. All these bikes are known to be great performers and each offers something unique, be it value for money factor, top speed, acceleration and even fuel economy. However, which of these bikes is the ultimate drag champion? For the same, take a look at the video below by BRS Shoaib which shows all these bikes in one mega drag race.

The drag race is conducted in three rounds. The bikes here have a lot of differences but are focused on performance and have prices that range from around Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 1.4 lakhs. The R15, MT-15, and the 125 Duke get fuel injection while the other two (Pulsar and Apache) are carburetted motorcycles. Let’s now take a look at the results and see which bike won.

First round

The round begins with the TVS Apache RTR 2004V taking the lead followed by the Yamaha duo. The Pulsar NS200 and the KTM 125 Duke both have a pretty lame start which means that lost the race at the start line only. For the same, the result for this round is not shown and the video switches to helmet camera view for the next round.

Second round

This round starts with the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V taking the lead again. The bike maintains the lead till around a speed of 10 km/h after which it is overtaken by the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 and the Yamaha R15 V3. The Bajaj Pulsar NS 200 then carries on at a good pace and wins this round.

Third round

In this round, the riders switch places for a fair race. This time, the R15 takes the lead and maintains that till a speed of 100 km/h. It is followed by the Pulsar NS 200 and the Apache 200 4V closely. The Pulsar overtakes the R15 by the time it reaches 100 km/h and thus remains the winner of this round too.

Results

Since the first round is not being counted here, the winner in the other two rounds is the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. It is the most powerful bike of the lot but also the heaviest which is the reason why it stayed behind initially but got back at the top end.

The results here depend on various factors like rider’s expertise, rider weight and launch time among others. Also, the bikes used here might be modified so the result here just gives an idea of how these bikes would perform but it should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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Technical specifications

The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 is powered by a 155 cc engine that puts out 18.7 Bhp along with 15 Nm. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox and gets a slipper clutch as well. It comes equipped with a dual-channel ABS, VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) and weighs 139 kg.

The Yamaha MT-15 is also powered by the same 155 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine that is found on the Yamaha R15. The engine output is nearly the same at 19 Bhp of power along with 15 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch and it weighs 138 kg.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is powered by a 197.75 cc engine that churns out 20.7 Bhp of power along with 18.1  Nm of torque. The oil-cooled engine gets a 5-speed gearbox and the bike weighs 148 kg.

The KTM 125 Duke, also known as the baby Duke, is powered by a 124.7 cc engine that puts out 14.3 Bhp of power along with 12 Nm of torque. The liquid cooled engine comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox and the bike weighs 148 kg.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 is powered by a 199.5 cc engine that churns out a good 23.2 Bhp of power along with 18.3 Nm of torque. The liquid cooled engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox and the bike weighs 162 kg. This makes it the most powerful bike here but also the heaviest one.


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