Answer to the frequently asked question: "Which bike is faster among the Pulsar 220, the Yamaha R15, the Hero Honda Karizma R/ZMR and the TVS Apache RTR 180?
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"We have had organized umpteen number of drag sessions (between the Yamaha R15, Bajaj Pulsar 220 and the TVS Apache RTR 180) and here is what we have experienced:
1. Pulsar 220 DTS-i v/s Apache RTR 180: Pulsar 220 is quicker in outright as well as roll-on acceleration
2. Apache RTR 180 V/s Yamaha R15(older ones): Apache RTR (180) is quicker till 105km/hr but post those speeds Yamaha R15 catches up really quickly and there's no stopping it once it gets past those speeds. I would say both are evenly matched when it comes to overall performance with R15 having a better top end. Newer Yamaha R15's are slower as compared to the older ones
3. Pulsar 220 DTS-i is a speed/torque monster and it will mince both the bikes to smithereens!!"
This above observation/comment has been made by a member (who also happens to be an Apache RTR 180 owner ) Chicane1879 of xBhp forum. From his observation it is clear that the Pulsar 220 is indeed the fastest in a straight line.
What about the Karizma R/Karizma ZMR?
Although the xBhp member hasn’t mentioned anything about the Karizma R but from my personal experience I can say that the Hero Honda Karizma R definitely has a lower top speed than the Yamaha R15 and probably would be neck to neck with the Apache RTR 180.
I haven’t yet ridden the fuel injected Karizma ZMR, but I don’t expect it to be significantly different/faster than the carbureted Karizma R.
The peak power outputs of both bikes are virtually identical and in fact the Karizma ZMR weighs 9 kgs heavier than the Karizma R.
Just by adding a full fairing won’t make the bike significantly faster.
Speedo indicated Top Speeds
Although not in a drag race, but I have ridden the Pulsar 220 DTS-i, Yamaha R15 and the Karizma R on a stretch of 1.5 km stretch at full throttle (with the upper body tucked in) and this are the "Speedo indicated" top speeds that I managed to clock in each of the bikes.
- 1. Pulsar 220: 143 Kmph
2. Yamaha R15: 135 Kmph
3. Hero Honda Karizma R: 125 Kmph
One has to take into consideration that each of the above models have around 10 % error in their actual and speedo indicated speeds.
Manufacturer Claimed Top Speeds
The manufacturers claimed top speeds for the following models are:
- 1. Pulsar 220 DTS-i: 144 Kmph
2. Hero Honda Karizma R/Karizma ZMR: 125/126 Kmph
3. TVS Apache RTR 180: 125 Kmph
4. Yamaha R15: [I haven’t come across any Top Speed figure claimed by Yamaha India for the R15]
There is more to riding than just Drag Races
Among the four (ok five with the ZMR) mentioned bikes the Pulsar 220 might be the Drag King but there are other aspects too on which the other bikes score brownie points.
The engine of the Karizma R feels the most relaxed even at full throttle and feels like you can do these speeds whole day long. The R15 has the sharpest and the best handling here and feels like a bike designed for twists and turns of the race track. The RTR feels quite peppy due to its light weight and is the easiest to ride in traffic due to its compact dimensions.
But the answer to the question about which is the "Fastest Indian" made bike in a straight line, the answer is the Pulsar 220. But come April 2011, the Honda CBR250R will in all probability take the crown from the Pulsar 220.
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