Bajaj and Yamaha are hugely popular two-wheeler manufacturers. The former is an Indian company and the latter is a Japanese company, which has done great business in India for years together. Both companies enjoy great consumer confidence and popularity, thanks to their wonderful bikes.
Pulsar is one the most popular models from Bajaj. It was the bike that made sport bikes affordable to the average Indian bike buyer. Yamaha, on the other hand, has been a dream machine for many people. Here is an attempt to compare two popular models of Yamaha and Bajaj. Certain common parameters like cost, engine power, mileage and other specifications are considered, to ensure a balanced review.
Cost – The Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTSi comes at a starting price of INR 67145/- (ex-showroom). On the other hand, the Yamaha FZ 16 comes for a price starting at INR 70411/- (ex-showroom). Going by price factor alone, the Bajaj Pulsar seems to be a better choice than the Yamaha FZ 16.
Engine Specifications – The Pulsar 150 DTSi is powered by a 149.0 cc, 4 Stroke, DTSi, air-cooled engine, which generates a peak power of 14.09 bhp at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 12.76 Nm at 8500 rpm. The Yamaha FZ 16 is powered by a 153 cc, Air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve engine that generates a maximum power of 14 bhp at 7500 rpm and a peak torque of 14 Nm at 6000 rpm. The figures indicate that the Yamaha FZ 16 is more powerful than the Pulsar. The Pulsar offers a top speed of 118 kmph and the FZ 16, a top speed of 125 kmph. Evidently, the FZ 16 is having an edge in this factor as well.
Mileage – The Pulsar returns a healthy mileage of 50 to 55 kmpl. Conversely, the FZ 16 offers a lower mileage of 45 to 50 kmpl. Pulsar has a higher fuel tank capacity of 15 liters, when compared with the FZ 16’s 12 liters. Therefore, when it comes to mileage, Pulsar is the clear winner, with more fuel carrying capacity as well as mileage.
Other Specifications – Both the bikes come with five-speed gears, with one up and four down mechanisms. Both can attain the speed of 60 kmph from zero in about 5 seconds. Both the bikes offer Electric start options. The pulsar is longer, taller and wider than the FZ 16. However, the FZ 16 has a slightly better ground clearance than the Pulsar. Both offers telescopic suspension and disc brakes at the front.
To conclude, both the bikes are more or less evenly matched, with the Pulsar scoring in case of cost, mileage and the FZ scoring in areas like engine power.