Bajaj Pulsar 220 was a great bike, and is a great bike but lags a but in current increasing competition. When I was in 10th i always thought of having a sports bike, and Pulsar 220 was at the top of my list during that time. Today’s article is about what made it a great bike and the drawbacks which are the few small points that lag in the model.
Bajaj Pulsar 220 technical specifications
Engine Specifications: 220 cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder oil cooled engine.
Power Specifications: 21 ps @ 8500 RPM.
Suspension Specifications: Rear 5 way adjustable Nitrox shock absorber and front telescopic.
Brakes: Front 260 mm and Rear 230 mm disk brakes.
Tyres: Front and Rear tubeless tyres. Broad rear tyre – 120/80 X 17″ .
Fuel Capacity: 15 Liters
Dimensions: Length (mm) 2035 Width (mm) 750
Now about the owner review on Bajaj Pulsar 220 if you like to know specifications. Back in 2011, Pulsar 220 was metaphor for Yamaha R1 for Bajaj motors as well as any Indian interested in sports bike. I had my first bike as Yamaha R15 and not Pulsar. But honestly Pulsar defeated me many times in drags. The main difference was the bigger 220 cc engine which generated 5 ps of extra power than R15.
I’ll highlight the specific areas where Pulsar 220 stood out from its competitors. Now today is 21/07/2014 so bear in mind that this is a word on what the bike meant in 2011. The bike in an initial release version was a carbureted version due to affordability as the fuel-injected version would have costed an extra 10 thousand. During those days, reaching 110 km/h mark was considered to be great.
Pulsar was to go to 150 mark with some customization, and would vibrate quite a lot when driven at 7000+ RPM. Other options at those days were Yamaha R15, Baby Ninja, Karizma ZMR and one or two other models. 0-100 drag time was 11 seconds with bike driven at maximum possible RPM’s. The main drawback in Pulsar models were their vibrations and problems in gears and clutch assembly. What made Pulsar 220’s specifications better than other bikes were its looks and power.
Looks in Pulsar 220 were added up by its projector lamp, sporty console, aerodynamic body, sporty aluminium exhaust, digital meter. Pulsar’s front body was quite unique and created a “Wow” factor in those days and projector lamp seemed quite stunning which was inspired by Ducati 999 multistrada.
Pulsar easily defeated any other bike under segment having power under 21Ps including Yamaha YZF R15, TVS Apache RTR 180, Suzuki GSXR 150, Hero CBZ Xtreme, Honda Unicorn Dazzler etc. Pulsar can give you quite a thrill when driving under 120 km/h but above that it is little scary due to improper balancing when braking.
Price was another great factor that kept Bajaj Automobiles at the top of the table when it came to sports bikes. Pulsar 220 with these great many features came along with a healthy price tag of being under 80 k at initial launch of carbureted version. This price was considered great when taking into account the power and looks one gets. Bajaj India has been presenting best in class bikes with the launch of Pulsar 200 NS, Discover 125 ST and many more
Summary: Overall considering the competition in year 2011 Bajaj Pulsar 220 was proven to be a great bike. Company has brought positive changes in newer models like Pulsar 200 NS which were appreciated.
Credits: Jeet Vyas