Bajaj Pulsar brings smile on many faces especially on those who are always in need for speed. Bajaj commercializes the bike as the fastest Indian on road and surly is. Pulsar is the only bike present on the Indian road to catch the tail of the faster Kawasaki Ninja 250R. If you like lots of weekend ride than there can be nothing as adventures as the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi. Let’s have a look on to what makes the package so special.
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- Rear Disc Brakes
Bajaj has updated the Pulsar 220 to form a better looking machine. Earlier the Pulsar 220 was offered in with huge bulky fairing resting in the front and the over sized body assembly, the model was known as the Pulsar 220F DTSi. The slimmer and the slicker version of the 220 get its body parts from the Pulsar 200. The new ride feels quick, looks quick and is quick; it’s the new Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi.
Engine and Performance
Most of the time Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi in India is chosen for its engine acceleration. On a stretch no other bike can reach near to the 220. Engine is carried over from the old 220 but the overall bike weight is 3 kg lighter than the predecessor, making the bike brisk runner. Bajaj took the previous 220 to a serious diet and a little bit of gyming and the result is the new 2010 Pulsar 220 DTSi, which has shed weight from every where which made the bike lighter and hence faster. Bajaj’s another on diet model is the smallest Pulsar of all the Pulsar 135 LS. The 135cc motorcycles does 0-60 km/hr keeping within 5 seconds.
What was a heavy weight earlier now is a lean mean machine that weighs only 148kg. The naked street fighter with a powerful engine takes advantage over other motorcycles with perfect combination of body and engine. With 220 cc on the displacement the 2010 Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi does 0-60 in just 3.6 seconds and reaches 0-100km/hr in 10.5 seconds. Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi feels a little behind to the new sports bike the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Ninja takes 3.4 seconds to reach 60km/hr from a stop and only 8.1 seconds to reach the triple digit figure. Bajaj tuned the gear ratio well as in fourth gear the Bajaj Pulsar 220 took only 6 seconds doing 30-70km/hr. rider doesn’t has to try too hard, rider can experience power even when keeping the needle away from the red line.
If you have ridden the old Pulsar you will feel the power band difference in the new Pulsar 220 DTSi. On the 2010 new Pulsar 220 DTSi the rider feels the rush of torque no matter in what conditions you ride in. The saddle of the ride gives enough room to settle while cornering. The gear shifting is smooth enough even when rider has ridden more than 4 hours on a stretch. On my ride I felt the gear box was like a pbajunch bag which never back punched. The Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi in India is the only ride available to do a top of 144 km/hr.
Bajaj also brought the sticker price down for the 220 DTSi. Pulsar stoped the production of the Pulsar 200 DTSi and the Pulsar 220 is the answer why the production of the Pulsar 200 was stopped. Bajaj takes chassis and mechanical design from the old 220 but is wearing shirt of the Pulsar 200. Bajaj wanted to cover the damage done by the 200 in a profitable manner and the result is the Bajaj Pulsar 220.
The styling on the new Pulsar 220 DTSi is being clued from the Pulsar 200. The motorcycle is designed to appeal lots of young heats who can now expect more power for a bike which looks like a two 200 but functions like a 220. the fuel tank is smililar to other Pulsar models with a tank shoulder sloping from the front is similar to that on the Pulsar 200.
There is no word like ergonomics for the Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi in India. The design lacks long term comfortability as it’s a carried over design which means the disease of 200 is passed on to this 220. The front seats have limited stuffing and also the fuel tank is a problem for human critical part. On longer distance the Bajaj Pulsar 220 needs to be taken frequent pit stops to give little rest for the bum. If you are a daily commuter and often travel with rear passenger no matter male or female, then you should be looking somewhere else. Your partner will also be in problem with you on longer rides.
Pulsar 220 is a power packed machine that comes equipped with two piece handle bars, fatter front forks, rear disc brakes, every things plays its role to support the 220 engine which is seen to be in more respectful manner than its predecessor. With the most powerful engine in the Pulsar series the bike is the most powerful street bike available in India to date. On our test ride traveling through mountains of Raigad Maharashtra, the ride undoubtedly held the road like a gecko and flew over bumindps and uneven road surface as our test ride had MRF Zapper. It’s a bike that gives its introduction to the rider. Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi comes with sorted suspension package and a pair of rubber tires which keeps the ride anchored on the corner.
As standard the Bajaj offers Pulsar 220 DTSi with Eurogrips. The Eurogrip tiris are not tires in deed. They are made out of hard material which has nothing that can grip the road; the only thing that rubber can be used for is recycling.
If you are looking for a Bajaj Pulsar 220 in used two wheeler segment, than make sure on what tires the bike run. As during production Bajaj faced shortage for MRF Nylogrips tyres. Bajaj has done a good job by providing rear 220mm disc plates and front receives 260mm discs. With changed rubber bike handles well and stops well within the time line.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking to stop on a bike which knows only performance and you weigh speed over every other feature than the 2010 Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi is the only place where you should be. The pricing for the fastest India bike is very competitive at only near to 80k on road in Mumbai the 220 is a take away deal.
Value: 3 out of 5
Reliability: 4 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Styling: 4 out of 5
Comfort: 3 out of 5
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi Specifications
Engine: Single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore x Stroke: 67 x 62.4
Engine Displacement: 220 cc
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Ignition System: Digital CDI
Spark Plug: 2 Nos. Champion
Lubrication: Wet sump Forced
Transmission: 5 speed constant Mesh
Brakes Hydraulic: 260mm disc front 220mm disc rear
Fuel capacity: 15.0 liters
Gross Vehicle Weight: 282 kg
Vehicle Kerb Weight: 152 kg