Saturday, November 7, 2009

Why More Traffic To Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi

I have concluded some points on Bajaj Pulsar 22o DTSi. I think all you can get the answer of above questions.

Looks

The Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi now comes in an all black look in both the engine and transmission department. Even the clip-on handle bars come in Black.

The Ducati inspired headlights look awesome and the light is even better. It illuminates the roads like no other bike on the Indian roads. The widely spread 55W projector beam lights up the area like it’s daytime, nearly blinding those coming in front of it!

The letterings on the tank are raised and are now in metal, and you also get an 'F' on the front faring to distinguish it from the earlier Fuel Injected version. The rear mirror assembly that is housed on the faring and carried over from the earlier 220 though is rather puny and does not provide adequate rear view vision.

I took the 220 DTSi for a test-ride. Let’s see how it performed.

Performance

Release the clutch and crack open the throttle and the bike lurks forward with a fury. 0-60 comes up in less than 4 seconds and the three figure mark is reached in just about 11 seconds, beating even the Yamaha R15 by a long shot and also quicker than the fuel injected version.

The 220 DTSi’s top speed is over 135kmph (145kmph speedo read) which makes it the fastest production bike in India, apart from the recently launched Ninja 250.

The bike’s speed builds linearly and it achieves the 120kmph with relative ease and then to its top speed without much of a fuss. And yet with this kind of performance, lower speeds are also pretty comfortable with one not needing to shift too often in traffic, unless you wish to overtake the vehicle in front, for which all you need to do is shift down once and she'll blast forward. Engine Knocking is virtually non existent due to Bajaj's patented Exhaus-Tec technology.

The main reason for the bike’s outstanding performance, which beats even the earlier Fi version, is the Ucal UCD 32 venturi carburetor. This carb is the largest carburetor available on any bike in India.

Unlike the older Pulsars, the gearbox is extremely refined. The cogs shift precisely with the slightest of taps and there is no evidence of any false neutrals coming into play. Neutral is engaged quite easily from first or second gear with a slight dab at the gear lever.

Vibrations in the handlebars and footpegs are quite low even at top speed and the riding position is quite comfortable. The bike runs surprisingly smooth around the 4000 rpm but build up the revs and it growls and sounds quite neat.

The Pulsar 220 DTSi returns an overall average of over 40kmpl, which considering the performance it is capable of, is quite impressive.

Handling

Even with the ample amount of power at hand, the Pulsar 220 DTSi handles like a dream. Thanks to the latest soft compound tyre from MRF, the Pulsar feels glued to the road. Be it accelerating in a straight line or hard cornering, the bike never seems to veer offline. It gives you the confidence to push harder and harder.

On the Pune-Lavasa road I was doing over 70kmph on tight corners and not once did the bike feel like it was losing its footing. However, the rear stand does tend to get in the way.

Finally, there is the front and rear disc set-up which brings this beast to halt in no time. The retardation is quite amazing. You can brake late and hard and be sure that the bike will hold its line and slow down in time to make the corner easily. I tried quite hard but was still not able to lock the rear wheels.

Specifications

Engine
The new Pulsar 220 DTSi delivers 21 PS @ 8500 RPM with max torque at 19.1 NM @ 7000 RPM.

Brakes
Front: Disc 260mm
Rear : Disc 230mm

Tyres
Front: 90/90 - 17" (Tubeless)
Rear: 120/80 - 17" (Tubeless)

Suspension
Front: Telescopic, 130mm
Rear: Gas loaded, Spring

Tank Capacity
15 Litres (2.2 Litre usuable reserve)

Range
Around 600kms (range calculated taking approximate fuel efficiency multiplied by tank capacity)

Dimensions
Wheelbase: 1350mm
Kerb Weight: 150kg

Conclusion
The performance of the Pulsar 220 DTSi is exhilarating to say the least. Performance and handling-wise, it is a 'ride it to believe it' kind of bike. It’s loaded with features and with the expensive fuel injection having gone out of the window, it now comes with an ex-showroom price of just Rs.70,000/- which at nearly 20-25K lesser than its competition, is pretty tempting!

Still, I would have liked the fuel injection to be there. Considering that the Pulsar 220 DTSi is Bajaj's premier performance bike, the company should consider a mono-shock suspension in the rear - not that the current handling is anything to complain about nor that there has been much compromise on smoothness and refinement without the fuel injection.

There are those who feel that the Pulsars now look outdated, but Bajaj has done lot of work on them from the original Pulsars rather than just put on some extra stickers. The latest digital speedo-cluster, LED tail lights, indicators that turn off automatically once the turn is completed and LEDs in the handlebars are available across all models and add a classy touch.

Bajaj has asked all the right questions with their latest Pulsar and the other manufacturers will have to quickly come up with suitable competition if they want to beat Bajaj in this category.

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