Bajaj flagship product the Pulsar has been winning Indian hearts since 2001. This motorcycle became so popular that Bajaj has launched different bikes with various displacements under the same brand name ’Pulsar’ in the Country and each and everyone became an instant hit. Today we will be talking about the Bajaj Pulsar 180 which received its 4th upgrade in the year 2009, it came loaded with lots of goodies and some of them were totally new for this segment. We will be talking about all of them in our review of the Pulsar 180.

Though there was one thing which many people were disappointed with and that was the appearance, the Pulsar 180 looked almost identical to the Pulsar 150 and those people who were buying the Pulsar 180 while paying more money than the Pulsar 150 were obviously getting more power on tap than the smaller Pulsar but were disappointed with its styling.

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is powered by a 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder engine which has a displacement of 178.6 cc it obviously generates more power than the 150 cc Pulsar we will talk about the facts and figures later in this review but if you are a Pulsar fan then you must definitely go through this review and find out all the details that you wanted to known about the motorcycle

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2009 Bajaj Pulsar 180
  • Year: 2009
  • Make: Bajaj
  • Model: Pulsar
  • Transmission: 5 speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 17 @ 8500
  • Torque @ RPM: 14 @ 6500
  • Displacement: 178 cc
  • Top Speed: 81 mph (Est.)
  • Price: INR 71908

STYLING

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This is really going to be easy because there is not much to describe about the styling of Pulsar 180 it has almost the same looks and features like any other Pulsar but there are few minor difference.

Starting with the front, the Pulsar looks have been inspired from the wild beast it has a stylish and powerful wolf eyed headlamps and twin pilot lamps at its front which adds an unique appeal to the Pulsar. Further the headlamp cluster also has a digital ignition which displays important information like speedometer, fuel gauge and trip meter it also has an analogue RPM indicator which completes the instrument cluster of the Pulsar. Beside all these there are also the regular warning lamps and even a side stand warning light, duel digital trip meter and a low fuel warning light which also flashes when the engine is revved too hard, lastly there is even a low battery warning indicator.

The 15 liter fuel tank with the 3D pulsar logo adds to the overall styling of the motorcycle; a new sleek aerodynamic fairing has also been added to the fuel tank which adds a more aerodynamic appeal to the overall looks of the motorcycle. The fuel tank is further followed by a split seat which is used by many 2 wheeler manufacturers nowadays to enhance the sporty quotient of their motorcycle.

Coming to the rear end one will notice the split end grab handlebars which differentiate the Pulsar 180 from the smaller Pulsar and lastly the trademark typical Pulsar tail lamps. There is also some racy graphics and features which are added to the motorcycle. The Pulsar 180 also has many upgraded features like the wider tyres, clip-on handlebars, full DC electrical system, swing arm suspension borrowed from the Pulsar 200 and thicker forks at the front of the motorcycle.

Overall the pulsar 180 with its naked street fighter looks is quite popular amongst the people and it also provides lots of feature which are hardly available in other motorcycles of its class.

ENGINE DETAILS

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The Pulsar 180 is powered by a bigger 4 stroke, 180 cc, Digital Twin Spark ignition (DTS-i) engine which generates 17.02 ps of maximum power at 8500 RPM and 14.22 Nm of torque at 6500 RPM. The engine has been mated to a 5 speed gearbox.

The digital twin spark ignition which is also known as DTS-I uses two spark plugs instead of one which helps in better combustion of the compressed fuel. This technology is hardly used in any smaller displacement motorcycles but Bajaj pushed the limit by introducing this technology in their motorcycles. Beside the DTS-I technology it also uses some other technologies such as TRICS III and intelligent CDI which ensures improved ignition timing thus resulting in smoother power delivery and better throttle response.

The Pulsar 180 was always known for its quick acceleration and impressive power delivery. It can be used for daily commuting within the city limit and also has enough power for long rides.

RIDE AND HANDLING

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The Pulsar 180 with its clip on handlebars, cushioned seats and the well placed foot pegs makes it a better handling machine than most of the sporty motorcycles available in the Indian market today. The comfortable seats helps the rider to ride their motorcycle even for longer distance without causing any sort of trouble to the back.

It even has a wider rear tyres which adds more grip to the ride. The large, ventilated 240 mm front disc brake and 130 mm Drum brakes at the rear of the motorcycle adds more stopping power to the motorcycle though a rear disc brake is sometimes sorely missed. It even uses Telescopic, with anti-friction bush suspension setup at its front and a 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber at its rear. The Nitrox shock absorbers are an interesting addition to the Pulsar motorcycles because it soaks bumps and pot holes much better than the conventional suspension system.

The Pulsar 180 with all these modification and equipment has become a much improved performer on road. Although the one and only problem with this motorcycle is that it has a bigger turning radius which could create some sort of trouble for the rider especially in jam packed city traffic.

PRICING

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is priced at Rs. 71,908 (Ex showroom Delhi).

It is available in 3 colors

  • Midnight Black
  • Plasma Blue
  • Cocktail wine red

COMPETITION

The Bajaj Pulsar 180 definitely gets some tough competition from another renowned Indian 2 wheeler manufacturer TVS and their product Apache 180.

TVS Apache RTR 180

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Just like the Pulsar the Apache is also equally popular motorcycle from the TVS stable. This motorcycle is powered by a a single cylinder 177.4cc engine that generates maximum power of 17.3bhp at 8500 rpm and of maximum torque of 15.5 Nm at 6500 rpm which is at par with the Pulsar 180. It even has an option for ABS which is definitely new for any motorcycle in this segment. What is not preferred in this motorcycle is the riding position which many complained is not comfortable for long rides because of its oddly placed foot pegs and forward leaning seating position.

VERDICT

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The Pulsar 180 is definitely a good choice for those who wants a more powerful motorcycle than the Bajaj Pulsar 150 but don’t have the budget to buy the bigger Pulsar 220. This motorcycle with all the added features and impressive engine is obviously a value for money package.

SPECIFICATION TABLE

ENGINE

Type 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder
Displacement 178.6 cc
Max. Power 17.02 @ 8500 (Ps @ RPM)
Max. Torque 14.22 @ 6500 (Nm @ RPM)
Duel Tank 15L

SUSPENSION

Front Telescopic, with anti-friction bush
Rear 5 way adjustable, Nitrox shock absorber

BRAKES AND TYRES

Front 260 mm Disc
Rear 130 mm Drum
Front 90/90 - 17 - Tubeless
Rear 120/80 - 17 - Tubeless

ELECTRICALS

System 12 V Full DC
Headlamp (Low/High Beam- Watts) 35/35 W with 2 pilot lamps

DIMENSION

Length 2035 mm
Width 765 mm
Height 1115 mm
Ground clearance 165 mm
Wheelbase 1345 mm
Kerb Weight 145 Kg

QUOTES

“The perfect balance of power and practicality serving Indian bikers for a decade.”—Zigwheels.com

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  • * The bike is one the heavier side
  • * Rear braking could have been better

Source: Bajaj

Riju Ganguly
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