The renowned Pulsar 220F recieves some new notable updates

The brand Pulsar introduced by our own homemade two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj truly gave something to Indians to actually be proud of. The Pulsar brand was introduced in the Indian market in 2001 and since then this has been one of the popular choices for the people and especially youngsters. After launching the Pulsar brand Bajaj introduced the Pulsar 220 which was equipped with plenty of modern features and also was powered by their then most powerful engine. To begin with, the Pulsar 220 was equipped with projector headlamps which were very first in its segment; the motorcycle also featured rear disc brakes as well and monoshock absorbers. Apart from the rear disc brakes the Pulsar 220 also came with clip on handlebars which too were something new for this segment at that time.

Now as the time progressed there were plenty of new changes made to this particular motorcycle and if we are not too wrong this surely is still counted as one of the most popular Pulsars ever. The Pulsar 220 is popular amongst the crowd for its handling characteristics. The semi faired motorcycle is nimble in the city traffic and stable at high speeds.

Recently Bajaj started updating their existing range of motorcycles besides launching new products. Last year they gave some updates to the Pulsar range and introduced duel tone colour scheme. Now according to the latest report Bajaj will be introducing the updated 2017 Pulsar 220F in the Indian market and recently it was also caught at a dealership.

Update09.12.2016:- Bajaj today launched the updated Pulsar 220F in India. The motorcycle gets more than just cosmetic updates. WE have updated this review accordingly

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  • 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Displacement:
    220 cc
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph
  • Price:
    INR 91201

STYLING

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F Exterior
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The Pulsar 220 is the first semi faired motorcycle from the Pulsar brand this was launched in 2007 and although it was launched a long time ago but the overall styling of the motorcycle hasn’t changed much since its launch. However the motorcycle hasn’t launched its charm a bit it is still one of the popular motorcycles amongst the youngsters. The updated Pulsar 220F hasn’t received much of a change overall but what it has received its new graphics which helps it look different from the previous Pulsar.

Besides new graphics the motorcycle also gets a completely new exhausts system as well which now comes in carbon black colour and also gets chrome elements on it. The alloy wheels are also finished in Black as well. The other fitments are however carried over the older bike which includes clip on handlebars, projector headlamps and also part digital part analogue instrument cluster. The instrument cluster however now gets Blue backlit display while the old motorcycle used to have Orange Backlit display unit. This Blue backlit display unit is also seen in their current flagship offering the Pulsar RS200 as well.

POWERTRAIN

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F Exterior
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The biggest change that the motorcycle has received comes in the form of it getting the much needed BSIV upgrade. Previously the motorcycle was equipped with BSIII unit. What haven’t changed though is the engine displacement and the power output.

The updated 2017 Pulsar 220F is still powered by the same 220 cc, oil-cooled, single cylinder unit which is capable of producing about 21.05 PS of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 19.12 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine too is paired to the same 5 speed gearbox. This motorcycle not only is fast in straight line but also handles corners with ease.

RIDE AND HANDLING

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F Exterior
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Nothing has changed in the ride and handling section, the motorcycle still uses telescopic suspension setup towards the front and 5 way adjustable mono shock absorbers towards the rear. For stopping the motorcycle relies on 260 mm disc for its front wheels and 230 mm disc for its rear. Although we all expected Bajaj to add an optional ABS system to this motorcycle as its is becoming mandatory for all two wheelers above 150 cc to get ABS from 2017 onward but Bajaj has decided to to include it now.

PRICE

The updated 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F is priced at INR. 91,201 (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is about INR. 2, 275 more than the previous motorcycle.

COMPETITION

HERO KARIZMA R

2014 Hero Karizma R
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The Hero Karizma R is perhaps the biggest competitor of the Bajaj Pulsar 220F. The Karizma R is also a semi faired motorcycle which is powered by a 223 cc Air cooled, 4-Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine. This engine is capable of producing about 19.2 BHP of peak power at 7500 rpm and 19.35 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. This engine is also paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox as well.

TVS APACHE RTR 200 4V

2016 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
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The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V is available in two states of tune. One comes equipped with fuel injection while the other is the carburetted variant. This four stroke, single cylinder, liquid cooled, 197.75cc engine is capable of producing about 20.05 PS of power and 18.1 Nm of torque. While the fuel injected version of the same engine gushes out 21 PS of power and 18.1 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox.

CONCLUSION

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220F Exterior
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Bajaj has decided to give minimal changes to the updated Pulsar 220F perhaps to keep the overall pricing aggressive. However the changes seen on the motorcycle is enough to impress the Pulsar lovers of the Country. The duel tone colour scheme, matte black exhaust and perhaps an updated powertrain with additional power definitely will make this Pulsar even more attractive.

We will definitely update you with more details as soon as the motorcycle is finally launched in the Indian market in the month of December 2016.

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