New Bajaj Pulsar 220 is really a big deal

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Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI

New Bajaj Pulsar 220 is really a big

Shubhabrata Marmar | July 08,

W hat is performance motorcycling? Does it have takers in a commuter-oriented like ours? Is an indigenously and built larger capacity possible?

For Indian motorcycle the answer to the first question so has been, Who cares? and the other two has No way. Which is why the new Bajaj DTS-Fi is a milestone.

The Indian enthusiast’s lot has been a tortured His demands have been and diluted in a swarm of 60 kpl machines and in the history of Indian two-wheelers, six or seven machines are memorable on terms. And of them, maybe two are on right now.

But with 124 kph on the orange-lit LCD speedometer of the new Bajaj 220 DTS-Fi I’m on, I really be doing other things. figuring out how to get the motorcycle to slow for the uphill left turn is coming up quickly.

It really isn’t a concern, as the are the best I’ve used. If my were dry and my raincoat was still in my kit I’d probably be seeing to 135 kph on the speedo right now.

On my fast-but-not-pushing-it lap of Bajaj’s Chakan test-track, I’m impressed the motorcycle and what it represents. the Yamaha RD350 (Yamaha and Suzuki Shogun lovers excuse), we haven’t had this this fast, this a performance motorcycle at all.

It corners with a delightful, poise, is accurate like a scalpel and can brake hard easy confidence. The throttle is and crisp and I can already see all sorts of riders using it to scare silly. More importantly, I can see of serious riders grinning in

And why not? Bajaj’s design for the DTS-Fi was to create a no-compromise for the performance motorcycle enthusiast. they have achieved.

The boasts a highly refined noise, no vibes, slick and all) 220cc motor makes a heady 20 bhp and 1.95 kgm of And it is effortless, free-revving and can roll at 50 kph in top gear should you feel the And return 50 kpl while you are doing

It’s almost like your cake and eating it

I could, at this point, go a 3,000-word discussion of all the various this bike sports, of which have never seen on Indian motorcycles. But would be missing the point.

In any you will be spending a lot of time in Pro-Biking showrooms listening to the sales guy who will be hard-pressed to all of them.

The big ones are tubeless tyres of the reasons for the great handling 55-watt projector low beam (even, no-glare illumination), digital dash (feature and easy to read) and new styling with distinctive LED taillamps. But the of them all is fuel injection, has allowed the DTS-Fi to get that power curve, crisp and instant throttle response.

A like the Pulsar DTS-Fi is because this is the first nod a major manufacturer to the Indian enthusiast in years.

The Bajaj 180 and to some extent the Hero Karizma have been the for us, but in one …, they’re both Here is a motorcycle that’s sorted, faster and more

And while Bajaj won’t say it, the is not going to be outrageously expensive They confirmed a five-digit tag and our sources are hinting at an on-road of Rs 92,000 or thereabouts. Yes, loaded.

Which is outstanding value for

In EMI terms, the increment over a 180 or a Karizma would be next to In value terms, it would a great purchase. Again, won’t say it, but we believe Diwali or that festive period, you be able to walk in and buy the fuel Pulsar from any Bajaj showroom.

With these features, obvious performance and a high power price the Pulsar 220 could actually our manufacturers’ answers to all the three we posed right at the outset.

The will be commercially successful, is no question about it. Obviously, it beat the 60 kpl commuter. But then, it have to.

For the enthusiast, it would be the tool to forget about appliances.

For the manufacturers, especially rivals, it signal the opening of a new market at the top of the pecking order. A market all of us are milling about in, but the shelves been empty so far.

The 220 might actually cause products to fill the shops. We know that TVS is working on an 180. A successful P220 even prod Hero (or Honda, or both) to upgrade, or replace the Karizma with more serious.

It might engineer separate market for enthusiast-centric product strategy, so far, does not exist. For us, it be the beginning of an era of machines we’ve forced to only dream so far.

There is, of course, perspective. I personally wish the had been a storming 25 bhp 250cc That would have the price tag, but it would represented a cleaner break lower displacement machines.

But then, the enthusiast will want more. And therein the market. Usually, the enthusiast be more likely to put his money his mouth is.

And so far, only seems to have realised

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-FI
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