Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi (2009) owners review

Unlike most other reviews based on few kms of Test ride, my review is based on what I have experienced with my new Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi. I purchased the bike last week for an on road price of Rs 80,200.00 (Chennai , Nov 14 2009). Luckily the showroom had stock of Black Pulsars, but none of the other colors were available. The Manager was not even ready to take order for anything else. But considering that my original choice was black, I decided to go for the All black Pulsar 220 DTSi.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi 2009 Fastest indian
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi 2009 Fastest indian

Before going to the Bajaj showroom, I went to the Hero Honda showroom to check the availability of Karizma, as I was considering either Pulsar/Karizma. They had two colors of Hero Honda Karizma (not the ZMR) on display , a yellow one and a fiery red. To my disappointment both looked extremely plasticky (including the hood) and I felt if I remove the half fairing the bike would look exactly like Hero Honda Super Splendor. And the Karizma ZMR orders not even accepted till December, So I had to go to Bajaj showroom to get Pulsar 220.

First impression – the bike is definitely bigger than most other bikes (including my old pulsar) and much heavier. And most places I got lots of stares, and enquiries. And the hood made it look like a totally different bike and not the usual pulsar (see the picture below)

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS Front Hood
Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS Front Hood

The following are the major things I noticed with the bike on the first few days :

1. Extremely powerful headlight, it felt like Im driving a car due to the wide coverage and power of the headlights.
2. Headlight and hood is fixed to tank, so when turning you will feel odd as the hood/headlamp assembly is not turning.
(but since the coverage of headlight is wide, it doesn’t affect in terms of illumination).
3. Mileage seems to be surprisingly good compared with my earlier 150 cc pulsar, I got 45-50 km/liter in the first 250 km.
4. The fuel indicator is precise unlike previous models.
5. Bajaj recommends not exceeding 65 km/h for the first 1000 km and 75 km/h for 1000-2000km, which is extremely disappointing.
6. Reaching neutral from 2nd/3rd gear always lands me into first gear, Im not sure whether the problem is with me or the design. (we need to push down from neutral for first and push up for all other gears. Neutral is between 1st and 2nd gear)
7. Front and Rear disc brakes are excellent.

Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS 2009

One good thing is that, almost all of my friends were impressed with the looks, inspite of the fact many hated the Pulsar as it had become a very common sight. This is definitely a style statement.
Will update more details very soon, overall this is a definitely a good choice over Pulsar 180 cc considering that Pulsar 180cc costs around Rs 73,000 on road and 150cc costs Rs 68,000.

Difference between Pulsar 220 DTS Fi vs Pulsar 220 DTSi (2009)

Bajaj introduced its newer and technologically inferior Pulsar 220 DTSi recently. And many would be wondering what are the differences between its previous model Pulsar 220 DTSFi and 2009 model. Here they are

1. Pulsar loses ‘F’ – fuel injection this was touted to be an advanced ignition system, but its actual benefits in Pulsar was limited but it increased the price of the older DTSFi Model. So this is a welcome step as it cotributes to a huge reduction in price.

2. The new pulsar loses the Oil Cooled Engine and gets a Air cooled Engine, if you are travelling long distances oil cooled engines definitely help as they coolant takes care of heat thus avoiding engine damage, but with air cooled models and at high speeds you will need to chill for some time between long drives. So this is not a great move.

3. Engine has been tweaked a little for high speed ie More Raw Horse Power.

3. But the best part is the price of the Bajaj flagship model has been reduced to Rs 74,000 in the same range as Hero Hond Karizma, a whopping 15,000 Rs reduction in price ie 16% reduction in cost.

On the other hand the new pulsar still keeps the Front and Rear Disc Brakes, Tubeless tyres for safe driving which keeps the Pulsar 220 way ahead of the competition at current price. Lets wait and see if Hero Honda does something special to counter the new “Fastest indian”