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Bajaj Pulsar 220F 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 15 2020 Share this blog

The “Fastest Indian” is reminiscent of the biking world and any 90s kid. The Pulsar line-up changed the Indian outlook of motorcycling and the most influential one of the lot was the Bajaj Pulsar 220F. 2020 Bajaj Pulsar 220F remains mostly unchanged with the addition of a new colour option to refresh in this ever-growing competitive market. It is priced at Rs. 1,08,326 and takes on the new lot which includes Hero Xtreme 200s and Suzuki Gixxer SF.

Pros

  • Flexible riding character

  • Still a looker

  • Comfortable split seat

Cons

  • Outdated design language

  • Vibrations are everywhere

What’s New

  • A new colour “Volcano Red” has been added

What is the power source of 2020 Bajaj Pulsar 220F?

How balanced is the performance and efficiency?

Bajaj shook the Indian motorcycling fraternity when they introduced Pulsar 220F back in the day. It was the first Indian offering to cross the 20 HP mark and it surely made a mark, a fast one! It still puts many of the other 200cc motorcycles to shame, even after a decade.

The twin-spark technology was its highlighted feature that utilised both the spark plugs to make the engine more responsive without any compromise in efficiency. The fuel injection system works in conjunction with the twin-spark engine to provide a meaty low and mid-range, which was a soothing experience on this one.

But this 10-year old technology has now started to show its age, as the competition has much better powerhouses which are much more efficient. It houses a larger fuel tank which gives a decent range of 600 km. The twin-spark setup plays a very important role in providing these efficiency figures.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,08,326

Rs.1,09,870

Rs.1,00,900

Engine 

220cc Oil-Cooled Twin-Spark Engine

155cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

199.6cc Air-cooled OHC Engine

Power 

20.64 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

13.90 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

18.14 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

Torque

18.55 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

14.0 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

17.1 Nm

@ 6500 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

Carburated

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

40.0

48.0

54.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

15

12

12.5

The competition has caught up with the ageing Pulsar as the 155cc counterparts also creep up behind it with ease. Hero with its carbureted Xtreme 200s also manages to extract greater mileage figures. Bajaj needs to up their game to not lose ground.

How quick is the "Fastest Indian"?

The 220cc engine has a lot of hidden potential which can be experienced with the twist of the throttle. The 5-Speed gearbox is outdated but still complements the engine to send power precisely to the rear wheel.

 60 kmph comes up pretty quick and it is very impressive from an engineering setup of such age. The top speed of 136 kmph comes up linearly and doesn’t scare you with its power delivery.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Transmission

5-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

0-60 kmph

3.90 s

5.21 s

4.60 s

Top Speed(kmph)

136

127

112

The gearbox is glitchy at times and tends to dull down the energetic nature of the engine. The gearing is tall which makes you shift like a granny. The competition has updated components which makes the ride involving and makes Pulsar 220F feel its age.

How has the addition of ABS changed braking?

Bybre brakes are solid and offer good bite and help tone down the motorcycle from triple-digit speeds without a sweat. The front end offers ample bite and is quick in acting but rear-end lacks conviction as it has a rather sluggish feel.

The single-channel ABS is a boon and comes into play when needed. It doesn’t break in awkwardly like many of the motorcycles of this segment. It stops in a short distance of under 40 meters and thus helps you have control even in quick manoeuvres.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

260

266

276

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

230

240

220

80-0 kmph(m)

38.03

34.82

42.65

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Competitors have an edge here with its lesser kerb weight and bigger disc rotors. Hero, however, takes the bottom end here as despite being a new product, it still doesn’t undercut the decade-old Pulsar 220F in braking performance.

How flexible is the 2020 Bajaj Pulsar 220F in handling and comfort?

“Looks can be deceiving”, we couldn’t find a more apt term for the 2020 Bajaj Pulsar 220F. This is because despite looking like a hardcore sport machine, it is a much diverse character. It has clip-on but doesn’t have an aggressive riding stance. It has a  longer wheelbase which makes it a stable highway companion. You will have to muscle it out in tight traffic and be careful of the length.

The seating is comfortable and has a wide base to it. You can easily sit for long journeys without breaking a sweat. You sit in a relaxed position and aggression is limited to aesthetics. Pillion will also be comfortable and have ample space to sit without any limitation. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Chassis 

Double-cradle down tube

Diamond

Diamond

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/90-17

100/80-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

120/80-17

140/60-17

130/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic forks with anti-friction bush

Telescopic oil damped coil spring forks

Telescopic forks with anti-friction bush

Rear Suspension

5-Way adjustable Nitrox shock absorber

Swingarm tyre mono suspension

7-Step adjustable mono-shock

Seat height(mm)

795

795

795

Ground Clearance (mm)

165

165

165

Kerb Weight(kg)

155

146

149

Starting System

Self

Self

Kick/Self

There is enough ground clearance to roll over our roads without the slightest worry. Kerb weight is on the heavier side but once you start riding it, you won’t feel a thing. Hero is the only competitor that offers a kicker for those extreme situations when the battery wants to die out on you.

Is the decade-old design starting to age?!

The Pulsar 220F looks impressive for a decade old design language. We believe that this is the only other motorcycle after Hero Honda Karizma R to flaunt the half-fairing so gracefully. The split round headlight setup is till date unique and makes its presence known on the road. The contrasting black treatment on the engine and alloys give it a contrasting look, thus highlighting the colours.

The latest generation can be differentiated from its older ones with the new volcano red paint job and the belly pan. The graphics are also different which is a nice touch for the timeless motorcycle.  But the “Fastest Indian” demands a worthy upgrade and is long overdue.

Aesthetic Features

  • Unique split round projector headlamp setup

  • Split-seat

  • Semi-fairing

  • Wind-shield

  • Tank pad

  • LED tail lamp

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Length (mm)

2035

2025

2062

Width (mm)

750

715

778

Height(mm)

1165

1035

1106

Wheelbase(mm)

1350

1340

1337

Pulsar 220F has been around for so long that it doesn’t intrigue us no-more. Yes, if Bajaj comes up with a completely revamped upgrade which makes us dumbstruck just as the 220F did back in 2007, then that would be worth the long wait.

What are the safety and class-leading features in the Pulsar 220F?

The sluggish nature of upgrades by Bajaj on the 220F makes us wonder if the motorcycle still means anything to them. But the automaker made sure to update their offering with all the latest safety offerings over time. A single-channel ABS was added to assist in braking which was much appreciated. Other than that, there weren't any major or noteworthy features in the safety department.

There are a lot of features which include projector headlamps and LCD instrument cluster which would have endorsed a “wow” moment, 10 years ago! It would have been wise for Bajaj to update its offering with the latest gizmos, but we guess that they are testing our patience.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,08,326

Rs.1,09,870

Rs.1,00,900

Features

High compression engine

LED headlamp

Full fairing


Split-seat

Full LCD instrument cluster

Twin LED headlamp


Unique round split headlamp

Clip-on handlebar

Full LCD instrument cluster


Front visor

Twin muffler

Smartphone connectivity

Bajaj Pulsar 220F is the only semi faired motorcycle in this segment and has a decent set of features to back up its uniqueness. But the competition is much ahead with its cheaper and more stacked up offerings that tend to steal the spotlight from Pulsar 220F.

How does the competition stack up against the Pulsar 220F?

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs Suzuki Gixxer SF

Suzuki has learnt from its earlier mistakes and has thus come up with a robust duo of commuter performance offerings which strike the perfect chord. It offers a newer and much more refined ride that can turn directions like breeze. The elephant in this duo has to be addressed and thus Bajaj needs to work on a replacement for its famed offering, soon. The Jap wins us over here.

Bajaj Pulsar 220F vs  Hero Xtreme 200s

Hero has finally given us the much-needed motorcycle after it left us craving for more since the Hero Honda Karizma left us. The Xtreme 200s fits that shoe but has a few loose ends which Hero might fix and surprise us in the next iteration. But it still doesn’t cut it for us as the old Pulsar 220F still gives it a very strong overall competition. The only talking feature would be its connected instrument cluster and better driving dynamics. But the margin is narrow for a fresh entry and the old Pulsar. We would go for the Pulsar for its price to performance ratio!

Is the Bajaj Pulsar 220F still relevant?

The “Fastest Indian” has stayed and stayed and never evolved. It might have created a commotion back then but it is dead now and Bajaj needs to address this matter soon. There is no doubt that it still gives a run for its age against the newcomers. But there are better and more modern machines which offer a much better proposition than the ageing Bajaj.

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