Among all the homegrown cult motorcycles, the Bajaj Pulsar 220F deserves a special place. At the time it was first launched, it became the ‘World’s Fastest Indian’ and went on to become an absolute crown favourite. More modern and powerful motorcycles came but no other motorcycle could challenge the cult status Pulsar 220F garnered over the years. The recipe is so successful that Bajaj hasn’t introduced any major change in its design since its inception. Although the company has made sure that it rolls out timely updates to keep the Pulsar 220F relevant in modern times.
For MY2021, Bajaj has silently rolled out a couple of updates for the Pulsar 200F. The updates are minor, and we have mixed feelings about it.
Updated instrument cluster
The first change comes in the form of an updated instrument cluster. It is still a semi-digital unit but it now gets reshuffled graphics and informatics. The fuel indicator meter now sits at the bottom corner of the instrument console, while the trip, as well as odometer, has shifted away towards the right side. As a welcome change, it has also received a fuel economy readout and range-to-empty readout. However, it still remains devoid of a clock and gear position indicator. The dash also features a carbon fibre finishing which lends it a sporty appeal. The rest of the details remain unchanged.
Another change includes the repositioning of the speedometer wire. The speedometer wire is now connected to the rear wheel, whereas the previous model had it connected to the front wheel. The updated Pulsar 220F was caught at a dealership by MRD Vlogs and the vlogger also got a chance to ride the motorcycle. And according to the vlogger, the motorcycle now seems to be smoother than before while also being a little peppier.
We will have to ride the motorcycle to confirm whether Bajaj has deployed any changes in the engine department. The change wouldn’t be drastic as it could come courtesy of a slightly retuned engine.
The Pulsar 220F continues to draw power from a 220cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which can generate a peak power of 20.4 PS (at 8,500 rpm) and a maximum torque of 18.55 Nm (at 7,000 rpm). This motor comes paired to a 5-speed sequential gearbox. There are only two colour options available here – Black Red and Black Blue – and the bike is currently priced at Rs. 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
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