Updated versions of Bajaj’s range of 125 cc+ motorcycles have started reaching dealerships ahead of the new year. As per the new safety regulations by the Indian government, by April 1, 2019, two wheelers with engine displacement above 125 cc must be equipped with ABS while the smaller engined models must employ the cheaper Combi-Braking Systm (CBS).
Following the Bajaj Avenger 220 ABS, Pulsar 180 ABS, we now have spyshots of the Pulsar 220 ABS at a dealership yard. The Pune-based two wheeler giant appears to be planning for a soft launch of these updated model in a few weeks’ time.
The Pulsar 220F, like its stablemates, employs a single-channel ABS with standard rear lift-off protection. Save for the addition of wheel speed encoders, the front and rear discs have no other changes. The semi-faired motorcycle is retarded by a 260 mm front and 230 mm rear discs (same as Pulsar 180).
Aesthetically, there is absolutely nothing to differentiate the ABS equipped model from the existing one. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F continues to be available in four dual tone color themes – chrome black, laser black (red decals), dyno red (grey decals) and nuclear blue (grey decals).
The Pulsar 220F has gotten long in the tooth but an attractive price tag of INR 98,694 (ex-showroom, New Delhi) has kept it relevant. If the recent media reports are to be believed, Bajaj is working on a new 250 cc Pulsar (based on KTM Duke 250’s engine) which is slated for launch in 2020. We expect the upcoming product to eventually take the baton from the 220F, and probably also replace the NS 200.
The Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS continues to employ a single-cylinder oil-cooled DTS-i motor which delivers 20.93 PS and 18.55 Nm of torque. Gearbox is a 5-speed unit. Expect the updated Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS to get dearer by INR 2,000 – 3,000 compared to the existing version.