R15 beware: Enter India’s fastest bike – new Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi

Posted on: Jun 23, 2009 - 10:10pm IST

In the latest of a series of upgrades, Bajaj has launched India’s fastest bike the new Pulsar 220 DTSFi. Capable of reaching a top speed of 144kmph, this mean machine would dethrone the current speed kings, the HH Karizma/Yamaha YZF-R15.

Now the interesting bit; the new model comes at a discounted price of Rs. 70,000/- (ex-showroom, Delhi), Rs 15,000 less than the outgoing one. Isn’t it icing on the cake!

Bajaj is targeting two birds with one stone – setting the performance benchmark and by reducing the cost/exporting this bike, make it available to a wider range of customers.

The new Bajaj Pulsar uses a carburetor instead of fuel injection, and that is how they are able to shave cost.

The new Bajaj Pulsar 220 churns out 21.04 ps@8500rpm (up 1.04 ps) and while maximum torque remains same at 19.12 Nm@7500 rpm. However the peak torque has shifted to the right on the torque curve by 1000 rpm implying a rev happy motor.

On the cosmetic front, it’s just the all black theme that’s carried on to the 220. We would have appreciated a redesigned front fairing, but may be Bajaj has kept it aside for the pulsar 250 or 300 may be. Let’s wait and watch.

Press Release

Bajaj Auto unveils the Fastest Indian Bike

Delhi: 23rd June, 2009: Bajaj Auto Ltd., today announced the launch of the 2009 Pulsar 220 edition. With it’s launch, Bajaj Auto has raised the bar in performance biking segment quite a few notches higher – the Pulsar 220 has now evolved to become the fastest Indian with an amazing top speed of 144km/hr.

The new 220 gets the performance boost with 32 venturi carburettor, the bigest ever used in India. In addition, the intake port in the cylinder head has been modified, along with higher lift and duration cam. A larger resonator and catalytic convertor is also used to increase performance. The higher engine performance acheived has been matched to a modified 5th gear ratio, to make the new Pulsar 220, ‘The Fastest Indian’.

Aimed at the performance bikers who are looking for a thrilling ride experience, this bike comes with many power packed features – auto choke, clip-on handle bar, split seats, engine oil cooler, fuel and battery charge indicators, etc. It also uses temperature based ignition mapping system through which the ignition timing is optimized to acheive good startability, quick warm up and outstanding torque.

Speaking on the launch, Mr. S.Sridhar, CEO – 2-wheelers, Bajaj Auto Ltd. said – “We have been continously evolving our Pulsar range to provide our customers state of the art products with unmatched performance and technology. The new 2009 Pulsar 220 has further raised the bar in the performance sengment by becoming the ‘India’s fastest production motorcycle’.”

He further added, “We have been the market leaders by far in the premium segment of the motorcycle market, and now with the launch of the 09’220 seres, we will further strengthen our foothold.”

With 21.04PS of power, sporty styling, long feature-list and a price of Rs.70,000/- ex-showroom, it is a very compelling package for the performance bikers, who will find it hard to resist this fastest Pulsar ever produced.

The Bajaj Pulsar 220, 2009 edition will be manufactured at the Chakan plant and it will be available with 4 color opions to choose from.

Type: Single Cylinder, 4 stroke-air cooled.
Bore(mm)xStroke(mm): 67×62.4
Displacement: 220cc
Valve per cylinder: 2
Fueling: Carburetor – UCAL UCD 32
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Max. Power (Ps@RPM): 21.04@8500
Max. Torque(NM@RPM): 19.12@7000
Starting: Electric

Clutch: Wet multiplate
No.of gears: 5
Gear Shift Pattern: 1-down, 4-up
Primary Reduction: 3.47 (66/19)
Final Reduction: 2.571 (36/14)

Type: Double cradle down tube

Suspension (front): Telescopic, 130mm
Suspension (rear): Nitrox, with 90mm travel
Front Brakes: Disc, 260mm
Rear Brakes: Disc, 230mm
Tyre (Front): 90/90X17″ (Soft Compound, tubeless)
Tyre (Rear): 120/80X17″ (Soft Compound, tubeless)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 litres, with 3.2 litres reserve (2.2 litres usable reserve)

Overall Length (mm): 2035
Overall Width(mm): 750
Overall Height(mm): 1165
Wheelbase(mm): 1350
Ground Clearance(mm): 165
Saddle Height(mm): 795
Kerb Weight(KG): 150

Battery: 12V, 9Ah, Full DC
Head Lamp: Low – Projector Lamp, 55W
High – Ellipsoidal Lamp, 55W
Tail/ Stop Lamp: LED Type
Horn: DC, 2

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29 thoughts on “R15 beware: Enter India’s fastest bike – new Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi

  1. karthik tiwari says:

    well don’t compare pulsar with r15 its a technology that 150cc engine of Yamaha can beat 220cc.. if Yamaha will launch 220cc engine like r1 technology then pulsar 500cc is required to beat Yamaha 220cc engine..well you cannot see pulsar in SBK motor sports..if its fast but you can see Yamaha change the Rules…its a shame that 150cc Yamaha technology can beat 220cc engine of other brands..

  2. RXian.. says:

    well guys both the two bikes are good and thats the truth.In some aspects the r15 exceeds the pulsar220 in terms of top speed stability and engine performance+engineering.but we cant deny that pulsar has the best acceleration(0-60kph in 4.5secs r15 takes 5secs) and it is a great bike for short races but not in constant long races.R15 really rocks there……..hey isnt the rx100 the best bike produced by yamaha????vroooooooomm…

  3. Yamaha guy says:

    Well i don’t know may the 220 beat r15 but bajaj cant beat the technology of yamaha

  4. Titus says:

    yes buddy, i have a pular 180 digital, which claims a top speed of 114, but have done 126 in the red zone, so can just wonder what this bike is capable of, may be 160 on trying hard will be possible

  5. sunny says:

    well 1 hv got a pulsar 220 fi and i made it go 152 when the bike india said 127 as the top speed
    and bike india is saying top speed of 130 for yamaha r 15
    and u made it to 148

    so dear can u imagine how fast this bike is gonna be

  6. shameer says:

    I am not sure whether the new p220 would be able to race the r15 though both might be close competitors as r15 can reach a top speed of 148(real and tested;you can check out the youtube videos if interested).Moreover r15 has full body fairing which the p220 lacks and their is every possibility for instability while driving at those speeds.


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