The Pulsar, as we all know, has been an important chapter in India – one that’s being rewritten by the new age models and now popular custom made not just in India but in other countries as well. And what could be a bigger testament to that than the fact that four out of five bikes featured here aren’t made in India.
Pulsar 220 Bobber
Made by Pune-based Gabriel Motorcycles, the Pulsar 220 Bobber is one the unexpected sort of mods. First, you don’t expect a Pulsar to be turned into a bobber, and second, you don’t expect it to look as full as this one.
The single seater bike is full of bespoke parts, uses the P220’s engine, and has a custom made swingarm as well.
(Photo courtesy: BikeAdvice)
No, it would be disservice to the Ducati Monster if this example is considered similar to the Monster. But underneath the ‘400 DTS-I’ and ‘Super DUKE’ branding is a humble Pulsar. On the mechanical side of things the bike gets custom swingarm, brakes, USD forks, engine rebored to 225cc, a 22-litre fuel tank, etc. It sits on 17-inch Bridgestone tyres, with a 140-section one at the rear. There’s also a monoshock that should aid the bike’s handling.
(Photo courtesy: Modifikasi)
Pulsar 220 ‘Gixxer’
Before Bajaj entered the fully faired segment with the Pulsar RS200, the P220 was the only bike from the range which offered a fairing, albeit a small one. However, that doesn’t stop Indonesia-based from creating their own version of a fully faired bike based on the P220. While the bike still proudly bears the Pulsar brand name it uses parts from Aprilia (the frame), panels from the Gixxer, upside down forks from the Yamaha R6, and uses a 180-section rear tyre and a 120mm wide one at the front (both 17 inchers).
(Photo courtesy: Stephen Langitan)
Fully faired Pulsar 220
Another example of a fully faired version based on the Pulsar 220, but this one does a better job at keeping the identity of the P220 intact. The fairing has been extended, while it sports a fatter rear tyre, and the tail section is totally different from the P220, which shows that considerable effort has been put into making this custom.
Unlike the Bajaj motorcycles that came before it, the Pulsar wasn’t based on a Kawasaki. But that doesn’t mean a Kawasaki fairing won’t look good on the P220. The bike that you see in the pictures here is P220 but with the erstwhile Ninja 250R’s front end.
Bajaj Pulsar 220F Retro Classic
Not so long ago, the half faired Bajaj Pulsar 220 F was one of the fastest bikes in India. Bajaj also sells this bike in Indonesia, where custom bike builder Rudy Gunawan got a brainwave to go retro with it. That’s how this Pulsar 220 ended up looking like a Triumph Bonneville. Apart from the engine and rolling chassis, almost everything else about this custom bike has either been fabricated, or sourced from other motorcycles. The end result is a very impressive retro-modern motorcycle.
Pulsar 150 based O-Four cafe racer
Closer home, here in India, Bombay Custom Works has built the O-Fur cafe racer around the Pulsar 150. The motorcycle sits lower, features lowered handlebars, a single seat and a sculpted tank. Bits of leather adorn the tank and exhaust muffler to achieve retro looks. The bike’s pista green and brown paint job do the rest. The O-Four is a beautifully crafted custom machine that’s elevated a humble commuter bike into a piece of rolling art.
BoneBreaker Cafe Racer
Here’s another cafe racer, but all the way from Colombia. The Pulsar is quite a popular motorcycle in Colombia, so much so that modified examples are now seen on streets. The BoneBreaker is a relatively simple mod job but one that looks substantial due to the paint job and the overall design. Many items of the Pulsar 180 DTSi, such as the tank, chassis, engine and exhaust have been retained. The front half fairing is new, and retro looking while the handlebars make way for lowered clip-ons. Replace the tail section of the original bike with a hump of a cafe racer, and you have a sweet looking custom ride.
Gear-Gear Motorcycles’ Cafe Racer
Here’s yet another cafe racer, but one that’s very basic. Much of the unimportant bits have been fleshed out, to make for a more minimal-looking motorcycle. The fuel tank, with a million stickers on it, pulls the bike back out of minimalism and keeps the design looking quite busy. It sort of adds character to the bike. The rest of the bits are regulation cafe racer items, from a flat tank, clip-on handlebars and a flat seat. Monoshock suspension and custom lighting add new life to what’s essentially a 15 year old bike. Yes, this Pulsar was first built in 2001.
Bajaj Pulsar 200 NS Scrambler
The 200 NS is one of the latest bikes in the Pulsar range, and it has already hit the custom circuit. Here’s a Scramblerized version of the 200 NS. Built in Indonesia, this custom bike retains the engine and frame of the 200 NS, and replaces the body work with modified bits. From a smaller tank to the new seat and free flow exhaust, the modifications are extensive but tastefully done. The focus is on comfort, and that explains the higher set handlebar and the more generous seat. The rear is finished in retro-style, with stuff that wouldn’t look out of place on a Bonneville.