With the stringent safety rules set to be enforced from 1st April 2020, manufacturers have been working on the new products that will be launched before the deadline. According to the new rules, every two-wheeler that has an engine displacement of 125cc and above will have to offer ABS as a standard feature. The ruling does not differ between motorcycles and scooters and only classification set is by engine displacement.
To comply with the new rule, manufacturers have been launching their new products in the market. Bajaj Pulsar 220F, one of the cult bikes in the market was also caught in the showroom a few weeks back with updated brakes, which now feature ABS. It only gets a single-channel ABS in the front brake of the bike. It should be noted that the Bajaj Pulsar 220F gets disc brakes on both the wheels. The addition of the mandatory ABS will increase the price of the bike by Rs. 7,600 over the regular version of the bike. Currently, the bike is priced at Rs. 97,670, ex-showroom, Pune. The new model equipped with ABS will be priced at Rs. 1,05,254, ex-showroom, Pune.
The single-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) of the Pulsar 220F would be similar to the Pulsar RS 200 and the NS 200. This would be the first time that the Pulsar 220F would be offered with the ABS in India. Apart from the additional ABS feature, everything else would remain identical to the current non-ABS version of the Pulsar 220F.
The Pulsar 220F has been around for a long time in the market now. It gets a semi-fairing and the design has remained the same since its launch in 2007. The Pulsar 220 was first launched with a fuel-injected engine but after malfunctions with the injection system, Bajaj started offered the carburetted engine with the Pulsar 220 and renamed it to Pulsar 220F.
The bike will remain powered by a single-cylinder 220cc engine that gets an oil cooler. It develops a maximum power of 20.9 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 18.6 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F has carried forward the same design for a long time in the Indian market now and it still looks like a fresh product in the market. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F is a semi-faired bike. Bajaj also launched a naked version of the Pulsar 220 but it was not very popular in the market.
The bikes are yet to reach dealerships but are expected to be available across the country soon. Bajaj is also working on the next generation Pulsar bikes and they are expected to be launched in the market in 2020. The next major launch from Bajaj will be the 2019 Dominar – a much improved version of the sports tourer. The 2019 Bajaj Dominar will get a slew of changes including upside down front suspension for better ride quality across all roads. Prices are likely to go up as well, and the non-ABS version of the bike will be discontinued.