Youtubers in India have already begun riding the Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS, which has just been launched in India. The Pulsar 220F is among the more affordable ABS equipped motorcycles sold in India, with a price tag of Rs. 1.05 lakhs. The motorcycle is equipped with a single channel ABS with rear wheel lift off protection. The ABS equipped motorcycle is priced at about Rs. 7,500 more than the non-ABS model. Here’s the first ride review from DinosVault.
Apart from the addition of single channel ABS, which works on the front wheel, the motorcycle gets carbon fiber style decals on the instrument console and the side panel. There’s a plastic engine cowl added to the ABS equipped bike. An ABS light now gets incorporated into the instrument console. Everything else remains unchanged on the motorcycle, which features disc brakes on both wheels.
Suspension is handled by telescopic front forks and dual gas charged shock absorbers at the rear. There’s a half fairing up front that offers a modicum of wind protection at higher speeds, making the Bajaj Pulsar 220F a good tourer. Though there are clip on handlebars up front, they’re set high enough for a comfortable riding stance, which is the same case with the slightly rear-set footpegs as well.
The engine of the Bajaj Pulsar 220F is the tried and tested 220cc, air-oil cooled unit that produces 21 bhp of peak power and 19 Nm of peak torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard. Bookings for the ABS equipped Pulsar 220 is open at all Bajaj dealerships. Actual customer deliveries will begin soon. Bajaj has also equipped the Avenger 220 with single channel ABS.
Over the next few months, almost every two wheeler manufacturer in India will equip all 125cc+ motorcycles wit ABS. Governmental regulation states that every 125cc motorcycle in India needs to be equipped with single channel ABS as standard. Some two wheeler makers such as Royal Enfield and Yamaha have gone the whole hog, equipping their motorcycles with dual channel ABS, which is more safer than single channel ABS.
ABS, which expands to anti-lock braking system, involves wheel speed sensors, ABS rings and a micro controller. The micro-controller acts as the brain of the ABS, and whenever the system detects a wheel lock while braking, it automatically releases braking pressure in minute bursts to ensure that the wheel is rotating. This allows the rider to avoid skids during emergency braking, and also allows for steering the motorcycle during emergency braking. This allows the rider to avoid the obstacle.
The next step for motorcycle safety technology is electronic stability program (ESP). ESP works by limiting power to the wheel during a skid. European regulations now mandate ESP on all two wheelers sold in that part of the world. In a few years, expect similar legislation to arrive into India as well.