Bajaj Auto has just been spotted testing the Pulsar 220 with ABS. The motorcycle will be launched in the coming weeks, right in the middle of the festive season. However, it remains to be seen if the Pulsar 220 will get a single or dual-channel ABS. The spyshot shows only the front wheel that has a disc brake with the ABS ring on it.
There are no spyshots showing the rear wheel/disc brake. So, there’s no way to tell if the Pulsar 220 has a dual-channel ABS unit on it. Considering the fact that the Pulsar 220 is priced well below Rs. 1 lakh, it’s likely that Bajaj would equip this motorcycle with a single-channel ABS (that works only on the front wheel) in order to keep costs low.
The addition of a single-channel ABS to the Bajaj Pulsar 220 is expected to increase prices by about Rs. 7,000. The motorcycle is expected to retain its mechanicals as is, and this includes the 220-cc, four-stroke single-cylinder engine with 21 PS-18.5 Nm, a five-speed manual gearbox and carburation.
Currently, the Bajaj Pulsar 220F without ABS retails for Rs. 95,000. The addition of ABS is expected to push the price to about Rs. 1.02 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. This will still ensure that the Pulsar 220 has a very strong value-for-money quotient.
Apart from the Pulsar 220, even the 150-cc variant of the motorcycle is expected to feature ABS. All motorcycles that Bajaj Auto sells with engines displacing 125 cc or more will get ABS as standard in the next few months. This is to comply with government regulation that mandates ABS on two-wheelers.
ABS which stands for Anti-lock Braking System, is a life-saving safety technology. ABS ensures that the wheels of a motorcycle don’t lock in the hardest of emergency braking situations. This prevents skidding and allows riders to steer motorcycles away from obstacles even during heavy braking. ABS also reduces stopping distances in the wet.