Battle of Pulsars, who wins? Bajaj Pulsar RS200 vs Pulsar 220

Bajaj launched the Pulsar series back in 2001 with only one motive; attract more and more youth towards the brand and build an image that speaks for itself. The Pulsar marque has succeeded in doing so and it still is among of the top-selling bikes despite the market offering cutting edge competition in the form of KTM, Yamaha among others. Many Pulsar fans argue that the Pulsar 220 was the best bike ever in the series and that the company should seriously reconsider giving it an upgrade, which actually is happening.

But that’s not for what we are here. Featured below is a video by Ayush Verma which pits the old school Pulsar 220F with the new age Pulsar RS200 in a bid to find out who is the winner. Let’s check out the video now to know the same.

The RS200 clearly has a power advantage here and uses more modern technology than the other bike here. However, the Pulsar 220 fanatics are not wrong in claiming it to be one of the best bikes ever made by Bajaj. In the video above we see that the RS200 defeats the 220F in both the drag races. However, the 220F does not make things easy for the other bike and in both the rounds, zooms forward in the initially.

This can be attributed to two facts. Firstly, the rider has a huge role in such drag races as a perfect launch is critical to get the best result. In the video we see that the riders exchange the bikes after the first round but the 220F gets a better start in both the rounds to make things even. Secondly, the Pulsar 220F weighs much less than the RS200, a difference of 15 kgs to be exact. This means a lot in drag races and hence the 220F gets a better start.

Pulsar Drag

However, the Pulsar 220 loses out on top end due to less power and older engine technology. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F uses a 220 cc, air cooled motor with a 2 valve-SOHC head that churns out 21 Bhp of power along with 19 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 5 speed gearbox, which again hampers its top end performance.

The Bajaj Pulsar RS200, on the other hand, is powered by a four stroke, liquid cooled engine with a four valve-SOHC head, fuel injectiona 199 cc single cylinder motor that churns out 24.5 Bhp of peak power and 18.6 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a six speed gearbox and the bike can touch speeds of more than 140 km/h.

Bajaj is developing a newer version of the Pulsar 220 and test mules have been spotted quite a few times now. The company will probably bump the power figures along with adding a sixth gear apart from other technological advancements. However, the new bike will gain weight and will also cost slightly more than the on-going model.