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Though not the best in terms of grip, MRF Zappers are quite econical

Verdict – Bajaj Pulsar 220 is the one that started it all and, more importantly, carried it along the years while surviving against all odds. It might not be ‘The Fastest Indian’ anymore but the millions of admirers that this motorcycle has across the globe swear by it. Why not? For a tourer, there is no better alternative which offers a comparable amalgamation of comfort, performance, practicality, value and now refinement as well. Sure, there are better choices in the market for the average joe which offer a lot more equipment for the same moolah. But it would be inappropriate to say that the Pulsar 220 has lost its charm. Rather, it presents it in apple-pie order now which, directly or indirectly, widens its appeal.

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Even after so many years, the rear view mirrors are plagued with vibrations

What’s Cool

* Torquey 220cc oil-cooled motor has ample grunt for most occassions
* Head-turner even after so many years
* Refinement levels have improved, throaty exhaust note
* Loaded with features – self-cancelling blinkers, LED tail lamp, projector headlight, backlit switchgear and more
* Outstanding value for money

What’s Not So Cool

* Chassis and suspension setup tuned for ride quality at the cost of handling
* Carburettor and no kick starter isn’t a great combo to have
* Mirrors vibrate at varying RPMs and are positioned poorly
* No ABS, even as an option

Alternatives: TVS Apache 200, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Yamaha Fazer 25

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Even now, the Pulsar 220 offers tremendous value for money!

Bajaj Pulsar 220 Specifications

* Engine: 220cc, Oil-Cooled, 4-Stroke, Single-Cylinder
* Power: 20.64 BHP @ 8500 RPM
* Torque: 18.55 Nm @ 7000 RPM
* Transmission: 5-speed Manual
* 0-100 km/hr: 11.31 seconds
* Top Speed: 131 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 34-38 km/l
* Fuel Type: Petrol
* Frame: Cradle
* Suspension: Telescopic Forks (Front), Nitrox Shock Absorbers (Rear)
* Tyres: 90/90/17 (Front), 120/80/17 (Rear), MRF Zapper
* Brakes: 260 mm Disc (Front), 230 mm Disc (Rear)

Bajaj Pulsar 220 Dimensions

* Length x Width x Height: 2035 mm x 750 mm x 1165 mm
* Wheelbase: 1350 mm
* Ground Clearance: 165 mm
* Seat Height: 801 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 15-litres
* Kerb Weight: 150 kgs

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