Bajaj Pulsar 180

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₹ 81,152
* Delhi. May vary.

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Variant Name Bajaj Pulsar 180
Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi) INR 81,152
On-Road Price (Delhi) INR 90,000 (Approx.)
Mileage 35-45 kmpl (Approx.)
Type Sports Commuter
Shades Laser Black, Nuclear Blue, Chrome Black, Dyno Red
Current Status Available
Official Tagline India's No.1 Sports Bike
Warranty 2 Years/30,000 Kms
Summary Pulsar 180 is a sportier version of Pulsar 150, carrying a bigger 178.6 cc engine, producing 16.8 BHP and 14.22 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and weighs 145 kg, which is just 1 kg over the 150 cc counterpart, as the 180cc Pulsar now comes equipped with a rear disc brake. This makes it quite more powerful than the smaller version, claiming a top speed of 122 kmph. Most of the components of both the bikes are shared while the elements like split rear grab rail and bigger tyres makes it look better in the visual comparison. It takes just 5.2 seconds for 0-60 kmph and rivals TVS Apache RTR 180 in its segment.
MAXABOUT RATING & VERDICT
Design
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Features
Build Quality
Value for Money
Standout Features Rear Disc Brake, Wide Tyres, Powerful Engine
Should You Buy It? A die-hard Pulsar fan with a strict budget will definitely go for Pulsar 180. If you can compromise on power, NS160 is a great option.
ENGINE & GEARBOX
Displacement 178.6 cc
No. of Cylinders 1
No. of Gears 5
Maximum Power 16.8 Bhp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque 14.22 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Engine Description 178.6cc, 4-stroke, DTS-i, air cooled, single cylinder, BSIV
Emission Standard BSIV
Cooling Air Cooling
Bore 63.5 mm
Stroke 56.4 mm
Fuel Type Petrol
Bharat Stage IV (BS4)
Clutch Wet Multiplate Clutch
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Front Brake 260mm Disc
Rear Brake 230mm Disc
Front Suspension Telescopic 130mm stroke
Rear Suspension Triple rated spring, 5 way adjustable with 101mm travel nitrox shock absorber
WHEELS & TYRES
Wheel Size 90/90 x 17″ - 120/80 × 17″
Wheel Type 17" - 6 Spoke Alloys
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
Overall Length 2035 mm
Overall Width 765 mm
Overall Height 1115 mm
Ground Clearance 165 mm
Seat Height 790 mm
Wheelbase 1345 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight 145 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
0-60 kmph 5.2 secs
Top Speed 122 kmph
Mileage (City) 35 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 45 kmpl
Mileage (Combined) 40 kmpl
INSTRUMENT CONSOLE
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Analogue
Trip Meter None
Fuel Gauge Digital
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Electric Start
Pillion Footrest
Pass Light
Step-up Seat/Split Seat
BATTERY
Battery Type Maintenance Free
Capacity 9 Ah
Voltage 12V
LIGHTING
Head Light 35W/35W Halogen
Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
Frame/Chassis Double Cradle

Bajaj Pulsar 180 Review

16 May, 2017 09:48 AM

Design and Style

In 2009, the newly upgraded Pulsar 180 made its debut. It featured wider tyres, a split seat, clip-on handlebars, a 3D Pulsar logo and tank scoops, all welcome features for this new generation of bikes. The Pulsar 180 is a well-built vehicle with plenty of bulk: its body is sturdy and muscular, yet surprisingly elegant in its appearance. It’s more refined and aerodynamic than its previous incarnation.

While the previous form of the 180 featured a single-step seat, the new model (2009) was updated to a split seat, much like the Pulsar 200 and 220 models. The split seat is nicely designed: it is firm, with just enough give to keep a driver comfortable on long journeys, and the leather is clean, sleekly moulded and high quality. The bike’s dominant black body color is strong and sharp. It sports a broad, bold looking fuel tank with aerodynamic fairing, and the overall metallic finish is classy and sleek. Now, for the year 2017, Bajaj has made a few changes in the Pulsar 180 to give it a fresh lease of life. The 2017 model comes with all-new shades (with new graphics), a rear disc brake, and BSIV compliant engine.

Instrument Console

2017 Pulsar 180’s instrument console has also been given a much-needed upgrade, bringing it up to date with the new generation of performance motorcycles. It now features a smart digital console with a neutral blinker, low battery dial, self-canceling indicator switches and a low-fuel indicator, in addition to the standard speedometer, odometer and trip meters. All of the displays are clear and easy to comprehend.

Engine and Gearbox

2017 Pulsar 180 is equipped with an 180cc DTS-I, four-stroke, air-cooled engine. It’s capable of a maximum power of 16.8 Bhp at 8500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 14.2 Nm at 6500 rpm. Bajaj holds the Indian patent for its DTS-I technology – Digital Twin Spark Ignition. Its throttle-actuated control system for the ignition works in conjunction with its digital capacitor, chip-controlled ignition system to make the best of the engine’s load-bearing capacity. The engine is also equipped with ExhausTEC (Exhaust Torque Expansion Chamber) technology, another Bajaj patent, which modifies the bike’s swirl characteristics and its back-pressure, helping to boost the bike’s performance at low and mid-range revs. The gearbox that comes with the bike is five-speed, manual transmission, offering excellent engine performance.

Acceleration and Top Speed

Bajaj claims that the 180cc engine will push the bike to a maximum speed of 136 kmph, an ambitious claim for a bike of this kind. In practice, you’ll be able to push the bike up to a maximum speed of 122 kmph, showing that there’s plenty of power in this machine. The bike’s acceleration is very strong: it can accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 5.8 second, putting it at the top end of its class.

Mileage

The 2017 variant of the Pulsar 180 is expected to have a certified mileage of 58 kmpl for driving at a constant speed of roughly 55 kmph. Under testing, the bike provides a mileage of approximately 40-45 kmpl, falling to about 35 kmpl in city traffic, which is reasonable but not outstanding – for some drivers; this will push the running costs of the bike too high for it to remain a budget option. The fuel tank has a capacity of 15 litres.

Comfort While Riding

2017 Pulsar 180 is a surprisingly comfortable ride, given that previous Pulsar models have scored badly on driver comfort. The nitrox rear shock absorbers have a five-step adjustment setting that gives excellent riding comfort. On poor-quality road surfaces, the bike’s rear-based foot pegs offer a good knee-hold.

Safety Features

Like the other new and bigger models of the Pulsar, the pillion seat now has the rear grab rail for greater comfort and security. The bike also features a powerful, even aggressive headlamp (12 volts, full DC) that gives a good constant beam at all speeds of travel.

Suspension and Brakes

The Bajaj Pulsar 180’s suspension has also been overhauled following on from previous models. The bike borrows a 37mm fork assembly from its sibling the Pulsar 220. At the rear, it borrows the swing arm found on the 220 Avenger: a nitrogen-assisted gas-powered shock absorber, coupled with triple-rated springs, designed to cope with harsh terrain and poor road conditions. In practice, the bike’s suspension performs very well: it absorbs shocks consistently, even when at top speed on poor road surfaces, and reduces vibrations to the minimum.

The 2017 Pulsar 180 is equipped with large 260mm disc brakes at the front, and 130mm drum brakes at the rear. While the smaller drum brakes are a disappointment, given the prevalence of rear disc brakes on Bajaj’s other vehicles, the strong front brakes more than pick up the slack, offering even, dependable braking and short stopping distances, even from top speed.

Ride and Handling

The Pulsar 180 (2017) is a comfortable and stable ride. The refined engine generates little noise, even at higher revs, and it copes well with variations in road surface thanks to its strong front brakes and solid chassis. Handling is smooth and generally good, although it can feel a little heavy on leans.

Tyre Size

The bike’s alloy wheels, stronger than those of the previous 180, are combined with a longer wheelbase (1330mm) to offer greater stability and agility. The new tubeless tyres are meaty 120/80 x 17”, easy to maintain and providing a strong grip on all road surfaces.

Shades and Variants

2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 is now available in 2 new dual-tone colours: Laser Black and Nuclear Blue. The 180 comes in a single standard variant – there are, however, alternative models of the Pulsar, such as the 135, 150, and 220F.

Distinctive Features

The Pulsar brings plenty of unique features to the table, although some are seen on other Pulsar models: a stylish and well-designed L.E.D. tail lamp, muscular looking split seats, a split rear grab-rail, a powerful engine with patented DTS-i and ExhausTEC, plus TRICS 3 and smart CDI technology, and a kick-less, electric-powered start mechanism.

Reasons to Buy and Value for Money

Powerful and comfortable, the 2017 Pulsar 180 is a capable city bike piled high with smart technology for the next generation of consumers. Cheaper by far than many of its 180cc rivals, the Pulsar is excellent value for money as an outright purchase – but its poor fuel economy will put off many buyers.

Verdict

The 2017 Pulsar 180’s new model is far from perfect. In particular, buyers have noted that the silence corrodes quickly, a fault that Bajaj have yet to correct. However, overall the build quality of the bike is good, performance is very strong, and it has some driver-friendly features that will appeal to many customers.

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Super power with great stability. ... read more

Best Features: braking power

Pros: pickup & throttle response

Cons: little bit heavy but not a big problem & the turning radius

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Its a really nice bike, i love it, it looks like Honda cb1000r. ... read more

Best Features: Best sound in 4000-8000 rpm

Pros: Nice 6 speed gear box with high engine rpm

Cons: Rear tyre width is not enough

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