Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTSi UG4 Ownership Review by Ajju

by Deepak on October 15, 2010

Hello Riderz! I’m Ajju from Panvel (Navi Mumbai). I am an IT graduate and currently working in an IT company. I am very passionate about bikes & would consider owning a bike instead of a car. I have a Pulsar 180 UG-4 which is completely owned by me.

Yes, I have bought this Bajaj Pulsar 180 on my own. I call her “rápido díablo”, which is Spanish for “Fastest Devil”. I bought it one year back on 17th Oct. 2009. Initially, I thought of giving my review as soon as I bought my Díablo but then I thought, it would be better if I perform a review after using it for a year. So that I can explain all the pros n cons of the bike.

To be really honest I am an avid fan of the Bajaj Pulsar. Not only because it is the best seller in the market but also because of its performance (P220 & Yamaha R15 not considered since it is a performance oriented sports bike). I used my old pulsar 150 for almost 6 yrs, with more than 60,000 km clocked on it without any major accident history or any huge servicing/maintenance bills. It actually depends on one’s riding skills & the way he maintains the bike.

Since I was stuck in the 150cc segment for all these years, I decided to go for a higher segment bike. Buying my first completely owned bike was not a tough decision for me. I had 3 bikes in my mind, P180, Apache 180/160 & Unicorn and my budget was Rs. 70,000/-. Before making my final decision I went through most of the reviews of these bikes. My priorities were performance, maintenance & economy with style being the top most priority.

I test rode all the 3 bikes. Since, style was my top most priority, the first one to go out of the list was the Honda Unicorn, though it comes closest to performance & economy. Though Apache 180/160 was the closest competitor for my “Diablo”, I had some problems with them (strictly personal). Somehow I can’t rely on TVS and also the spares & after sales service was on a higher side. The P180, in my opinion, is the best bike in its class. It offers the best performance and economy.

As far as my riding experience goes, I have an experience of 5 years (more than 1, 00,000 km) on four different bikes, viz. CT 100, Discover, Pulsar 150 and finally my Díablo, Pulsar 180. I believe in safe riding though I like to speed my Díablo a few times……but I make it a point that I don’t exceed my limits..!!!!. The fastest that I have ridden my bike is 131 kph, on the ODO though……

I have been riding this Bajaj Pulsar 180 for the last 1 yr & have done 12000 km so far. I have done quite a few long trips and many short trips. The longest that I have ridden my Díablo is 550 km from Panvel to Goa (panjim) with the whole trip being a 1500 km adventure ride. The other trips would be, a 300 km trip to Pune and nearby places (back & forth), 250 km night out trip to Alibaug-Kashid-Murud & Janjira fort, 200 km night out ride in and around Mumbai (Bandra-Gateway of India-Juhu-Andheri etc).

The weirdest things that I have done on my Díablo are: riding at 131 kph @ 4’o clock in the morning, going to chor bazaar. The other thing is: changing riders, with me coming from the rear seat to the front seat with my brother on NH-17 @ 60 kph.

During all this things I always used a good helmet to be on the safer side. Also, using a helmet is compulsory in Mumbai and I have been caught on quite a few occasions without a helmet and things like that!

Handling

If you are a new user of a P180, then you’ll find the ride to be on the heavier side because of the add-ons. But as you get a hang of the bike, you’ll feel that it is the easiest bike to ride. Díablo is well equipped with Clip-on handle bars which actually help in better handling. Riding position is good & you don’t have to lean forward as in case of P200, Apache or Yamaha R15.

With its wider rear tire and increased wheelbase, it provides better grip on the road. This helps in cutting corners at ease on high speeds. Rear braking is good but not the best to be honest. But as far as the front Disc brake is considered, it is rock solid. It helps in avoiding to go those extra meters ahead. The new 37mm front suspension is a boon for the bike. It helps in providing stability to the bike and works fine. The rear suspension is also good though. I personally would like Bajaj to make better Seats as they are not soft enough and I do get a sore butt a few times.

Riding the Bajaj Pulsar 180 in city is not easy for new riders but personally, I don’t feel any problems coz I have got the hang of it and usually I zip through the traffic. The turning radius of the bike is bigger, but I guess, it’s ok as this bike comes under the “commuter cum performance bike” category. Also, this problem is there with the entire “commuter cum performance bike” category bikes. Riding my Díablo on highways is like “icing on the cake”. It just doesn’t lose the grip off the road and cutting the corners is a dream cum true for any rider, literally.

The latest that I got to know about Bajaj is that they have started installing “BREMBO” brakes on their bikes. “BREMBO” being the best manufacturer for brakes in the world, I think it is a good move by Bajaj. But sadly I’ll have to pay extra to get those installed on my Díablo.

Performance

Before going into the performance aspect of the bike I would like to tell u that, I really don’t want to go into the technicalities of the bike though I have a fair knowledge about bikes. It would be best on my part to leave it for the experts as they know much more than any one of us (riders).

The performance of my Díablo is absolutely flawless. It has never let me down as far as performance is concerned. I have even compared it with my friend’s P200 and the competition was neck to neck. Obviously the P200 won the competition in terms of power and pick up, as it had a power of 1 more horse at her disposal. But, when it comes to top-speed the P180 wins it hands down with a top whack of 131kph (personal best) as compared to my friend’s P200 (127kph).

It delivers a very good performance in its class.

As far as mileage is concerned, it gives me a mileage of 45 kmpl in city riding conditions. Highway & city combined average is between 45-48 kmpl. On long trips, it gives me a mileage of 50-53 kmpl. I would like to add one thing that, I have removed the sari guard off my bike coz it is used only by me and my brother. This has helped in reducing the bike’s weight by another 2-4 kg. This is another reason for the good mileage of my bike.

In my opinion, these figures are really good for a bike of this capacity.

Maintenance

This is the most important part for every biker and for every bike. In order for anyone to maintain his/her bike in good condition, proper maintenance is a must.

I love my Díablo, and hence maintain it properly time and again. These are the few things that I do to maintain my Díablo.

  • Adjusting the carburetor setting & cleaning it every 400-500 km.
  • Cleaning, lubricating & adjusting the tension of the chain every 400 km so as to avoid it from rusting.
  • Cleaning the air filter after every 1000 km.
  • Maintaining the tire pressure as mentioned by the manufacturer.
  • Replacing the engine oil after every 2500km (20W50 only).
  • Setting the Brakes (rear only) as I don’t know how to adjust a Disc brake.
  • Apart from cleaning the carburetor, all the other things I do it on my own.

Servicing

Here comes the worst part about any bike and its manufacturer. If you don’t have fair knowledge about bikes then the service center guys will fool you BIG TIME…!!!!

I would like to add one thing….Bajaj service centre sucks big time excluding a few though that are actually good. One good thing about Bajaj is that they have set up some good work stations in and around many cities as well as rural areas.

I service my Bajaj Pulsar 180 at one such service station (not the showroom) in Navi Mumbai which is 5 km away from my place. The mechanics are very friendly & most importantly knowledge oriented. They are willing to help me in every possible way.

These are the things that I do while servicing my Díablo.

I service her after every 2500 km and use only Castrol 20W50 oil. (I’m planning to switch on to Motul 5100 15W50 semi-synthetic oil.)

The other things that I keep a tab on while servicing my Díablo are…

  • Cleaning & lubricating the chain
  • Cleaning the air filter
  • Adjusting the spark plug gap
  • Carburetor settings etc.
  • Though all these things come under the servicing, I just keep a tab on the checklist.

Pros

  • Automatic indicator shut down.
  • Lots of new features like Clip-on handle, Wider tire, Sporty tank cowl etc.
  • Good performance & mileage.
  • Very low maintenance cost.
  • Value for money.

Cons

  • The main stand is located very low and touches the ground quite often while you maneuver speed breakers.
  • The bike is a bit heavy.
  • Gear box is good, but not exceptional like Yamaha.
  • Rear braking should have been better.

Conclusion

All in all Bajaj Pulsar 180 is a very good bike in its class. I would definitely recommend this bike to others. It has great power as well as good mileage. I would like to have some more features on this bike like Rear Disc & P220 silencer.

I’m planning some modifications for my Díablo but I would not like to tell it now as I don’t want anyone to copy it.

Also, I’m planning a trip to Goa this January. I will post the photos of that trip later on along with the modifications. Until then, keep riding & ride safely.

I would personally appreciate your suggestions or any queries regarding the same.

Thanks,

- Ajinkya Lad

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niks October 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

good and fair review….good gooing

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

thanks brother…..ur comments are valuable for me…..

ride hard & ride safe….

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rohan gaikwad October 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

nice reviews i like d way u think can u tell me something bot HONDA UNICoRn plzzzzzzzzzzzz il b waiting for ur repllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

Madhu October 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Nice Review

The Picture is classic awesome seems to be taken by some serious professional photographer.

yeah go for motul its one of the best and far better than Service center and Castrol

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

thanks for ur views….
the picture is not taken by me nor is it of my bike…i downloaded it frm the net as i dint had ne pics of my bike in my PC.
but i can say that my bike looks the same. it is really in showroom condition.

dude i wud really appreciate if u tell me more about MOTUL 5100(15W50)…n whr can i get it in navi mumbai….my bike is due for its second paid service and i want to use this oil…..

Plz help…!!!!

thanks for u comments
ride hard & ride safe….

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Madhu October 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm

i am using motul 3000 Plus 20w-40 and am sure all range of motul oils are best.

I am from Bangalore

You can get it in any of the following places

Motul Available in Mumbai:

Name: Popular Lubricant
Address: 2,Nanji Ravji Bldg,A.D.Marg,Sewri
City: Mumbai
State: Maharashtra
Country:
Telephone Nos: 022-24102699/022-24181743
Email: mvtamit@gmail.com
Fax: 022-24102699
They will deliver it to your place.

and in Navi Mumbai (Vashi)

Babloo Motors
next to Green City Shopping,
Behind Cactus Restaurant, nr. Big Splash,
Sec-17, Vashi.
Only shop pickup option available.

soruce http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/pit-stop-general-biking-discussion/5006-motul-distributors-3.html

Motul Also Available in Mulund

GT Design Studio
30 Unique industrial estate
Opp Jawahar Talkies
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Mulund West Mumbai – 400080
Contact Person – Mr Varun Thakkar – 9821017962

Also Deals in – DSG, AlpineStar, AXO, IRC, Pirelli, Michelin, Motul Oils,Motul Chain Lubes, Motul Chain Clean, Burnout Performance exhaust for R15, RTR, FZ16, Pulsar 220, Karizma.

data source: http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/pit-stop-general-biking-discussion/5006-motul-distributors-4.html

M/S. SYNCHROMESH ENTERPRISES
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Source http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/pit-stop-general-biking-discussion/5006-motul-distributors-2.html

Ajinkya Lad October 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm

thanks buddy….

it was really of gr8 help…..

thanks once again…

Ride hard & ride Safe….

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param4m October 15, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Good review bro. I own a p180 too. If you want to boost your performance you can use KnN air filter. They are great and do not harm your bike but they produce a little bit of noise. 1 of my friend have hit a top speed of 142 kmph in the odo with P180 fitted with a KnN air filter.

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mazid hussain October 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

nice review ajju.
but i am not satisfied with your words that in terms of top speed pulsar 180 is better than pulsar 220. pulsar 220 is better than p180 in every aspect excluding mileage. i have also ridden both bikes, and i can say that pulsar 180 engine dies after 125-127 kmph but pulsar 220 easily hit 135 kmph + and go to 145 kmph. it will be just speedometer fault. anyways nice review dude.

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Ajinkya Lad October 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm

thanx Mazid Hussain,

i didnt compare the P180 wid all the P200′s….nither wid the P220….
i only compared it wid my friend’s P200…not all the P200′s….
also i had not compared it with P220 & Yamaha R15 as they are performance oriented sports bikes.
P220 is the best performance bike manufactured in india…and wins the competition hands down wid any other bike manufactured in india…even Yamaha R15….

thanks for ur comments bro….

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pakde October 15, 2010 at 4:44 pm

A better way to review Bajaj P180 is if at least been 3 years running. In the third year will begin to seem real shortage on the bike. If you’re new, of course, all still in good condition, but trying to do a review after the third year, could be another story.
I have a bajaj P180 which I admire, if the review said Bajaj was good I agree with that opinion. But I had a little trouble after 3 years of riding a Bajaj P180. You might say it should be no damage because it was 3 years of use. But this fact is disturbing me because my own experience when another motor in the third year with normal use do not have the complaints that little annoying.
I live in Indonesia, Yogyakarta city, I am having difficulty in obtaining spare parts, although dealers said the spare part always remain available for purchase, but I have to repeat more than twice to buy my rearview mirror is broken, and I never get that rearview mirror. Eventually I bought another motorcycle mirror that fits and it’s easy to obtain.
For such a small appliance outlet mounted brake lights in my right front brake lever had to wait more than two weeks, gas cable was never available, so I replaced it with another motorcycle gas cable and fits easily available in stores and motorcycle spare parts.
The most annoying is the holder grip gas where there is a starter button and light switch mounted on right handlebar, the screws can not fasten it again. Therefore, how to draw tortle gas?. You may not believe but finally I use wire to tie it. Cute and ugly views but what to do anymore. I had to go to the dealer workshop about 15 KM away from my place and you’ll know the answer.
In three years, I was driving along the 31.000km more, the normal rate. Once I replace the spark plugs both, once the front and rear tire change, replace the rear brake and I did a routine service in accordance P180 manual.
I can honestly say if this situation does not get attention so people no longer willing to buy a Bajaj in our town, a motorcycle made in Japan so many fans here. Not to mention competitors like TVS, Minerva began to many fans. How is Bajaj?

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Pritam Dhamde October 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

@madhu
The pics r frm sony ericsson k530i.2mega-pixel.
Keep rocking

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Chetan Mahajan October 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm

That is certainly a very detailed and good review. Appreciate that.

I have personally never ridden the Pulsar 180 or 220 but I can safely assume that they are both very good bikes.

And yes, the images have been clicked using the Sony Ericsson K530i mobile camera. This can be confirmed by going to the image properties in Windows.

-Chetan

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madhu October 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Said as black and white scheme occupied most part of the photo .

Even its a mobile camera he handled it well.

Ajinkya Lad October 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

thanks Chetan for ur comments…..
though i know that P180 & P220 are very good bikes in its category…i wud suggest you dont just blindly believe on my words, though they r true, you shud actually review these bikes personally n test ride them before making any decisions…..

thanks bro….ride hard & ride safe….

raj October 15, 2010 at 10:41 pm

pulsar 180 sucks as 1 of freinds bike having many problem .. dude so i buyed karizma r . it most reliable and sporty bike . with much better mileage and power full than pulsar 18..

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

u got all ur stats wrong brother….
P180 actually F**ks karizma in each department….u say it has better mileage than P180…impossible bro…..”tera dost konse zamane ki pulsar use kar ta hai”
my frnd’s karizma gives mileage of 23…not even half of wat i get on my P180…
u say karizma R is a Sporty bike….wat the HELL!!!!…it doesnt have any features as compared to not only pulsar but also other bikes in its category….
no clip-ons, wide tires, digital speedo, split seats…..
doesnt evn have new looks…..same old looks wid some stickering job….that really sucks….BIG TIME….!!!!

one more thing…u sd ur frnd’s P180 has lots of problems….maybe his riding style is too too too rough…..wont be knowing hw to use the bike…..

compete ur bike wid my P180 and i can prove it that my “DIABLO” will give a run for all the money u spent on ur F**king karizma R….anyday…anytime….!!!!
get ur homework done before u speak anything about any bike…….

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Rishi December 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Well said man…
Its all about handling the bike…
P-180 ROCKS:-)))))

Rishi January 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I too own P180 and can say its the best bike compare to others in Indian market. I did couple of long distance trips. No issue at all even if you drive continuously for hours at high speed. No bike stand in front of it as before buying P180 i used others bike for the trips.

Aditya October 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Could you please comment as at what speed you ride normally? Also Removing sari guard does not make a major difference. Doubt if its even 2 kgs.
I would like to add that its a good review. Could you please let me know how you clean the carburettor. Rest all bike care things you do are really good and would help you keep bike up for years to come. By modifications if you are to put P220 silencer then I would strongly advice you against it as it would affect the engine performance. Dont use a big tire as engine life also will become less and u might loose out on warranty. And KnN filter does increase performance only if you do re-jetting. Else it would improve mileage.
Well i guess you would research on it as well. Lastly I do want to know does DTSi technology reduce the life of the engine. Comments … anyone ?

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Hajaj Bonda October 16, 2010 at 7:00 am

recheck what grade oil service center’s use….they used 20w4d in mine…and engine overeated….
the fact that u bought in 2009..means u wont hv piston problm…service center guys said..in 2006 batch there was piston prblem

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

thanks dude….
i dont believe on the service centre guys….the oil that is needed for my P180 is of 20W50 grade….i dont know about the piston problems of the earlier versions….i dont know wch bike do u use…bt if its the old pulsar thn d oil grade woud be 20W40….my old pulsar 150 (2004 model) needed 20W40 grade oil….
i wud strictly suggest u that u follow the oil grade that is recomended for ur bike according to d service manuel….dont just blindly rely on mechanics as well….they can be wrong some times….it happnd with me….literally….
one mechanic suggested me to use castrol Power 1(15W40) which is not at all good for new P180…bt it is good for older P150 & P180′s….

thanks for ur comments….keep riding…

Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 10:19 am

thanx brother for ur comments……
to b really honest, i normall ride between 50 to 70 kph…..i do speed my bike above 100kph n as high as 131kph….but dats very rare….as i dont wont to create problems for the engine…..
removing sari guard doesnt make huge diff. , i guess…..n i really dont know the weight of the same….someone sd me dat it would be around 2-4 kg….so wrote dat figure….
dude, i dont clean the carburator on my own as i dont know how to open it….i leave it to my mechanic who does it…..
as far as modifications are concerned…im not goin to do any engine mods, nor am i goin to install d P220 silencer & a wide tyre….only things tht i’ll do woud be some paint job(secret), racing strips & redesignin d mudguards….
lastly, DTSi technology doesnt reduce the engine life…infact it increases the engine’s life…..i helps in fast n efficient ignition n increases the power n pick-up, i guess…..read more on it on this website under “knowledge base”…
thanks & keep riding….

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Tony October 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Hey dude, nice review man,, i really like it & got some confidence to go for pulsar again, i had p150 2004 model,, but unfortunately it got stolen, so now i am planning to go for new bike,,, got many suggestions from my friends not to go for pulsar as it give lots problems in maintainance ( like pulsars makes noise after some time, its parts are of bad quality etc) ,, got suggestions to go for honda unicorn,, i am getting really very confused & unable to decide which bike should I choose,,
i have taken test ride of p180 & its very good,, but just getting confused coz of such comments from friends,,
please comment on this bro, i really need your help as you seems to be knowlagible in this field,,
thank you,,

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 6:57 pm

thanks bro for ur comments…

i’ll definetely help u…!!!

P180 UG-4 is a gr8 bike dude…i hv sd it time & again…..also it comes wid…”Bajaj Ka Bharosa”…bajaj’s spare parts are the most affordable in the market….and also easily available….

i wud suggest u…listen to only those ppl who actually own a P180 UG-4 & not the rest….as they wont be knowing anythin spl abt bikes….
get sm info from mechanics..(knowledgeable only)…

dont listen to those ppl who keep on criticising the bikes n their manufacturers….they only feel tht their bike is the best….dats y i havnt mentioned anywhr in this review dat my bike is the best….(it is one of the best bike…)

evn i had a P150(2004 model) which was good n gave me a mileage of 55-60kmpl till d day i traded it to buy this bike….
i didnt ever spend huge on bills for servicing…..literally

as far as accidents are concerned, i wud lik to tell those guys who says that pulsar has the worst accident history….it is because of their own fault…not the bike’s fault….
i just had one accident on my old P150…n tht too a small one…which was my fault….as i was speeding at 40kph in city n applied disc brakes on the muddy road….no other accident history….

rough riding is the only reason for bike to be a bad bike…else all the bikes are good….

do treat ur bike as if she is ur “GIRLFRIEND”….

lastly, i wud like to tell u that P180 is a good “value for money” bike….
while buying ur dream bike, do keep a note of the cost of spare parts as well as after sales service…..thr r few manufacturers whose spare parts r costlier & not easily available….(i wont like to name them)….

i guess, this is enough for u to buy ur dream bike…

ride hard & ride safe….

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TONY November 13, 2010 at 12:00 am

Hi Ajinkya,,

I have heard from my friends & some pulsar owners that pulsar Engine starts maiking noise after passing some kilometers, please advise, is it true??

Prabhu October 16, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Excellent photo Aji. Looks superb. very wel written. Dont spoil looks by cheap paint jos. Make it great n do post the same..

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm

thanks bro…!!!!

the paint job will only be for some parts of the bike only & definetely not a cheap one….racing strips would only be for the tyres….nothing else….

thanks for ur comments….

ride hard & ride safe….

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Pritam Dhamde October 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Hi raj as said by ajinkya karizma is a**h**e bike if compared to p180 ug4 or even any current 150 bike.karizma vs p180.
Small rear tyre,anlogue meters,full chain case,no gas suspension,no clip ons,etc.
And u say its sporty bike.no u got it wrong.

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Pritam Dhamde October 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

@ajinkya lad.
Hi buddy it seems frm ur review dat u to hav a longdrive bug in u.coz i hav a longdrive snake in me.we both wit our groups could explore more thing i live in thane.reply me here-pdhamde@gmail.com

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 6:19 pm

hey buddy….i hv just started goin for long rides….i love bikes like anything…its passion as well as obsession…for me now….
i hv couple of friends who love riding….i always do it wid thm….

im plannin a trip to goa this january on my bike with 3-5 frnds…lets see how it turns out to be….?????

sadly i cant ask u to cme wid me as my othr frndz wud not like ne other prson to come wid us….

what places have u ridden ur bike till now…..plz share ur experiences wid me….they wud be really helpful for me in the long term…..
thanks brother for ur comments….

ride hard & ride safe….

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Vikas Solanki October 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Hi Ajju,

Nice Review from depth of Heart!!

Its called bike crazy person,

I am also using same specification bike from last 12 Month and complete 7100 Km No issue till now and touch 124 Km on Odo Meter without any vibration.

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shubham October 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Pulsar is excellent. I love to see it again and again and same is the process with your blog Ajju. I love to read it again and again.

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Nishant Singh October 16, 2010 at 4:30 pm

How often do you change your rear brake pads?? I change it at around 10,000 these days and feel that the quality has improved a bit.

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Ajinkya Lad October 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm

i havent changed the rear brake liners till now though i have a new set of liners wid me….!!!!

normally, mechanics say tht u shud chnge the brake liners after 10000 kms….but mine r working fine till now….no issues as yet….
i’ll chnge thm only wen i feel so….

u are right…the quality has improved quite significantlly…not only in terms of brakes but all the other parts as well….
few years ago the tyres wer not that good as they r today….but bajaj has reworked on it with the help of MRF….

thanks for ur comments…

ride hard & ride safe…..

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yasho October 16, 2010 at 6:48 pm

i just used bajaj 20w50 oil which they have started manufacturing in alliance with HPCL
anyone else using it???
plz tell me about it
its jus 200kms since i put this oil

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Diptadip October 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

@Ajinkya, do u know wat da problem is with some of us? we often see only one particular bike of a certain make, see if it is performing like well or hell, and then take up a mission to tell the world how “this particular model made by this certain company is the new name of Total-Worthlessness” or “this sucks like nothing else and will even put a vacuam cleaner to shame” etc etc. Like if one human is criminal then the entire locality he lives in should be punished. wat nonsense! dont be bothered by these low-knowledge people & dnt waste ur stock of explitives on them. If Pulsars were these much problematic, they wudnt be flying off the shwrooms at this rate. Indian consumers are no fools, they always prefer long term relationship with near & dear ones,the vehicle being one of them.
About me, I personally dont prefer bajaj products and own a Honda, but I DO admire the macho looks & performance of Pulsar brand and the huge tech-features that go into them. If u combine price, performance, looks and features, this brand is very very hard to beat. U can find bad reviews on each & every hugely successful bike model on internet (even premium models like Karizma and the like).
So dnt be bothered, keep ur head (& bike’s engine) cool, ride safe. One more thing, I dnt think changing riders while driving on a highway is very safe.

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Diptadip October 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

@Everyone, I didn’t mean to say that all the people who comment negatively on a model is low-knowledge, neither one has to be an auto expert to be eligible to write a review. These people might, indeed have a bad experience about that model. But if a person is knowledgeble, he/she will know what kind of bad symptoms he/she encountered, what possible solutions were attempted, any improvements thereafter or not etc. and this could easily be figured out from his/her writing. just two or three lines with very vague phrases like “this model has many problems…” only spreads confusion among new buyers. Dont spread confusion and rumor, be clear, be specific, earn ur respect.

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neelay November 6, 2010 at 9:00 am

yea man u’re rite p180 really rcks i hd got it on 19 oct 09 and really its very awwwsummmmmm

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sachin nanaware November 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

thanks bro, this is very valuable information to me bcus i planing to purchase this bike & now i m confident to take this bike… thanks a lot again

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Rakesh December 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

Thts wonderfully written.. Thanks a lot.
Ajju, I want some more help from u..
I am interested in buying a pulsar 180 dtsi. It’s a open chain bike and needs regular servicing. All I want to know is whether it suffers from cold start during winters (as it lacks kick start) and how expensive is it to maintain a open chain bike?
Does it require servicing every month?

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sandeep December 8, 2010 at 4:35 pm

vry nice review bt is the rear brakes r realy nt tat good ah in p180?

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Shashidhar December 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Hi Ajju,

I got a PULSAR 180 UG4 last FRI.
I wanted to knw about the optimum speed to me maintained in its initial dys..
also rpm to be maintained as i cme to knw to keep the bike in btwn 2000 & 3000 rpm..
r these figures right..
m riding it at these figures
1st 0-10 or 0-12
2nd upto 20
3rd upto 30
4th upto 37
5th upto 45/47
upto wat speed cn i take & for hw mny kms..?
also please rply in detail in terms of maintenance..as this is my first bike & i dnt hv mch knowledge about maintenance…
thnks..
waiting for ur rply…

it ws a real good article…
:)

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prasool December 31, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Hi Sasidhar,

I have this GAINT from the 2010 Jan 18. Now it gonnna b the first year
Getting a mileage of 50-51 km for the first 2 services.
Now my GAINT has a mileage of 48-50.
ever looking GOOD…..POWER….LOOK……..PERFORMANCE….

upto first service I used to go upto 50(Maxim for 2 ,3 min)
at that times I was usualy used 40+.

And I havnt practicalised with speed ranges that u mentioned in geares.

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G.pavan kiran January 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm

hai…………this is pavan from HYDERABAD …………i would like know that PULSAR 180 is best or PULSAR 150 or YAMAHAR15 is best………….i will be waiting for your reply?????????????

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Ajinkya Lad February 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

The best of the lot is Yamaha R15, no doubt….bt again, it depends on various factors….
The factors that goes against R15 r price n mileage…..bt again it is the most technologically advanced bike….in india…

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Nilesh. Kadam January 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Hi Ajinkya,

Nice post.. I really liked since i too owe the same cheetah..

Just wanted to make sure for how much time continously (ie.. 30min, 1hr, 2hr) did u ride bike with top speed of 120+..Is the oil which u use is able to pursue the same performance lasting long since temperature thats created during top speed (continous for 30min, 1hr, 2hr is tremendous)sometimes degrades performance..May after a while u may see some decrease in speedo figure for same position of accelerator.. (danger of getting heads or block-piston rings to be ruined/jammed..)..

Whats ur experience for that..Often i come across,saying my bike whacked top speed of 140+..but no one specifies exact time & performance honestly in terms of oil level evaporation/rattling of engine..That info wud be useful to care of delicate parts rather than making engine down & shelling thousands of bugs for that..

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Prashanth February 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Hi Ajinkya,

I have been breaking my head over the last 1 month thinking about which bike to buy and I must this helped me a lot. I have test driven the apache rtr 180 and the pulsar 180 too and I am still unable to make final decision.

A very decent review and a lot good information. Thanks !

BTW .. the first pic is really nice … noticed the way you have ‘hid’ the side stand …

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saravanan June 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

hi
Ajinkya,
i saw ur review i thought u will be the best person for me to share my doubts and get a clear idea…..
i jus bought a pulsar 180 bike coz m also crazy abt bikes…as i wan it to give a better milage i used to ride it on 45-50 oly…i ‘ve done jus 700km so far…i seem to hav a noise feeling in my bike i think it might be in engine or chain…so ju help me wat can i do…plz do reply me…

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shivam July 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

hey guys.
i’m planning to buy a new bike. but i’m confused between Pulsar 180 ug4 and yamaha FZS.
plz help. if we see the OVERALL performance of both of the bikes, then which one takes the lead? plz reply as soon as possible.
thnx

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nikhil November 24, 2011 at 6:08 pm

it has no competition to the RACING THROTTLE RESPONSE(R T R). p 180 also cant stand against a rtr 160.

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Pradeep January 1, 2012 at 4:10 am

Best

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peter January 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Bro……..
Tomorrow im gonna book 180.
I have 9 years of experience in riding..
I guess the time is not yet come for me to talk about the díablo, but i will surely get back once i get on to it.
cheeeeeeeers…:-)

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Tejas March 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm

indeed its a great bike to have in your garage! One of the ‘value for money’ machines.
I have a 7months old P180 that’s giving me an average of almost 51 km/pl.. I would personally recommend anyone to buy a P180 if don’t have a huge pocket.. Its one of the best!..

cheers!

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Peter March 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hi,

I bought my new Pulsar 180 last month, I named it as ROYAL BEAST, now its almost 1600 kms done. Im planning to install K&N filters, can any one suggest me is K&N Air filters good for bike? Does it by any mean harm my bike? After finishing how many kms can i install filters?

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goutham March 22, 2012 at 8:12 am

change cover ila poduka

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Vikas August 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

Hi Ajju,

Really good review.

Please share below mentioned Maintenance points as you mentioned. How you do it by ur own? So that i can do all these by my own. This would be really helpfull for me and for my bike :)

• Adjusting the carburetor setting & cleaning it every 400-500 km.
• Cleaning, lubricating & adjusting the tension of the chain every 400 km so as to avoid it from rusting.
• Cleaning the air filter after every 1000 km.
• Maintaining the tire pressure as mentioned by the manufacturer.
• Replacing the engine oil after every 2500km (20W50 only).
• Setting the Brakes (rear only) as I don’t know how to adjust a Disc brake.
• Apart from cleaning the carburetor, all the other things I do it on my own.

And if you could share some more tips to keep my new beast in a good condition.
Please reply on my email ID: Vikas.shakya05@gmail.com

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