Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTSi S: First Look

by Deepak on January 21, 2010

Continuing with our report on the speculated bikini faired Pulsar 220 DTSi, we bring to you the news of its official launch along with a sneak into what the bike offers. Bajaj has launched the naked version of the most powerful (single cylinder) sports bike in India, the Streetfighter Pulsar 220 DTSi ‘S’.

This might answer the many questions we receive about the reason of the discontinuation of the best looking Bajaj, the Pulsar 200. We enlist the various features and changes in the new version.

Changes in Pulsar 220 DTSi S

Bikini Fairing: The front bulbous semi fairing gives way to a smaller sibling’s reminiscent bikini fairing. It’s a similar fairing which has been doing rounds on almost all the versions of Pulsar, right from the 150 to the 180 to the discontinued 200. The smaller headlamp would enhance the beastly looks the bike boasts off. We were more interested in a round headlamp as well similar to the ‘classic’ era!

No Projectors: With the removal of the semi fairing, the bike also sheds off the projectors it sported on the F version. While the 220 F and the 220 DTS-Fi were the best and the most applauded bikes when it came to lightning dark roads and highways because of the projectors they came fitted with, this bike would need to do without all of that. It’s imperative that the small headlamp did not have enough space to accommodate the projectors. We would have loved to see Bajaj accommodating projectors in that small set up to show us their engineering prowess. Even a single beam would have been a worthy applaud. But, it was not done all because of a reason, COST!

Altered Rear View Mirrors: We repeat, the standard mirrors on the 220 Fi and F were/are as useless as talking sense to Rakhi Sawant! With the faring giving way to a smaller headlamp, the mirrors are mounted on the handle and, hence, we expect a better view from the RVMs now.

Revamped Stickers: All the Pulsars have gone a slight revision in the sticker which read the model of the bike and this 220 also has a ‘220’ embossed sticker with nothing else written apart from it on the side fenders. You ask our view? It doesn’t look good!

Tank Extensions: Pulsar 220 S also sports tank extensions with “Oil Cooled” written on them exactly like the old Pulsar 200 DTSi.

What Remains:

Almost everything remains the same apart from the above mentioned changes. This means that the bike would sport exactly the same engine, same power, same 32mm carburetor, and same ergonomics along with the sheer fun and the adrenalin rush the bike has become known for.

Expectations from the new model:

  • Slight better performance: The bike has reduced around 3 kilograms of weight because of the exclusion of the projector setup and an inclusion of the smaller bikini fairing in place of the semi fairing of the F version, we expect this bike to be slightly better at performance (very marginally, though) compared to the existing faired version of the bike.
  • Slight better handling: Again with the exclusion of the big bulbous fairing, the handling in city traffics is expected to be slightly better and maneuvering through congested traffic would be a little easier as compared to the faired version. However, on highways and longer wider roads, the F version would be an ideal bike to cut through the strong winds.
  • Slight better fuel efficiency: Reduced weight would mean that the engine would need to pull lesser load at the same capacity which would in turn infer slightly lesser effort which would lead to lesser stress and a slightly better fuel efficiency.

Pricing: And here comes the decider which would put all the other companies to scratch their heads and compel them to rework on their strategies. As reported earlier, the bike would cost around 3 grands lesser than the existing 220 F version. The current Pulsar 220 DTSi F retails for less than 79k (OTR, Pune) and this naked version of the bike would retail at a little less than 76k (OTR, Pune). In Delhi the bike would sell at a price tag close to Rs 72,500 OTR. Can it get any more VFM than this!

Competition: Through this masterstroke Bajaj has targeted a huge myriad of bike options in the country today which would include Apache RTR 180 from TVS, Yamaha FZ 16, FZ S, Fazer and YZF R15 from Yamaha and Karizma R and the recently launched Karizma ZMR from Hero Honda. After launching the 4 valve Pulsar 135 LS recently along with this one, Bajaj has cleared their intentions of challenging the bigger players of the game. We just hope Bajaj works this hard on their after sales service and quality of parts as well!

Saad Khan

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{ 42 comments… read them below or add one }

Ravi January 21, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Rtr180 has great challenger nw


Jithin January 15, 2011 at 12:11 am

Hi guys, bought an n th hand RX 100 a month ago for 12000 bucks (1992 model) . already own a pulsar 220 but not satisfied with its performance. Feels that even today noone can beat my RX in any gully or street race. my rx can go beyond 140 kmph easily with now fitted an k&n air filter but the mileage is as low as 30 kmph. Think twice before giving a shot at the rx because its gona disappear from your eye sight. Waiting for an rx 250 to be launched, knows that it wont come.


Sayantan Das March 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

140kmph in RX100!!!! lol

dini June 11, 2011 at 2:19 pm

hai jith….

wat u knw abt pulsar…..? is it the indias no 1 sports bike u knw tat….?
cme wit me i ill beat u….

aka January 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

nice bike…….but a 4 valve 220 cc pulsar would have been perfect


Nilesh,Pune January 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm

WE all can say FASTEST SEXY INDIAN is BACK in new ‘OLDer look P200′ with some extra goodies of clip on,wider forks,Rear disk brakes,New 3d stickers,21PS,new Engine guard etc.. in the FORM of 2010 New P220 DTS-i S”i.e. MOST POPULAR Bike/most SALABLE bike of BAJAJ history…P200!!!!

This is what PEOPLE were expecting long time back n would LOVE to see ….on OLD P200 cherish upgrade…going to take birth from BAJAJ’s stable…!!

.. but again I here feel sad for myself and gone a CRY ..u know why ..Guess guys…??!!

The ANSWER is that with this launch of ‘P220 DTS-i S’,I’ve lost now uniqueness and glory of my current(owned) Beauty of P200 DTS-i BLUE model(1.6 yrs old) which was upgraded by me to this look and is been riding proudly for last 4-5 months…

That is the way my bike was looking to be different(with the upgraded features of wider 180/220F forks,clip on handle bars 180/200 and PULSAR 3D new stickers…!!!).
Only rear disk brake was lagging and 20 cc,some extra power odd 3ps and max speed of fasted Indian…!!

But to achieve this my unique desire LOOK,I’ve spent much more buks in this upgrade which is(upgrade COSTing) very much greater what we can get in new buying delivery if P220 DTS-i S…….!!as I said wider forks,clip on handle bars,200+20=220 more ccs with more Power of 21 PS and
last but not the least FASTEST SEXY INDIAN with more SPEED tag as P220 S offered with weight less than P220F
and with the killers look of discontinued P200…!!

This would have been REALLY ROCKed only if HEADlight design had been changed in some innovative way..!!! But again we never know whether BAJAJ might introduce this in new P200/P250/P300 launch….!!!

Don’t u think so Guys….!!! :-)


Raymegeo January 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Another duck in the line.
Pulsar – definitly lame(male)!
If a 125cc motorcycle can make 56bhp(aprillia), this is definitly lame. A dyno test will reveal the real picture.
All the said power is made at the crank. minus 10-15% from it is what you actually feel.
Why can’t they bring in models like Fazer250/Twister250/300 atleast. A 25-30 bhp at the rear wheel will definitly be THRUST-worthy.


Sachin57 January 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm

We’d be more than happy if BAL launches a full faired 220.That’d cover all the options of 220> naked,semi faired and full faired.Wat say ppl?


Hell Riders January 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I’m agree with u.I can spend more 10-15 thousand for a full fairing from bajaj


jat__mafia January 21, 2010 at 7:52 pm

this wuld be a really gud bike..:)


Lumen Shawn Lobo January 22, 2010 at 1:09 am

happy with the bike…. but not the looks.. same old p200. come on…. do something new..


Vipin_S January 22, 2010 at 10:46 am

Looks like sales graph of P220 DTSi has plummeted and Bajaj is back with it’s super Idea of launching bikes every week to boost the sales graph.
The Pulsar margin is highest in bike industry and this bike with many common parts will fetch ‘super’ margin for Bajaj!
Bajaj more bothered about profit than anything else !!


tushaar January 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm

in my opinion, apache rtr180 is anyday better than this one!


dini June 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

apache…..? damid……. dis mke no one standing with my pulsar make…


UJL January 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Definetely not standing out !! P220 has lost its uniqueness to its other siblings !! What A pity !!


fas January 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Looks awesome and very well priced, now only if the Ninja engine makes it to the Pulsar :”P


tushal January 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Well i wrote sometime back and would like to tell the same thing again. Instead of stopping P200, they could have done this styling for body, some work on the engine and most importantly, changing the headlamp unit to be more like KTMs. By doing so, they could have retained the P200 and also created a mean street machine like the bigger Ducatis and KTMs. But Bajaj thinks otherwise and does a copy paste of engine from P220. They might be rite but customers might loose hope if you stop models within two three years, if it is a good product. I mean to say, many might not feel sorry for XCD but when they stop P200, it raises questions about Bajaj’s customer satisfaction attitude.


tushal January 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

And well, if hey had thought that there are too many options, then they could have stopped the P180 rather than P200. Or atleast they new P220 should have become P250 with a full fairing, mono shock, liquid cooled etc to take on R15 and the bullets on the highway as well.


Puneet January 25, 2010 at 10:57 am

hello guys!!
Since p200 was discountinued i was very upset because i was crazy about that bike but now i think its time to recover the breaths as the p220 is looking like the kicker ghost on the road i will obviesly have one whenever it is launched and mind you it looks terrible in silver, and black so if you are disciding buy go for that colours only.

i love you bajaj,but just change the name instead of pulsar because that is too old.


Arun January 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thats some tough competition that bajaj has introduced into the arena… i wonder how long the current design will last since its been here for three long years.. gotta see what comes next…


sunil January 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Well. this sucks. Bajaj is running out of ideas for design n trying the age-old mix n match crap. The fastest indian now looks like any other pulsar now. duh! TVS is better. Though their design for RTRs is same atleast they developed ABS n also hybrid scooters.


dini June 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

hay wat 1 is best in tvs……? bt the bajaj mks all rough and tough and stylish model…
hoe many figures i catched u knw ?… how is pssble?.. am dam sure its my pulsar only can help for the yong generation,,mind it


DKGbond3 January 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm

the headlamps are 35 watt, not 55 watt! :X


Saad January 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

We apologize for the incorrect info about the electricals. This bike would come with the normal 35/35 watt headlamp similar to Pulsar 180.


p.a.sankar January 29, 2010 at 11:58 pm

IT IS sad to see all pulsar’s look alike very same .try for newer designs and the company is dead slow in giving out new designs.


slayer February 4, 2010 at 12:23 am

the above bik has black 2 piece clip bars, white 55w lights n awesum pik up. When u drve it you’ll feel as if you’re riding a soprts bike. Tyres r also a bit wider as compared to d old 220. I don hv any complaint with ma bik. I luv it. I really lik whn pepole c my bik wit a surprising luk. ;)


Bajaj Pulsar February 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Love to hear about Bajaj Pulsar Bikes…. thanks for sharing nice photo graphs…


benjamin February 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

goin to get it today……;D


SJ February 12, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Hey guy’s Which Tyre is best MRF or EUROGRIP for bike ?


sanjiv February 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

iwant old 220 dtsi not this because old 220look is so good


sanky March 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm

i agree with sanjiv!!


SJ April 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

he faired Pulsar 220 rides on softer compound MRF Nylogrip tyres …..Owing to the workers strike at the MRF plant production of tyres had completely stopped.

So wouldn’t that mean the P220F also comes with Eurogrip tyres , or did they find just enough MRFs for the F version ?


gurmeet,new delhi May 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

new pulsar 220 bikini model let me down,what i was exceptin pulsar disappointed me!do u know anythng bajaj is innovatin in the pulsar series,except 250cc pulsar?thats just money combustion.i’ll be waitin


Ramesh chandra Behere July 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Hallo Sir,
This is Ramesh, it is very sad to that, i am looking for a pulsar 220s in misty grey color but i can not able to buy because of non-availabilty of this particular produt. I personally call customer care plenty of times but till today i could get any short of satisfactory reply about this bike form them (03/07/2010)not even get any messeges. I booked this bike in the month of may of 2010 in my local bajaj showroom, but they failed to provide me. So it is my request to you please inform about this matter whether i can buy that particular model or not. Thank you.


Rahul August 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

This is not even near a streetfighter. FZ-16 is a street fighter. Bajaj must try and get the fairing of this Pulsar rid of the visor, provide more low and mid RPM power and far more torque and make it ride lower in order for pulsar to be a street fighter. This looks like a Pulsar 200 with a Pulsar 220 graphics.


vinod tapkir October 28, 2010 at 8:22 am

Help me which bike i purchessed now i confused between pulsar 180 and new launched naked 220. i like 220 naked model but dont know average of new model 220
please give me advice


hasan December 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii buddies the bike 220 dtsi is themost wnted looks they design i was nt happy with the pulsar 200 before but 220 dtsibike is more sexy andfast furious bike in indiailove my pulsar more than my gf!!!!!!!!!


Tanmay March 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

will gonna buy buy 220s one day for sure …


tejas August 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm

So much good rachig bike


Alok Yadav March 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

i want pulsar 150 in misty grey,bt its discontinued.i want to know why?pls BAJAJ Chairman ,once again make it available.pls yaara!


fahd November 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

can u plz tell mr the on roadprice if pulsar 220S??


fahd November 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

can smeboday plz tell me the onroadprice of PUSAR220S????


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