Pulsar 180cc UG-4 Ownership Review by Vikas

by Kannan on January 25, 2011

Hello everyone, I am Vikas Solanki from New Delhi, Capital of India. I’m a employee of Dishtv & a hardcore bike lover. I have a Pulsar 180 UG-4 which is completely owned by me which has done over 10500 KM. Yes, I have bought this Bajaj Pulsar 180 on my own. I bought it one year back on 23rd Oct 2009.

I have done a review on the bike according to my experiences with it after 1 Yr. So that I can explain all the pros and cons of the bike. Initially I used to ride my CT 100 DLX (from Oct 2004) & Hero Honda Glamour 125 CC (From Feb 2007) but I was not completely satisfied with both bike due to below mentioned reasons,

Bajaj CT 100 DLX: Lack of power due to 100 CC Engine however mileage is superb 80+

Hero Honda Glamour 125 CC: Good looking bike however issue with tail light assembly which start giving sound like (Khad Khad) I always asked my parents to get me a new bike but I always faced rejection. Finally after a few years in 2009, I successfully persuaded my parents to buy me a bike, the 220 DTS Fi was what I had in mind though I mention its name to them.

When I got the 220’s quotation, dad rejected going for it since he had a fear about its power & my safety. 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.

But when I moved to showroom of Bajaj I found Pulsar 180 UG 4 which have new visual,

Features

Clip-on handle bar for better grip, Step seats good for pillion, thicker front shocks absorber for smoother ride, toe only shifter for quick gear change, greater exhaust pipe angle better than 150 CC, Removed kick start lever (Cons), All DC control for better performance and great headlight reflection, Wider rear tire (tubeless both front & rear), tubular section swing arm, Big chassis like Pulsar200/220’s, Half chain guard & included O-ring chain, All taken straight from the P220 (Street fighter), with all these I believe the new P180 looks as good as the P220 street fighter.

According to me Pulsar180 is the best in the Pulsar & 180 CC range for a commuter cum speed lover like as we all. The engine feels more refined at earlier version No need to change the 5th gear till 28Kmh without engine knocking. Commuting in the city, streets at 45~55Kmph is comfortable as the RPM is not high it saves the fuel and provide good average. The BHP is increased by 1BHP (17.02 HP (12.4 kW) @ 8500 RPM) compared to the previous model. Which provide good power for better performance?

Handling

Pulsar 180 UG 4 have good increased wheelbase which provide better stability in city’s bumper to bumper traffic at speeds as low as 5kmph without placing the feet on ground, as well as cruise comfortably at speeds of 80~85kmph on highways. Even after crossing 100kmph mark, it doesn’t show any sign of vibrations.

The MRF tubeless zapper tires provides excellent road grip 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.

Performance

Overall it performs is Superb The initial pickup till 10kmph is not that good at low rpm with/without a pillion, due to bike weight, though soon after 1500 RPM, it’s a street fighter, I’ve taken my bike to 124KMPH on a outer ring road delhi, on that road when I overtake one of Scorpio the SUV Driver was looking his speedometer. (But don’t often take it over 115~120Kmph for the engine’s long life). After reaching 124 still bike was showing that I can ecslarate more for …129…130…132…135…and more.

I have even compared it with 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 as compared to P200 127kph.

Mileage

The mileage which I get under normal city riding is above 45Kmpl and above 52Kmpl on highways but it varies with riding style that how you esclrate and Brake. These are very good mileage for a bike 180 CC of this capacity. It delivers a very good performance in its class.

Maintenance or Servicing

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

  • Adjust the Rear break it require 10-15 MM of Breat Padal rotation,
  • For Disk Breaks please check the Holes of disc plate it some dust Hole blocked then please clear or change the disc pad if some lines are there on disc plate than change both (Disc Plate and Shoe).
  • Change Disc break oil after every 10000 KM.
  • Cleaning or adjusting the carburetor setting 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 & adjust the Spark Plug gap (Change it in every 10000 Km).
  • Maintaining the tire pressure as mentioned by the manufacturer (if possible use Nitrogen Air).
  • Replacing the engine oil after every 2000 – 2500km (20W50 only).

Now I have completed my 7th service from authorized Bajaj dealer I have change bike engine oil 7 times specially first at 400 Km & second at 1200 Km. Two time Valve setting (inner valve jammed in every 2000 Km) after that I have faced only a single issue with this bike that engine oil leakage from neutral switch O Ring.

Pros

  • Lots of new features like Clip-on handle, Wider tire, Sporty tank cowl etc.
  • Beautiful cockpit & electronic tit bits (All DC).
  • Automatic indicator shut down.
  • Sports bike performance & Great Mileage.
  • Good value for money.
  • White base in Techo Meter which feels refresh.
  • When switch to ON all light glow and feel different from other bikes.

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 or Honda.
  • Rear braking should have been better (Disc Brake).
  • Oil leakage from Neutral switch O ring.

But after riding on this bike more than 10500 Km I think this is best bike (not because I am using it) but you can use this bike according to situation like, sports or normal city riding or long drive.

Regards,
Vikas Solanki

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Nilavo January 25, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Nice review.It really shows the passion for your bike.

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Vikas Solanki January 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Thanks !!

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Shahriar January 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm

excellent review……

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Akhil Jamal January 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

Correct me if I am wrong . :) I believe p180 is the best bike bajaj has ever manufactured . . Bcoz , it is lowest maintainance compared to p150 or the others and the engine is really good ! And the mileage figures are pretty good too :) am a honda fan , and am damn anti bajaj :) but when it comes to p180 , i ll make exceptions . . . . Nice bike . .

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pratheep January 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

Hi bro!!!!!!! vikos

i m fan of YAMAHA…i love r15

i dont like bajaj and tvs bikes…..but i still love pulsar 180{ from old to new i love 180cc pulsars they rocks}

-Pratheep{ Chennai -capital of Tamilnadu}

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darsh January 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

nice review dude… Bajaj bikes are always good but pulsar 180,200,220 series are makes the chain sound..&also discover 125,135

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JK ultimate January 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Good n nice review.

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Shah January 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Nice bike nice review…:)

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fas January 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I love this colour on the Pulsar. The pictures dont do justice at all. The metallic wet grey looks simply awesome.

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RIAZ HOSSAIN January 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Wonderful review.Pulsar 180 is a very good bike. Thank you for your good review

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Nitin January 26, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Good review and great bike. After reading the review, i am more tempted to ride this power house.

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Pritam Dhamde January 26, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Nice review

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Rohit January 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm

it’s not “ecslarate”..it is “accelerate”……though its a good one……

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jayakrishnan January 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Nice Review………….

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not such a fan of pulsar January 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

This review tell s it all , typical mindset of indian , when a boy goes to college , he asks i want a pulsar 220 ! dad tells beta woh tho bahut powerfull hota hein ! pulsar 135 lelo ! kid agrees ! he goes to grad college ! dad new bike ! p220 ! beta 150 lelo ! finally after going to job he takes pulsar 220 !
And Bajaj is also clever it release bikes with only 20 cc difference,
if the first para is one part of story this is another story
new neighbour takes 150 , jealous guy that poor bastard took 150 beta take 180 enjoy !
and in 10 years it will be
Pulsar tricycle -> pulsar Cycle(with gear without gear obviously pulsar with gear release as UG101) -> Pulsar scooter -> pulsar 100cc to 1000cc and in between discover

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Srikanth VM January 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm

>>pulsar Cycle(with gear without gear)
Rofl
bajaj has created a brand name and can say confidently it has established its name

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sanjib kumar January 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Hi vikas,

really liked your review. i would like to ask you one simple question. Why did you say the gear box is not exceptional like Honda or Yamaha? Did you ever face any problem shifting gear in your P180?
For the last two year I have been riding Glamour125 and planning to buy a Pulsor. Would you suggest me to buy p180? Please write back.

Cheers and happy riding,
Sanjib (biker bro)

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Tanmoy January 29, 2011 at 11:51 pm

@not such a fan of pulsar, dont criticize bajaj, one day it will be india’s no.1 bike co. without help on any foreign collaboration like hero honda.

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Shashank January 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hey man! Nice review.
But where in Delhi you stay. I see number plate to be of East Delhi, around Vinod Nagar or Mandawali, Ganesh Nagar, Shakarpur areas!

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subesh February 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm

HEy nice review man ………….

I have been using my P180 of my friend for a week…… Since my FZ was off to service staion …

I felt the power …. If the bike is fitted with some nice tyre like Mclrn or Some other wider one… it wud b amazing… Ur bike s lucky to have such things …

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aditya February 5, 2011 at 8:04 pm

please tell me how much it cost to u onroad
hurry

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neelay g February 6, 2011 at 10:18 am

dude im too a owner of da same bike but i never experienced oil leakage frm my bike…

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Bunty February 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

You rock man and your bike is also rock.I also like p180 and i also have it but i reach approx 138 on my pulsar 180.And your explanation of this bike impress me so much.But i think it have a problem of “no charger” because it is essential that if bike doesn’t have a kick than it has a charger like p220 .

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prasad February 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

Hi.. guys.. i would like to buy new bike but i’m totaly confused in between fz and P180 which is the best bike, i need power pick up, grip also.. plz……. help me guys..

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subesh February 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

hey Dude !!! pick up is better in P180 , FZ is for more comfort , it can turn lot of heads than p180 , ………..

by look (fz is better according to me ) looks depends on induvidual likes and dislikes….

by pick up and top mark( p180 is better) Fz lacks top end performance ….

milage is almost same for both bikes (FZ is 40 if u dont rip vehicle frequently (worst case milage is 30)…. P180 also gives u , 40 i suppose(worst case milage is 35)) ….

pricing (jst check out on road prices)………

grip : fz stability and cornering is excellent …. but p180 u need to use ur skills …. if u make mistake u may pay for it …. (i mean u shd be skilled to handle p180 around corners)

my advice is : if u need power pick up top speed go for p180 …. if need zippy city ride eye cathcy machine go for FZ ….

Hope my reply is useful for u !!

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praveen March 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

180 ug4 is the best bike for money….it got power more than any 150cc around and it’s just looks like a pulsar 220 sf..
it’s true that a skillful rider is needed to handle this baby….
1) taking a u turn and moving the bike is hard – due to it’s massive weight.
2) the weight of the bike allows to cruse in high speeds without wind turbulence.
3) back brake is low but front disk is great..
4) mileage is good in both highway and city riding..
i love my “BLACKBULLET”……

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Sunil K.R. June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

It is better if p180 has Rear Disk Brake

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sonu v June 11, 2011 at 11:13 pm

hey man…. i was crasy when i got refused to buy p220 from my parents…. declared to buy 180… but i made me happpy by lots of mean… thankzzzz bro

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sai kireet naidu November 2, 2011 at 9:12 pm

hi…… i baught p 180 after reading ur review thakzzzzzzz dude………

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jay November 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

plzzz…tell me in bajaj pulsar 180 tubeless tyre ,so plz tell me how many puncture done in 1 tyre after v have change the tyre ?

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sandy February 5, 2012 at 8:04 am

my pulsar 180 ug4 provides an exellent smooth controlling but when i ride my friend’s bike karmiza r it provides much better and smoother handling than my pulsar 180. hey guys pulsar 220f is not a 1300cc monster heavy bike even p150 rider can handle p220f easily.

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justin April 25, 2012 at 1:13 pm

wats the mileage ?

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sanil August 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

BRO BEST REVIEWS….jus tell me does the absense of kick makes any problem to the bike.be honest n tel me guyz…….. coz m buyng it next week…

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Surya December 11, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Bajaj bikes can be used for a long time without problem, for this you must learn to clean the airfilter by your own. Its very easy. Bajaj’s air filter is a sponge,clean it with kerosene then soak it, put the sponge in a newspaper then squeeze it so that the paper would soak all the kerosene from the sponge. Then pour a little engine oil(any low cost engine oil) on the sponge and squeeze it , so that the engine oil spreads all over the sponge and then install it. If you follow this, not a single dust can enter in your bikes engine. Most mechanics are idiots, once I serviced my bike but the mechanic did not installed the sponge carefull after that lot of dust entered into the engine.

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Ankit March 13, 2013 at 9:27 am

Hi Vikas,

I am facing the same problem with my bike’s netural o ring, its leaking the oil. I appriciate if you can tell me how u get it repaired and how much did it costs you.

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