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Bajaj Pulsar 180cc Dtsi

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Bajaj Pulsar 180


Launched in 2001 along with its 150cc sibling, Bajaj Pulsar 180cc was the originator of a true biking revolution in India. Known, by then, to only small-size motorcycles that served only as a convenient and inexpensive means of travel, the Indian roads had been unaware of the real spirit of biking, and so were the riders of those roads. It was Bajaj auto that introduced the Indian streets to an altogether different class of bikes that were designed to satiate the longing of those passionate about biking. Starting from 2001, Bajaj Auto has brought forward a number of striking models in the Pulsar range, never forgetting to upgrade the existing ones. And which each new update or launch, this Indian bike-major has provided the Indian crowds with something to gape at.

Bajaj Pulsar 180cc itself has been through a series of alterations occurring every two or three years. Starting with the debut in 2001, Pulsar 180 has had fresh models released in the years 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011. While this Bajaj Pulsar 180cc DTS-i came out in 2009, the year 2011 saw some more updates though nothing spectacular enough to fit the earlier track-record of Bajaj Pulsar. Getting a number of style cues from the beefy Pulsar 200, Pulsar 180 Dtsi now flaunts a more muscular look, its cleverly tweaked mill delivers a better performance and several improvements in its structure account for an easier handling.

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The latest variant of Bajaj Pulsar 180cc DTS-i sports a design that is the perfect blend of the vibrant contours of the older 180 and the muscular build of the 200 model. It has a length of 2035mm, width of 765mm and height of 1165mm which gives the bike a fairly wide ground clearance of 150mm besides a wheelbase of 1350mm. Weighing a total of 147kg, the Pulsar 180 Dtsi has been given a very sprint-y look with its aerodynamic fairing, up-swept muffler and a build that is brawny but with a clear dash of sleekness. The handlebars are clip-on type which imparts better handling, and the placing of the switches for the electric start, engine kill and passing on the handlebars makes those controls easily reachable. The seats are split-type and so are the alloy grab-rails which, again, complements the sporty stance of the motorbike. Coming to the electricals, the Pulsar 180 has a 12V full DC electrical system that delivers a 35W of power for both the high as well as the low beam of the headlamp.


Coming from an attractive line-up of Pulsar, Bajaj Pulsar 180 was, no doubt, a head-turner right from the inception. The front of this motorcycle flaunts a sharply designed headlamp fitted with twin pilot lamps that together resembles a wolf's eye giving the bike a very wild front facade. But it is the side view that is more worthy of gawking at. The broad and beefy fuel tank of Pulsar 180 Dtsi which already imparted a very energetic feel to the bike owing to its aerodynamic fairing, now looks even more dynamic with the 200-inherited raised lettering and sharp extensions. Plus, the 37mm silver-coated front forks adopted from the Pulsar 200 and the thicker rear tyre mounted over a six-spoke alloy wheel add more muscle to the 180 besides acting as a sure-shot looks-booster. 

Engine & Performance

To propel this mighty package of speed, the Bajaj engineers have put an air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke, DTS-i engine with a displacement of 178.6cc to work which has been harmonized with a 5-speed gearbox. For a power to weight ratio of 115.7bhp per tonne, the Pulsar 180 Dtsi cranks out a maximum of 16.79bhp at 8500rpm for a maximum of 14.22Nm torque. Besides delivering the impressive figures of power and torque, the sturdy mill of Pulsar 180cc also acts very efficiently when it comes to fuel-consumption. And the speed is simply enthralling. With the speedometer topped with a 118kmph mark, it takes merely 5.07 seconds for Pulsar 180 to go from a stand-still to a 60kmph while a 100kmph can be reached within 16.6 seconds.

That was about the mechanical part, now moving on to the technological part. The science that makes the Pulsar 180 power-house work lies in the TRICS III and intelligent CDI technology which works seamlessly to maintain a smooth flow of power through the electrical network resulting in a better throttle response. What adds to the ride quality is the fabulous suspension system of the motorbike which is composed of a telescopic suspension paired with anti-friction bush for the front and a 5-way adjustable suspension coupled with a Nitrox shock absorber for the rear.


Fitted with a fuel-tank of 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable), this bike provides a fuel-economy of 43.4kmpl in the city and 46kmpl on highways which means a single fill would take you approximately 651km on city streets while on highways, you can go as far as 690km.

Braking & Handling

Bajaj Pulsar 180cc Dtsi has undergone many updates that have imparted a much better handling and a much safer braking to the motorcycle. 240mm disc brakes for the front wheel set into a 90/90 x 17 inch tyre and 130mm drum brakes for the rear which is surrounded by an even thicker 120/80 x 17 inch tyre provide a very efficient braking mechanism that can bring a Pulsar 180 speeding at 60kmph to a stand-still within 2.15 seconds after covering a range of 15.6m.

For improvements in handling, a number of tweaks and twists have been worked upon Bajaj Pulsar 180 Dtsi which include a telescopic pair of 37mm front forks, new clip-ons, enhanced suspension quality, nitrox rear shock absorbers and chunkier tyres, – overall a much easier and comfortable ride that demands minimal efforts from the rider whether it is on a smooth straight drive, a bumpy road or the most difficult of turns.

Safety Features

Bajaj Pulsar 180 Dtsi is not all about style and fun, it also supplies a fair amount of safety to its riders. The set of thick tubeless tyres measuring 90/90 x 17 inch for the front wheel and 120/80 x 17 inch for the rear are well-crafted to grip the road properly and provide just the right amount of friction for safe braking. Talking about braking, 240mm disc brakes and 130mm drum brakes do the duty for the front and rear wheels respectively and are capable of bringing the bike from 60kmph to 0 in 2.15 seconds.


Excellent performance
Impressive ride quality
Good handling


Lack in rider's comfort due to forward sloping seat and tank indents make ride uncomfortable.

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