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Pulsar 220 ... The 20 month wait ...

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0 to P220 in 20 months

Time travel back to Nov,2005. It was rumored to be a 250 twin cylinder bike, the likes of the baby Ninja by Kawasaki. Bajaj went so far as to let the bike be "spotted" by journalists. Pics of the bike spread like wildfire in which the bike had the body of a Kawasaki Ninja 250R covered in stickers ridden by a Bajaj technician on Pune streets.

Many of us started wondering if we would be able to to save approx 1.25 lakhs to pay for the bike in the coming 3-4 months.

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Then came the Auto Expo 2006 where the new Pulsar 180 and the Pulsar 220 were put on display. Many hearts broke and bled after seeing a single cylinder bike. Some still hoped that the Ninja was top secret and would be launched too. Some were happy to see that they could afford to buy at least this bike because the Ninja would burn a big hole in their pocket. Some wanted to book the bike at the Expo itself.

Magazines went crazy as the pics and the possible specs of the bike became necessary to cover in the next issue. Enthusiasts went on and on about the design of the headlights, the rear disk brake and of course, fuel injection. Man, they could hardly wait to lay their hands on one ... However, wait, was something they didnt know theyd have to do for a loong time.

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Its not like everyone waited. Some went out and bought other bikes feeling that they would rather cross the bridge when they came to it. Some waited for a few months and then started looking at other options. However, almost everyone took a lot of care before deciding to purchase another bike, lest the fuel injected monster was secretly scheduled for launch a few days after their purchase. I decided to put the thought of upgrading out of my mind till the time a 250cc or more machine, hopefully twin cylinder, hit the showrooms. It wasnt like I did not get tempted to change my decision. Every time the Indian bikers interest started dropping, out came another breaking news about the bike and its launch date. It was like having a year long er**tion. It hurt.

Pune became the most enviable city in the Indian bikers mind when the residents finally saw the Pulsar 220 just standing in the pro biking outlets last year. No advertisements, no announcements whatsoever. The Pulsar 220 had arrived and it needed no introduction.

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The first batch of the 220 cc Pulsars was probably booked for sale even before everyone interested in the bike came to know about it. People rushed to the showrooms and didnt even wait to read the specifications. They has learned them by heart. Booking amount was paid and the wait for delivery began.

The bikes finally hit the streets and the proud owners couldnt wipe off the happy grin on their faces for weeks. The questions at the red lights, the admiring looks of the opposite gender, the ability to race past almost anything on 2 wheels and the special treatment at the service stations; they loved it all. This was money very well spent. Then came the problems ...

Pulsar 220 started developing glitches that were never expected from a bike so costly. The issues had never been seen on Bajaj Pulsar or any other Indian bike before it. For the riders, it was time to scream, shout, complain and do just about everything to get someone to hear them : And they were heard, very well, and responded to after a long time. The second lot had yet to make its way into the hands of thousands willing to pay for the fastest 4 stroke Indian bike.

We are now hearing rumors again and even "confirmed" reports of the refined Pulsar 220s "nationwide" phased launch. 20 months down the line, no adverts yet from Bajaj. Makes me wonder, is this another marketing tactic? Should I advise my friend to wait? After all, hes depending on my input.

Too many mind games, too many promises broken, too many dreams shattered ...

PS : Remarkable, excellent, top of the line marketing strategy by Bajaj. I applaud and salute.

PPS : No adverts does not mean that Bajaj did not get a half a page advertisement printed in a major daily in December 2006. It just means that there were no official adverts from 2 months before the period mentioned.

Source : http://revlimit.co.in/SMF_Forum/index.php/topic,857.0.html

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  • Yes it has been a long wait for the Pulsar 220 since Jan 2006.

 

  • In Bangalore as of today you have to enter your name in a waiting list and wait for your turn so that you can Book the bike.

 

  • I could book mine after 1 month the first P220 was delivered in Bangalore because my number in the list was 215. According to last reports the list of guys waiting to book the P220 was around 1800.

 

  • Even after booking I have been told that the waiting period before delivery would be between 30-60 days. So I am just counting my days now.

 

  • After going through the ownership experiences of various P220 owners, I am mentally ready to face the following problems

    • Rear Disc Problems

    • Rear View Mirrors which do not offer good view of the background
    • Rear Grab Rails which are difficult to hold
    • The Fairing which might need to be tightened occassionally to prevent it from rattling
    • Problematic fuel guage display and flasher operating erratically on the Digital Speedometer

 

  • All that after after paying Rs.91K (On Road Price, Bangalore)

 

 

 

 

 

Now you might ask me why am I still ready to wait for the Pulsar 220..??

 

Here is my answer: Just show me a competitive product and then probably Ill ditch my Pulsar 220 plans.

 

Because the Pulsar 220 doesnt have any competition I dont have any other choice. And also I am growing older by the day.

 

 

 

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have to tried the mach 500.

 

The Bullet Machismo 500..?? Yeah thats a bike in its own league.

 

Honestly I dont have the guts to own a Bullet. Its takes a different kind of Biker to tame the Bullet.

 

Moreover I am not physically that well endowed.

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i know its a beast and the PICK UP ahhhhhhhh. But all you got to do is show some respect to the machine. its an lovely bike.

 

Y its does have its cons.
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Which bike are you referring to..??

 

The Pulsar 220 or the Bullet Machismo 500..??

 

 

 

 

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The 220 is nodoubt an excellent bike....but for after a 20 month wait one prefers small issues to be ironed out!

 

But, the next iteration of the 220 would definitely be improved over this version.....who knows it might even put out 21-22 Bhp(Hoping)!!!

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The 220 is nodoubt an excellent bike....but for after a 20 month wait one prefers small issues to be ironed out!

 

But, the next iteration of the 220 would definitely be improved over this version.....who knows it might even put out 21-22 Bhp(Hoping)!!!
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Oh yes a bump in BHP will definitely be expected in the next version of the P220. I am sure its going to to feature an completely new look with more proportional bodywork and maybe even feature monoshock and upside down forks..!!

 

But I guess that will take at least two more years to appear on the streets. I hope by then I will be ready to sell my P220 (God it has still not been delivered and here I am, planning even to sell it..!!smiley17.gif)

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Nope, going by previous releases of Pulsars and current market competition....I think it should be much faster than that!

 

I guess...mid next year we should see the next iteration out!

 

And monoshock and bodywork changes will surely be there....but USD forks is asking for a bit too much from Bajaj!!!

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... And monoshock and bodywork changes will surely be there....but USD forks is asking for a bit too much from Bajaj!!!

 

One can never tell..  before the UG II versions came out, no one imagined that the Pulsar would sport digital meters, backlit switches and self cancelling turn indicators.

 

Bajaj has surprised us at every launch. I hope they continue to surprise us.

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Hey guys, this Praveen Selvam. Ive been on the list for a while too. I was excited when the guys called me a day ago and told me that I could book it now. I booked the beast yesterday and am eager to get my hands on. Theyve promised to give it by next weekend. I do agree there are some cons to the bike, but I guess theyre quite unnoticeable with all the other good factors. They are very particular in driving it within 60 for the first 1000 kms. Its like having the nitro and still not using it. Anyway, Im planning to drive it to work so I can cross the 1000 soon. I was quite impressed with the test run. The guys promise a better performance on road. Lets see whats upfront. Also, check out the video in Google Videos that feature a guy on a wheelie with P220 on a continuous 2.2 km stretch. KUDOS to him!!!

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