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A Rookie's Dream vehicle..
Aug 26, 2008 02:16 PM 13079 Views




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Hi, This is my third review on Mouthshut.Thanks to all the readers who support me!

Back witha brand new review of an old timer.The first model of the "BAJAJ PULSAR 180"

This is in regard with the 2002 model with the electric start option.The acquisition took place a month back.The review is at 21k kms on the bike's meter.

The bike is an unbeleivable combination of comfort, POWER and style.The very first model is with the round headlamp.I have broad tryes for the rear wheel.(MRF zappers).

The PROS of the bike are its excellent build quality.The non-dtsi was quite a self sustaining model.althought the people from bajaj deviced a new plan to put up their sales and incorporated technology into their beast.the beast without the technology even till date manages to zip past any of its brothers with technology.

I do constant high speed runs on the bike and it has a very effective throttle response.speeds from 60 upwards till 80-90 dont need gear downshifts.just a right hand twist would be suffecient.The 173.6 cc engine is able to churn out 16 bhp without a prob

The CONS of the bike also exist in harmony with the advantages, but bajaj has given a fair tradeoff between the two.The bike lacks fuel effeciency when compared to teh newer versions of the beast.

The carb jetscrew just needs a few turns(half turns wus be suffecient) to turn the cruising beauty into a racing minded monster.I have tried the performance of the machine with tradeoff's with mileage even to the extrent of 30 kms.The mileage kind of remains constant after that .so if you dont care all that much about mileage and want just roaring power you can set the carb jets to give you just wat u want.

Stock headlamps are 35 W.They can be replaced with H$ halogen bulbs but witha chnage in teh holder(socket which hold the bulb).However the socket change is not required in the front fairing model.They come with a compatible socket.The battery needs to be on constant check.I would personally advice you to remain witha normal lead acid battery which can be reconditioned cos you would require a recharging in about 6 months(hardly costs 30 rupees).

The chain is bound to get loose very soon and hence requires attention.Its very simple to know that its time for a tightening.When u shift to the first gear if the transition sound is too loud then I suppose you should be heading that trip to your mechanic first.

Through and through the bike is a very good piece of engineering.

In case you are looking for some upgrades on the beast then you could consider the following aspects.

Looks wise:

1)front headlamp fairing can be changed

2)Alloy wheels( they dont help in anything else.handling improves->is a myth)

3)HID lamps for the headlamps.(requires some knowledge on the bike's wiring diagram)

Performance wise:

1)K&N air filter-preferable RC1060 or R1060

2)Irdium Spark Plugs

3)Exhaustec Silencer(exhaust)

A note to all riders .please forget the idea of getting your crash guard removed.The bike is a full 132 kilos and your legs or any part of the body stand no chance under the vehicle in case of a mishap.The crash guard are strategically designed to pivot the bike saving your feet from getting squashed under the weight of the bike.

Also please refrain from adding too many body kits because a lot of work and energy goes in from the designers and engineers to design a vehicle for optimum performance and requirements .You will be messing up major calculations if you change the design and you may end up messing the aerodynamics of the behicle causing your vehicle to be very unstable at high riders .please caution yourselves.

Finally.Wear A  helmet.Ride safe.All the best!

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