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Here is a much awaited review of Pulsar 220cc , and that too a comparision with Karizma! This drag was organized by xBhp members – Pawan (owner of first 220 ) , Technocrat ( Moderator – xBhp), Vivek (xBhp Member).
The BikeÂ looks good & itâ€™s stunning. It feels big when you sit on it, infact it gives you a big BikeÂ ka feel the moment you sit on it, mainly due to the clip-ons & slightly backwards footrests. BAL as again has got a winner here, the fit & finish levels are very good infact much better than HH or for that matter ZMA. The digi Speedo console looks great & the self test looks charming The first things that you notice are missing choke lever, fuel knob & a new pass beam switch along with the backlit switch panel & of course the LCD Digi console.
The Riding experience
My biggest worry was since this BikeÂ doesnâ€™t have kick starter how good would the self be & am glad to say that the self lived up to its expectation. The BikeÂ starts very smoothly & almost effortlessly.
The gear shift is smooth & precise but still doesnâ€™t not slot like CBZ\ZMA, some like it some donâ€™t. I was fine with it as I had used this type of shift on my pulsar 180 but yes this one was better than the one on mine. Not a leap of change in the gear shift but nevertheless a good one. Those who like slotting gears may still crib but I was happy with it as I had no false neutrals & no wrong gears.
The engine is smooth really smooth & the BikeÂ picks up really sweetly, the exhaust note is nice but whether one likes it or not may differ from person to person. Once revved up the BikeÂ gets the typical pulsar vibes near tank & fairing though they are minimal but can still be felt on the knee touching the fairing near tank. These vibrations come around 70kph & above.
Just like its smaller siblings the RVMs on P220 become useless at these speeds as they vibrate so much that you cant make out what you see in the mirrors but since you cant see much anyways its not much of a problem. Oh that reminds me did I tell you guys that the RVMs are absolutely useless especially if you are wearing a minimalist riding gear, reminds me of classic Pulsars which had stylish mirrors but very poor visibility wrt the ones sported by DTSI versions, Yeah BAL did it again
The BikeÂ picks up really well on roll-ons, the most amazing thing was that even at 5th gear the BikeÂ picked up at 25kph, though it pinked a bit but still picked up without any jerks
I found the suspension to be a little stiffer than the ZMAÂ while Pawan felt otherwise. The roads had no bad patches so cant say about how they would feel under bad road conditions.
The BikeÂ has very sporty feel to it. The seats have good support & it holds you well. The BikeÂ is really good if you want to ride it fast (which of course you would ). I rode the P220 for around 10-15 kms & my right shoulder started to pain, does it make it really bad for long riding ?? To answer this, it reminds of the first two days when I had bought my 180 DTSi (which was my first BikeÂ ever) & when my arms pained like hell for two complete days ï‹ so itâ€™s just a matter of getting used to. So does this make the P220 a good tourer ?? Or to say will it be more comfy than a ZMAÂ for long rides ?? In my humble opinion with a guy of my height (am 5â€™10â€)NO. Although the engine is really refined with enough power to take long stretches effortlessly the riding posture is not what you would want for such long rides. Having said that itâ€™s still a matter of personal choice, I mean Sunny & Ken keep doing long rides on SBKs which in common perception are not good for long rides.
Disclaimer: I am not comparing it to the SBKs just the riding posture
All those who got disappointed hereâ€™s another way to look at it. Those who are shorter in height may find the BikeÂ to be better than the ZMAÂ for riding comfort since they wont face the issue which taller guys like me faced i.e. crouched position & knees touching the fairing. So I think it can be safely put that it would be more comfy for shorter people that taller people for long rides
I took the P220 on ghats & on straights; the BikeÂ has really good handling when compared to the smaller pulsars especially because of the better swing arm & the riding posture & not to forget wider tubeless tires. The BikeÂ is very eager to lean when compared to previous Pulsars. So is this the new Handling champion ?? Sadly No here where I hated BAL the most, they have actually ruined a great handling BikeÂ into a non handling one, the reason ?? The stupid main stand aargh the mains stand scrapes at slightest of the lean ïŒ I am very sure infact confidant that if the main stand is removed the BikeÂ will be an awesome handler
Ok just before some shouts that he has taken curves without scraping the stand, I will like to make it clear that the stand scraping happens when you are taking tight twisties uphill or downhill i.e. it wonâ€™t affect much on straights but then you only need the leaning aspect on such twisties.
Full marks here no comments it simply rules here Excellent breaking supported by a wide profile rear as well as front tire(Yes the front tire is broader too )
10 out of 10 or may be 11 out of 10. The lights everywhere including the headlights are superb. Let it be tail lamps or the LCD or the backlit switches
Frankly speaking the drags which we had were very amateurish & should be taken only as indicative & not as a proof because:
- The bikes had diff mileage on odo
- The drag was done on a strip which was barely 100-200 mtrs
- We had no timing device. And a few launches were not synchronized properly
- My ZMAÂ is stock but has heavier & broader rear tire.
Result 1: P220 VS My ZMA
P220 won on 2 runs
Result 2: P220 vs. Modded ZMAÂ (Vivekâ€™s)
ZMAÂ won 3 times
P220 won once when Vivek rode the P220 & Pawan rode the ZMA
Well am no journalist & this isnâ€™t any magazine so I am really not sure what to post as a conclusion or verdict, rather I would put it as answers to commonly asked Qs
Q1: Is the P220 worth buying its price?
A1: Yes the P220 is a very good piece of machinery.
Q2: Is it better than ZMA?
A2: This is still debatable, while the engine is more powerful & has more torque than the ZMA, it still has niggling issues like poor RVMs & vibrations at higher revs which the ZMAÂ lacks, Also the handling though very good is marred by the stupid stand which I believe can be fixed.
At the end one has to decide his priorities & go for it
Q3: Should I trade my ZMAÂ for the P220
A3: Unless you want to go for all the gadgetry & that extra power NO. Remember the slightly mudded zap beat it in the unofficial drag
Taken from xBhp.com