You will see a steady stream of such news on our website and on the interweb. After all, the deadline for equipping vehicles with ABS is coming closer. April 2019 is the month from which only ABS or CBS equipped vehicles will be allowed to be sold in India. Bajaj Auto, last year, had begun the process and while its vehicles with a lakh+ price tag have already got ABS, the lower priced ones hadn’t. However, in comes the news that the Pulsar 220F has now got ABS. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS price in India is Rs 1.05 lakh, ex-Delhi. This price is Rs 7,000 over the non-ABS model. Bookings will start in a few days while deliveries will happen in a month.
What’s new in the Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS?
The Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS has got a ABS logo on the front fork. It uses a single channel ABS system from the Pulsar 200NS. However, the ABS ring is present on the rear wheel as well. This in short helps the rider from doing unintended stoppies. In essence, the rear ring measures the wheel speed and prevents it from lifting. The Bajaj Pulsar 220F has also gained two kilograms in the process and the motorcycle now has a kerb weight of 157kg. The meter dial also gets a ABS visual indicator that stays on when you first start the motorcycle and disappears on the move. A 260mm disc at the front and 230mm rear disc are being provided with the 220F.
The Pulsar 220F has been around since end-2006. The motorcycle was designed to take on the Hero Karizma. Every month, Bajaj manages to move more than 5,000 units of the 220F. It still remains one of the most affordable semi-faired 220cc motorcycle in the country. The oil-cooled 220cc single cylinder engine makes 21PS and 18.3Nm. The gearbox is a 5-speed unit. In 2017, Bajaj had updated the 220 with laser edge graphics, a new belly pan and 3D stickers. A new exhaust too was part of the deal.
Editor’s note: I personally love the 220F and believe it has got the price to performance ratio in the sub-Rs 1 lakh price bracket. Now with the addition of ABS, it has become an even more worthy contender to the Apache 200 and the Xtreme 200.