Was busy deciding which bike to buy. My criteria initially atleast was to go in for a 150 cc bike. That sounded like a good trade-off between power and mileage. But then, my gaze fell upon the Pulsar 180cc. That bike rocks in practically every aspect. Convinced a bud of mine to let me take this monster for a ride. Ok, not really a monster or anything, but definitely a devil of a ride.
This bike has a real good feel to it. The ride quality is good and does not vibrate even at speeds of over 100 kmph. The tyres however are not really meant for those high speeds. The brakes remain as good as the ones in the older versions of the Pulsar.
The pick-up has improved and is definitely better than its arch-competitor, the HH Karizma. However, at speeds beyond 80 kmph, the Karizma outdoes the Pulsar. In city roads, who cares. The initial burst of speed matters and thats what the Pulsar delivers. The looks of this bike are absolutely killer and befitting of India's first power bike. Definitely male.
The gear shift on the Pulsar still has lot to be desired. This could result in a change in the gear plates over time. There is also the issue of the chain coming loose. Better figure out how to fix that yourself. Of course, the service at the under-staffed Bajaj service centers could be another irritant. NEVER leave your bike there for them to repair or service. Stay with them, or better yet, fix an appoinment.
All in all, I find the Bajaj Pulsar 180 cc a real winner. If the flow of chi is right and if all my stars are where they ought to be, this baby will be my ride in a a few weeks. Amen t'that.