Bajaj Pulsar 180 Neon: Pros & Cons.
Pulsar 180 is a new sportier version of Pulsar 150, carrying a bigger 178.6 cc engine, producing 16.8 BHP and 14.22 Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and weighs 145 kg, which is just 1 kg over the 150 cc counterpart, as the 180cc Pulsar now comes equipped with a rear disc brake. This makes it quite more powerful than the smaller version, claiming a top speed of 122 kmph. Most of the components of both the bikes are shared while the elements like split rear grab rail and bigger tyres make it look better in the visual comparison. It takes just 5.2 seconds for 0-60 kmph and rivals TVS Apache RTR 180 in its segment. Here we have some description of Neon 180:
Design and Style:
In 2009, the newly upgraded Bajaj Pulsar 180 made its debut. It featured wider tyres, a split seat, clip-on handlebars, a 3D Pulsar logo and tank scoops, all welcome features for this new generation of bikes. The Pulsar 180 is a well-built vehicle with plenty of bulk: its body is sturdy and muscular, yet surprisingly elegant in its appearance. It’s more refined and aerodynamic than its previous incarnation. While the previous form of the 180 featured a single-step seat, the new model (2009) was updated to a split seat, much like the Pulsar 200 and 220 models. The split seat is nicely designed: it is firm, with just enough give to keep a driver comfortable on long journeys, and the leather is clean, sleekly moulded and high quality. The bike’s dominant black body colour is strong and sharp. It sports a broad, bold looking fuel tank with aerodynamic fairing, and the overall metallic finish is classy and sleek. Now, for the year 2017, Bajaj has made a few changes in the Pulsar 180 to give it a fresh lease of life. The 2017 model comes with all-new shades (with new graphics), a rear disc brake, and BSIV compliant engine
2017 Pulsar 180’s instrument console has also been given a much-needed upgrade, bringing it up to date with the new generation of performance motorcycles. It now features a smart digital console with a neutral blinker, low battery dial, self-cancelling indicator switches and a low-fuel indicator, in addition to the standard speedometer, odometer and trip meters. All of the displays are clear and easy to comprehend.
Engine and Gearbox:
2017 Pulsar 180 is equipped with a 180cc DTS-I, four-stroke, air-cooled engine. It’s capable of a maximum power of 16.8 Bhp at 8500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 14.2 Nm at 6500 rpm. Bajaj holds the Indian patent for its DTS-I technology – Digital Twin Spark Ignition. Its throttle-actuated control system for the ignition works in conjunction with its digital capacitor, chip-controlled ignition system to make the best of the engine’s load-bearing capacity. The engine is also equipped with ExhausTEC (Exhaust Torque Expansion Chamber) technology, another Bajaj patent, which modifies the bike’s swirl characteristics and its back-pressure, helping to boost the bike’s performance at low and mid-range revs. The gearbox that comes with the bike is five-speed, manual transmission, offering excellent engine performance.
Acceleration and Top Speed:
Bajaj claims that the 180cc engine will push the bike to a maximum speed of 136 kmph, an ambitious claim for a bike of this kind. In practice, you’ll be able to push the bike up to a maximum speed of 122 kmph, showing that there’s plenty of power in this machine. The bike’s acceleration is very strong: it can accelerate from 0 to 60 kmph in 5.8 seconds, putting it at the top end of its class.
The 2017 variant of the Pulsar 180 is expected to have a certified mileage of 58 kmpl for driving at a constant speed of roughly 55 kmph. Under testing, the bike provides a mileage of approximately 40-45 kmpl, falling to about 35 kmpl in city traffic, which is reasonable but not outstanding – for some drivers; this will push the running costs of the bike too high for it to remain a budget option. The fuel tank has a capacity of 15 litres.
Comfort While Riding:
2017 Pulsar 180 is a surprisingly comfortable ride, given that previous Pulsar models have scored badly on driver comfort. The nitrox rear shock absorbers have a five-step adjustment setting that gives excellent riding comfort. On poor-quality road surfaces, the bike’s rear-based foot pegs offer a good knee-hold.
Like the other new and bigger models of the Pulsar, the pillion seat now has the rear grab rail for greater comfort and security. The bike also features a powerful, even aggressive headlamp (12 volts, full DC) that gives a good constant beam at all speeds of travel.
Suspension and Brakes:
The Bajaj Pulsar 180’s suspension has also been overhauled following on from previous models. The bike borrows a 37mm fork assembly from its sibling the Pulsar 220. At the rear, it borrows the swing arm found on the 220 Avenger: a nitrogen-assisted gas-powered shock absorber, coupled with triple-rated springs, designed to cope with harsh terrain and poor road conditions. In practice, the bike’s suspension performs very well: it absorbs shocks consistently, even when at top speed on poor road surfaces, and reduces vibrations to the minimum. The 2017 Pulsar 180 is equipped with large 260mm disc brakes at the front, and 130mm drum brakes at the rear. While the smaller drum brakes are a disappointment, given the prevalence of rear disc brakes on Bajaj’s other vehicles, the strong front brakes more than pick up the slack, offering even, dependable braking and short stopping distances, even from top speed.
Ride and Handling:
The Pulsar 180 (2017) is a comfortable and stable ride. The refined engine generates little noise, even at higher revs, and it copes well with variations in road surface thanks to its strong front brakes and solid chassis. Handling is smooth and generally good, although it can feel a little heavy on leans.
The bike’s alloy wheels, stronger than those of the previous 180, are combined with a longer wheelbase (1330mm) to offer greater stability and agility. The new tubeless tyres are meaty 120/80 x 17”, easy to maintain and providing a strong grip on all road surfaces.
Shades and Variants:
2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180 is now available in 2 new dual-tone colours: Laser Black and Nuclear Blue. The 180 comes in a single standard variant – there are, however, alternative models of the Pulsar, such as the 135, 150, and 220F.
The Pulsar brings plenty of unique features to the table, although some are seen on other Pulsar models: a stylish and well-designed L.E.D. tail lamp, muscular looking split seats, a split rear grab-rail, a powerful engine with patented DTS-i and ExhausTEC, plus TRICS 3 and smart CDI technology, and a kick-less, electric-powered start mechanism.
Reasons to Buy and Value for Money:
Powerful and comfortable, the 2017 Pulsar 180 is a capable city bike piled high with smart technology for the next generation of consumers. Cheaper by far than many of its 180cc rivals, the Pulsar is excellent value for money as an outright purchase – but its poor fuel economy will put off many buyers.
The 2017 Pulsar 180’s new model is far from perfect. In particular, buyers have noted that the silence corrodes quickly, a fault that Bajaj have yet to correct. However, overall the build quality of the bike is good, performance is very strong, and it has some driver-friendly features that will appeal to many customers.