Bajaj is yet to upgrade a majority of its offerings with ABS. A few spy images, however, reveal that they have equipped the Pulsar 180, Pulsar 220F and the Avenger Cruise 220 with ABS. The updated models have made their way to a few dealerships and will most likely be officially launched in 2019.
The Avenger Cruise 220, Pulsar 180 and Pulsar 220F have been equipped with the same single-channel system that is also seen on the RS200. Apart from the addition of ABS, the bikes remain largely unchanged. As images show an ABS ring on the rear disc of these bikes, some have mistaken this for a dual-channel unit. However, the ring at the rear only serves to monitor rear-wheel speed to detect lift, allowing the front ABS to compensate accordingly.
The Avenger Cruise 220 equipped with ABS makes it a safer option if you’re buying into the entry-level cruiser segment. The bike is powered by a 220cc engine that makes 19hp at 8,400rpm and 17.5Nm at 7,000rpm.
The Bajaj Pulsar 180 will continue to be powered by the same 178.6cc engine that produces 17hp at 8,500rpm and 14.2Nm at 6,500rpm.
Earlier in 2018, the Pulsar 220F was spotted with ABS, and the bike seems to have now reached dealerships. The updated bike sports new graphics and we can also see an underbelly cowl in the pictures. Powering the 220F is a 220cc, single-cylinder engine producing 20.9hp at 8,500rpm and 18.5Nm of torque at 7,000rpm.
Prices for the standard non-ABS versions of these bikes are as follows: Rs 97,446 for the Pulsar 220F, Rs 85,523 for the Pulsar 180 and Rs 96,922 for the Avenger Cruise 220. The bikes will receive a price hike when they come equipped with ABS. For refrence, the NS200 equipped with single-channel ABS costs Rs 12,000 more than the non-ABS model. A similar price hike can be expected for the Pulsar 180, Pulsar 220F and Avenger 220 range.
(All prices, ex-showroom Delhi)
New Bajaj Pulsar ABS spotted
Non-ABS bikes at the end of 2018