The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is one half of the Pune-based automaker's best-seller duo for the last 10 years and has changed Bajaj's fortunes since its debut. Launched in November 2001, the Bajaj Pulsar and its smaller twin were a revelation for the Indian market which until that time had been populated with commuter motorcycles and the single player called the Hero Honda CBZ in the 150cc and above segment. Its advanced styling and many modern features further fuelled the demand for premium commuters and set the bike on a course for the history books. Upgraded Pulsar 180 made its debut. It now 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 has been 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 color is strong and sharp. It sports a broad, bold looking fuel tank with aerodynamic fairing, and the overall metallic finish is classy and sleek.The 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. The Pulsar 180 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.