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A new bike, a new concept and a new Hamara Bajaj...

 

 

On 25th June, Bajaj launched the much awaited Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi in Delhi, along with its first Probiking showroom in the National Capital Region.

On Tuesday (26th June), BCMTouring, Bajaj Pulsar Yahoo Group and Bike Nomads were invited by Bajaj Auto for a special tour of the Probiking showroom, followed by a presentation and cocktails and dinner at Jaypee Vasant Intercontinental.

After arriving at the Bajaj Probiking showroom at Vasant Vihar (situated next to the Hero Honda corporate headquarter!) we were spell bounded. At the onset it looked less like a showroom and more like a biker café or a well decorated stall at a bike expo! With couple of Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi’s along and with an Avenger hanging at 80 degree angle...

bajaj probiking showroom

Next up were the strategically placed components of the Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, Pulsar 200 DTSi and Avenger DTSi, including a half cut engine block of the new DTS-Fi engine with a rotating piston.

bajaj pulsar 220 dts-fi engine

However it was the dyno room which stole the show, after all who wouldn’t love to rip a brand new Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi and Pulsar 200 DTSi like a mad man?

Sparsh taking a spin on the 220

sparsh test riding a pulsar 220 dts-fi

For the benefit of the rider and audience, the top speed, current speed, acceleration, distance traveled, torque and hp figures were being displayed on a large LCD monitor.

lcd monitor displaying the stats from the dyno

The Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi is certainly a league ahead of it predecessors in not only in performance and features, but also in engine refinement and smooth gear box operation. The gear box is in fact so smooth; it can be mistaken for being a Honda! Not to mention the crisp and precise throttle response.   

After fun on the dyno, it was time to grill Mr. Venugopal Rao, Manager Sales, Bajaj Auto, with various questions regarding the Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi to Bajaj’s strategy behind opening Probiking showrooms and service centers.

Mr. Venugopal Rao, Manager Sales, Bajaj Auto

Few important points from the conversation I had with Mr. Venugopal Rao:

1. The next lot and thus next session of booking for the Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi would commence from the 15th of July, with the priority being given on a first come first serve basis to people who get themselves registered at the Probiking showrooms in advance.

2. Probiking outlets will exclusively cater to the premium bikes i.e. Pulsar 220 DTS-Fi, Pulsar 200 DTSi and Avenger DTSi.

3. Bajaj is paying a special emphasis to the premium segment and is actively considering launching various special services for its premium motorcycle customers, such as option of getting the motorcycle delivered to the place of customer’s choice and option of home pickup and delivery of motorcycle for regular service.

4. Bajaj Auto will also be opening exclusive service centers for premium segment motorcycles to ensure premium motorcycles gets serviced properly by expert mechanics.

After spending over an hour at the showroom, it was time to move to the Jaypee Vasant Intercontinental for the presentation by the Bajaj Auto representatives.

 

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