In our review of the Bajaj Pulsar 220cc, it has come in close competition with the Hero Honda Karizma R 225cc, but I can say that it tried to win but did not. The main point to be noted is that the Pulsar 220 DTS Fi did not have a great brand ambassador as its competition had, perhaps Bajaj should have spent a little more money on developing the brand image compared to the time and money invested in the technology and design.
Pulsar 150 is a great hit, I agree, but it does not mean that its flagship model, the high end bike should go by the same name and only differ by 3 number. Imagine what if Karizma was name CBZ 223, does not sound that good right?
Pulsar 220cc is a great bike in itself, with manly broad rear tires, sporty looks, high displacement engine, digital console in the dash board. The main noticeable feature of the bike is the rear view mirror which are designed as in foreign sports bikes.
People have reported that the mileage comes around 30 kmpl. But people investing so much in such a bike would not care much about mileage, they will fill the tank when it gets empty and I don’t think they will be doing calculations!
Bajaj Pulsar 220cc DTS Fi is a great buy if and only if you do not like Karizma for some reason. Karizma was the first one to set trends in India in terms of digital consoles, alloy wheels and sport front, it is still the best bike in India. Comparing the two bikes, Karizma wins in terms of quality, looks, performance and pride of ownership.