Most of us starts a custom bike building project with a genre, fashion or style in mind. You might want something that oozes classic café racers alike, or maybe you’re thinking of a creation in a brat style with a touch of tracker thrown in for good luck. But above all, the first thing hits the head is the donor bike! What it should be to to match your styling. Like you can not build a Fat Chopper using a tiny engine.. I mean that’s tough. Why would someone spends extra head converting so! So, Bajaj Pulsar, India’s most appreciate street bike by youth, wasn’t our cake, seriously we didn’t have a second thought if the bike could be converted into any classy genre! We were literally amazed seeing the Cafe Racer by Bombay Custom guys, they did wonder – it’s a Bajaj Pulsar 150 in the heart!
They named it “Serrao”, we liked everything they dig on the bike, truly a nice conversion beyond we even think of…and hey wait a sec, that’s a bobber seat they’ve used on a Cafe Racer! An unique try and decent outcome again. Only the exhaust part scores a bit low as we believe that could be a better build, may be a fish tailed could have a better choice like they did on their RX Cafe Racer, we posted earlier..!?
Mumbai 04, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400019
Website – bombaycustomworks.com
Image Courtesy : Bombay Custom Works
Please mention us (350CC.com) when you contact Bombay Custom Works.
Pulsar with great modification !!
Awesome modification with daint paint !!
Disk Brakes Changed
Color painted to sky blue
Shock changed to Mono
As we said earlier, its raining modified cars and bikes (more bikes than cars) at Motoroids and of course, we are loving every bit of it! We’ve already featured more than half a dozen modified vehicles in last two days and our post on these customized vehicles have stirred quite a response from our friends, who have started sending us images of their creations. And just because we’ve always believed that good things need to be shared, we are more than glad to feature these modified vehicles on our page here. (Do you also have a custom bike/car? What are you waiting for? Send us the images and details at firstname.lastname@example.org) The custom bike you see on this page is a modified Bajaj Pulsar 150, which has been given a Scrambler attire by Vijay and his two friends Yaman and Ankit. This trio of bike aficionados hail from Dehradun and run a bike customization group called Down Town Customs. This modified Bajaj Pulsar Scrambler you see here is the first creation by Down Town Customs and Vijay and his friends have already started charting plans to undertake more bike modification projects.
Here is what Vijay has to say about his modified Pulsar,”The idea was of Yaman to modify his Late father’s pulsar 150 into something different. So we started to go through different ideas for months and finally decided it got to be a scrambler. The final design was created and than we searched for a guy who can do the fabrication work for us. Parts were borrowed from different motorcycles some unnecessary parts were chopped down. Many improvisations were carried out and finally after months of hardwork the bike was ready.”
Here’s what BCW owner Shail Sheth says about its creation, “As much as I love Classic British Motorcycles, my favorite corner of that genre is Cafe Racers, & I’ve always been a huge fan of late 70′s motorcycles. O-Four is one beautifuly built cafe racer using the 150 DTSI platform of Puslar series, the bike was named after the place, Bombay Custom Works started their work. First ever experiment with the machine, metal, structure, lines and curves. The leather touch on the chopped body makes it much attractive. The exhaust could be a better choice if it would have ended at the wrapped pipe. However, the noise and pollution regulations department could hate that practice.”
Talking about Bombay Custom Works, he says, “BCW is a set up in the bylanes of Mumbai where customizing and building motorcycles and cars is not just a livelihood but is about a dream that has for long called upon us to embrace. Being an automotive designer by profession as well as from the heart, the idea is simple…. to work on an existing platform and build a functional yet aesthetic work of art that embodies our spirit for the machines that our species have grown to love so dearly…!!”
Named O-Four, the bike was recently re-painted and here, we’ve brought to you images and details of the bike, with both its original and new paint job.
Arguably among the most exciting Indian performance bikes of its times, the Bajaj Pulsar 220 continues to enjoy quite a fan following. However, there is no denying the fact that the bike is considerably dated now and the advent of the new Pulsar 200NS has made the 220 look all the more dull and old. While the 220 no longer enjoys the great sales performance it did back when it made an entry into the Indian performance bike market, it still is being picked up by those who want a faired motorcycle that has enough torque, decent ride quality and an excellent headlamp! All this, along with decent wind protection from the fairing and cheap spares from Bajaj, has helped the bike become an obvious choice for those looking for a reasonably powerful mile muncher.
We do have many friends who are happy owners of the 220. Heck, even we have a 2009 220F in our garage and have been pretty satisfied with the bike’s performance so far. Like we said above, we do agree that age has caught up with the 220 and there are several better bikes on sale today. However, we haven’t yet given up on the old horse and have come up with five really simple Bajaj Pulsar 220 modifications that have done fairly well in making our bike stand out from the plethora of 220s out there. These Bajaj Pulsar 220 modifications are really minor in nature and haven’t really made a dent in our pocket. If executed well, these mods can sure inject some freshness into your aging Bajaj Pulsar 220 too.
- Pulsar 220 Modification #1; HID Headlamps.
The Pulsar 220 already comes bestowed with excellent headlamps, which in our books at least, have become the benchmark in its segment. However, this hasn’t kept us from plonking in a HID bulb into that projector setup, all of which has translated into purely amazing illumination of the road! Bajaj Pulsar 220 6000K H7 High Intensity Discharge kit can cost anywhere around INR 2000-2500, and goes a long way in further improving the already terrific headlamps. A must have for the proverbial tourers, we say!
- Pulsar 220 Modification #2; High Flow Air Filter.
Not happy with the way your P220 sounds? Want it to become more free-revvin’? A high flow air filter is what you need! These air filters, while not giving any real improvement in terms of power, go a long way in bestowing the 220 with a meaty sound note, along with making the engine a wee bit more free revving. There is a wide range of performance air filters available for as less as INR 400 to as much as INR 3500. However, beware of Chinese copies, which do more harm than good. Also, installing an air filter warrants upjetting the carb. Here is where trouble arises, for the 220’s UCAL 32D is currently the biggest carb available in India and one needs a custom-made main jet for upjetting purposes. Nothing, a good mechanic can’t fabricate.
- Pulsar 220 Modification #3; More Grip!
Last gen Bajaj Pulsars aren’t really known for their handling prowess and while the 220 did get a better (read: double cradle) frame and longer swingarm, it wasn’t a really sharp apex hunting tool. However, the 220 is definitely an improvement over the P180 UG3 and is not all that reluctant with corner carving. The P220 comes factory fitted with MRF Zappers/Eurogrips, which while not being bad, aren’t all that great with sticking to the tarmac. Hence, a tyre upgrade is surely warranted if you want to improve 220’s handling. Thanks to the 17 inch wheels, there are variety of options available and you can surely go for relatively cheap Michelin Pilot Sporty (above) if you don’t wish to spend Pirelli Sport Demon (below) kind of money.
- Pulsar 220 Modification #4; Rear Seat Cowl.
There are quite a few bike design/styling groups, which have come up with rear seat cowl for the Pulsar 220. While this small addition won’t make you go any faster, it surely ups the styling quotient of the machine. You can contact Autologue Designs, if you fancy a rear seat cowl like the one you see in the images here. You can get it painted in any shade/scheme you like and it is easy to attach/detach it to/from the bike.
- Pulsar 220 Modification #5; Rear Number Plate Bracket.
Another really quick visual mod is getting the number plate bracket of P135LS/P200NS to replace the 220’s plastic mudguard. However, worth a mention here is that getting rid of the mud guard is not just illegal but also not good if you like you bike dirt-free. However, you can always go for a 200NS-like tyre hugger once you’ve installed this sporty looking number plate bracket. This bracket here costs less than INR 250 and can be installed by your local mechanic, who will need to fabricate two metal mounts for proper installation.