28 January 2013 ~ 28 Comments

Bajaj Pulsar 180

The Bajaj Pulsar is available in 5 different engine variants. We have already seen the lower end 135cc and 150cc bikes. Today, we will see how good the mileage delivered by the 180cc DTS-i variant of Bajaj Pulsar is. Pulsar 180 is one of the original models being first introduced way back in 2001 along with the 150cc variant.

Bajaj Pulsar 180cc

Let’s talk specifications. The Bajaj Pulsar 180 comes equipped with a 178.6cc 4-stroke single cylinder engine that can crank up 17.02 PS power and 14.22 Nm of torque (at 6500 rpm). The bike has a 15 liter capacity fuel tank that also has a 3.2 liters reserve capacity of which 2 liters is usable. Other important specs of the bike include a 150mm ground clearance, 147 kg kerb weight and a 260mm frontal disc/130mm rear drum brake. The Bajaj Pulsar 180 is available at a price of Rs. 70,321 ex-showroom in Delhi.

Official Fuel Efficiency Claim

As oft-quoted on this blog, with great power comes lower mileage. In our previous reviews, we have noted that the official mileage as quoted by the company for the 135cc and 150cc variants of the bike are 68.1kmpl and 64kmpl respectively. Now, the fuel consumption for the 180cc variant is expected to be lower than this, and it is. According to Bajaj, the Pulsar 180 delivers 58.1kmpl under standard conditions.

Customer Feedback

AutomobileUpdates has reviewed the revamped version of the Pulsar that includes equipment more modern than the ones they originally came with a decade back. They report a city consumption of 43 kmpl and on highways this appears to notch up as much as 51 kmpl.

MaxAbout calls the redesigned 2009 variant a ‘well-built vehicle with a lot of bulk’. In their test ride, the websites reports having seen between 45-50 kmpl on highways that falls down to 38kmpl on city roads. As they rightfully note, under these running cost conditions, the bike no longer remains an option to consider for those on a budget.

The reported numbers seem to hover around the 40+ mark across reviews. On BikeDekho, the reviewers call the new bike a ‘perfect blend of the vibrant contours of the older 180 and the muscular build of the 2009 model’. The fuel economy tests derive 43.4 kmpl under city traffic conditions that goes up to 46 kmpl on highways.

BikeAdvice in their comparison of the Pulsar against Apache RTR 180 note the better performance of the Pulsar in the fuel department reporting 41-46 kmpl on city roads and 46-51 kmpl on highways.

Let us next check out what the reviewers on MouthShut.com have got to say. There are over 150 reviews for the 180cc Pulsar and as rated by these users, the bike gets a 4/5 as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Most reviewers seem to get a mileage of around 45 kmpl which is definitely a good return from a 180cc bike. If you are looking for a range, then be rest assured, you should expect something between 43-50 kmpl. Only one user claims to be seeing around 40 kmpl on Mumbai roads.

Things are not very different on Olx, the classifieds website. A whole chunk of customers who have put their Pulsar 180 up for sale claim to see a fuel economy of between 40-45 kmpl on their bike.

So there you have it. The 180cc variant of the Pulsar is a pretty good bargain on the fuel front considering that except for a couple of sources, most of them report a 45kmpl economy which is a pretty decent expectation from this high power bike. Here is a snapshot of numbers as reported by various sources. From our side, we give this bike a thumbs-up!

Source, City kmpl, Highways kmpl
Official, –, 58.1
AutomobileUpdates, 43, 51
MaxAbout, 38, 45-50
BikeDekho, 43.4, 46
BikeAdvice, 41-46, 46-51
MouthShut, 43-50, —
Olx, 45, —

28 Responses to “Bajaj Pulsar 180”

  1. Srimanth 1 August 2013 at 5:57 am Permalink

    I swear on god, but believe it or not my bike delivers a mileage of up to 57kmpl with an average of 55kmpl under city conditions. I haven’t checked it on highways as i drive it mostly for work and i don’t want to lose my consciousness if it reaches 60. Mine is 2007 model

    • Mun 29 November 2014 at 10:22 am Permalink

      Bajaj have produced many stiyslh and attractive motorbikes and also in different range so that people can easily purchase it. In India mostly people prefer good brand to purchase any motorbike and Honda and Bajaj are the most famous brand in India but Bajaj have a wide range of categories of different models so it has gain more profit and its sale numbers are increasing day by day.

  2. San 20 October 2013 at 6:11 pm Permalink

    Hi, I have Pulsar 180 (2011 model). Initially they claimed that its mileage is between 40 to 45. But I never got a mileage of more than 35. It will be between 30 to 35. If you consider power then it’s really good. But after the free service they have started charging me 1500+ for each service and I felt that maintenance cost is very expensive and started giving it outside. Then I felt that I could have opted for Karizma, because it will give mileage of 30 and maintenance cost is less in Hero. Go for Pulsar 150 if you need mileage else go for Karizma that is what I would suggest.

  3. Mukesh 10 December 2013 at 6:14 am Permalink


    I have a Pulsar 180 2013 model and I am getting a mileage of between 55kmpl with 45-50 speed and a mileage of around 50 kmpl at a speed of 60 kmph. When I purchased it, I was expecting an average of 40, but now that I am getting 50+, it is quite satisfying. As far as the torque and speed is concerned, I felt a few problems with balancing above 100 kmph. It may be because of air pressure. At last I would like to suggest that the Pulsar 180 ride is quite awesome at 80-90.

    • prathap 22 February 2014 at 10:45 am Permalink

      Hey is it true ……???
      Shall i believe u n m in ta plan of taking 180..

  4. Dhananjaya M Naik 24 December 2013 at 4:30 pm Permalink


    I m using Pulsar 180cc 2012 model & i m getting upto 46-48kmph @65-70speed & as simplest beyond 90-105speed its mileage decreases & it gives me upto 39-40kmpl.This 180 s really comfortable to ride & its enjoyable…I just suggest u al to try it for running on 60-70speed.

  5. Ashish 21 March 2014 at 3:31 pm Permalink

    Hi I have p180 its gives an average of around 36 in city. Rpm reaches to 4000 on top gear at the speed of 60. Please tell me if its okay or I’d there is something wrong with the rpm settings.

  6. Tony 21 June 2014 at 10:02 am Permalink

    I have Apache RTR 180, which displays a mileage of 93 kmpl.

    • Jony 23 February 2015 at 2:44 pm Permalink

      oh no, My Apache RTR 180 is giving 150 kmpl.

    • Shakti 13 August 2015 at 11:05 am Permalink

      Rtr 180????? Dude keep your bike in musiam

  7. Balu 6 August 2014 at 8:00 pm Permalink

    I’m using pulsar 180 from 2011, it gives me around 48, planning to go for pulsar 200ns. just for speed and its worth

  8. anujith 1 October 2014 at 1:54 pm Permalink

    i have pulsar 180 (2007) it’s an excellent bike..
    i got mileage of about 42kmpl

  9. andy 20 October 2014 at 3:39 pm Permalink

    You mean to say that your RTR uses far less fuel than a honda 100cc underbone?? Is that really a 180cc? No kidding..? At what speed can you attain tha kind of low fuel consumption, 10kmph? Hehehe

  10. alam 4 November 2014 at 8:29 am Permalink

    Milage is 48

  11. parul kashyap 27 November 2014 at 2:02 am Permalink

    actually I want to buy a bike which is perfect both in look as well as in average any suggestions for style and mileage???

  12. gautamdeep 17 December 2014 at 11:54 am Permalink

    it good for only for 2 years or 20.000 kms after that its handling is dangerous i feel that on my pulsar 150 2009 and also pulsar 180 2011 . in my first bike pulsar 150 after 2.5 years its handle wobble horribly i m changed.
    1. cone set .3 times
    2.handle t .2 times
    3. front and rear wheel alignment
    4.both tyres changed
    5.rear spoket changed
    6.handle bar change
    but there is no effect on it so i sold this bike in very low price and buy a new 180 ug4 bike it goes smoothly 16000 .now a days it has same problem as my old 150 pulsar .its handle start wobble and goes to right hand side .very unsafe and bakwas bike .i will not this again in future.

  13. Akhilesh 3 January 2015 at 5:57 pm Permalink

    Bike is powerful and 180 gives 42 Kmpl in city and 49 in highway.

  14. viijay 7 February 2015 at 10:39 am Permalink

    @ Tony,
    dude to calculate Fuel efficiency, you should start engine in your vehicle first, than ride it. You cant include the distance u drag your bike around city when u calculate fuel efficiency. By the way nice joke…

  15. sreejith 25 February 2015 at 10:03 am Permalink

    am having a pulsar 180, 2011 model and am getting normal mileage in that. in city conditions am getting about 33-38 kmpl and in highway am getting 40+ kmpl. and when i give importance to speed am getting city mileage in highway. i have never got a short in mileage unless there is a technical problem involved in the ststem.

  16. jacob 13 June 2015 at 6:10 am Permalink

    93kmpl for RTR 180??
    You’re cheated with old m80’s engine dude!

  17. Sunny sehjada 22 October 2015 at 12:51 pm Permalink

    I have pulsar 180 2014 model but its giving me milege only 32 km per litter i ride in locality delhi 70-80 speed

  18. Meraj 15 November 2015 at 7:20 am Permalink

    Let me clear the Mileage fact behind certain Speed limits according to Engine Size (cc).
    If you own a 110 cc range bike, then your speed must be between 40 to 45kmph to extract the best mileage.
    like this
    125cc – 50- 55kmph
    150cc- 55-60kmph
    180-200cc- 65-78 kmph
    maintain such speed on last gear and get full of your bike and engine.
    this data I have derived from gears-speed-power ratios.
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  19. pushpa 10 December 2015 at 2:22 pm Permalink

    lund lele

  20. mallick 16 December 2015 at 5:51 am Permalink

    hi! i have pulsar 180 dtsi purchased in 2015.

    i have never realised it’s millage more than 35kmpl on highway or in rush it’s millage s 30-35kmpl only

  21. Sandeep 20 December 2015 at 8:17 pm Permalink

    Hi all, I have a pulsar 180 ug4 and I am trying to enhance its mileage above 60 Without loosing its torque. Through my experiments finally I get 65kmpl while riding in between 60-70 kmph..I have cleaned the cv carb and silencer(220) with water.
    I have done two things on my bike to improve the mileage.
    1.Added 20ml of NC thinner and 10 ml of water in 1ltr gasoline
    2.Removed the magnet from the throttle. Or disconnect the reed switch wire.
    3.use clutch while the vehicle is braking or the vehicle is retarding.
    Through my experiments finally I understood that the oil companies are adding some additives in petrol to decrese its volatilty and burning capability.if there is 90% or above the combustion occurs, certainly will get good mileage.

    • johnson 8 January 2016 at 1:40 am Permalink

      sandeep can you please evaluvate buddy m having a pulsar 180ug4 and m tired of its bad avsrage of less than 30km/l sujjest me something so i could get better average of about 40+km/l
      i read your comment but i am not getting some things in it first what is NC thinner wts its local name… and if m not wrong 70% of petrol-pumps use to give lead mix petrol and when water is mixed with lead-mix-petrol then petrol turns into water so its non-acceptable buddy please guide me m waiting for your reply

  22. Tada 18 January 2016 at 9:34 pm Permalink

    Great bike very smooth controls very good if dn’t have complain for average than its best bike I have also 180 pulsar thx bajaj

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