Never heard of the Bajaj Pulsar 220 or its variants? Bajaj is actually the world’s sixth-largest manufacturer of motorcycles, and the Pulsar series, first introduced in India in 2001, was developed with the help of famous motorcycle designer Glynn Kerr, co-founder and President of the Motorcycle Design Association. The Pulsar bikes have won an array of awards over the years, and they’ve signaled a shift toward larger, more powerful bikes in the Indian market.
Until recently, the Indian custom motorcycle scene was dominated almost exclusively by Royal Enfields. Jay D. of J&D Custom Co. was actually the first builder to use the Pulsar as a custom platform. This Pulsar 220 “Bratbob” by J&D Custom Co. of Vadodara, Gujarat, India, immediately rose above the pack with its distinctive styling: tracker bars, brass grips, thumb toggles, double-stepped seat, and root beer paint. We will let Jay D. tell us the rest.
Pulsar 220 Bobber/Tracker: In the Builder’s Words
I am Jay D. here from J&D Custom Co. based in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.
Apart from the engine, transmission, rims and front forks, everything else has been fabricated in-house. The oval shaped petrol tank has been built from scratch, replete with a chrome cap, while half the frame, the custom swing-arm complementing a mono-shock suspension, have been all built or assembled in-house as well.
However, I take special pride in how the custom handlebar turned out. All the plastic switches from the stock handlebar has been done away with, and replaced with metal switches. The handlebar was the most challenging part of this whole build, because we started with a 2013 Bajaj Pulsar 220, which has all digital systems. So we couldn’t put metal switches with those digital systems, because every switch is connected with sensors. So it was very difficult to customize that digital wiring and make a unique and simple setup.
My repeated trips to mechanics, wiremen and even some Bajaj guys in order to resolve the issue went futile, as they advised me against it. Not wanting to give up, I burnt the midnight oil on hard work and research, and ultimately appointed all the metal switches successfully. I also think that they are the most eye-catching part of the whole build.
The grips are crafted out of brass, while illumination is handled by a vintage yellow 5-inch headlamp accompanied by two white LED fog lamps. The tail lamp is hand-crafted, and features LED elements which shine like a rear red light of an F1 car. LED side blinkers also went into the mix. The alloy wheels are stock, but don a mirror finish contrasted with strips painted in black.
This custom motorcycle was built for a client, who insisted on a comfortable seat, hence the black leather job with more cushioning for the pillion rider, complimented by quilted stitching. A chromed tool box with leather belts and a warped, custom exhaust try to uplift the vintage charm. The foot pegs and levers have also been crafted in-house. Most of the wiring has been hidden with copper piping.
While the frame and swing-arm are painted in black, the tank and custom made side panels are painted with metallic bronze paint & airbrushed with off-white strips with the J&D logo on it.
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