vishal jain's pulsar 180
Vishal had visioned his Pulsar 180 to near execution and researched all his influences to minute details. He wanted a fat-tyre cafe racer that rode as well as it was aesthetically pleasing. There were a list of design cues but the one that specifically stood out was the single sided swingarm.
The swingarm itself could have been a project in itself. We ended up changing the mountings, machining custom hub components, a sprocket carrier, the rear brake caliper mounts, wheel lugs and basically everything else. The swingarm itself was designed, moulded, cast in a high density LM25 pour and machined to through the mounts. It took forever to source a pair of Ducati Monster 796 wheels that we eventually picked up off the Mumbai chor-bazaar which were then fitted with Michelin Sport 110/190 front and back respectively. The brake components are a mix of Pulsar 200NS, Royal Enfield Continental GT, Yamaha R15 and the RX100. The monoshock is from a Honda -Unicorn, fitted with a custom made spring and spacer to correct the riding position. The biggest challenge was centering the fattened tyre while still keeping the chain aligned and cleared.
The front features a KTM Duke 200 Inverted suspension with billet aluminium trees, custom clip-ons and a one-off headlight mount. The handlebars are fitted with inverted mirrors, brushed aluminum levers, a 3D printed turn signal pilot switch and a quick action throttle. Mini-amber turn signals and a halo-headlamp provide for lighting up front.
The sheet metal work is done in house, with hours put into welding and beating the tank and electronics box into shape. The tank houses a chrome aircraft-style filler-cap that goes quite well with the pearl blue paint finished off in metallic lacquer. The electronics box doubles as rounded tail section, providing an important visual line to the bike.
The engine was bored out to maximum capacity. The wiring was re-done and the newly tuned carburettor breathes through a conical air filter. The SS exhaust headers head into a straight through muffler which subtly amplify the modest engine to new bass levels. The headers are partially wrapped in exhaust wrap to reveal a bar-code section which translates to “Vishal Jain.”