By May '09, Pulsar was competing with no less than 11 different brands in the market. Despite the tough competition, Pulsar sold 65,928 bikes, which were numbers till date. Riders were not ready to part with Pulsar which was evolving at a stupendous rate.
A new tank flap was added which gave the bike an aerodynamic look.
Split Seat & Split Grab Rail
Split Seat was added for better style and sitting comfort. The Split Seat has been incorporated keeping with the essence of international sports bikes. The Split grab rail perfectly integrated with the Split Seat styling.
Clip on Handle Bar
Pulsar 180 got new Clip on Handlebars, making the bike look sportier than ever before.
For the first time, Pulsar 180 said goodbye to kick start. The bike now boasted a modern self-start only feature.
Unlike conventional AC (Alternate Current) circuit in bikes, where intensity of voltage fluctuates with engine rpm, Pulsar came with a DC (Direct Current) circuit providing constant intensity voltage. A 12 V full DC headlamp was introduced in the Pulsar, which projected a constant light beam at all speeds, thus ensuring clear visibility even at low speeds.
LED Tail Light
Aesthetically appealing, new, compact and stylish LED tail lamps were introduced in the twin Pulsar models. LED lamps consumed far lesser power than the traditional filament bulbs and emitted little heat.
Pulsar was the first bike to start the trend of LEDs, which soon forced other bike makers to switch over from incandescent bulbs to LEDs.
Back Lit Switches
For the first time, Pulsar featured a new set of Back Lit Switches, the operation of which is based on non-contact i.e. switching was made possible without physical contact. Due to which, there is no wear and tear and hence its life would be equal to that of the bike itself.