Bajaj Avenger 220 Review
Currently, Bajaj Avenger is one of the cheapest cruisers that you can buy in India. Not that there aren’t other choices. Royal Enfield motorcycles have proved to be great cruisers but they demand premium pricing and long waiting periods.
Bajaj Avenger began its journey in 2006 with a 180cc engine and later introduced with an upgraded 200cc engine. Now, Bajaj Avenger is available only with a 220cc oil cooled engine that it borrows from its cousin, Pulsar 220.
With its long wheelbase, low centre of gravity, wide seats, fat tyres and long handlebars, Bajaj Avenger 220 looks every bit of a cruiser. The low slung styling and chrome finishes highlight the looks of the Avenger. The single dial instrument cluster consists of an analog speedometer, odometer and tripmeter.
The remaining things like fuel indicator, turn indicators and other warning lights are neatly integrated on the fuel tank. While the sliced exhaust gives the Avenger 220 a sporty feel, the rear backrest completes the cruiser character.
Other features of the Bajaj Avenger 220 include DC lighting, maintenance free battery, battery charge indicator, oil level check window, new exhaust, aluminium foot pegs with rubber damper, fuel gauge, new graphics and engine kill switch.
The Bajaj Avenger 220 is powered by a 219.9cc 4-stroke, single cylinder, DTS-i, air cooled engine with oil cooler, the same that runs the Pulsar 220, but with a different power setup. So, the Avenger 220 loses a bit of power and torque for a maximum power of 19.03 PS at 8400 rpm and maximum torque of 17.5 Nm at 7000 rpm. The power is available easily from the low rev range and it is as easy to ride through the city traffic as it is on the highways.
The engine feels smooth and pretty relaxed even on nearing its top speed mark of around 120 kmph. The 5-speed gearbox is smooth and the gear changes are dealt smoothly without a problem.
Cruisers’ ride quality and handling qualities are primarily tuned for highways and Bajaj Avenger is no different. The long handlebar, relaxed seating position and feet-forward foot pegs offer a relaxed drive with a plush ride. The suspension setup, telescopic forks to the front and hydraulic shock absorber to the rear, takes up most of the ups and downs of the road with ease. The Avenger cruised on the highways without a fuss and felt planted in high speeds thanks to the long wheelbase.
The 260mm front disc and 130mm rear drum brakes provide all the necessary stopping power for the Avenger.
At Rs.74, 928 ex-Showroom Maharashtra, Bajaj Avenger is your only choice in the cruiser segment under Rs.1 lakh. Though the bike hasn’t been selling in numbers that the company expected, the Avenger has proved to be a stylish cruiser that is also suited for city driving. With the company launching fresh models and designs on their existing Pulsar and Discover line up, we hope that the Avenger also gets the same treatment.
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