- Posted August 5, 2014 by
Bajaj Avenger – Arrive in Style
Bajaj Auto has been one of the primary two-wheeler manufacturers in India for a long time. The bikes from Bajaj are known for their economy, fuel-efficiency, great performance and low maintenance features. Though most of the bikes from Bajaj belong to the commuter segment, there are some bikes from the manufacturer in the other segments as well. The most noted among them is the Bajaj Avenger.
The Avenger is a cruiser type motorcycle from the house of Bajaj Auto. Its design and style is inspired by the earlier model, the Bajaj Eliminator. Initially, the Avenger was introduced with a 180 cc engine, which was a single cylindered and air-cooled Kawasaki engine. However, after the successful launch of the 180 cc bike, Bajaj has increased the engine power of the Avenger to 200 cc and then to 220 cc.
As Bajaj realized the need to strengthen their position in the premium segment, they replaced the Kawasaki single engine with an indigenously developed and more powerful 178.6 cc DTS-I engine, which powers the sports bike Bajaj Pulsar. However, when it was fitted to the Avenger, it needed some fine-tuning as the cruiser needed an engine with a higher torque. Accordingly, the Bajaj Avenger was launched in June 2005. It was the first ever indigenously built cruiser motor bike from an Indian manufacturer.
In the year 2007, the Avenger underwent some changes in the form of upgrades. Its engine capacity was increased from 180 cc to 200 cc. This oil-cooled engine was a modified version of the engine that powered the Pulsar 200. The engine, modified for the Avenger 200 makes it more powerful than its previous version. The new version of Avenger had a top speed of 114 kmph and it took only 5.18 seconds to get to 60 kmph from standstill.
The Avenger underwent changes once again in 2010. This time the changes were more of cosmetic nature, with few changes here and there in the fuel indicators, fuel status and headlight. There were more colors to choose from and overall, it looked better than the previous versions.
Priced at about INR 77605/-, the Avenger offers a decent mileage of about 50 kmpl. The major advantage of the bike is that it is very comfortable for long rides. It has a powerful engine that delivers a power-packed performance. It is also the most affordable Cruiser in Indian two-wheeler market today. However, the naysayers point out that the bike has not been upgraded for a long time now and hence it is not at all appealing to the eyes. In addition, the low ground clearance of the bike makes the ride on the Avenger somewhat bumpy and uncomfortable on the Indian roads famous for potholes.