In the Indian two wheeler market, the segment of cruisers has been one of the most unexplored potentials, as far as the thinking of enthusiasts is concerned. Since the inception of motorcycles in India, there have been very few cruisers which have been tailor-made for the Indian consumers - save for the motorcycles coming out of Royal Enfield, out of which only the Thunderbird has been categorized under true-blue cruisers.

In today’s day and age, though there are a large number of cruisers, especially from Harley Davidson, Triumph, Hyosung and Indian, but all of them are out of reach for most of the price conscious buyers. For them, the Bajaj Avenger is right now one of the very few hopes present in the Indian market.

Bajaj has finally rolled out a much awaited update of the Bajaj Avenger in two variants – Street and Cruise. Out of the two, the Street variant appears out to be an all new and never-seen-before avatar of the Avenger, with the contemporary bits of a roadster incorporated into a cruiser. Here’s a comprehensive description of the all new Bajaj Avenger Street 220.

  • 2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Price:
    INR 84000

STYLING

2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 Exterior
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2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 Exterior
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2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 Exterior
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Going by the design, the R&D team of Bajaj should be praised for giving the typical Avenger stance and design philosophy an all new definition with the Avenger Street 220. Unlike the chrome-themed design of the Avenger Cruise 220, the new Avenger Street 220 comes with all black theme, which gives it a dual character of naked streetfighter and low slung cruiser in the same package.

On the front, the Avenger Street 220 is adorned with a round headlamp and round turn indicators, which are encased in blackened housings, unlike the chromed units which we have witnessed in the previous Avengers. The Avenger Street 220 is devoid of the standard long windshield present on the Avenger Cruise 220, but comes with the same front fender, which has grown in size than before.

When the Avenger Street 220 is viewed from the sides, the changes are more evident in the form of black alloy wheels in place of spoke wheels, and blacked out engine, exhaust and mechanical bits. The curvaceous fuel tank with the new Avenger insignia as well as the low slung single piece seat has been shared with the Avenger Cruise 220, but the bike comes with different body decals on the fuel tank and side body panels. The fuel tank comes with a sloping down black panel mounted atop of it, like the chromed unit on the Avenger Cruise 220, which houses fuel gauge.
At the rear, the Avenger Street 220 shares the ovular tail lamp and round turn indicators with its bigger sibling, Avenger Cruise 220, but then again, the turn indicators are housed in black panels like at the front. The ultra large chrome pillion grab rail and cushioned back rest of the Avenger Cruise 220 has been replaced with a single piece pillion grab rail, which is shorter in size. The part digital instrument console, with analog speedometer and digital odometer and trip meter, has been shared with the Avenger Cruise 220, but is painted in black. The high mounted chrome finished handlebar of the Avenger Cruise 220 has been replaced with a street-fighter like single piece long handlebar. The switchgear has been shared with the entry level Discovers which look a bit low rent. Going with the theme, the rear view mirrors too are painted in black.

POWERTRAIN

2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 Exterior
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Powering the new Avenger Street 220 is the same old four stroke, single cylinder, oil cooled, carbureted, 220cc DTS-i engine from the previous generation Avenger 220, and has been shared with the new Avenger Cruise 220 as well. Though the engine still develops the same performance outputs – 19.03 PS of maximum power and 17.5 Nm of maximum torque, the engine has become a bit more smooth and responsive, which is evident on the go. Also the vibrations this time have been controlled in a much better way, especially at higher revs.

The Avenger has always been praised for the punchy midrange its engine packs in, a trait which thankfully is still present in the new Avenger Street 220. Though in the higher end of the rev range, the Avenger Street 220 could have done with a bit more power, as during the peak of the triple digit speeds, the engine does feel a bit stressed sometimes. The five speed gearbox with which the engine has been mated is the same unit as before, but the gear ratios have been reworked with, due to which the gearshifts have been improved.

RIDE AND HANDLING

2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 220 Exterior
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Like the powertrain, the basic mechanicals on the Avenger Street 220 have too been carried forward from the previous Avenger 220, and are the same as that on the Avenger Cruise 220, barring the wheels, which are alloys on the Avenger Street 220. The bike still comes with the same set of hydraulic telescopic forks with anti friction bushes at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear. Nevertheless, the suspension is fine tuned to gulp up all the undulations and rough patches with ease, because of which the Avenger has always been highly regarded as a comfortable motorcycle to be on.

The riding posture is spot on for a cruiser – lowered seating position, forward stretched foot pegs and high mounted handlebar, which gives an ergonomically fit posture for all kinds of riders. Though during the low city speeds, the maneuverability can be an issue, but once you get used to this seating posture, it may not be a big problem. The brakes too have been retained as well – 260mm disc at front and 130mm drum at rear. The negligence of a rear disc brake may be a big miss for most of the riders who are looking for a bike in this segment.

PRICE

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The Avenger was always known for a stupendous value for money offering, which offered the feel of a big bike at a shockingly low price tag equivalent of a 150cc street commuter. Like before, the new Avenger Street 220 is too priced attractively at Rs. 84,000, which makes it an incredible value for money offering. Sadly though, the motorcycle is available in only one paint scheme of Matte Black.

COMPETITION

The sole true competitor of Bajaj Avenger in the very limited cruiser segment of motorcycles in this entry level range is the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Like the Bajaj Avenger Street 220, the Classic 350 is a perfect amalgamation of the styling cues of a roadster as well as a cruiser, which one would want in this range of motorcycles. Though on the front of looks, where the Avenger Cruise 220 has a typical low slung chopper inspired styling of old school cruisers, the Classic 350 comes with an even more retro design reminiscent of old roadsters from the 1960s.

Royal Enfield Classic 350

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Compared to the 220cc engine, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 comes with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, fuel injected, 349cc engine, which puts up 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque. These figures surely give Classic 350 a substantial edge over the Avenger Cruise 220. Also, twin gas charged hydraulic coil springs at the rear also make the suspension of the Classic 350 more comfortable and pliant when compared to the Avenger Street 220.

CONCLUSION

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With the new Avenger Street 220, Bajaj has brilliantly made the Avenger platform even more enticing with an additional sporty avatar. This newest Avenger promises a lot with its big bike appeal reminiscent of the previous generation Avengers, adequate amount of features, authentic blacked out styling and a brilliant price tag, which truly sets it apart from other 200-250cc offerings in the segment to which it belongs. The Avenger Street 220 is one unique option for all those who have a soft corner for cruisers in their hearts and want to look different than the crowd without spending too much. Yes, the Avenger Street 220 does have some shortcomings, like the lack of a disc brake at the rear and not-so-premium switchgear, but given its cruiser credentials and affordable price, there’s no other motorcycle which can match the persona of the Avenger Street 220. Period.

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    • * Low rent switchgear
    • * Lack of rear disc brakes
    • * only one paint shade on offer
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