Bajaj Avenger 220: History & Detailed First Look

by Deepak on July 19, 2010

We brought to you the confirmed news of the launch of Avenger 220 on June 15th and here we come again with the actual snaps of the bike along with a detailed first look. Actually, it was just a wait of time before we saw Bajaj took this step.

Avenger has been a sole product in this segment in India and currently doesn’t have any single competition to bother about. Yamaha tried their bit with the 125cc Enticer which did not yield them the expected results. And if you feel that we are forgetting the Royal Enfields, we really don’t feel there is any (we literally mean ANY) competition between these two brands. Bulleteers are a different creed! A ‘soft’ bike like Avenger is majorly an attraction for urban youth who want to own a comfortable ‘cruiser-alike’ bike.

Avenger’s Life History:

ELIMINATOR: It all started with the word ‘Eliminator’, the bike which was a Kawasaki product, essentially, and created a huge furore in the market when it was launched in 2001 in India. It was a big gamble from Bajaj as the market back then was majorly confined to smaller bikes. A price tag of over 90k back then meant a moon for the masses. Eliminator had a 174cc engine imported directly from Kawasaki’s stables, which was capable of producing 15PS of maximum power and 13.7Nm of peak torque. EL175, as it was called in the Kawasaki’s stables, enjoyed a good share of success until 2005 when Bajaj decided to revamp the whole concept; and Avenger, the most affordable cruiser experience was born!

AVENGER 180: Bajaj stopped Eliminator and launched a similar looking Avenger on 10th June 2005 (which happens to be the birthday for Rahul Bajaj) with a different engine and a huge 30k slash! This huge reduction was attributed to the fact that the bike shared the same engine borrowed from the then eldest Pulsars, Pulsar 180 DTSi and all the parts were indigenous Indian, manufactured and assembled by Bajaj locally. Under this tune, Avenger’s 178.6cc DTSi engine produced 16.5 bhp of maximum power belting out 15.22 Nm of peak torque similar to Pulsar 180 DTSi.

AVENGER 200: After a grand run, Bajaj decided to upgrade the bike with Pulsar 200s mill and Avenger 200 was introduced in 2007 with a very little price increase and an introduction of ‘Oil Cooling’ on this bike. The 198.8cc air cooled (with oil cooler) mill of Avenger was tuned to a different tune from the Pulsar 200s and produced a healthy 17.5PS (@8000rpm) of max power and 16.7Nm (@6000) of swirling torque in contrast to Pulsar 200s 18PS and 17.1Nm respectively. With each iteration the product has been enhanced (probably barring the Eliminator’s!) and riders have come close to simulating a more cruiser like experience.

AVENGER 220: In comes another upgrade to the bike and this time it has been endowed with ‘The Fastest Indian’, Pulsar 220 DTSi’s heart. Avenger 220, as Bajaj calls it, takes the game a step ahead and up close to the ‘Feel Like God’ theme the bike has been known for. Here is what Bajaj has in offering with the new product.

ENGINE & TUNE: Up from the 198.8cc engine of the Avenger 200, the new bike churns out a 21cc higher displacement of 219.89cc. Avenger 220 sports a 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled (with Oil Cooler), DTSi engine directly borrowed from Pulsar 220. Power output is up by 1.5PS to 19.03 Ps and is generated at 400 rpm over the earlier variant at 8400rpm. Torque has been bumped by 0.8Nm and the bike now produces 17.5Nm of twirling torque which peaks at 1000rpm late @ 7000rpm. The fact that peak figures are produced at slightly higher rpms hints to the slightly changed character of the bike which is now expected to be relaxed in nature under high speed (rpm) cruising. However, as compared to Pulsar 220 these figures are kept low keeping the cruiser aspect of the bike in mind. Factually, Avenger 220 produces 2PS of power and 1.6Nm of torque lesser than Pulsar 220.

BIGGER OIL COOLER: The 200cc version of Avenger also had an Oil cooler and the new bike finds itself laden with a bigger oil cooler which has 33 percent increased area. Avenger 220 now has 4 chambers inside the oil cooler as compared to 3 in the earlier version to ensure optimum cooling of the bike with minimal power drop under extreme needs.

NEW LOGO: The bike looks exactly same as the earlier variant and only the rebranded badge of “220 OIL COOLED” at the side panels differentiates the bike from its earlier sibling.

ALTERED EXHAUST: We hear that the exhaust has also been altered with, for providing a better low end torque; however, on the looks of it, it looks similar to the older version.

OMISSION OF KICK: Similar to Pulsar 220, the bike does away with a kick starter. The bike gets an Electric start as the sole mode of pushing the bike to life. With no major issues reported on the earlier kickless versions Bajaj has launched of late, this move doesn’t seem to be any worry, however, with ample amount of space on this bike, Bajaj could have opted for a kick starter as well.

DC Ignition: A welcome change is the inclusion of DC ignition which would help the awesome 55W headlamps of the bike to continue shining as bright under all rpms.

IMPROVED BRAKING: Though the front remains the same 260mm Disc, the rear 130mm drum arrangement has been modified to provide better control of the bike. We hope that the spongy feel of the brakes has also been taken care of.

Other TIDBITS:

Low Battery Indicator: Avenger 220 also has an indicator which informs the user when the battery is running low on charge to help timely service/recharge/change of the battery.

Dual foam density seat: Of all the seats our butts have relaxed on, Avenger’s have probably been the most padded and this bike carries the same advantage forward.

Weight: Despite the bigger engine and mentioned changes, Bajaj has been able to keep the weight under control at 154.5kgs (excluding the optional windshield).

Colors: The bike will be offered in same colors as the earlier iteration: Plasma Blue, Cocktail Wine Red, Mist Grey Silver, and Midnight Black.

Manual Choke: Apart from the engine tuning difference, Avenger has a manual choke placed right around the carburetor, in contrast to Pulsar 220s auto choke.

Other regulars like the fat tires, tank capacity, dimensions, headlamp, backrest, seating posture etc remains similar to the discontinued variant.

PRICING* & AVAILABILITY:

With each iteration the two best possible things which Bajaj have done are: keep the retro-urbane styling constant and two, keep a sensible sticker price. Avenger in its latest 220cc avatar is dearer by around Rs 4000 compared to the earlier Avenger 200 despite a bigger and more powerful heart and the above listed enhancements. Avenger costs Rs 76,876 all inclusive without the transparent windshield where Avenger 200 costed Rs 72,500.

Compare it with the cheaper (of the two) variant of the 220cc mill, Pulsar 220S which sells at Rs. 79,125 and Pulsar 220F which sets your pocket lighter by Rs 82,400. So effectively speaking, you get a lot more upfront performance, better pulling power and a relaxed nature at higher engine revs, all at a price which is the least for this Bajaj’s 220cc mill and offers a whole lot of goodies. The bike has been made available for booking in the ProBiking outlets of the company by Bajaj and after a few legal procedures deliveries of the bike would commence.

*All prices on road Pune as of 17th July 2010

THE COULD-HAVE-BEENS:

  • Slight alterations in the looks department to make the product feel fresh
  • Black theme: A well done matt finished black theme would look ominous on this bike; let’s save it for the future upgrade, Bajaj!
  • Kick Starter: Not really but would not have been a problem if incorporated.
  • Rear Disc Brakes: Would have done a world of good to the bikes halting characteristics
  • Tubeless Soft Compound Tires: Better road grip always helps
  • Auto Choke: We don’t know why was 220s engine robbed off this feature, however nothing a big miss
  • Rear Brake hose goes right in front of the engine-oil level window which creates an obstruction to the view of the engine oil level from the window.
  • A possible tachometer (though the current mono speedo at the console looks awesome)

Internal characters and changes of the bike would be reflected on a road test which we would try to get as soon as possible. Till then we would leave you with this First Look of the bike.

- Saad Khan
saad@bikeadvice.in

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excalibur July 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I am disappointed with the recent offering from Bajaj. There were some problems with the earlier iterations of Avenger, which are listed below (i have been riding the 180 avenger for close to 5 years now):

1) Hard rear shocks (could have fitted gas or mono shocks)
2) Padding for rear passenger is very hard (so well endowed people will have a tough time on long runs)
3) Poor rear drum brakes (tend to brake poorly at higher speeds)
4) Clutch cable (Bajaj has perennial problems with the clutch cable in the Pulsar and avenger breed. I have to change atleast 2-3 cables in a year)
5) Silencer rust problem (180 avenger silencer is prone to rust, i had mine replaced with the 200 version. Since its new i cannot tell much about it)

But there are lot of positive ones also which everyone would have read elsewhere. Its a easy to drive and fun bike so dont be bothered about the above comments. If the above points were rectified, things would have been really closer to God in feeling!!

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Joe December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I am owning an 22o oil cooled version. planning to fit the windshield.
Is it good or bad?
How is the mileage?
And the durability?
quick reply pls

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Ankit Tiwari July 20, 2010 at 8:19 pm

very well done. although not much guys out here love the skinny rear seat of the bike which is indeed a nessecity!

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fas July 20, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Well its interesting to note that the Avenger is not selling that well but Bajaj does not kill it.

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Surya July 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hey Guys, just a SMALL suggestion.. Instead of the lower power output, they might have as well given THE SAME MILL, at a price matching the P220.. I mean, a guy who is INTERESTED in URBAN CRUISER “WILL” obviously buy the bike NO MATTER WHAT.. Then why SKIMP on what could’ve been done EASILY..? A Good offering from Bajaj nevertheless..

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ATHUL4R July 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

nice… is by using windshield, whats the advantage?

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alex July 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The dust and wind will not hit you directly while cruising on highways/ high speeds!

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akash July 26, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Bajaj Avenger is a very nice & bold looking bike.It has Manual Chowk & 220cc Engine. It was great achive of Bajaj Company. It was comfortable in riding.
I like this bike most…

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ashwani July 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

bajaj avenger 220cc is just like sport bike.and also a good picture.

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ashwani July 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Bajaj Avenger is a bold looking bike.It is just like Royal Enefild.

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Abiram Menon July 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

@ Saad Kahn: very good review and i am really impressed by the natural style of your writing. I am really impressed by the way bajaj finally tuned the avenger 220. A good cruiser should always make max torque at higher rpm and near to max BHP rpm. It is the only way to make a cruiser chug along at top speed all day long with minimum stress to both the vehicle and rider. I am a proud owner of Kawasaki Eliminator, which i still keeps in my garage for long distance rides. the only grouse is i still cant compare the butter smooth nature of Imported Kawasaki mill to bajaj’s. Any person who have ridden eliminator will approve this. And the improvements u stated are really needed. tubeless radial, rear disc and a gas charged shock absorber are welcome edition. I think Bajaj has kept that particular configuration for another shot. Thanks finally, bajaj is making some serious improvements in R&D.

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Veer July 29, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Its a really great bike.this is my first love.m going to buy tommarow.heart touching bike.hope my experience with avengure220 will b gud.thanx

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SHEIKH MOHD YASIR August 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm

it one of the best bike in 200cc+ range as it gives a brave biker look…..its stlye its body type n its features r record braking…..with only limited price tag…. i dont know about the mileage but hope near about 40…..as its look like harley devidson bikes…..i like avenger 220 very much…if i get a chance i will go for it

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Saisaurabh Asoriya August 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

i have buyed avenger 220
color-blue from Arun bajaj pro-biking,Nagpur.
i stay in amravati…1st ride experiance is awesme..!!
very comfortable ride from nagpur to amravati…it was about 160km ride ….
just m facing such problems-
1.overflow of petrol from carborator through overflow pipe..
2.rear brake problem…such slow..

sir, i really want ur advice …tht wht abt the “1st servicing”…..to do in amravati Or Nagpur??

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mayur August 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm

hi,
u dint given your name here.anyways plz tell how much mileage did it given?i heard that avenger performs only 30 km pl.is it true? I have booked my avenger 10 days back,and i don’t bother its fuel efficiency.still curious to know about its mileage???

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Amar September 7, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I have booked one..
But pls anyone who have completed 500km tell me about the perfomance of the bike…
i am curious about the mile age too…

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sarthak September 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

awesome bike…..though i m a lille confused about buying either fz16 or avenger….lille help here….m a nacent biker n dis will b ma first ride….i ve fought ma way hard fr nt goin fr a 4 wheeler cauz i guess i can state in by quoting 4 wheels transport a body bt 2 wheels transport da spirit…..
would relly appericiate ur advice…cauz i wann ma first ride to be ma las….(soul buddy)….
fanx guyz

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Amar September 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Anyone who have completed 500km pls respond..

Anyway SARTHAK , i wud say go for Avenger
Because fz wouldn come anywer near it

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Sajjad Inamdar October 14, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Hi friends,
Thanks to all for your comments , i appreciate difference of opinions , however i would like to give you my feedback , it could be that you disagree but its my observation of Bajaj bikes.

I have been using Bajaj bikes for almost 7 Years now , i have used all the models that Bajaj Pulsar has till 220 , and there are something common problems that i would like to highlight , they are as follows ;-

1) Clutch cable wears out .
2) Accelerator cable gets jammed.
3) Starter sounds pathetic and typically Bajaj when compared to unicorn or Hero Honda bikes like Karizma.
4) Bike has maintenance issues very often compared to Honda Bikes.
5) The indicator lights were very prone to break in the older versions but in the new versions we find them quite flexible so they are good.
6) Parts like the battery compartment , the area below the seat gets rust very easily.
7) In the rainy season you will find that water gets collected in the petrol tank even though you have just cleaned it at a service center , that means that it does not take long for the water outlet near the petrol input hole to get jammed , which is a very common problem in BAJAJ Pulsars.
8) For 200 and 220 models you will find that there is no kick start and you will surely need it and feel weird to run with the bike in case you want to start it when the battery has gone low.This will make you think as to what you have done by spending around 80 k on these bikes.
9) The Bikes condition gets worse in one year however much you try to keep it in original condition.
10) The Suspension in bajaj bikes is awful compared to Honda unicorn for instance , not because it has mono shocks , but the maintenance and the quality is what matters, you will find that the suspension gets hardened very often and you will eventually realize that suspensions are a big problem in Bajaj bikes.

Now as far as the Latest Model of Bajaj i.e. Avenger 220 is concerned , this i feel is just to put a veil on the failure of Bajaj 220 DTSi model therefore we just find the use of the same Engine in Avenger to make sure that the excess production is utilized.

So Avenger 220 is nothing but another way to sell the Engine which was supposed to be sold with Pulsar 220. :) Think about it…
Waiting for your comments…

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deepak July 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

it may be your opinion. you thinking is negative you can find out negative even in Harley bike s.today pulser is best sealing bike in India for last five year. i have avenger 220 . it is Assam bike very good pickup , power and great comfort .

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VARUN SHAH October 28, 2010 at 12:03 am

BAJAJ AVENGER 220 IS JUST AWESOME…..GIVING ME A MILEAGE OF 38KMPL…………………HAD SOME PROB AT 1500 KM I.E. CLUTCH CABLE BROKE DOWN AND HAD A PROBLEM WITH CHAIN BUT GOT IT REPAIRED

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Jitendra rout November 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Hii i bought avenger 220 2 month back.no problem whatsoever.completed 2000 km.my top speed was 90 kmph.it can go above that but i m not stressing it.its absolutely AWESOME wen u drive it at 70-80 kmph.looking forward to go home to bhubaneswar which is above 500km from my place.

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soham mohanty October 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm

hey,what is the cost of avenger 220 in orissa

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jitendra sahoo September 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

in odisha net cash inr 86,700

jitendra sahoo September 13, 2012 at 7:00 pm

wts milage bro

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Ranguleo November 28, 2010 at 7:22 am

Hi Guys,

220 is a awesome bike with high comfort zone.

I noticed that Avenger 220 cc has a MAJOR PROBLEM of oil leakage in the constant run of 90-110 for 2-3 hrs.. So we have to be in average speed of 70-80 km :(
then whats gr8 in cruising.. ????????????

ranguleo

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Ameen September 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hey
On my Avenger 220 CC I have reached to a Top Speed of 125 KMPH, on that speed also my bike engine doesnt given any problem.

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abhishek December 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

bought avenger 220 on 12th November….drove almost 1000 kms n getting millage of 38 b4 first service now m getting around 40…really impressed by the bike…..control , suspension , looks are awesome….got sum prob in gear shifting but got repaired at siddi vinayaka @ kachiguda…………i luv avenger feel lyk god while driving…

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Ankit Verma January 9, 2011 at 7:06 am

Hey guys just bought my Avy 220cc 5 days back and completed 150 KM.. this is a awesome bike in terms of cruising. i am driving at 40-50 KMPS these days but also try 120 KMPS on my fren’s Avy.. Guys if you are looking forward to buy this Good looking Monster then go ahead this bike doesnt have any problem with gear shifting or Oil leakage all depends on the maintenence. 1 thing is the FACT when you are on this avvy on road everybody will surely notice you.. And about gals, every gal like “The guy with AVVY220CC”… hehehehe

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prashant panwalkar February 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

HI freinds,

i bought a Aveneger 220 recently just 20 days back, im having some problems with it ,it does not start in the morning i always have to give a choke to it ,and sometimes even giving a choke for 8- 10 times it doesn’t start ,this problem just started after 2-3 days i purchased the bike, i showed it to the shreeram service center they said you have to give the choke in the morning ,but thats not the only case ,say if my bike remains idle just for 3-4 hrs then also i need to give a choke for starting it ,this thing is frustrating me big time i don’t know what to do?

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yk March 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I’ve had an Avenger 200cc for the past 3 years. No issues with it whatsoever.

Infact, I’ve had to go on an overseas trip for 8 months and the bike was standing in one place. When I came back, it was all covered in dust and was looking terrible. The battery was flat and the bike didn’t start… it was the only time I missed having a kick-start.

So I took the bike to a service center and got a full service done, replaced the battery as the old one had gone spoilt… the bike was as good as new. I am currently riding it everyday and it is great. Going at 70-80kmph is a breeeze…

I am getting about 40kmpl as the fuel consumption average, which I think is not bad for a bike of this type. The ride is comfortable, but your butt does start hurting after an extended ride, so I would suggest taking some breaks on a long ride.

Hopefully, this helps some of you.

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arun March 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

hello dudes, i am working in chennai, and my home is in kerala.
i purchased avy 220 on 9 feb 2011, it has done only 150 kms. my friends are saying first service has to be done before 30 days after the purchase, otherwise it will lapse..is it true. i can go to home only on april 11 th,that means 60 days..anyone have any idea..please help

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sanjay March 16, 2011 at 9:45 am

ya u should give wit in 30 days or els 500 to 800 kms u can give

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arun March 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm

hello friends,
i am working in chennai and my home is in kerala.i purchased avy 220 on 9th feb 2011.my friend is saying that
first service has to be done before 30 days of purchase otherwise lapse.i would be able to go home on april 11th only.
so please give some advice.bike has done only 150kms total.

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Mihir March 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Hey Guys,

A big hearty thank to all the bikers for sharing their point of views. Special thanks to Saad khan (I hv read many of reviews and just love them) – My respect to all!

I am proud owner of pulsor 150 since 2002 and trust me guys, I have had most amazing & also worse memories with P150. I also agree with Sajjad for bringing real big issues of Bajaj bikes. But, I have never regretted even once for having this bike with me! I have drove 400 kms. nonstop, I am also a very rough/harsh rider. And knowing all the usual problems with Bajaj but trust me guys, I have never put much attention for maintaining P150. The fact is, even now, after 9 years it still runs on any sort of roads, traffic, small streets etc. like a horse.

Now, talking about Avy 220.. Truly said, the only “affordable” cruise (feel-like) in India so far, I have booked this bike in black 2 weeks ago and I am expecting a delivery soon! Too difficult to wait though!!! But I am too curious & nervous. And I hv promised myself to handle this beauty as carefully as, I can..! So, need little understanding on below..

-> Now, when I bought pulsor in ’02, I was told by the dealer that not to cross 40-50 kms. For first 500 kms. It’s important for piston to develop shape. (lol, I tried to obey him but just couldn’t control my hand..) Since this is 220cc, I want to ask all Avy owners, what speed should be maintained and for how many kms., initially.
-> What sort of modifications (more of addition) should I think of, since I am planning to go on distance rides on Avy. Yk said the seat is not comfortable, but can u also tell me for how many hrs./kms., you drove nonstop and felt uncomfortable. Any better suggestion on adding extra cushion feel seat.?

-> How good is K&N filter & maintenance of it? Any idea if it affects warranty etc?

-> If I ‘ve to put larger horn & fog light, do I have to change the battery /wiring? (I really don’t know much regarding battery life & capacity)

-> I also am planning to fit cramster saddle bags on both sides, a compartment behind pillion support & magnetic pouch on tank, any good suggestions here? I am not able to locate any dealer in Mumbai.

->Also, during monsoon, my personal experience with Bajaj bike’s patrol tanks faces major problems in terms of blockage/leakage. Since Avy has designed differently, do we get the same issue with this bike as well ?

I am trying my best to understand good & bad side of this bike. However, I believe that all bikes are good, what matters the most is a biker!

Eagerly waiting to hear some facts of this bike from existing users of AVY and suggestions/comments would be really appreciated.

Light & Peace..!

Mihir.
Mihir.pur@gmail.com

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sanjay March 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

hi this is sanjay i am going to buy baja avenger tomaro i am so happy to but this kind of bike

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Deepak N April 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hi,

Have faced similar oil leakeage issue from then oil cooler connections recently…

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syed April 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I bought a bajaj avanger yesterday from khivraj Bajaj Bangalore yesterday. Guys beware of KhivraJ bajaj bangalore, the biggest cheater. I ride the bike yesterday and have done 40 Kms with an average speed of 40-45 Kms. Parket it in the evening. When I got up in the morning and saw few drops of oil beneath the engine radiator. However, started the bike and took it to the dealer in Indiranagar which is 500 mts from my home. When I stopped the bike there it was drooling oil from the radiator. I am gonna complain in the consumer court if I don’t get a replacement. Guys is it normal or a big issue with the bike. Please reply.

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Ankit Verma April 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Dont worry Buddy, i also faced the same problem in the begning when i bought mine all you gotta do just complete 1000Kms and then let the first service done with good engineer… Then believe me you will FEEL LIKE GOD… Go through my comments in this belog…

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Ankit Verma April 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hello all Avenger 220 Riders,
Iam Ankit Verma from Ghaziabad owner of Avvy 220.. guys its been like 4 months since iam riding “All new Avenger 220cc Blue color with windshield”. Initially i also faced engine oil leakage problem and thought by mistake i have bought the faulty piece, but when i visited at Suman Bajaj in Noida and told them about the same problem they fixed it, they tight two screw which is located at the base of bike engine and also made it so smooth. Now these days my bike is in perfect condition and no more oil leakage problem. Dont get worried about your new bike Just Ride it for 1000 Kms and let the 1st service done and ask them to get rectified this problem..

Enjoy your Ride Guys..!
Dont forget to wear Helmet.
Ankit Verma
a.verma@arkadin.com

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Anjan April 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

am looking for an avenger aftr seeing d reviews am confused wdr to take d byke r nt… help me out frns

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gaurav April 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

my friends tell me can i purchas this bike or not?

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manohar May 4, 2011 at 11:06 am

to be frank i had lots of doubt about this bike, its mileage , maintenance d all but finally i tool avenger 220 in mysore one month back, really riding it will make u feel like heaven, the god of all other bikes…… about mileage in city mine will give 35km/l d in long drive it will give 42 to 45 km/l the gear is awesome i cant feel it so soft it is. the pickup is really dam good

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anuj May 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

hi all,

guys can u assist me with top speed markings with the following bikes

bullet 350 & 500
karizma r
avenger 220
and r15

pls do post
with regards
anuj

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Sundeep June 11, 2011 at 6:18 pm

@ Sajjad Inamdar

I agree with almost all of your observations. I bought a Pulsar 180 in Jan ’11, and this being my first Bajaj bike I didn’t know what to expect of them. I’ve however noticed that when I clean my bike with a water hose some water gets drained into the tank (i hear a swishing sound), the clutch cable is too soft and does not feel right for a 180cc bike and the rear drum brakes just dont do a good job at all.

On more than a couple of occassions the engine has coughed a bit before getting back to normal, and I CAN NEVER shift to neutral while the engine is running. I always have to kill the engine first before I can slot it to neutral. This is irritating at times like when I have to get down to open the gate of my house, etc. Within a month the main stand’s bolts gave way, and the headlight beam is also a bit odd.

However, apart from these niggles, the bike is very, very good to ride. I love the free-revving, ready-for-high-speeds nature of the bike and the handling is just mindblowingly awesome :)
Mileage is also acceptable and engine sounds at high speeds are remarkably low compared to earlier Pulsars. Acceleration from low speeds is remarkable too. If you look past the minor quality issues and occassional un-scheduled visits to the mechanic, this is a bike that you can comfortably live with. I’m in love with my Pulsar :D

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Kapil Singh June 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

What is the top speed of avenger 220 ?

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sharan gowda May 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

40

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Rider23 July 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Guys, i have an avenger 200. i bought it 1 year back. During the first half, until the first servicing the bike was so good. But after that it got some problem in gear shifting. I could never shift the gear to the neutral while the engine is running. It sounds pathetic. I took to the servicing center and discussed the problem with them. After few test, they told me that i should replace the clutch plate/disc if i really want it. They replaced the clutch plate and colsted me around 200 for the plate. After that the gear shifting problem got solved. However, timing chain problem is still there. I have recently replaced the timing chain (Rs. 700). Its only 1 year. but so many problem. You need to take a good care of this bike.

After all, you will feel very stable while driving. I bought it because of its sexy looking looks. :)
I love this bike but hate its maintenance prone characteristic.

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New Biker July 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Dear experts,

I want to know how the clutch cable for Avenger bike is adjusted.
Please let me know cuz, i am having a very frequent problem in gear shifting problem.
I dont want for the next servicing to fix it.

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Rider23 July 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Guys, i have an avenger 200. i bought it 1 year back. During the first half, until the first servicing the bike was so good. But after that it got some problem in gear shifting. I could never shift the gear to the neutral while the engine was running. It sounds pathetic:(. I took to the servicing center and discussed the problem with them. After few test, they told me that i should replace the clutch plate/disc if i really wanted it. They replaced the clutch plate and colsted me around 200 for the plate. After that the gear shifting problem got solved. However, timing chain problem was still there. I have recently replaced the timing chain (Rs. 700). Its only 1 year, the bike, but so many problems. You need to take a good care of this bike.

After all, you will feel very stable while driving. I bought it because of its sexy looking looks. :). I love it.
I love this bike but hate its maintenance prone characteristic.

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dheeraj August 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm

hey dude!!!! will u tell me tht average of ths bike?
i wnt5 to purchase ths bike yr n my parents r nt allowing to purchase me ths bike

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dheeraj August 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

i like this bike too much…..m trying to purchase ths bike before 2 yrs bt maah parents r nt allowing ths bike to purchase me .nw the time is mine in ths diwali 2011 i will be purchase it..

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Jakka.Peddanna August 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

Hai friends,
On my birth day okshan, iam purchesing 220cc bike and it is my life ambition to ride this tipe of bikes and it is my first bike in my life.

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chakrapani October 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Hi frnds,

got a new avenger 220cc im lovin it

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Itssenthil October 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hi,
Friends, I am planning to Purchase Avenger 220 with in 2 months, can u tell me about the average mileage it provides.

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ASHISH October 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

I bought a avenger 220 bike 2 days before ,i m going to office on bike but some problem in front of me bike didn’t start.(prob. came in self start of bike there also no kick in bike) so give me solutions. please.

MAINE BIKE KO EK GHANTE TAK KHICHA OR BIKE DIDN’T START.
WT’S THIS RUBBISH
HELP ME
9810766908

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Dev November 12, 2011 at 3:47 am

hey guys i have avenger180cc bike i brought this bike on 2007 actually i have facing many of problem with that so just want’s to upgrade my bike version with avenger220cc oil cooled engine so is that possible please give me appropriate suggestion and do the needful for me i hope you can understand me as well guys so plz. plz ..help me out
Feel Like a God…
Dev Singh
Dwarka( New Delhi)
devangel7@gmail.com

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MANOJ.K November 16, 2011 at 7:26 pm

Hai Guys,
I switched from RE TB to Avenger last week. I simply luv this bike. I checked the mileage with a steady cruising speed of 40-50kmph before the first service. Believe me guys my avenger gave a mileage of 60 kmpl. The showroom guys were shocked. To clear my doubts I tried the second time and the result was positive. The feed back mileage in the showroom was 47 kmpl. Cheers.
Manoj
Kerala.

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vinayaka January 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

thank you verymuch for the reviews…. Can any1 tell me the overall cost of avenger in pune? Please?

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shiva kumar Mudhi raj January 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Dear all,

I buyed new avenger 220 oil cooled on 31-12-2111… it is reallly awesome.. with its looks first and with its engine firing.. people who want to cruise on the roads has to opt for it.. and i dont understand why so much interested on mileage… when you are getting an Heavenly experience while riding it.. i has pulsar-200, amd CBZ but among those it is really awesome.. just go for it…

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Arvind January 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi guys, have read all comments which given above & with ref review i am also planning for avenger220.

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leion February 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

If you are searching a rocking bike than Bajaj Avenger is a good option for you. Bajaj Avenger 220 DTS-I have various advance features such as Comfortable and relaxed riding, Special backrest for the pillion, Better road grip and stability while on drive and Duel foam density seat.

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Anudeep February 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

Hey guys, I am planning to buy the bike.. one question though…
it does not have a kick start..is it a big deal?? I live in Dehradun & in winters my current bike’s auto start does not work properly in the morning.

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Ruark March 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I too have purchased this bike, i liked it for the initial period before i gave it for servicing, ever since then i have been having so much trouble with the bike, the worst his the people at bajaj no respect and courtesy for their customers.. poor very poor customer service….

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Amit Pandey May 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

plz tell me the exact Mileage of Avenger 220 cc………………… Should i go for this bike???

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sharan gowda May 12, 2012 at 11:41 am

pls tel me the exact milage of avenger 220 m planned to buy ……. but m in confusion btw 220pulsar also

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Saif shaikh May 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Hiii! Friends i hav bought ma avenger 220 oil cooled two mnths back….. it is awsum bike to cruize on roads upto your limit of high speed, i hav made ma best upto 115 kmph high speed ,m frm nasik ,it gives average upto 42 kmpl, really feals like god .

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Saif shaikh May 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Dont care of its drawbacks , if ur mind says then buy it , dont care about milage

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Rishabh June 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I have bought my avenger ….
1.)but i am unable to use hand lock….its not locking the bike why???
Any one who can can help this ….pls let me knw…
2.)1 more thing bike is producing too much heat…and
3.) problem while going from 1 to 2nd gear….

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jitendra singh July 10, 2012 at 3:44 am

130 to maine chalaye hai

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Shiva August 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

On d road price of Avenger 220 is 89540 in COIMBATORE, TAMIL NADU and mileage was 35-40..

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harish September 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

please tell me is there any problem in starting the bike because it has not kick start facility

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anand October 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Avenger is good in riding comfort no doubt. But you will get addicted to apply front disc brake which is very dangerous. The rear brake should be disc brake which is must for this bike with redesigned easy foot pedal design.
If anyone do this modification pl let me know my no is 09867438009 (mumbai).

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irfan syed November 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

onle one word Avengerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sexy bike

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tushar January 17, 2013 at 3:38 pm

i have just bought avenger 220 blue colour.riding it is a wonderful and a marvellous experience..its the best bike in this price range

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jafar chunoor February 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

its good for all, friends,. i an interior designer , i am sitting too much time , have back pain… after my work time i ride with my girl…… o sorry with my avanger 220cc i love her i like her coz she make me good feel ever and ever… in my all journey, why all people ask about mileage, resale value, this good for user, who is ? expecting a lovable life with their dream bike …… ilike bajaj,. i love avanger 220cc .

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Gladson aj February 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

I luv dis bik n I m planing 2 buy it in dis month itzz jus great comfortable. N cool bik thnks 4 bajaj

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Enosh November 27, 2013 at 5:02 pm

I bought Avenger a month ago. No sooner I started getting problem with 1-2 gear shift. Its difficult to shift gears(gears are hard). I literally have to stamp to change the gear. This does not happen frequently, but in city and in traffic. I got the gear springs and gear lever replaced but still the issue persists.
I have read on some forums that changing the oil has helped. Is there anyone who has changed the oil ? or come up with solution for this problem.
This is really embarrassing.

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sunny December 15, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I like this bike.

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