Bajaj Avenger 200 DTSi Review by Varun Satyan

The Kawasaki Bajaj Eliminator always was a perfect cruiser at a not-so-perfect price. So the Bajaj engineers replaced the Kawasaki single cylinder mill with the indigenously conceived and more successful 178.6cc DTS-i engine. Soon Bajaj Avenger 180 burst into the scene and with the pulsar engine even the last bit was complete.

Two years later, the Avenger 200cc hits the tarmac. And with this retuned oil cooled 200cc pulsar engine, it doesn’t feel out of place in a cruiser. In fact the Avenger 200 is a great alternative to the anonymity of commuter styling.

The Bike: Is a class of its own, Avenger throws you out in a complete different world of motorcycling where there are no speed maniacs, only a journey full of pure riding pleasure. As you sit back in that super-relaxed position and start your journey, you feel your heart all along the way. Basically the Bajaj Avenger is a low slung cruiser with an elegant tank-set fuel gauge, old fashioned yet simple turn signals, rectangular rear view mirrors and circular headlamps.

Not to forget an incredibly stylish Windshield (optional feature) that is sure to set your pulse beating. Its low saddle seat and special backrest for pillion means you have that luxury of being ‘classy’ and going back in time along with all the comfort that a pillion needs. The 140mm telescopic suspension in the front together with 5 step adjustable triple rated 90mm rear suspension gives the bike a ‘floating feel’ on the road. Add to that a 260mm front disc brake which also works quite efficiently.

Its forward foot riding posture separates it from every other motorcycle in the market. There is a good chance that you ‘Feel like God’ once you ride this stunning masterpiece as advertised by the company itself. The 198.8cc 4 stroke DTS-i engine means you get a perfect balance between power and fuel efficiency apart from shelling out 17.51ps. The Bajaj Auto is world leader in Digital twin spark technology (DTS-i) that has been around for last six years now.

How can we forget Bajaj’s very own patented ex-haus TEC (Patent Number 231498) technology? It improves engine torque at low rev without compromising anything at mid or high range rev. It has been extensively optimized to get the maximum possible performance out of the engine.

New Features on Avenger 200: TRICS III- expands to Throttle responsive ignition control system 3rd generation. It is a means of controlling the ignition by operating the throttle. The ignition requirements constantly change according to the depending needs of the rider in cruising, acceleration or max speed.

Overall this helps in achieving a good balance between better drivability and optimum ignition spark advance, resulting in an almost perfect ignition spark advance for every throttle opening and engine rpm. Oil cooler; Borrowed straight from the Pulsar 200 its much more advanced from a air cooler. The radiator type thin tubes through which lubricating oil is forced results in better cooling and lubricating properties at high speeds. This keeps the engine cool every time you gun that throttle and further helps in maintain the performance of DTS-I engine.

Other Technical Specifications:

  • Engine Type- 198.8cc 4stroke, DTS-i Oil Cooled Engine
  • Max Net Power- 17.51ps @8000rpm
  • Fuel Tank- 14Liters (3.4 Liters of reserve)
  • Wheelbase- 1475mm
  • Kerb Weight- 154kg (without windshield)
  • Ground Clearance- 169mm

    The Bajaj Avenger 200 is available in four colors namely Plasma Blue, Cocktail Wine Red, Mist Grey Silver and Midnight Black.  At a price tag of 72,500 (ex-showroom Mumbai), it’s very much worth buying. In fact Cruising has never been so good and economical.

    – Varun Satyan