Hey cruisers, this one is for you. If you have ever thought how it must be riding this machine in such a macho posture with black aviators and cruiser helmet, this one is for you as well. It all started when I moved to Maharashtra for work after my engineering. I was looking to buy a bike, a bike that can serve my purpose of going to the office and at the same time serve as my companion when I cruise through the cool breeze in the amazing sunsets.
I considered the option of many bikes, right from the racing bikes like Yamaha R-15 to Royal Enfield Classic 350. And trust me after considering all the options from mileage, comfort, style, power to the price, I finally decided to bring home my angel “The Bajaj Avenger – DTSi 220”. Bajaj being one of the fastest growing companies in last decade in India haven’t generated much of revenue from this bike. It might be because of the lesser popularity of cruiser bike in India or this one being over shadowed.
The broad handle, extensive wind shield and of course the huge fuel tank followed by a low rider seat makes this machine look like a mean bull. It’s enormous looks with round head light and matching indicators can make you fall in love with its elegance.
If u actually love cruiser bikes this bike will fit your imagination the moment your eyes sees it. It’s pillion seat comes with a back support which not only gives it a elegant look but makes it’s a very safe and comfortable journey for the pillion riders too. And yes, it turns a lot of heads on the roads.
Engine and Power
The moment you bear down on its self ignition button, it’s 220 CC oil cooled engine roars like a lion ready to take you on an attention grabbing ride. With an impressive torque of 17.3 Nm at 7000 rpm this power generator produces 19.3 bhp. The power is what gives you a smooth and fast pick up and acceleration. So, when you are on the road and someone overtakes you. Don’t worry his joy will end up soon as you pushes down some of the gear in its 5 Speed gear box.
With the increasing price of fuel in India, mileage obviously is the major concern. This bike gives a mileage of 35 KM/L, which is a decent bargain for the kind of power it delivers. It will let you ride at a cost of Rs 2 per KM.
Brakes, Suspension and Tyres
It’s comes with a very stable and dependable braking system with a front 260 mm hydraulic disc brake that can stop you almost instantly. The rear break is the conventional drum break. It’s high tech suspension allows you to glide through the worst of the roads with comfort. It has a very large wheel base which makes it very good to handle. The tyres are again good enough to support it’s suspension in making your journey smooth on hard roads.
I have been boasting about my angel for so long but nothing in this world is perfect. So isn’t she:
- It doesn’t have a kick start. So, it by any chance your battery betrays you. You will be in deep trouble.
- It’s spare parts are hard to find in small towns.
- Not a very good choice for short people.
- Type 4-stroke, single cylinder, DTS-i, air cooled with oil-cooler
- Displacement (cc) 219.89
- Max. Power (Ps @ rpm) 19.03 @ 8400
- Max. Torque (Nm @ rpm) 17.5 @ 7000
- Starting Electric
- Front Telescopic
- Rear Hydraulic Shock Absorber
- Front Disc, Dia. 260 mm
- Rear Drum, Dia. 130 mm
- Front Tube type Unidirectional – 90 / 90 x 17?
- Rear Tube type Unidirectional – 130 / 90 x 15?
- Total liters (reserve, usable) 14 liter full (3.4 liter reserve)
- Battery 12V, 9Ah
- Head lamp 60 / 55W
- Horn 12V, 30W
- Wheelbase 1475 mm
- Ground Clearance 169 mm
- Kerb Weight 154.5 kg
The advertisement was right. It does make you feel like god.