Bajaj Avenger Street220 500km review..
A bike I always dreamed making mine when it was first launched somewhere around 2005…That dream came to reality on 2014 November when I got my first Avenger 220 and after driving it for one year and around 23k kms,I never had any issues with it..and it remained close to my heart and I always make sure to keep it clean and out of any mechanical error…
Recently Bajaj launched updated version of Avenger namely Avenger Street 220 & 150,Avenger Cruise 220.So without wasting any time I went ahead and upgraded my year old Avenger 220 to Avenger Street220 and having driven it for 5 days and above 500kms,I thought of writing about it more or less like a review.. ;-).
Many Says “Your First impression is the last impression” and Street220 did make it all right,with its look alike Harley-Davidson Street750 styling mainly targeting the Indian Youth,all matte black coating,12 and 9 spoke alloy wheel both at front and rear respectively,reduced height of handle bar,more or less tear shaped fuel tank and not to mention its all new “Avenger Insignia” inscribed at the handle-bar and in both side of the fuel tank.
Coming to the electricals,Bajaj did make changes in that department too,with digital-analog meter and Baja illuminated logo,The Headlight is more brighter and it remains on even after the engine is turned off,a feature not available with the previous one.Placements of the all switch remains the same with left side having the Horn,Indicator and Pass switch and right side is equipped with Self,Light and Engine Kill switch,However I would have loved to see radium switches like those in Pulsars..
Ride quality in my opinion is better than the previous one,with no vibrations at all even at 3 digit figure speed,there has also been refinement with the engine and now it produces a sweet lovely sound,not like the Harley though,Mileage what I am getting now is around 42kmpl(Hope it improves more after 1st servicing).Bajaj have fine tuned the shock absorbers too but they could have done a little bit more,but that is not a huge set back..With the street version maneuvering through city streets is a piece of cake and cruising the highway is lot more fun..There has been no changes with the brakes with Front 260mm Disc and Rear Drum brakes but surely the brakes of this version are better than the previous one.Riding posture was always a plus point for Avenger and the same is true with this version,but the pillion seat is not that much comfortable with the removal of pillion back rest.
All in all Bajaj did manage a great job with this new variants and certainly driving one of them always “Feels Like God”