Bajaj Avenger….the first love of average Indians: Old vs New.
The first love of every average Indian was Bajaj Avenger and still is at its best in its field. Precisely there has been a lot of changes from the old model to the new one, where the old Bajaj Avenger 220 was available just in single shades and carried one model for both street and cruise purpose. On the other hand the new Bajaj Avenger 220 Street as the name signifies is an urban friendly cruiser offering based on the new Avenger 220 Cruise. The stealth paint job and additional cosmetic updates make it a good looking motorcycle.
Not only this the pricing has not got into a major difference as the ex showroom price of the old avenger was around 82,000 on its launch whereas, the new one’s price starts from 96,000 aprox.
Design & Feature
Talking about the old design, the time that Bajaj has had to update the bike hasn’t been spent on its exterior – it’s strongly reminiscent of the 200, and the worst characteristics of that earlier model. In particular, the 220 is bulky and feels overweight. Despite a slightly leaner frame than the 200, the bike weighs in at 154 kg, and its front-positioned dual down-tube frame and rear-wheel swing arm look very old-fashioned. Bajaj have gone for a bigger, boxier, more classic aesthetic for this bike: a large round headlamp and rectangular rear-view mirrors are prominent characteristics. Its windshield is unattractive, and looks flimsy. Material quality is surprisingly high: its aluminium levers and metal handlebar weights look solid, durable and classy.
While other exact details for the new generation Bajaj Avenger are currently unknown, the new models will likely get a thorough update in terms of styling and design while retaining the typical Avenger silhouette that has been loved by Indians for over a decade now. The bike is expected to get new features like a full LED headlamp, digital instrument cluster, dual disc brakes and more. Due to all these features, the new Bajaj Avenger range might be priced significantly higher than the existing one.
The old bike is powered by a 219.8c, air cooled engine producing 18.8 BHP and 17.5 Nm of torque. It matched more to the current date Avenger 220 Cruise but carried plain shades like Red and Blue instead for the Chrome studded Black and Desert Brown shade in the current generation motorcycle. Despite of being a cruiser, the motorcycle drives the same way as a sportbike and comes out to be the only one with such cruiser focused design.
Whereas on the newer side, the bike is mated to a 5-speed gearbox, the 220cc, oil-cooled motor generates 19.03PS at 8400 rpm with 17.5Nm of peak torque produced at 7000 rpm. Suspension duties are managed by telescopic front and twin shocks at the rear. Braking is via a 220mm front disc and a 130mm rear drum brake. The 13-litre fuel tank should offer a decent range for highway cruising. It tips the scale at 159 kg (kerb), while the ground clearance stands at 169mm.
Be it new, be it old the avenger has always been taken a great place in every former hearts and is still trying to make it better.
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