Avenger 220 cruise 2018 before first servicing ( BREAK IN PERIOD)
13 March 2018 was the day when bajaj avenger 220 cruise 2018 was delivered to me. Although the bike has been with me for just 17 days, but these 17 days has been the best days of my life where i have clocked 650km till now and will be giving my bike for servicing tomorrow. Although i'm not the best person to review the bike but have known all i need to know. Apart from all the minor problems(like chain noise, and front disc brake noise like zzz which comes when braking at high speed) everything seems perfectly fine. Bajaj offers the best budget bike with all the comfort and power. Not going with all the specifications as internet will know better than me, i just want to say its the best cruiser bike at its range.
Avenger 220 cruise is best in class in comfort and power, although avenger having a mid range punch performs much better at 4-5k rpm, i.e, it does not have pick up like pulsar 220f but performs great at 4-5k rpm. Power delivery and gear shifting is smooth in avy 220 but sometimes because of hard gears sometimes the gear gets stuck, but it is all fine when pressed hard. Now about the break in period according to owners manual the engineer's have asked to top 65kmph at 6th gear but i personally have toped the speed of 86kmph, but have gone to this speed only 4 to 5 times, but mainly have kept it below 65kmph. MYTH buster here is that during the break in period we should vary the rpm so that the piston rings seals perfectly....even too much pampering damages the engine performance and mileage. The trick is to vary the rpm slowly and not at one go. Even at 86 kmph the vibrations were minimum compared to other bikes, but there were one or two times when the vibration really used to shake me up. Avenger has really worked with the seats this time where the pillion seat have been cusioned and riders seat is as good as before. City riding is great as on a daily basis I travel 40km without a pain in any part of my body. About the cornering- its not the best bike for cornering but feels pretty confident while cornering, and it has the best in class maneuverability compared to other cruisers in its class although it has a huge turning radius but is really easy to turn. It was a matter of time to get used to this bike after that it was the best bike a company could offer. Before avenger 220 cruise i really used to hate cruisers, but now this is not the case. Few things i realy hate is that bajaj has not offered back disc brake and abs in bike which packs 19bhp. One more thing is that bajaj should have offered tachometer in bike as without it break in period is really difficult as you dont get a rough idea about your engine condition, even tuning yhe idle screw is a problem. One more thing which dissapoints me the most is faulty fuel indicator, because of which refulling becomes a big problem even calculating mileage becomes problematic. Apart from it riding is a lot fun at mid range a lot of power is felt in your hand but at high rpm's it doeant feel quite well as puchiness is lost to it( but cant be sure about this because havnt tried this more than once...so it might happen that after first service things might open a bit.
Overall riding this bike has been fun its a perfect bike for a family person and a person who travels a lot. Its basically of cruising at speed of 80- 100 kmph without any vibrations or problems like other sub 200cc bikes. I say if you are a person who likes to enjoy the scenario with no hurry or adrenaline rush in body this is the perfect bike for you.although 0-60 kmph at 3rd gear takes roughly 4.2 seconds and according to some owners the bike can go upto 140kmph if well mantained. Therefore to conclude its the best bike in this price range with minimal service cost and mantainance cost. Although chain and brake noise bothers me a lot, not to mention its drum brakes????????, but every other thing about this bike is just so awesome.????????????????????????