Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 – The Avenger range of motorcycles was first introduced to the Indian market by Bajaj way back in 2005. The design cues were taken from a similar-looking Japanese cruiser bike.
As per market share, the Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 can be considered an uncontested motorcycle. There are hardly any motorcycles in India that can meet the performance, pricing and overall looks of the bike.
Bajaj bikes in India have always been known for their unique and appealing design language. The 220 Cruise carries forward this trend. Furthermore, the recent iteration of the bike has a host of appeal factors. They are best enunciated in the following sections.
Features and design
The current bike belongs to the third generation of the Avenger line-up.
In terms of design language, Bajaj designers added a lot of modern design elements. For instance, the bike now comes with a new headlamp unit. It also boasts LED DRL.
The instrument cluster of the bike is also redesigned and has a blue backlight. An instrument cluster is a digital unit that is meant for long operational life. The available information within the instrument cluster consists of –
- Real-time speed indicator
- Twin trip meters
- Service reminder and
- Fuel gauge.
The Cruise variant of the Avenger can be distinguished from the 160 Street edition from far away.
Well, the Cruise edition of the bike has a tall windshield at the front. The windscreen also protects the bare instrument cluster from direct sunlight as well as the elements. On top of this, there is a well-designed radiator unit that has chrome surrounds.
The overall style of the bike retains its American cruiser bike looks. The front fork suspension units are raked out and the seats of the bike are lowered. The footpegs are positioned towards the front. All of these together not only add to the appeal of the bike but also makes it comfortable.
The handlebar on the Cruise 220 is known as the ‘highway comfort handlebar’ and it does the job well. Even on long rides, one would not feel as if their arms are getting tired. The pillion seat and backrest are well-padded thus adding to the comfort factor of the bike.
The bike has a reliable and fuel-efficient engine. The motor is a BS6-tuned, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, unit that has a displacement of 220 CC. It has twin spark plugs and is fuel injected. It can belt out peak power and torque outputs of 19.03PS and 17.5Nm respectively.
The bike comes with a smooth-shifting 5-speed gearbox that allows the rider to touch 120 KMPH easily. The real-world mileage of the bike is 38 KMPL which is amazing for a 220 CC motorcycle.
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The bike has twin shock absorbers for the rear wheel. The front wheel has telescopic fork suspension units that come with an anti-friction bush. The latest iteration of the bike has more suspension travel for both its front and rear suspensions. This allows the bike to handle like a dream!
Wheelbase, ground clearance and dry weight
The bike has a length of 2210mm, a width of 806mm in width and a height of 1142mm. The ground clearance offered is 169mm. At slow speeds, due to the enormous wheelbase of the bike, riders would find it a bit tricky to manoeuvre.
The dry weight of the bike stands at 159 KGs.
Wheels and tires
The bike comes with 17-inch front wheels and 15-inch rear wheels. Alloy wheels are not offered to keep the design classic. The front wheels have 90-section tyres and the rear wheels have 130-section tyres.
The bike is equipped with a 280mm disc for the front wheel. It has single-channel ABS. The rear wheel however has a 130mm drum brake unit.
At an ex-showroom (Mumbai) price of ₹ 1, 32,269* the Cruise 220 is a deal that one should not throw away! Consulting with the nearest Bajaj-authorised dealer for more details is strongly recommended.