Somewhat retro and a tad classic-looking, the low-slung Avenger 200 DTS-i makes use of heaps of chrome that glints under a bright, sunny sky. An enviable paint job, with minimal decal work and pristine fit-and-finish levels are apparent on every inch of the 200.
The Bajaj packs its visibly low center of gravity atop splayed out front forks and cruiser characteristic spoke wheels. A novel add-on is the option of a large windscreen that offers riders insulation from the wind blast when riding the bike at high speed. The 200’s small looking headlight is deceiving, for it throws a surprisingly powerful and well focussed beam. A trip-equipped and easy-to-read speedometer unit is housed in a solitary circular chrome case. Smartly buffed alloy is visible on the Avenger 200’s steering column, as is also used by the bike for brake and clutch levers. Adequate grips and comprehensive switches with the engine kill switch option are part of the package. The bike’s stylish tapering mirrors remain a highlight and worked well through our test duration.
The Avenger’s massive teardrop fuel tank features a fuel gauge in addition to fundamental warning lights. Among the biggest nuisances on the new Avenger, though, is the position of its ignition key slot - painfully far in front under the fuel tank, making it cumbersome to find and access.
There’s a wide and plush rider seat, with a narrow pillion saddle positioned a step above it. A backrest is provided for the pillion, and a raked chrome silencer unit further embellishes the bike. The Avenger 200 DTS-i sticks with an exposed drive chain, similar side panels, tail fairing and brake lamp as seen on older models.
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Issue: 166 | June 2013
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