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Bajaj Avenger 200 DTS-i

13th Jan 2010 8:00 am

The new Avenger 200 DTS-i retains all the charm and chrome-laden appeal from the previous 180cc model

  • Make : Bajaj
  • Model : Avenger

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.

The Avenger 200 DTS-i uses a larger bore 198.8cc, four-stroke engine that is similar to the one that powered the popular Pulsar 200 DTS-i. Curiously for cruisers—which usually deploy long stroke engines for a laid-back feel—the single cylinder here measures short stroke dimensions. It’s a twin-valve unit, with primary air-cooling, and an oil-cooler bolted on to provide additional cooling. As its DTS-i name suggests, the Avenger 200 offers proven Bajaj twin spark-plug technology that helps boost engine performance, while still safeguarding fuel economy interests. Air and fuel are mixed in a CV-type carburettor, while the bike also provides bearings for the rocker arms to keep vibes in check. An exhausTEC resonance chamber mounted on the exhaust works behind the scenes to help boost low-end engine performance.

 The Avenger 200 DTS-i provides a smooth and positive shifting five-speed gearbox, with pleasant clutch feel as well. Performance is always crisp with good throttle feel, and a wide power spread. 17.5bhp at 8000rpm is the peak power achieved, while maximum torque is 1.71kgm at 6000rpm. Gear ratios are a well-spaced affair and the Avenger remains reasonably smooth and vibe-free if ridden through regular riding conditions. Cruisers not being built for outright speed, we found ourselves enjoying the bike best when riding without stressing the engine at constant speeds on open roads.

For the record, the Avenger 200 DTS-i crossed 60kph in 5.08 seconds while also achieving a top speed of 110kph on a flat stretch of tarmac.

The Avenger 200 is a typical cruiser, sitting on a gaping 1475mm wheelbase and 17-inch front and 15-inch rear wheels. Faithful to its cruiser segment this bike pampers riders with its broad riding saddle and splayed out riding stance that compares closer to an armchair in a sitting room rather than a motorcycle. Comfort is the key word, with handling dynamics and cornering manners a compromise as expected when riding bikes like this cruiser. The handlebar is flat, and passengers sit low on this bike, with legs outstretched around a broad and voluminous 14-litre fuel tank. The Avenger uses standard telescopic front suspension and twin hydraulic units as rear suspenders. The frame is a twin down-tube affair in front, with an elliptical section steel swingarm connecting to its rear wheel. Ride quality is decent, with rock-steady stability at any speed. This heavy cruiser can become a handful to maneuver in heavy traffic, and is definitely not the perfect bike to go attacking corners on. Yet it is a bike that offers eyeball-dislodging braking. The Avenger 200 DTS-i used only 14.32 meters and 2.26 seconds to halt from 60kph.

ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Type 198.8 cc - - - -
Bore/stroke 67/56.4 mm - - - -
Compression ratio 9:5:1 - - - -
BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front 260 mm - - - -
Rear 130 mm drum - - - -
SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Telescopic forks - - - -
Rear Hydraulic shocks,elliptical swingarm - - - -
Dimensions Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Length 2195 mm - - - -
Width 750 mm - - - -
Height 1070 mm - - - -
Ground clearance 169 mm - - - -
EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City 33.8 kpl - - - -
Highway 35.7 kpl - - - -
Bajaj Avenger 200 DTS-i
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