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Bajaj Avenger Street 220 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 14 2020 Share this blog

It was the year 2005 when Bajaj Auto brought up Avenger to the cruiser market in India. After 10 years, the company expanded the lineup with three Avenger models including one 150 cc street and two 220cc street and cruiser models. The update was long-awaited as the company has given much attention to Discover and Pulsar and we thought that Avenger has lost in this hustle.

It is hard to say that Avenger has improved or not over time as the design styling remains similar to one that came at the time of inception. Bajaj Auto has added furthermore features with time and now priced at Rs. 1.05 Lakh, the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 is here in the market. The entry-level Avenger Street 160 is priced at Rs. 83,251 (ex-showroom-Delhi). The bike hardly holds a tough competition in the cruiser segment. Most of the cruiser bikes available are expensive or premium-offering. Let's check how good is the new Bajaj Avenger Street 220.

Pros

  • Good and efficient engine

  • Attractive pricing

  • Well designed cruiser bike

  • Comfortable rider seating position

  • Long wheelbase ensure better stability

Cons

  • Tachometer missing

  • No projector headlamp

  • Outdated rear drum brake

  • Uncomfortable pillion seating

What is the power source in this Bajaj Avenger Street 220?


The same 220cc engine that runs the Pulsar 220 is shared with the new Avenger as well. The power and torque also remain the same. Frankly speaking, this a disappointment that Bajaj Auto didn't even tune the engine for better power delivery. However, the 19 bhp motor has been tuned for mid-range performance with 17.5 Nm of torque on offer. The company has certainly improved the CDI for faster throttle input. The bar-end weights help in reducing vibrations getting transferred to the handlebar. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Ex-showroom price (New Delhi)

Rs. 1,05,088

Rs. 1,55,300

Rs. 1,46,000

Engine

220cc Twin Spark DTS-i engine, air-cooled

334 cc Single Cylinder Liquid-Cooled DOHC Engine

346 cc single cylinder Twinspark engine

Power

19 bhp @ 8400 rpm

27 bhp @ 6500 rpm

19.79 bhp @ 5250 rpm

Torque

17.5 Nm @ 6500 rpm

28 Nm @ 5000 rpm

28 Nm @ 4000 rpm

How quick is the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 for your daily commuting needs?


There is still enough energy in the Avenger 220 for performing city and highway duties. It takes 5.80 seconds to reach 60 kmph mark from a halt.  The bike is capable of hitting a top speed of 125 kmph. It’s best to cruise under the ton as the 2-valve power mill is smooth and calm. The motor is silent as it is same as the Pulsar 220. The 5-speed gearbox offers smooth shifts and the clutch is light too, making it go through light city traffic.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Engine Displacement

220 cc

334cc

346 cc

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

0-60 kmph

5 sec

4.59 sec

6.7 sec 

Top Speed(kmph)

120

157 (Est.)

110

How sure-footed are the brakes?


Avenger Street 220 gets disc brakes on front and drum brakes on rear wheels. Powered by single-channel ABS, braking performance is good for a cruiser bike. The Avenger Street 220’s lower set handlebar cornering easy and with a long wheelbase, the comfort is magnified. Grip from the tyres is amazing but with the spoked wheels, you won't get tubeless tyres. We wish the bike maker offers disc brakes on the rear wheel too. Press the brake at high speed and the rear tyres skid a bit, making it a hazardous affair. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Front / Rear

Disc/Drum

Disc/Drum or Disc

Disc/Drum

Front Size(mm)

260

280

280

Rear Size(mm)

130 (drum)

153 (Drum) / 240 (Disc)

153 (drum)

Kerb Weight(kg.)

155

179

194

80-0 kmph

N/A

35.9

39.40

What is the mileage returned by Bajaj Avenger Street 220?

Wearing Pulsar 220's engine, the Avenger returns good mileage figure of 40 kmpl. The fuel tank capacity of 13 litres ensures that you don't need to visit gas stations while travelling for long distances. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Overall(kmpl) (ARAI Certified)

40

33.4

37.0

Fuel Capacity (Litres)

13

14

13.5

How is the ride dynamics?

Bajaj Auto has added a  second spring rate in the rear suspension that ensures improved ride quality while also reducing bottoming out on uneven roads. The bike's ride quality has certainly improved from before, it’s a bit on the stiffer at the front while the rear is a bit soft. But as expected, the Bajaj Avenger 220 absorbs a lot of small bumps and remains stable at high speeds too. The commanding handlebar position lets the rider control the bike in a more better way. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Tyre-Wheel Size (Front)

90/90-17 TL

100/90-18

90/90-19

Tyre-Wheel Size (Rear)

130/90-15 TL

140/70-17

110/90-19

Front Suspension

Telescopic with anti friction bush

Telescopic Hydraulic Fork

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Twin shocks  absorber

7-step Adjustable Mono Shock Absorber

5-Step preload-adjustable Twin Shock Absorbers

How comfortably are you seated on the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 while travelling on roads?


The seat is designed to provide best seating comfort to riders as well as pillion. In Street 220, we also have grab rails for pillion which was missing on Street 160. The 730 mm seat height allows riders of all height ride the bike comfortably. The legs touch the ground completely. This allows you to control the bike in a better way. The footpegs have been upgraded with a larger one, giving good support to the foot for both rider and pillion. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Seat height(mm)

730

750

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

169

145

135

Kerb Weight (Dry)(kg)

155

179

189

Starting System

electric

electric/kick

electric/kick

How Subtle looking is the 2020 Bajaj Avenger Street 220?

The Avenger Street 220 gets some cool graphics and sheds the stealthy all black look, minimising chrome the use of extra chrome surrounding. The key difference between the Cruise and Street models is the chrome and black, the latter gets the engine cover and rear shock absorbers finished in black, that ensures sporty look altogether. It comes in a cool matte black shade. Unfortunately, the front mudguard and rear cowl miss out with the black treatment. 


Aesthetic Features

  • Iconic Style & Design

  • Digital Meter Style 

  • Wide Rear tyre

  • Alloy Wheels with tubeless tyres 

  • Street Control Handlebar

  • Matte Black Colour 

  • New Multi-Function Display

  • LED DRL Headlamp

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Length (mm)

2210

2122

2140

Width (mm)

806

789

810

Height(mm)

1070

1165

1120

Wheelbase(mm)

1490

1369

1370

Avenger Street 220 also gets alloy wheels with rubber bellows on the front forks to eliminate silver-finished telescopic suspension look. People loving chrome will appreciate the Avenger Cruise 220 while the youth will certainly get attracted to the sportier-looking Street model.

What are the various safety and class-leading features?

The Avenger street 220 model is offered with single-channel ABS with disc brakes on front tyres. With a longer wheelbase, sporty street 220 offers great comfort and stability while cruising on highways. The elongated handlebar also provides good support to the rider. The pillion gets a grab rail with back support. The seats are cushioned in such a planned manner that it won't give you a back pain even after 400 km straight ride. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger Street 220

Jawa 42

Royal Enfield Bullet 350

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,05,088

Rs. 1,55,300

Rs. 1,46,000

Features

Sport passenger backrest

Fuel-injected engine

Comfortable uni-seat


Digital console

Dual nostalgic exhaust system

Beefed up front suspension


DRL

Quad-LED taillight

Michelin sourced tyres


Low battery indicator 

Ceat sourced tyres

EFI fuel injection


ABS

Funky colour options

fuel-meter

How does the Competition stack up against Bajaj Avenger Street 220?

Bajaj Avenger Street 220 VS Jawa 42

The Jawa 42 is a new entrant in the cruiser bike segment almost after a decade break. The bike has been loved by the Indian biker community since its launch last year. To be honest, the Jawa 42 is way too expensive than the Bajaj Avenger 220. It is powerful and refined than the dated Avenger 220. Anyways, people on a strict budget should go for Avenger Street 220 but in case you get a fresh new ride that comes in multiple colours then go for the Jawa 42. 

Bajaj Avenger Street 220 VS Royal Enfield Bullet 350

The bullet 350 has survived the Indian market for a long time. There is a separate love for Royal Enfield bikes in the Indian community. Most of the times people are in love with the sound coming from Bullet's exhaust note. The Bullet 350 is pricier than Avenger Street  220.  The bullet 350 has a seat height of 800mm which makes it a tough ride for short height riders. However, there is no such case with the Avenger 220. People of all height can ride this cruiser bike with comfort. 

Does the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 stand a chance against segment leaders?

Since the Bajaj Avenger is the most affordable cruiser bike in the segment. It appeals a lot of Millenials in its own way. The homegrown company promises good after-sales service and reliability than most of the competitors. With the Street 220, Bajaj Auto has certainly fulfilled the dreams of lots of Indians who dream of buying a Harley cruiser bike but can't afford it. 

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