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    Quote Originally Posted by arvindraju View Post
    own a 200 CC 2009 avenger,answers to your questions:
    1. yes its difficult if you have a bulky pillion
    2. open chain,no special maintenance
    3. nope
    4. dont see them rusting if you take care of the bike
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    How much average you get?
    Asking you coz yours' is 2009 model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arvindraju View Post
    own a 200 CC 2009 avenger,answers to your questions:
    1. yes its difficult if you have a bulky pillion
    2. open chain,no special maintenance
    3. nope
    4. dont see them rusting if you take care of the bike
    Thanks for the reply. Do you mean to say that the pillion seat is not comfy for bulky pillions?
    Also I have come up with a new question-my friend test drove the bike&says that when he lightly applied the front brake while turning, the bike skidded very badly&he almost fell. Btw he was in 2nd gear only, speed around 15kmph.
    Is this true? Owners please comment on the stability of the bike.
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    Prologue:
    I always thought of writing about my darling! (No girl can be happy here), but never really found an appropriate canvas to paint my thoughts.
    I was basically a layman in terms of technicalities of bikes, though I was a proud owner of a Splendor during 2nd yr of Engineering. I never really bothered about the popular jargons like torque, capacity and power. Only thing I knew was to roll my fingers on the throttle and zip through the city and highway traffic to reach college and come back (80 kms up and down the Nagpur plateau). I used to look at the cruisers in and around Nagpur City, mainly Enticers and Eliminators, occasionally a Harley (Nagpur had a Harley group, dont know if they were real or modified but one of them looked like a FatBob) and dreamt of owning one someday!
    It took me a year after I started earning to eventually touch and feel my dream. It was December of 2008, and the chill that went through my spine, at the first look of my machine, was surely not because of the weather around. Exquisitely polished in Teflon with a silvery shine on the wheels, it stood out from the rest of the lot! Royal Black, she was standing tall like a majestic queen.

    Dealer Experience:
    After I was ready with the cash, I gave a call to the Bajaj Dealer at Bhubaneswar- Navdurga Bajaj . To my surprise they told me they dont sell Avengers, here in Bhubaneswar. He didnt even give me a pointer as to where I can get it in Orissa. After discussion with one of my friends who owned a P200, I got the contact number of Utkal Bajaj, the sole Bajaj Probiking showroom in Orissa. It was in Cuttack, around 25 kms from Bhubaneswar. I gave a call to Mr. Devang who was the Sales Manager there. The sentence that he uttered after the brief dialogue can be nominated for a customer service award Sir, you come in an hour, your bike will be ready and you can take it home today itself. It was already 6 in the evening and I never thought I would touch my dream that day itself. I was extremely satisfied by the service Bajaj provided to me. No wonder they are growing on sales every year!

    Tech Specifications related experience:

    ENGINE
    Type : 4 stroke, Air and Oil cooled, SOHC, Single cylinder
    Displacement: 198.8 cc The engine is just another P200 engine, and pulls comfortably at any gear
    Maximum Power: 17.5 bhp (12.88 KW) @ 8000 rpm Good one for city and highway cruising
    Maximum Torque: 16.78 Nm (1.71 Kg-m) @ 6000 rpm Looks okay in comparison to other city bikes, but once you go to the mountains, you tend to feel you own a good looking muscular physique, sans the strength.
    Starting: Electric Start only can be a issue if battery goes insane, but never experienced a cold start in 1 year. Starts at the first shot
    Ignition: Digital C.D.I with Load Sensing & non-contact TPS The ignition position can be pain point since you need to fish down the tank to put the keys in, but I dont see any problem now, out of sheer habit.
    Fuel tank capacity: 14 litres good enough
    Reserve: 3.4 litres - is a bliss for long tours. You can cruise at least 100 kms before you spot a filling station
    Useable reserve: 2.8 litres

    SUSPENSION
    Front: Telescopic Forks 140 mm Stroke very ordinary considering the low height.
    Rear: 5-way adjustable, Hydraulic Shock Absorbers, Wheel travel 90 mm -

    BRAKES
    Front: 260 mm Hydraulic Disc this has to be used with precision; since the rear of the machine is heavy sudden front breaking in inclined position can guarantee you kiss the ground. I fell once during the 2nd week.
    Rear: 130 mm Drum not satisfactory

    WHEELS AND TYRES
    Tyre size (Rear): 130/90 X 15 Big One indeed, provides excellent grip

    ELECTRICALS
    Head lamp: AC, 60/55 W This is an asset of the Avenger, you sometimes feel like driving a car in the night
    Tail lamp: 5 W
    Stop lamp: 21 W An added feature which helps in illumination on dark highways without the ignition on
    Speedometer: Mechanical type This is traditional and no RPMs for you..Mine got busted in 11 months, both the ODO and Speedo
    Fuel Gauge: Tank mounted, Mechanical type Dont trust this freaky meter, go by your calculations if you are a gas saver
    Turn signal lamp: 21 W X 4 useless positioning, I tend to miss turning this off at times, since its just not in the frame of your eyes when you drive!

    TYRE PRESSURE
    Front (solo/pillion): 1.5 kgf/cm2
    Rear (solo/pillion): 1.75 kgf/cm2 Pretty comfortable

    DIMENSIONS
    Length: 2195 mm This is one of Indias longest bike
    Ground clearance: 169 mm Pretty low bike, very easy to balance
    Minimum turning radius: 2540 mm This can be pain sometimes, if taking sharp curves

    WEIGHTS
    Kerb weight: 154 kg This is heavy for any city bike, but considering the cruiser body, 154 arent too much. I never faced a problem while riding because of the weight.Its too well balanced to be influenced by the weight

    Riding Experiences:

    RIDING COMFORT
    I have been riding my dream since 1 year and took it to almost all terrains. This literally goes by the tagline Feel like God if you are on a smooth highway. On gravel roads or bizarre terrain, the low suspension can pain your butt and spinal cord.
    One drawback is the pillion seat, its too narrow even for averagely built people. Pretty uncomfortable in long rides

    RIDING POSTURE
    The riding posture is extremely comfortable, though can seem awkward initially. The foot rest is perfectly positioned for a cruiser and you can forget about sore knee joints after long rides.

    BRAKING
    The brakes are pretty impressive if used judiciously. I was driving across the narrow mountain hugging roads in Bhutan, with a blind curve after every 10 secs and the brakes performed really well.

    FUEL EFFICIENCY
    I generally get an average of 40 kmpl in the city. Even in the mountains I got a steady 32-35!

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    All said and done, every bike has its share of drawbacks and plus points, but what makes Avenger special is that it is the only 1 of its kind in India and the only way to fulfill a middle class Indians dream of owning a cruiser!

    Cheers and Happy Avengering!
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    Nice write up buddy

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    I own a Avy 200 model November 2007.

    Its a great cruiser. I have some back problems with it but are resolved now with the modified seat.

    excellent in highways, in fact it would be more appropriate to say that it is built for highways. No Indian bike can match the touring pleasures of Avenger. I frequently do 250-400 kms single day rides on Avenger and I love these trips.

    Only drawback is its brakes and riding with heavy pillion in city traffic.

    Please note that it has no problems in city traffic if you are riding solo.

    Happy cruising..

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    Thanks Bro, for the compliment.. I had been thinking from a long time to write something about our cruiser..finally happy that i jotted something

    I absolutely agree with you, this bike rocks in long drives, infact it is made for tourers actually
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarvajit View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Do you mean to say that the pillion seat is not comfy for bulky pillions?
    Also I have come up with a new question-my friend test drove the bike&says that when he lightly applied the front brake while turning, the bike skidded very badly&he almost fell. Btw he was in 2nd gear only, speed around 15kmph.
    Is this true? Owners please comment on the stability of the bike.
    one of my first crashes were on the eliminator, difference being, the front forks were more kicked out and longer than the current avenger, and it had a fatter rear tyre.

    Yes, if he braked while turning, and that too the front brake, it will lock up, and skid the bike. You should either know how much front brake to use during a turn, or avoid using as far as possible. The high rake angle on the avenger aggravates this problem. But its not a issue with bike stability, its an issue with the rider, since every bike will handle differently( unless of the same model )


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    Really, its with the rider...Initially I got grounded once while trying a bigger radius turn and when the bike went off control I applied the front brakes....zoommmm skidded through half a metre!
    Thanks,
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    Anyone tell me the cost of the Avy's backrest. Planning to fit it on my Electra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diffuser911 View Post
    Anyone tell me the cost of the Avy's backrest. Planning to fit it on my Electra.
    It was around 4500 with side plates

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