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Thread: Bajaj Avenger 220 vs Thunderbird Twinspark

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    I agree with DOGG bro ,

    it depends how you maintaing your bike . but as per small price than R.E.B avenger is good in many points But it doesn't mean that R.E.B is bad . . .

    but please test drive both before making final selection ..........
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    i like thunderbird too. but for budget bike with good power and comfort go for avenger220 its a good one. but remember that royal enfield is the king.

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    I had the same delimma that you had , Luckily for me my father had owned a RE bullet for many years when I was a kid - As far as maintainance goes the Bullet is easy to service anywhere since it is one of the oldest bikes however the TBTS is a diferrent story - there are a lot of engine problems and as other people mentioned oil leakages, spare parts availabilty and also lack of knowledge with local mechanics due to the rarity of the bike are all good reasons to avoid the TBTS , also if you are interested in buying a cruiser the avenger 220 of the available cruisers is better than the rest.

    So go for the Avenger 220.
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    Took Thunderbird test ride. Didn't like UCE engine. Planning to buy a second hand RE STD 350.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbnair View Post
    Took Thunderbird test ride. Didn't like UCE engine. Planning to buy a second hand RE STD 350.
    I see you have decided on a bullet, the cl 350/500 are awesome machines, but like someone pointed out they are a lifestyle... if you think 5 years down the line you wont regret buying a second hand RE then go ahead.
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    man i am not ashamed to call myself a noobie when it comes to mechanicals and build of a machine, but the simple facts of common sense should convince you enough against the royal enfield! after so many years even a brand new bike on long runs(say 100-200kms) leaks oil and has almost no upgrades on improving ride quality or power!

    this should be reason enough to choose against it. the avenger220 on the other hand has matured and scores better in all these departments along with lesser thump noise on highways(unless ofcourse you love those thumps), better mileage and lesser maintenance cost(both money and part availability wise~time) and which in my honest opinion lets you enjoy music/hear the traffic better on road should be a more logical and sensible choice.

    EDIT: and not to forget imho its over priced for a bike that leaks oil, come on, we are in the 2010 and they still produce motors that cant help themselves from leaking engine oils?????

    P.S. no offence meant to the royal enfield lovers, but these are facts one would have to live with no matter what.
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    @rider50

    Well i own a Thunderbird from past 10 months or so, I dont have any problem with the bike. (yes the leakage was an issue but it its was in the older models{2009 & below}). AFAIK the newer models does not have any oil leakage. I personally have done 400kms in a day without any problems. For that kind Price i dont see any other manufacturer providing a 350cc & 28 nm of torque. I can agree on one think though, that the maintenance is on the higher side other than that it is one of the best highway machine available right now.
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    if your wallet is decently well nourished , and you like doing long rides with a pillion then the Thunderbird or an RE is the bike for you. Maintenance cost will be on the higher side, that is also depends on who is maintaining it and how it is maintained.

    Avenger handles very odd, pillion comfort is not great and it seems it was not a priority when they designed the bike. Its basically a pulsar engine in a cruiser sort of chassis. Maintenance should not be an issue though.

    Come to think of it, today there is no big bore bike with the big well cushioned flat seat to seat two comfortably for long rides other than Royal Enfield. Pulsar 220 is split seat.

    Do not fail to try out the Karizma R . Extremely capable machine and pretty fast too. Have done Bangalore to Goa on it and it is an extremely capable and reliable machine, pillion comfort however will cannot beat older designed flat bed seats like RE.

    Why not take your wife with you to test so pillion comfort can be assessed?

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    Hi ,

    As far as I am known, you cant compare between bullet and avenger. Bullet is the beast where as Avenger is just the more stylish bike designed as a tough riding. If you want tough riding, please go for bullet, the beast will never fail you. I heard of oil leak problem in bullet but there is nothing too perfect, when compared to the comfort and the feel given by the bullet, these problems can be easily over come.About Mileage, you will get around 35-40 in city ( bullet). Down the lane, avenger will be smooth and good for 3 years after that the milage, handling and performance will surely drop. But take bullet, it will never fail you. If the maintainence is good, bullet will be always the same for decades.

    Happy riding the beast.


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    since you are lookin at cruisers..you might as well stretch a little further and go for a chopper...these guys can make you one

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    when i ride bullet before my bullet was solid condition but i once race with a Ceilo car and my engine size. mechancic say bullet is good bike but no racing. it is good for three people and very powerful.
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