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Bajaj Eliminator

Posted on July 2011

If Bajaj lacked its prominent presence in any segment, it probably was the cruiser bike. Bajaj has taken an initiative now and upgraded the existing Avenger with a powerful engine and comfortable ride. Bajaj entered the cruiser bike segment with ‘Eliminator’ that was a Kawasaki product. Then to make it more affordable, it launched the Avenger 180 and kept on upgrading the same.

This is one of the major upgrade that we have seen.

The bike looks almost the same with no major changes except for some graphics. The rebranded badge of “220 OIL COOLED” at the side panels differentiates the bike from its earlier sibling. New Avenger gets into life with a push button eliminating the kick start option. A welcome change is the inclusion of DC ignition which ignites the 55W headlamps of the bike that illuminates bright throughout all rpm range.

New Avenger 220 also has an indicator which notifies the user when the battery is running low on charge to aid timely service. Other features like the fat tires, tank capacity, headlamp, backrest, seating posture etc remains similar to the earlier variant.

New Avenger comes with a bigger heart and sports a 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled (with Oil Cooler), DTSi engine directly borrowed from Pulsar 220. Power output is up by 1.5PS to 19.03 Ps and is generated at 8400rpm. Torque has been bumped up marginally to 17.5Nm of twirling torque which peaks at 7000rpm. The engine characteristics indicated the peak figures at slightly higher rpms hints to the slightly changed character of the bike which is now relaxed in nature under high rpm cruising.

However, as compared to Pulsar 220 these figures are kept low keeping the cruiser aspect of the bike in mind. Factually, Avenger 220 falls short by 2PS of power and 1.6Nm of torque as compared to the Pulsar 220. The 200cc version of Avenger also had an Oil cooler and the new bike finds itself laden with a bigger oil cooler which has 33 percent increased area.

Bajaj Eliminator

Avenger 220 now has 4 chambers inside the oil cooler as compared to 3 in the earlier version to ensure optimum cooling of the bike.

Avenger is well built on a tough conventional suspension having hydraulic dampers at the rear. Thought a little stiff for a cruiser bike, it helps in holding the bike on curves. This performance is well supported thanks to the fat tyres 90-90/17 in the front and 130-50/15 at the rear. A specific mention is that the pillion too is quite comfortable on Avenger thanks to the wider and comfortable seating; which was not the case with the earlier Eliminator.

The braking dimensions remain same with 260mm Disc at the front and, 130mm drum at the rear. This arrangement suits well to control the bike.

Bajaj Avenger 220cc is definitely inspired from the earlier Bajaj Eliminator; originally from Kawasaki. It was sold at a premium price that not many would afford. Current Bajaj Avenger 220cc seems to be the only cruiser on Indian road along with the Thunderbird by the Royal Enfield which falls into a different segment totally. Avenger is priced at a premium but considering the cruiser characteristics, the Avenger 220cc seems to be a good choice at Rs.69,000 (ex-showroom)

Bajaj Eliminator
Bajaj Eliminator
Bajaj Eliminator
Bajaj Eliminator
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