Soon, India will get the mandatory safety equipment rule for cars and two-wheelers. The new law, which makes it compulsory for all two-wheelers powered by 125cc or above capacity engine to offer ABS as standard will be implemented from 1st April 2019. Manufacturers are rushing to launch new, updated products that will be compliant with the upcoming safety rule in the market. Bajaj will soon launch the Avenger ABS and here are a few pictures of the forthcoming ABS-equipped Avenger by PowerDrift, which has been caught testing.
Bajaj will launch the Avenger 220 Cruise ABS soon in the market, but the manufacturer is yet to officially announce the price of the bike. According to ACI, the new ABS-equipped Avenger 220 will be priced at Rs. 1.02 lakh. It makes the ABS-equipped bike only Rs. 6,700 more expensive than the non-ABS version. A few Bajaj Pro-Biking dealerships have also started taking bookings for the upcoming motorcycle unofficially. Bajaj is expected to launch the bike by the end of this month.
It should be noted that Bajaj offers the Avenger 220 in the Cruise and Street versions and both the versions will get the single-channel ABS, which is already available with the Pulsar 220F in the Indian market. The pictures of the bike revealed that there are no other changes except for the addition of the ABS in the bike. It will look the same and will get powered by the same engine option.
The Bajaj Avenger 220 series gets a 220cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine that produces a maximum power of 19 Bhp at 8,400 rpm and a peak torque of 17.5 Nm at 7,000 rpm. It gets a 5-speed transmission. The specs of the bike remain unchanged.
The Bajaj Avenger carries the same look forward. There is a uniquely shaped headlamp with thick chrome bezel up front. Both the Cruise and the Street versions of the bike share most of the cycle parts. The only differences between the two are the wheels and the size of the visor. The Bajaj Cruise is for people who want to go on long weekend rides. It gets spoked rims, which are much more rugged than the alloy wheels but the tyres are not tubeless. The Cruise version also receives a taller visor compared to the Street variant, which helps against the wind blasts. The Cruise variant of the bike comes with a shorter visor.
The Bajaj Avenger is the best-selling bike in the segment. It takes on the Suzuki Intruder, which is priced premium when compared to the Bajaj Avenger. Bajaj also offers Avenger 180 in the market apart from the 220 variants. The cruiser bike is quite famous for its comfortable seats and riding position. Bajaj will update the existing line-up with the new safety equipment so we can expect a slew of new launches in the coming weeks. All the bikes powered by 125cc or lower displacement engines will get the Combi-Brake System, which allows the rider to engage both the front and rear brakes with the use of the rear brake lever.