Style It's a cruiser, and the only one that costs less than INR 3 lacs. Love the simplicity of the analog chrome console.
Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Engine is very smooth, responds well, no noise, good pickup (useful for overtaking on highways).
I was told that it would give a mileage of 35-40 kmpl, but it is giving me 35 kmpl in the city, and 50 kmpl on the highway. Since I do a lot of highway driving, the average for me comes to about 48 kmpl, but given the powerful 220 cc engine, it is pretty good.
Gear shifting was very smooth to begin with, but recently the gears have been jumping occasionally. It is probably nothing major, maybe the chain needs to be tightened, and should be fixed in the next servicing.
Ride Quality & Handling Very good ride quality, most comfortable bike. Your lower back feels like you are wearing a belt for support. Especially for long rides, there is no fatigue, and it is extremely enoyable. The low centre of gravity means excellent balance, and coupled with the wide rear tyre, it means it the most stable bike I have ever driven.
The length of the bike means that it has a larger turning radius than other more compact bikes, but other than that, the handling and manoeuvrability are excellent, both on highways and in traffic, on plains as well on hills.
The suspension is also pretty good, and though you do feel the potholes and speed breakers, I think PWD is more to blame for that than the bike. The suspension does improve if the weight is more, so it is more comfortable with a pillion.
Final Words Excellent bike, especially for those who need to commute long distances on a daily basis, or enjoy long rides. The servicing has been awesome. I have owned Hero Honda, Hero motocorp, and Yamaha (horrible experience with Yamaha!) bikes in the past, and the servicing of Bajaj beats all others hands down. So, after you have purchased a Bajaj bike, you don't need to worry about technical problems or faults that may arise. Since Bajaj's engines are indigenous, and not imported like other brands, even if there is a fault, they are able to fix it. And they do it with a smile.
This is the poor man's Harley Davidson. If you can't afford to buy or maintain a Harley, but can hear the road calling you, go in for Avenger. You won't be disappointed.
Areas of improvement Since the bike is meant for long drives, it should make sense to have tubeless tyres. If you get a flat tyre, it is a nightmare, because it is virtually impossible to haul this heavy beast. The wheels are spoked, which means you can't even convert them into tubeless tyres. Am still looking for a reliable way to puncture-proof my tyres. Suggestions are welcome.
The fuel tank holds roughly 13-14 litres of petrol. It is quite enough, gives you more than 500 km of range from full tank to reserve, but it could have been bigger, once again keeping in mind that the bike is meant for long routes. But that is not a big hassle, 500 km range is quite enough for almost all purposes.
The handle could have been designed better, a little wider, and a little more curved for greater comfort, but it is still quite relaxing.
Riding comfort, power, Ride quality
No tubeless tyres