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Old 14th March 2016, 13:16   #1
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Default Rumour: Bajaj developing bigger engine for the Avenger

The entry level cruiser space in India has a dearth of options, with Royal Enfield dominating the segment so far. UM Motorcycles has entered the market with the Renegade cruiser family and now, it looks like Bajaj might up its ante, as a report suggests that company is working on a bigger engine for the Avenger.

Bajaj's recent introduction of the Avenger Street and Cruise series has seen the model's sales pick-up again. The Avenger series is currently available in 3 grades - the Street 220, Cruise 220 and Street 150. As per the report by Autocar India, the new range-topping Avenger could be badged the "Avenger 400" with KTM's 375cc, single-cylinder engine being used as a base.

At the launch of the V15 commuter bike, Bajaj Auto hinted that its next launch will be a bigger motorcycle than anything it is currently offering. This of course, draws attention to the Pulsar CS400 that has been just a concept for over two years now. If the report holds true, it remains to be seen which higher displacement model we can expect from Bajaj first.

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There is always a lot of potential buyers for a good cruiser. Looking at the recent facelift of Avenger and the response that they have received is simply overwhelming. Wonder what are the sales figures of Avenger in the recent months and the delta.

In the same lines a bigger engine and build would help it gear up and compete directly with new competition coming up in the name of a very promising brand UM which does have some great looking bikes since the current Avengers are not that meaty to look at.
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Avenger is one of my favorite motorcycles in the economy segment. I don't care if the bullet crowd thinks I'm a poser, but I just love the feel I get while riding that bike.

If it comes with a 400cc mill AND ABS, I would be looking forward to buying one till I can afford the Benelli GT or Kawasaki Versys later.

PS- NOT if it sounds anything close to the KTM mill though!
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The Avenger has huge scope for the current market. It gives great riding comfort, with forward riding controls and comfy seats. Bajaj has the potential to deliver a refined V/parallel twin for the avenger. If they give a 400cc or a 600cc engine and price it competitively, it will shake up the competition.
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I am really happy to hear this. Avenger truly is one cruiser that has a great potential. Remember the Kawasaki Eliminator days ?

Pretty sure Bajaj has no plans for a V-Twin but a higher displacement engine for the cruiser is indeed a welcome addition. Can't wait to ride one !
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I believe the Avenger is one of the most underrated motorcycle in India, unfortunately buyers tend to compare it with RE Thunderbird due to the Avenger Cruiser(Esque) looks. But it is a terrific commuter due to it's relaxed riding stance.
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I have owned an Avenger 220 for 4 years and I can vouch for the bike, eyes closed. My only grouse has been the dimensions of the bike, since I am 6'1. I sold it last year to upgrade to a bigger bike but I swear I still miss this bike, call me stupid but I frequently visit my phone gallery to see its pictures . A bigger engine with increased saddle height and this bike can compete with any of the bigger imported/Indian bikes.

I so Miss her. Here is a picture of her from our last ride together!!!

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If ever a bike needed ABS, it is this.
Maybe the one I rode was defective, but my backside would feel every mm level imperfection of the road.

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CarToq has speculated that Avenger 400 using Dominar's 373cc engine is likely to be launched by March, 2018.

More here:

http://www.cartoq.com/bajaj-avenger-...s-launch-soon/
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Spotted a camouflaged Avenger today morning, was little bit away from it to check engine or hear exhaust sound. Hoping that it isn't a face-lift and has an updated bigger engine as well.
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Spotted a camouflaged Avenger today morning, was little bit away from it to check engine or hear exhaust sound. Hoping that it isn't a face-lift and has an updated bigger engine as well.
Wow, that's great. was this somewhere on Spine road?

I sincerely hope they do come up with a cruiser spec tuned 375 cc engine.

Have been waiting for this news since the day Dominar 400 was launched.
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Wow, that's great. was this somewhere on Spine road?

I sincerely hope they do come up with a cruiser spec tuned 375 cc engine.

Have been waiting for this news since the day Dominar 400 was launched.
Oh, absolutely. In my opinion Bajaj should not have even bothered with the Dominar and just put that KTM-based engine right into the next Avenger. India needs more cruisers darnit!

The Dominar is such an oddball. It's like Bajaj wanted to combine a sports bike, a tourer, and an Enfield rival all into one, while also coping the Diavel for some strange reason. What we ended up with was a bizarre Frankenstein that was not really any of those things, and it certainly was no Enfield-killer. Still, maybe future variants will hold more promise. And to be fair, it seems those that DO own a Dominar are deliriously happy with their machines, so maybe this is a sleeper hit in the making, much like the Mojo... but I digress
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Don't see the Dominar engine being shoehorned into the Avenger frame... simply too much engineering effort
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