Avenger vs bullet/thunderbird

#1 Feb 4th, 2012, 16:39
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I am a bit confused here for chennai roads and comfort ind driving. Prices is almost in a range for both of them.

What do you think would be ideal thinking that I would be using it for short trips in itself chennai and once in a while to pondicherry. Banglore, mahabalipurm etc.
#2 Feb 4th, 2012, 16:41
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Go ahead and treat youself to a Bullet.But you will need to wait though for a min of 4 months
#3 Feb 4th, 2012, 16:42
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Bullet? 4 months?

How about thunderbird though?
#4 Feb 4th, 2012, 17:06
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Consider an avenger to if you aren't "Bulletized" , for the bullet maniac's nothing else will do. But the Avenger has its advantages too , much better mileage, a better cruiser and lower maintenance. The waiting period for a 500 cc Bullet is much longer than the 6 months they promise you initially!
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Id go with the Bullet classics.

The argument against bullets was that they are not refined (as in vibrate a lot) and demand way more maintenance. The newer ones are a newer breed with the engines designed by AVL in austria and need way less maintenance that the older designs. A renowned R&D outfit. They are as comfortable as a large single cylinder engine can get.

besides the suspension for the current set of bullets was also reworked recently to make it a more comfortable ride.

Also this is a very good time to spring for the bullet considering the kinks in the original design have been mostly ironed out.

I have found it very easy to lock the front brakes on the avenger which is a very dangerous situation. Never had such a problem on a bullet.
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#6 Feb 5th, 2012, 19:45
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Today I went test driving classic 500 and thunderbird twin spark 350. Classic felt to me as a heavy bike with a bit of feel. The classic gave some vibrations which I guess people get used to when they drive which was fun as well. Though it gave me a feel of what it is made for, the vintage feel.
Later, I drove thunderbird as well. It was amazing, it was so comfortable and I felt if I have to do a long drive, thunderbird is the best option in the whole segments. With classic I didn't feel that I could do like a long drive though short moody trips in the city itself can be fun on that bike.

Both of them have about 4 months waiting periods.
#7 Feb 6th, 2012, 16:11
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Hey Napster.I own a Classic 350 and I waited for a good 6 months for ir to buy.You are you best hudge on which bike you will finally ride on..but waiting for an Enfield is worth the wait.
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You have to try the models, I also went with the Thunderbird because it seemed more comfortable to me. And also because at the time there was a 10 month (!) waiting period for the classic 500. The thunderbird is ideal for cruising in the plains, solid as a rock even when you get strong crosswinds. Have to say that in the hills/mountains, the classic looks easier to mange due to the somewhat different position which gives more steering control. If you can wait and spend the extra cash, perhaps try the new thunderbird 500 (of course it's always risky to be a first adopter). Mechanically there were some kinks to be sorted out (mainly in the electricals) during the first year but it's been solid as a rock since then, I can't imagine the engine giving you any trouble as it seems well designed and is seriously under stressed.

Vibrations are normal, all things considered, the bullets are after all large single cylinder bikes.
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#9 Mar 20th, 2012, 13:25
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looks like the waiting time is a lot. I am trying to find out some 2nd hand thunderbirds/classic now. I tried one of the thunderbird 2004 model and it felt to me like i am sitting on a thunderbird + classic thing and loved it.
What are your comments?
Secondly, where do buy a second hand in Chennai?
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A 2004 Thunderbird would have the AVL lean-burn engine and lack the auto decompressor. Can't say much about it as I don't know that engine so you'd be better off researching this on xbhp I think. If it were me and the price was not dramatically different then I'd recommend you go for one of the newer models with the UCE-engine (from 2008 onwards I think). I can testify that you'll never have to worry about that engine, not even when cruising at high (well, 90 km/h) speeds for long times at a stretch. Of course you know that purchasing any used vehicle means taking your time to test it really, really well. Once the money's been paid everything that goes wrong will become your problem and some problems (notably engine trouble) can cost a lot to fix. By itself that's a reason why I'd prefer a 'newer' used bike.

I have no clue about bike buying in Chennai, hopefully someone who knows that market will chime in.
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what about the Bajaj

Amazing, the original question was lost, presumably because no-one has a Bajaj Avenger, and it ends up just another eulogy for the romance of Royal Enfield!

But it's a question worth considering for people who are more interested in the tour than in the bike they are riding, people like me.
So what about it - Enfield vs Bajaj avenger (now at 220cc)?

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