Here is the full experience in a short note.
Lets start with the showroom:
Bafna Motors moved from a tiny showroom in Bandra and a service center in Andheri to a unified facility at Turbhe (Akshar @ 19.0692488,73.0197189). Bikes pending spares, service & payment remain in the basement, service center with around 8 ramps on the ground floor and the showroom sits on the first floor. I haven't seen other showrooms but this one does seem well stocked with accessories, clothing (men, women & kids) along with a lot of other HD trinkets.
I had seen the bike, sat on it, made all vroom vroom noises and convinced myself that this was it. I was really preparing for a closer look and one quick transaction. I didn't want to do much more than that. When I landed there, Zaid Kazi, my contact was tied up in delivering an Iron 883 to someone. I let myself look around, figure accessories, try helmets etc.
What struck me was Zaid was really trying to upsell the Iron 883. To the point where he did give me a bike to take out for a spin. It is a fun bike on the open road but I found that unit slightly clunky overall (specially shifting gears). This is where the Street shines, even through the bike was turned off, I can tell that all the controls are going to be very very easy to use. Light cluch, slick shifting gearbox with very positive clicks. Brakes with proper action and no sponginess. I think the combination of all this plus the size made me decide to put down INR 30k booking amount.
You guys must note that here in India, you can put down INR 50k to book an Iron 883 and decide to make the switch over to Street 750. But you cannot put down INR 30k on the Street and then change over to the Iron. You will loose 50% of that 30 grand booking amount. Bit of a bummer if you ask me.
Here is a bit on the waiting period. Each dealership is allowed 30 - 40 bikes a month from the plant at Bawal, Haryana. Folks at the Mumbai dealership had already received 40 bookings on 2nd March - the second day of opening the booking. We were already staring at July deliveries then. I was literally given access to the booking logs to see why I was getting the mid-September date. Besides, I'm in no mood to get the bike smack in the middle of monsoons here in Mumbai.
A bit on accessories:
I did get access to a catalog and a decent enough range displayed from which I could place some of the stuff on the bike and get a sense of how it felt. Guess the whole touch-feel experience is laid out to promote sales and it works. Parts that I'm particularly interested in are the windscreen, closer handlebars, handlebar end-caps and the rear luggage carrier. Thought I'd get rid of the front fork bellows but they seem to be of great quality rubber so I'll let them perish on their own. Those hideous regulation saree guards have to just go after I get the bike but then they're great protection for my saddle bags. I have a pair of Cramster 45L saddlers along with a magnetic tank bag called the turtle which I suppose is some 15L. All of this luggage has come in very handy. You can check pix on the BajajAvenger[dot]com official website.
If you're considering this bike, I recommend you don't wait. It's put together quite well with economy that cannot be disputed. It is simple and uncomplicated to work at home. Agree, that it may not instantly make you a HOG or any other some such groupie. But then some of us do like to take the lonely road.