Prices of the upcoming Bajaj Avenger 180 cruiser motorcycle have leaked. Prices start from Rs. 83,400 (ex-showroom, Mumbai), making the new bike about Rs. 10,000 cheaper than the bigger-engined Avenger 220. Bookings are open at Bajaj dealerships, and deliveries will begin from the end of February, or early March. The Avenger 180 slots in between the 150cc and 220cc models, and is expected to present itself as a value-priced alternative to the recently launched Suzuki Intruder 150.
The bike will borrow its 180cc, four stroke engine from the Pulsar 180 DTSi. On the Pulsar, this engine makes 17 Bhp-14.2 Nm, and is paired to a 5 speed manual gearbox. On the Avenger 180, the engine could benefit from tweaked gearing for better low end and mid range performance. The engine is carbureted and there’s no fuel injection on offer, even as an option. There may be slight changes in power and torque outputs as well.
Design-wise, the Avenger 180 is styled similarly to the 2018 Avenger Street 220. This means blacked out engine and cycle parts, alloy wheels, a cowl around the headlamp, matte black finish for the exhaust, a new seat and a new grab-rail – all stuff borrowed from the bigger engined model. A key change on the Avenger 180 is that it doesn’t have the digital instrument cluster offered with the Street 220.
Instead, an analog instrument cluster would be offered. The cruiser gets similar cycle parts such as telescopic front forks at the front and twin, gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear. There is a disc brake at front and the rear wheel gets a drum brake. No ABS is offered for now but by 2019 April, Bajaj will have to offer at least a single-channel ABS unit on this bike to comply with the Indian government’s new two wheeler safety norms.