Bajaj Auto has just launched the Avenger Street 180 cruiser motorcycle in India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 83,475, making it much cheaper than the smaller-engined Suzuki Intruder 150, which costs Rs. 1 lakh. The Avenger 180 replaces the Avenger 150, and borrows a 178.2cc four stroke engine from the Pulsar 180 DTSi.
On the Avenger 180, this engine makes 15.5 Bhp at 8,500 rpm and 13.7Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. This is slightly lower than the Pulsar 180’s 16.8 BHP and 14.22 Nm. The Intruder 150, in comparison, produces 14.8 Bhp and 14 Nm from its 155cc four stroke engine. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard on the new cruiser.
Styling of the Avenger 180 is similar to the Avenger 220 Street model. It gets a new headlight, fairing, and graphics, alloy wheels, a matte-black exhaust with an aluminium-finish heat shield, a new grab rail and a revised seat. All these features are also available on the Avenger 220 Street.
What the Avenger 180 misses though is the digital instrument cluster available on the Street 220. Instead, the smaller engine bike uses an analog instrument console. Other features such as telescopic front forks, gas charged rear shock absorbers, a 260 mm front disc brake and 130 mm rear disc brake are standard.
The Avenger weighs 150 kilograms, and has a 1,480 mm long wheelbase, which gives it good stability at higher speeds on the highway. The cruiser motorcycle can reach a top speed between 115-120 Kph. ABS is still missing, and this is something Bajaj is expected to add before April 2019 as the life saving safety feature will become mandatory on all motorcycles with engine capacity of more than 125cc.
The Avenger 180 will be sold as a much cheaper alternative to the Suzuki Intruder 150. In fact, it’s the lowest priced cruiser motorcycle in India. Bajaj also sells 220cc variants of the Avenger, which are priced about Rs. 10,000 more than the 180cc model.