Suzuki has just launched the hotly awaited Intruder 150 in India. The cruiser motorcycle is priced at Rs.98,340, ex-showroom Delhi. It competes with the Bajaj Avenger 150 (priced at Rs. 82,000), and is one of the smallest capacity cruisers sold here.
In design terms, the Intruder 150 is designed to look like a scaled-down Intruder 1800. That explains the chunky design with plenty of plastic bits all around, which many will feel is overdone. The front gets a LED headlamp, and a large matte-grey surround to add heft around it. Similarly the fuel tank and rear cowl are heavily padded with plastic, to give this 155 cc cruiser the ‘look and feel’ of a big bike. It’ll be sold in black and grey colours.
The handlebars are wide and tall while the footpegs are kicked out. These features, along with the low seat height of 740 mm, give the bike its cruiser appeal. It’s long too, measuring in at 2.13 meters. Wheelbase stands at 1.4 meters while width and height are 0.8 meters and 1.09 meters respectively. The bike rides on 17 inch alloy wheels shod with 100 section (front) and 140 section (rear) tubeless tyres. Telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear make for suspension bits on this bike.
The Intruder 150 borrows the 155 cc four stroke motor from the Gixxer. Peak power goes up slightly (from 14 PS), to 14.8 PS while peak torque remains similar to that on the Gixxer, at 14 Nm. The motorcycle gets a tuned exhaust that emits a steady thump, and this is another bit on the bike designed to tempt people who like cruisers. Other good bits include a single channel ABS, disc brakes on both wheels and a relatively light 148 kilogram kerb weight.
The instrument cluster is also borrowed from the Gixxer. The bike is the priciest among the Gixxer trio (which includes the naked and the fully-faired SF models). Bookings are now open and deliveries will begin shortly. For its part, Suzuki seems to have gotten the pricing right. Now, it remains to be seen if the Intruder 150 is able to dethrone the Avenger 150 as India’s most loved cruiser.