Bajaj Avenger Street 180 launched in India.
Bajaj Auto came up with one of the first and arguably most popular cruiser bike in India in 2005 named Avenger 150.
The bike did perform wonders and speaks volumes about the popularity of cruiser motorbikes India. Bajaj Avenger soon became a trendsetter as it pretty much was the most affordable cruiser offering in India.
The only shortcoming the Avenger 150 had was that is felt out of breathe on highways. That is definitely not what your cruiser bikes should be, they should just cruise along right?
Hence Bajaj has come up with a more powerful cruiser motorbike Avenger 180. Bajaj Avenger 180 Street will now completely replace Avenger 150 Street.
Along with a powerful engine, the bike also comes with some changes. Let’s check them out.
The new Avenger design has been updated and, first of all, the cruiser bike gets an all-new skull-shaped headlamp with DRLs.
The bike has a small strip of LED DRLs at the very bottom of the headlamp and looks premium. Above the headlamp, it comes with a small flyscreen which looks quite decent as well.
At the rear side comes a tiny, padded grab-rail. The padded grab-rail also works as a backrest for the pillion rider.
The bike doesn’t have split seats as should be the case when it comes to cruiser bikes. Furthermore, the single piece seat gets a faux carbon finish look. The fuel gauge mounting does not change whatsoever and is neatly placed on the fuel tank.
The tail lamps look similar to the 220 Avenger variant. The tail lamps miss out on LED lights but stick to the conventional bulbs. Other primary design changes include newer and updated graphics and use of darker shades of colour.
The Bajaj Avenger 180cc gets a redesigned instrument console. The Indian Automakers does not go with a fully-digital instrument console but rather stick with the analogue-digital one.
The single-pod instrument cluster has an analogue speedometer. The small strip digital screen shows info like trip meter and odometer.
HANDLING AND SUSPENSION:
When we talk about any cruiser bike, the suspension is not a thing anyone will compromise on. Seems like you need not do that here.
The 2018 Bajaj Avenger 180 cc has an increased rear suspension from 98 mm to 108 mm. This will substantially improve ride quality and comfort level, especially on broken roads.
The bike comes with a 260 mm disc at the front side and a 130 mm drum brake at the rear side. Furthermore, the riding posture is such that handling looks quite commanding. The bike weighs about 150 kgs (kerb).
Finally, one disappointing factor though is that the bike does not have an ABS variant of the cruiser motorbike.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE:
Since the primary objective of Bajaj Auto was to bring a more powerful cruiser bike in Indian Market. The bike now has a more powerful 180cc engine which sort of comes from its counterpart Pulsar 180.
The Avenger 180cc develops a power of 15.3 bhp at 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 13.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
As opposed to the Pulsar 180, there is a slight drop of power, which the company claims to give a more sustained and a relaxed riding experience.
The bike is mated to a 5-speed gearbox which comes with a heel-and-toe gear shifter on a very refined engine.
The bike returns about 40-42 kmpl on normal riding conditions, which is not that bad at all provided a more powerful engine.
PRICING AND FINAL VERDICT:
Bajaj Avenger 180:
The Bajaj Avenger 180 Street is priced at Rs. 85,500 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The bike’s nearest rival the Suzuki Intruder is much higher priced at around Rs. 1,05,000. Thus makes the Bajaj Avenger 180 around Rs.20,000 cheaper than its biggest rival.
The added flair to the aesthetics and a refined and also a more powerful engine makes the cruiser bike nothing but likeable for this segment lovers.
If you always wanted to own a cruiser bike and that too within your budget, the new Bajaj Avenger 180 seems to be a very good bet.