Till late last year, Bajaj Auto has a near-monopoly in the entry-level cruiser motorcycle segment, with the Avenger doing quite well. All that changed with Suzuki launching the Intruder 150 but Bajaj is in no mood to give up market share easily. That explains variant after variant being launched in the Avenger affordable cruiser’s line-up. The latest is the Avenger 180, a bike whose engine has been borrowed from the Pulsar 180 DTSi. And the Avenger 180 is priced at Rs. 83,400, which makes it about Rs. 10,000 cheaper than not just the Avenger 220 but also 16,000 cheaper than the Suzuki Intruder 150.
Bajaj will launch the Avenger in the next couple of weeks, and dealers are now taking bookings for the motorcycle. In fact, the bike has already reached many Bajaj dealerships, who are just waiting for the company to give them the go ahead to start delivering bikes to customers. The new Avenger uses the Pulsar 180’s air cooled, four stroke engine with 17 Bhp and 14.3 Nm. A carburetor is standard on the bike, which gets a 5 speed manual gearbox. Suspension consists of telescopic front shocks and gas charged twin rear shocks. The bike features a disc brake on the front wheel and a drum brake on the rear wheel.
It borrows the Avenger 220 Street’s overall design which includes the new shroud around the headlamp, a new rear grab rail, an all-black engine and gearbox, a new seat and also alloy wheels. However, the bike gets a analog speedometer as opposed to the digital unit on the 220cc version. The bike is available in two colours: red and black. It is meant to be an affordable cruiser motorcycle for price-conscious buyers who want a mix of power and style, but at a very affordable price. The bike is expected to be much faster than the Intruder 150 due to the larger engine. The lower price tag makes it a compelling option.
News Source: Autocar India