The new Bajaj Avenger street 180 has replaced its older 150cc variant to become the new base product in Bajaj’s Avenger street lineup. The company has made a decent amount of changes in both visual and the specs department of the bike , but is it enough to outrun its nearest competitor i.e the Suzuki Intruder ? lets find out –
Avenger Street 180 with regards to the design is very much similar to its older sibling the Avenger street 220 , which was just launched about a month back this year . Bajaj decided to go with a modern sportster look to add a bit more panache to them. The older 220cc sibling got the all digital instrument cluster but the younger one had to make do with a single pod analog cluster which has a small display for trip and odometer.
The Avenger 180 is finished in matte black in the rear view mirrors, alloys, forks, rear shock absorbers, engine and exhaust which suits the bike really well . Graphics have been modified a bit and the insignia looks better as it has been enlarged a little. Avenger Street 180 is released in 2 colour options Ebony Black & Spicy Red, personally I prefer the ebony black version a whole lot more than the spicy red .
On the front it features what Bajaj is calling the ‘Roadster design headlamps ‘ with Led DRL’s crowned with the fly screen . I like that they are not afraid to try something new with the front design but i really will miss that old “face” which was one of the things i really liked about the older variant.
From the back It has a revised tail lamp which still manages to have that familiar feel to it , above it rests the pillion grab rails which have been padded up to make it more comfortable for the pillion rider .
Engine and Performance
Powered by the twin spark DTSi engine which is air cooled and has the displacement of 180(cc) . It has the max power of 15.5 PS and max torque of 13.7Nm , which according to Bajaj ‘offers a stress free feel’, which is kind of the USP of avengers .
Supported by the telescopic suspensions with 130mm Fork Travel on the front and Twin suspension with Nitrox on the back it performs well in strenuous conditions but still leaves for something to be desired . With a ground clearence of 169mm it is more than capable to roam in our Indian “roads” .
In terms of speed it really shines in the 60-80 kph range but you can start feeling about moderate vibrations after going above the 90 kph mark.
If you wait a little and than go for the 220cc version than go for that but if for some reason you can’t than the Bajaj Avenger Street 180 in my opinion is the best in its range if you are looking for a cruiser.
p.s the bike might be a bit uncomfortable during long rides for people with a tall stature.
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