Bajaj Avenger Street 180
Life comes a full circle as the 180 moniker returns to the Avenger lineup
Back in 2005, the first Avenger came with a 180cc motor. Bajaj Auto enjoyed a thorough monopoly in the segment for more than a decade through constantly increasing the displacement from 180, to 200 and finally hitting the ceiling at 220, after which even a 150 was brought along. Recently, the Suzuki Intruder intruded into this territory and locked horns with the Street 150. Bajaj Auto had to rise up to the occasion and have replaced the 150 with the Street 180.
What is it?
Not entirely. The Avenger Street 180 borrows its engine from the Pulsar range albeit in a detuned form, making 15.2bhp and 13.7Nm of maximum torque. The 180 comes equipped with a new headlight and visor, as seen on the Street 220, with fresh new graphics too. The ground clearance stands at a tall 177mm.
Fun to ride?
If you’re upgrading from an Avenger 150, it definitely is. One can instantly judge the sprightlier nature of this motor. With the 180cc mill, the bike seems to be relaxed even at 90kmph and can go further without losing its breath. The low and mid-range still remains the motor’s strong points, following the family’s footsteps. Bajaj Auto has done a commendable job of keeping the NVH levels in check with the 180. Suspension has been slightly reworked too, with the travel being increased by 10mm, allowing for more pliancy. Braking is keen and offers adequate feedback to the rider.
So all good?
Not really. It misses out on 220’s fully digital console. And when compared to its closest rival, ABS gets a miss too along with a rear disc. Corners still aren’t the bike’s forte.
Bajaj claims a fuel efficiency figure of 45kmpl. That, coupled with a 13-litre fuel tank should give it a range of 500+ kilometres in ideal situations.
Priced at `85,498, the Street 180 is better in every way to the motorcycle it replaces with just a premium of `3,000, while also undercutting the Suzuki Intruder by a whopping `15,000!
1: Misses out on fully digital clocks as seen on the 220. 2: Bajaj Auto calls this a skull inspired headlight. 3: Torquey motor ensures fewer gear shifts. 4: Grab rail or backrest?