Ba­jaj Avenger Street 180

Life comes a full cir­cle as the 180 moniker re­turns to the Avenger lineup

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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.

All new?

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.

Ef­fi­cient?

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.

Pric­ing?

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?

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