The new, cosmetically enhanced range of Bajaj’s econo-cruiser, the Avenger, has been launched in India, much to the excitement of some and to the disappointment of a lot more. Bajaj Auto unveiled three new Avenger motorcycles – the Avenger 220 Cruise, 220 Street & 150 Street. The new Avenger 220 Cruise retained much of the characteristics of the classic cruiser but the real show-stopper was the all new Avenger Street duo.
Designed for easy city riding, the new Avenger Street range drops almost all the chrome, and with the black alloy wheels, looks suspiciously identical to the Harley-Davidson Street 750 Dark Custom. The new Bajaj Avenger Street range comprises of two models – the Avenger 220 Street and 150 Street, the latter being aimed to bring a cruiser experience to the large set of emerging 150cc users.
The Avenger 220 Street comes wrapped in a stealth matte black and brushed silver finish paint job while the 150 Street receives midnight blue colour. The Avenger Street series has a new, lower and flatter handlebar which is aimed to provide better manoeuvrability in city riding. Adorned with new graphics and updated design, the new motorcycle also features bright white light headlamps, clear lens indicators and low slung seats with thicker dual density foam for enhanced riding comfort.
The Avenger 220 is propelled by Bajaj’s 220cc DTSi engine that churns out 19 PS of power and 17.5 Nm of torque. The 220cc variant of the bike comes with oil cooler to help the engine maintain engine oil temperature and viscosity irrespective of external riding conditions. The Avenger 150 Street’s engine, on the other hand, is a 150cc DTSi, which has been slightly re-tweaked to suit the cruiser character of the motorcycle. The 150cc motor delivers 14.5 PS of power and 12.5 Nm of torque which is claimed to have been enhanced for better low and medium rev performance.
Here are some changes that are common on both – Street and Cruise – Avenger motorcycles:
- Seat height is increased by 15mm by increasing foam thickness for enhanced rider comfort
- New drive chain with improved life by 15-20 percent
- Second spring rate in rear suspension changed for better bump stop to delay bottoming-in on bad roads
- Improved Capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) for faster input to throttle and other improvements for better noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) characteristics
- White hue headlamp for better visibility during night rides
- New design speedo with LCD for odometer and trip meter
- Flexible indicators which are more durable
Here are some claimed features that are specific to the 150 Street:
- A new engine configuration to go with the motorcycle’s cruiser character
- Flatter and stronger torque curve at low and mid range. Up to 10% higher torque than Pulsar 150 in low/mid range
- Larger air filter that aids in improving bottom end and also improving NVH characteristics
- 38 rear sprocket teeth for better low and mid range
- Maintenance free VRLA battery
Meet the new Bajaj Avenger 150 Street and 220 Street in detailed images below:
The Avenger 150 Street and 220 Street are near identical to each other except for the engine and the slightly smaller disc brake on the lower displacement model
Both Street series motorcycles – the 150 Street and 220 Street – receive lower and flatter handlebar for better steering in city riding
The Street series does not get a pillion backrest
Any guesses which wheel belongs to the 150 / 220 Street? The 220 Street in the picture above comes with a slightly bigger disc brake upfront (260mm) than the 150 Street (240mm) in the image showing the ByBre brand
The easiest way to differentiate between the 150 Street and 220 Street is the paint job
Here are some more details of the changes on the new motorcycle
Bajaj expects that by bringing in an additional style variant such as the Street, and by offering a 150cc capacity motor, the company will expand the cruiser segment. With the new Avenger models joining the Pulsar range, Bajaj Auto hopes to strengthen the product offerings to discerning customers in the Indian market.
The Avenger range will be manufactured at Bajaj’s motorcycle plant at Chakan near Pune. The Avenger Cruise 220, Street 220 both will be priced at Rs 84,000/- and Street 150 at Rs. 75,000/- (all prices Ex-Showroom Delhi).
|Parameter||Avenger 220 Cruise / Street||Avenger 150|
|Power (PS) @ rpm||19@8400||14.5@9000|
|Torque (Nm) @ rpm||17.5@7000||12.5@6500|
|Overall length (mm)||2177||2177|
|Overall width (mm)||806 / 801||801|
|Height (mm)||1142 / 1070||1070|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||169||169|
|Kerb weight (kg)||155 / 150||148|
|Tyre size – Front]||90/90×17||90/90×17|
|Tyre size – Rear]||130/90×15||130/90×15|
|Fuel tank (lts)||14||14|
|Brakes: Front (mm)||260 Disc||240 Disc|
|Brakes: Rear (mm)||130 Drum||130 Drum|