Bajaj Avenger has been very popular amongst Indian youth bikers who prefer a budget yet performance cruiser bike and to say frankly it doesn’t have any rivals until Suzuki introduced the Intruder 150. Bajaj Avenger has currently three variant – Avenger 220 Cruiser and Street and Avenger 180 Street which has been recently launch to replace the Avenger 150 considering the modern cruiser offering “Intruder 150” from Suzuki which has many features to make it a good deal yet appealing new modern style. Today we will make a detailed comparison between Avenger 180 and Intruder 150 to see the winning cruiser…
How it looks..?
To look at, Bajaj Avenger is very similar to the outgoing model. Although the Avenger has now new LED DRLs with a small cowl over which sits above the headlamp, new redesigned tail lamp and a matte finish rear grab rails borrowed from Avenger 220 street. The paint job in Avenger 180 is a glossy one compared to the matte finish paint job in 220 street. The seating is improved though and is more suited to a city cruiser. However, the Intruder 150 on the other side is a fresh cruiser under this segment which new design and has lot of design clues from its elder sibling Intruder M1800R. The head lamp is triangular shaped which looks well integrated along with the side body cowls which gives it a decent road presence. Additionally, the split dual exhaust mufflers look more upmarket and increase the profile of the bike. The Intruder comes with all digital central console which is borrowed from the Gixxer along with the alloy wheels. Additionally, the intruder features a LED taillamp.
Power –Need more !!
Avenger 180 is powered by same 178.6 cc , borrowed fromPulsar 180 air cooled and delivers 15.5 hp @ 8500 rpm and 13.7 Nm @ 6500 rpm. However, the output has been redefined to match its cruiser profile compared to the Pular 180 which generates 17.02hp. The Avenger has good rev in between 3000 – 4000 rpm and is much responsive while overtaking through the traffics. You feel confident enough to punch more and more while going high and its easy to reach 100 kmph mark. On the other side Intruder is powered by 154.9 cc , air cooled engine derived from Suzuki Gixxer with some additional changes like re-tunes exhaust and larger intake for better response while cruising. It delivers 14.59 bhp @ 8000 rpm and torque of 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. Surpisingly, Intruder has well mmaintained level of NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) and you would feel a smoother ride. While both the cruisers are mated to a 5-seed transmission system.
Other Specifications which matters too
Bajaj Avenger 180 and Suzuki Intruder 150 are more or less pretty matched with each other. However, the Avenger is slightly longer by 80mm compared to the Intruder, while the intruder is wider by 1mm and taller by 25mm compared to Avenger. The Braking in Avenger is performed by 130mm disc at the front and 260mm drum in the rear. While the Intruder comes with disc brakes on both front and rear, along with single channel ABS (well, single channel is not much effective and the rear wheels intend to lock while braking). The Intruder comes with a 11 litre of fuel tank while the intruder has an advantage with 13 litre of capacity. The suspension are almost same expect for the Intruder which features a monoshock at the rear. The Tyres in the Intruder are 100/80 – 17 at the front and 140/60R – 17 at the rear while the Avenger is fitted with 180: 90/90 – 17 at the front and 130/90 -15 at the rear. The most important feature – Yes, the Intruder 150 is now available with Fuel Injection, which means better fuel economy and uncompromised performance at the same time. This adds bonus donut to Intruders bucket.
What WheelBHP thinks..
Intruder defines more masculine character in comparison to Avenger however the proportion of geometry and power seems to be lost somewhere in its bulky nature derived from the larger Intruder. On the other hand, Avenger marks its way in better proportion of geometry and performance. The Avenger is priced competitively at INR 83,457/- on the other hand the Intruder is bit pricier with INR 1,02,072/-. Both the bikes are very well proportionate and practical. The Avenger comes out to be a good deal with this price tag and obviously a value for money with very natural cruiser profile but incase you are not worried over the budget and looking for a fresh design and road presence you can go ahead with the Intruder 150 as Intruder would surely be an attention seeker on road due to its bulky and muscular design.