The Bajaj Avenger 150 Street is the cheapest cruiser one can buy. It is here to fill the role of a daily commuter and a weekend getaway bike; something the Suzuki Gixxer SF promises to do as well. Capitalising on the ‘Avenger’ moniker’s popularity, Bajaj has pegged the Avenger 150 Street as an entry-level cruiser, carving out a new sub segment in this market space. Suzuki, in the meantime, has carved its own niche calling the SF the most affordable faired bike one can buy. Both these motorcycles will serve you well for your daily grind, offer a bit of fast paced riding and allow you to comfortably rip through the highways, while bringing a smile on your face. But which one does it better?
A new horse in the teeming 150cc segment of motorcycles in India. As the country’s first ever 150cc cruiser, the Bajaj Avenger 150 Street wears the hallowed Avenger badge and mixes bona fide cruiser DNA with the affordability and efficiency of a traditional 150cc commuter.
Bajaj recently dropped a bomb when it launched the Avenger 150 Street in India, along with its 220cc siblings. The 150cc segment had been missing a cruiser for a long time, and Bajaj decided to spice things up by plonking the Pulsar 150 DTS-i engine in this versatile tubular double cradle type chassis.
The Avenger 150 Street is the new entry-level variant in Bajaj’s Avenger range of budget cruisers. While the news of the launch of the new Avenger in two trims (Street and Cruise) wasn’t a big surprise, Bajaj dropped a bombshell when it first lifted the covers off the new Avenger 150 Street, earlier this week. By entering this, so far, uncharted territory, Bajaj has widened its reach to attract a whole new set of customers, looking for a premium 150cc motorcycle. While Bajaj already has three 150cc motorcycles in its line-up, this didn’t stop Bajaj from filling the void of a cruiser in this highly lucrative market space.
I don’t know about you, but I had to go back and read up to keep track of the number of iterations the Bajaj Avenger has gone through. Now, Bajaj says the consumers - who are mostly commuters - expected better fuel economy numbers from the 180. So the bike maker has brought in the 160 Avenger. And it says the new motorcycle strikes the right balance. But does it, really?
This bike isn’t a tribute to the first Bajaj Avenger, which was launched almost 13 years ago in 2005. Yes, it was a 180cc motorcycle then, but that eventually went on to become the 220cc that we see today.
We brought you the comparison between the Avenger 150 and the Suzuki Gixxer SF a few weeks back (you can read it HERE). So, while the Avenger 150 is a new category for Bajaj to enter, it has been operating with the 220cc engine for eons. But, the motorcycle’s sales had stopped growing. Its competitor on the other hand, the Royal Enfield range of bikes has been growing in numbers and strength with every passing month. So, to tackle this, Bajaj is now offering the Avenger 220 in two forms – the Street and the Cruise. The Cruise, as its name suggests, is meant for touring along with being a bike for the daily grind; a need the Thunderbird 350 currently addresses. Enough reason really for us to compare the two to find out which deserves to be in your garage.
The new Avenger 220 Cruise and the Avenger 220 Street are examples of Bajaj’s ingenuity. They are here to rejuvenate the long-standing Avenger brand. While the models are similar under the skin, the Avenger 220 Cruise and the Avenger 220 Street are targeted at slightly different sets of buyers.