The Avenger 180 offers what most cruisers are meant to offer- a low-slung design and a relaxed riding position. It is built on the same diamond frame architecture that’s being used since the Eliminator days but is packed with modern cycle parts. The 180cc motor is borrowed from the Bajaj Pulsar 180 but has been re-tuned to churn out less power at 15.4bhp and 13.7Nm. This linear power delivery suits the bike’s character. The strong midrange, which is Bajaj’s forte, makes it easier to cruise through the highway traffic. The motor isn’t the most refined of the lot, but Bajaj has managed to keep the NVH well under control. The vibes starts to kick in post 80kmph, and can be felt mostly on the footpegs. It’s possible to ride the Avenger 180 at 50kmph in the fifth gear but if you go below that, the engine will stall. The Avenger 180 offers a smooth ride between 80kmph and 90kmph. The five-speed gearbox on this bike has been improved quite a lot. Thanks to the light clutch, changing gears on the Avenger 180 is an easy task especially in the maddening city traffic.
The seating triangle hasn’t changed on the Avenger 180. You sit low with legs stretched out to the front and hands running parallel to the ground. The wide rider’s seat offers a good amount of comfort, thanks to the right cushioning. Despite being the heaviest in the segment, the Avenger 180 feels light on its feet. The right weight distribution also aids manoeuvrability in the city.
Bajaj has increased the suspension travel at the rear to 108mm from the earlier 98mm. This setup is slightly on the firmer side, but it doesn’t feel unsettled on broken roads. The suspension also absorbs the road undulations pretty well. The 260cc front disc and 130mm drum at the rear does a decent job at stopping the bike. However, the front has a wooden feel on the lever, and the rear one requires some extra effort to use.