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  • Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

    “If we can’t save our monopoly in this segment, we’ll surely Avenge(r) it!”

    Marvel is not the only one coming out with its new Avengers in 2018. With the Japanese competition ‘Intruding’ in the entry-level cruiser segment, Bajaj has decided to update their ‘Avengers’ for battle. The update is mostly visual when it comes to the bigger siblings a.k.a. the Street 220 and the Cruise 220. It’s the youngest Avenger that gets an engine upgrade in addition to the visual ups. The Avenger Street 150 is now the Avenger Street 180. We find out how much of an upgrade it really is.









    Visuals

    Why change something that’s already good. This seems appropriate to describe the ideology of Bajaj. The styling of the Avenger series is tried and tested. It has also been well received by the target audience. The same goes for the new Street 180. The same design cues such as rubber covered front forks, low slung seat etc. make their way in the design of the new Avenger as well. This time around it gets LED DRL’s which slightly changes the shape of the headlight section. The effectiveness of the headlights at night
    though, is yet to be tested.

    The motorcycle gets a redesigned tail section which goes well with the overall stance of the bike. Another change in the tail is that the grab rail is now rubberized which should make the bike more comfortable for a pillion. The seat is big and roomy and has a carbon
    fiber
    like texture which ‘looks’ good. The pillion seat though is a bit narrow. Apart from that, the new paint scheme and the new Avenger insignia accentuate the visual updates. Overall the bike looks good from all angles but then, styling is subjective.





















    Instrument Cluster and Build Quality

    The overall build quality is passable for the asking price of
    the Street 180. The quality of the paint used is nice. The fit and finish is also fairly good. The switchgear does not go with the looks of the bike. The buttons and sliders have a good tactile feel but look puny. The Street 180 does not get the digital console used on the bigger Avengers. The speedometer is analogue and has a digital readout for the odometer and a single trip meter.

    The fuel gauge and other
    tell tale lights such as the indicators or turn signals and headlight position are placed on the tank. This goes with the looks of the bike but it’s not in the rider’s view so it does need some getting used to. The key of the Street
    180 is a bit small-ish. The ignition insert for the key is on the right side below the tank. The handle lock has a separate insert near the handle on the same side.

















    Engine and Performance

    The new Street 180 when compared to the now discontinued Street 150, has got 1 Ps more power and 1.2 Nm more torque. Maximum power on
    the Street 180 now comes earlier at 8500 rpm when compared to the 9000 rpm of the Street 150. Maximum torque is achieved at the same 6500 rpm.







    The engine for the Street 180 is borrowed from the Pulsar 180 which has been tuned for the cruiser character of the bike. It is good for 15.5 Ps of power at 8500 rpm and 13.7 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The power and torque figures which although are achieved at the same rpm as the Pulsar, are actually lower than that of the Pulsar. According to Bajaj, this was done to make sure that the engine is less stressed and consequently offers a smoother ride which was true to some extent. The Street 180 did feel smoother and more relaxed than the Pulsar. The Bore-Stroke ratio of both the bikes is the same. This makes the Avenger a little less tractable as the
    rpms build rather quickly for a cruiser. Pulling the bike from lower speeds in higher gears is achievable but some engine knocking is evident. Nevertheless, the engine felt smooth on the highways, and fairly punchy in city traffic.

















    The comfortable cruising speed is between 80 and 90
    kmph, above which mild vibrations start to creep in the handlebars, seat and the foot pegs which only get worse as you push the motor further. Another thing that I noted is that after riding for an hour or so, there was this strange metallic whining noise when pulling the bike from about 60 kmph in the 5th gear and it was there to stay even after speeding up. This might have been an issue with the specific unit provided to me, but I cannot be sure. The starter button worked well as the bike started with a single push of the button but after an hour of riding, it did miss a few. The exhaust note has got more grunt when it’s idling but while moving and accelerating, it’s the typical Pulsar tune.









    The gearbox is smooth and the gear shifts were crisp. The clutch was also light, which is a boon in city traffic. There were a couple of false neutrals but that’s not going to be an issue. The shifter is of the heel-toe type and works well but if you have larger feet like mine, they tend to get stuck between the foot peg and the gear lever.













    About the fuel efficiency, Bajaj claims a figure of around 45kmpl in
    real world conditions. This should give you a range of around 550-600 km as the Street 180 has a 13 litre tank.



    Handling and Ride Quality

    The handling of the Street 180 was quite good. In fact, it was better than I expected. The bike felt planted on
    high speed straights as the result of a long wheelbase. What surprised me was the stance of the bike in the twisties. The bike was planted and there was never a moment when I felt that the bike was being pushed harder than its limits. It is not a corner carver like the KTMs, but to be fair it’s not meant to be that. This characteristic of the motorcycle might have been the result of slightly stiffer rear suspension, which at lower speeds can be bothersome if you find a rough patch on the road. At higher speeds though, the Street offers a comfortable and plush ride by mellowing out the undulations on the road effectively. Direction changes are not extremely fast but quite good for the class of bikes that the Street 180 belongs to. Another revelation was the turning radius of the Street 180. Considering the rake of the bike, the turning radius was surprisingly low which results in more than comfortable slow speed U-turns.





    The rider’s triangle on
    the Street 180 is above expectations. Even for someone as tall as me (6’3”), the bike was fairly accommodating. Thus, you ‘can’ ride for longer durations on this bike in varying traffic conditions. But can you? Well, if you want to serve your posterior with some punishment, you can. The seat which looks roomy and feels good at first, is quite stiff and someone with a less generous rear end like me, is going to be begging for mercy within an hour or so.









    The braking duties are handled by 260 mm disc brakes at the front and 130 mm drum brakes on the rear. The rear-brake needs a serious upgrade to discs. The front brake
    though, was progressive and offered ample stopping power. ABS is something that Bajaj should have considered, at least as an option.

















    Verdict



    All in all the Street 180 is an Avenger. It stands true to the nature of a cruiser-
    sportster barring a few niggles. The bike looks good, performs well and handles well too. Overall the bike is a good package but the most important factor is the price. The Street 180 retails at Rs. 85,498 /- Ex-Showroom Delhi which makes the bike great bang for buck. The fact that it undercuts its closest rival, the Intruder 150 by about Rs. 14500/-,
    makes the Street 180 a very exciting prospect.



    Text: Karan Bansatta | Photography: Thulashi Dharan J / @HolyBiker
    Last edited by NewsReaper; 03-19-2018, 12:28 PM.

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    Re: Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

    Nice review!
    A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.

    Weekend Rides Around Kolkata
    My Ride To Sunderbans -
    Hemnagar & Samsernagar
    Saagar Kinare - Bakkhali Calling

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      Re: Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

      Nice Review ! Can the bike be shifted to 5th as low as 30-40 kph, is there any knocking/hesitation if done so ? They have written "Ignition" upside down on key slot. Kudos to Bajaj Auto, in the 180 they have concealed the exposed ignition wires present on the 150 (150 could be easy hot wired). Also, the ugly and cheap cable tie holding the brake hose to the fork gives way to a proper stay.
      Last edited by ashwanth.r; 03-12-2018, 02:26 AM.

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      • #4
        Re: Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

        Originally posted by xBhp View Post


        Wrong image guys, please update the same in the homepage link.
        Motorcycling Experience:
        2000 ~ 2017 Y2K Kinetic Zoom (Disposed at 15k)
        2011 ~ 2015 Hero Honda Karizma R (Sold at 56.5k)
        2013 ~ 2014 Bajaj Discover 100 4G (Sold at 16.5k)
        2015 ~ 2017 TVS Wego (Totaled at 18k)
        2015 - Bajaj Pulsar 220F (Currently 31k) < Garage Queen!
        2017 - Bajaj CT100B (Currently 21k) < 'Golden Quadrilateral' Runner!

        The Ride was Good, but Life is short, spend it Wisely!
        Adios Comrades!
        A.P. 2018

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        • #5
          Re: Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

          Nice review man ...

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          • #6
            Re: Bajaj Avenger Street 180 Review : Cruise(r) Control

            Originally posted by xBhp View Post
            “If we can’t save our monopoly in this segment, we’ll surely Avenge(r) it!”

            Marvel is not the only one coming out with its new Avengers in 2018. With the Japanese competition ‘Intruding’ in the entry-level cruiser segment, Bajaj has decided to update their ‘Avengers’ for battle. The update is mostly visual when it comes to the bigger siblings a.k.a. the Street 220 and the Cruise 220. It’s the youngest Avenger that gets an engine upgrade in addition to the visual ups. The Avenger Street 150 is now the Avenger Street 180. We find out how much of an upgrade it really is.









            Visuals

            Why change something that’s already good. This seems appropriate to describe the ideology of Bajaj. The styling of the Avenger series is tried and tested. It has also been well received by the target audience. The same goes for the new Street 180. The same design cues such as rubber covered front forks, low slung seat etc. make their way in the design of the new Avenger as well. This time around it gets LED DRL’s which slightly changes the shape of the headlight section. The effectiveness of the headlights at night
            though, is yet to be tested.

            The motorcycle gets a redesigned tail section which goes well with the overall stance of the bike. Another change in the tail is that the grab rail is now rubberized which should make the bike more comfortable for a pillion. The seat is big and roomy and has a carbon
            fiber
            like texture which ‘looks’ good. The pillion seat though is a bit narrow. Apart from that, the new paint scheme and the new Avenger insignia accentuate the visual updates. Overall the bike looks good from all angles but then, styling is subjective.





















            Instrument Cluster and Build Quality

            The overall build quality is passable for the asking price of
            the Street 180. The quality of the paint used is nice. The fit and finish is also fairly good. The switchgear does not go with the looks of the bike. The buttons and sliders have a good tactile feel but look puny. The Street 180 does not get the digital console used on the bigger Avengers. The speedometer is analogue and has a digital readout for the odometer and a single trip meter.

            The fuel gauge and other
            tell tale lights such as the indicators or turn signals and headlight position are placed on the tank. This goes with the looks of the bike but it’s not in the rider’s view so it does need some getting used to. The key of the Street
            180 is a bit small-ish. The ignition insert for the key is on the right side below the tank. The handle lock has a separate insert near the handle on the same side.

















            Engine and Performance

            The new Street 180 when compared to the now discontinued Street 150, has got 1 Ps more power and 1.2 Nm more torque. Maximum power on
            the Street 180 now comes earlier at 8500 rpm when compared to the 9000 rpm of the Street 150. Maximum torque is achieved at the same 6500 rpm.







            The engine for the Street 180 is borrowed from the Pulsar 180 which has been tuned for the cruiser character of the bike. It is good for 15.5 Ps of power at 8500 rpm and 13.7 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The power and torque figures which although are achieved at the same rpm as the Pulsar, are actually lower than that of the Pulsar. According to Bajaj, this was done to make sure that the engine is less stressed and consequently offers a smoother ride which was true to some extent. The Street 180 did feel smoother and more relaxed than the Pulsar. The Bore-Stroke ratio of both the bikes is the same. This makes the Avenger a little less tractable as the
            rpms build rather quickly for a cruiser. Pulling the bike from lower speeds in higher gears is achievable but some engine knocking is evident. Nevertheless, the engine felt smooth on the highways, and fairly punchy in city traffic.

















            The comfortable cruising speed is between 80 and 90
            kmph, above which mild vibrations start to creep in the handlebars, seat and the foot pegs which only get worse as you push the motor further. Another thing that I noted is that after riding for an hour or so, there was this strange metallic whining noise when pulling the bike from about 60 kmph in the 5th gear and it was there to stay even after speeding up. This might have been an issue with the specific unit provided to me, but I cannot be sure. The starter button worked well as the bike started with a single push of the button but after an hour of riding, it did miss a few. The exhaust note has got more grunt when it’s idling but while moving and accelerating, it’s the typical Pulsar tune.









            The gearbox is smooth and the gear shifts were crisp. The clutch was also light, which is a boon in city traffic. There were a couple of false neutrals but that’s not going to be an issue. The shifter is of the heel-toe type and works well but if you have larger feet like mine, they tend to get stuck between the foot peg and the gear lever.













            About the fuel efficiency, Bajaj claims a figure of around 45kmpl in
            real world conditions. This should give you a range of around 550-600 km as the Street 180 has a 13 litre tank.



            Handling and Ride Quality

            The handling of the Street 180 was quite good. In fact, it was better than I expected. The bike felt planted on
            high speed straights as the result of a long wheelbase. What surprised me was the stance of the bike in the twisties. The bike was planted and there was never a moment when I felt that the bike was being pushed harder than its limits. It is not a corner carver like the KTMs, but to be fair it’s not meant to be that. This characteristic of the motorcycle might have been the result of slightly stiffer rear suspension, which at lower speeds can be bothersome if you find a rough patch on the road. At higher speeds though, the Street offers a comfortable and plush ride by mellowing out the undulations on the road effectively. Direction changes are not extremely fast but quite good for the class of bikes that the Street 180 belongs to. Another revelation was the turning radius of the Street 180. Considering the rake of the bike, the turning radius was surprisingly low which results in more than comfortable slow speed U-turns.





            The rider’s triangle on
            the Street 180 is above expectations. Even for someone as tall as me (6’3”), the bike was fairly accommodating. Thus, you ‘can’ ride for longer durations on this bike in varying traffic conditions. But can you? Well, if you want to serve your posterior with some punishment, you can. The seat which looks roomy and feels good at first, is quite stiff and someone with a less generous rear end like me, is going to be begging for mercy within an hour or so.









            The braking duties are handled by 260 mm disc brakes at the front and 130 mm drum brakes on the rear. The rear-brake needs a serious upgrade to discs. The front brake
            though, was progressive and offered ample stopping power. ABS is something that Bajaj should have considered, at least as an option.

















            Verdict



            All in all the Street 180 is an Avenger. It stands true to the nature of a cruiser-
            sportster barring a few niggles. The bike looks good, performs well and handles well too. Overall the bike is a good package but the most important factor is the price. The Street 180 retails at Rs. 85,498 /- Ex-Showroom Delhi which makes the bike great bang for buck. The fact that it undercuts its closest rival, the Intruder 150 by about Rs. 14500/-,
            makes the Street 180 a very exciting prospect.



            Text: Karan Bansatta | Photography: Thulashi Dharan J / @HolyBiker
            Really nicely penned down review ! Since this is posted in the month of march, do you have updates on post ownership experience?

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