Bajaj Auto has announced on their Avenger United facebook page that they actually have made their Avenger Cruiser is now compliant with BSIV norms.
The updated Bajaj Avenger cruiser was launched last year here in the Indian market and the Avenger Cruiser comprises of three models which includes the Street 150, Street 220 and the Cruise 220. Although the image on their facebook page did not mentioned whether all the models has received the upgrades or not however the image shows that the Street model in particular has received the upgrade for sure.
Coming to the drivetrains the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 is powered by the 150 cc DTS-i air-cooled single cylinder engine that produces 14.54 PS at 9,000 rpm and 12.5 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is paired to 5 speed transmission. The more powerful 220 cc DTS-i oil-cooled single cylinder engine which powers both the Street 220 as well as the Cruise produces about 19.03 PS of peak power at 8,400 rpm and 17.5 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. This engine is paired to a 5 speed gearbox as well.
Both the Cruise and the Street are perhaps the most affordable cruisers which are available in the Indian market at this moment. We are still not sure whether Bajaj has decided to hike the prices of these models or not, As far as their present prices are concerned the Avenger Street 150 is priced at INR 76,989 (ex-showroom Delhi), while the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 and Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 are priced at INR 87,331 (ex-showroom Delhi). .
Is Bajaj targeting Royal Enfield indirectly
The new Bajaj Avenger Commercial was released recently on You tube and it garnered lot of interest from people. As a result the video ended up getting 2,364,127 views in less than a week. The commercial celebrates the spirit of brotherhood.
In this video you can actually watch two gentlemen ride their motorcycles across some of the toughest and unforgiving terrains of Leh, Ladakh. You can watch both of them riding a Royal Enfield Classic and a Bajaj Avenger Cruiser which is quite surprising because naturally Bajaj has never featured any rival manufacturer’s product in their video directly.
Now although this video shows the spirit of brotherhood but does this also means that Bajaj is actually trying to make us believe that the Avenger is also capable of performing those same duities which the RE motorcycle is capable of. These duties includes taking on some of the hardest mountain roads and toughest terrains. Now if we think logically the Bajaj Avenger cannot match the skills of the RE motorcycles when it comes to direct competition. The RE is a much more durable motorcycle than the Avenger and it is also powered by a more powerful engine as well.
Whatever may be the case this commercial certainly looks interesting and all of you will absolutely love the landscape shown in this commercial.
The ride starts from Chandigarh to Tirthan and back
It seems like Bajaj is actually taking the Royal Enfield route and arranging rides for their customers. Recently Bajaj has announced a ride for their Avenger customers which they are calling Avenger F.L.G ride, where the word ‘F.L.G’ stands for feel like god. The ride will start from Chandigarh from where the riders will ride all the way to Tirthan which is popularly known as land of Gods. The total distance of the ride is about 720 kilometers approx (to and fro).
The tour will include Homestay or tented accommodation for the rider, both breakfast and lunch, one lead and one tail rider from Bajaj, all the fun activities like trail rides, Barberque and Bonfire, trout fishing, star gazing also camping. Bajaj will also provide one support vehicle for carrying luggage and service backup even an Ambulance and medical air backup as well.
The entire journey is a four day journey where the riders will depart from Chandigarh on Day one and arrive at Gushaini where they will halt there for the night. One day two they will start their journey and trek towards the Himalayan nation al park. On third day the riders will again ride their bikes all the way to Shoja and from there they will ride to Jalori pass and descend down to Gushaini on the same day. On the last day the riders will again get back to their starting point Chandigarh.
The rider need who owns any one of the motorcycles including the Avenger street 150 or 220 or the Avenger 220 or Cruise 220 can register their names and have to pay a total fee of INR. 5000.
The new color will be the third color option for the Cruise 220
Bajaj relaunched the Avenger cruiser last year which also happens to be their only cruiser offering in their lineup. Available in two different variants the Street and Cruise The Avenger Cruiser surely attracted lot of eyes and once again helped Bajaj to regain their old spot. What is even more exciting is also the fact that the new Avenger is now available in both 220 as well as 150 cc displacement.
Gaadiwaadi recently dropped a new spy image of a new color option of the Avenger Cruise variant, the Cocktail Wine Red color definitely looks sophisticated and will surely catch the attention of buyers. This new color option will be added and will be made available alongside Divine Black and Desert Gold color options. This also happens to be the same color that was also added to their recently launched Bajaj V15 motorcycle as well.
Coming to the Avenger Cruise 220 Bajaj has definitely tried to give it a retro cruiser appearance; the Cruise 220 gets low slung rider seat position and raised handlebars. It also gets a bigger 17 inch wheels at its front and 15 inch wheels for its rear. The Cruiser is built around on a tubular double cradle type chassis. The Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 is powered by a 220 cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, DTS-i twin-spark motor which produces about 19.03 PS of maximum power and 17.5 Nm of maximum torque. The engine is paired to a five speed transmission.
Expect the new color to join the lineup soon…
Find out who wins the top spot
The entry level cruiser segment of India was a hush affair in the past there was neither too many competitors nor many people dared to get their hands on a cruiser because of their steep pricing as well as low fuel efficiency. But recently the scenario has changed completely, Indian people are taking the courage to step out of their homes and even get their hands on some new Cruisers. Now offcourse as you all might be aware of the fact that the entry level cruiser segment was dominated by a single name for a long time and that name is Royal Enfield.
Recently we have some new competitors to take on the big player of this entry level cruiser game. We have Bajaj who recently reintroduced the newer variants of the Avenger cruiser in India while one another two wheeler brand which is definitely attracting some serious attention is none other than UM Motorcycles who launched two of their brand new cruisers in the Indian market at the 2016 Auto expo. We already have provided all the details of these newly launched cruisers now it’s time to decide where they stand when it comes to some real life competition.
Today we will be comparing three contenders which include the most trusted cruiser the RE Thunderbird 350 followed by the Bajaj Avenger Street 220 and lastly the newest entrant the UM Motorcycles Renegade Sport S.
Click past jump to read more about the comparison review amongst the three cruisers
In the Indian two wheeler market, the segment of cruisers has been one of the most unexplored potentials, as far as the thinking of enthusiasts is concerned. Since the inception of motorcycles in India, there have been very few cruisers which have been tailor-made for the Indian consumers - save for the motorcycles coming out of Royal Enfield, out of which only the Thunderbird has been categorized under true-blue cruisers.
In today’s day and age, though there are a large number of cruisers, especially from Harley Davidson, Triumph, Hyosung and Indian, but all of them are out of reach for most of the price conscious buyers. For them, the Bajaj Avenger is right now one of the very few hopes present in the Indian market.
In 2015, Bajaj did gave a nice and much awaited makeover to its good old Avenger, which definitely has helped to pick up the sales of the motorcycle. To spice up the appeal of the motorcycle even further, Bajaj has now come up with the Desert Gold Edition of the Avenger Cruise 220. The changes are just limited to cosmetic, while the mechanical underpinnings as well as powertrain have been kept intact. Here’s a comprehensive description of the all new Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 Desert Gold Edition:-
The new Avenger will take on Royal Enfield
Bajaj has been a very strong player in the Indian two wheeler market since very long. Last year in October, Bajaj, the second largest motorcycle maker launched the new Avenger portfolio in Indian market. The new Avenger has gone through a complete makeover, and garnered much appreciation from the motorcycle enthusiasts. The new Avenger was launched in three different variants which are Avenger 150 Street, Avenger 220 Cruise and Avenger 220 Street, this way increasing the portfolio from one to three. Now the rumor in town is that, Bajaj is developing an all new Avenger with a larger engine, and it will be christened as Avenger 400. Reason behind this is to take on the highly popular Royal Enfield brand models.
Once launched in Indian market, Bajaj Avenger 400 will be the flagship model from the brand in the cruiser segment. Expect it to get power from KTM Duke 390’s single cylinder engine, although in a retuned version. The engine might get paired with a 6 speed gearbox like the KTM Duke 390. This powertrain churns out 43.5 PS peak power at 9000 rpm and 35 Nm peak torque at 7000 rpm in KTM Duke 390.
Incidentally, Bajaj has been seen chalking out an aggressive strategy in recent times. They launched the new Avenger portfolio last year with an expectation to reach 9000 sales mark, which ended up at 31000 units in February, 2016. Not only the cruiser segment, Bajaj introduced the new 200 cc Pulsar in form of RS 200 last year. This sporty motorcycle came in two different variants, one being equipped with ABS as well. The ABS variant sold more units than the non ABS one. The band already has four high range models in the Indian market under the KTM badge, which are Duke 200, Duke 390, Duke RC200 and Duke RC390. Now if the second largest motorcycle brand in India launches another Avenger competing the Royal Enfield that will surely make some sensation in the market.
Over the last 15 years, Bajaj has improvised itself a lot in making motorcycles, so much that it has ditched its roots as a manufacturer of India’s first popular scooter and becoming a motorcycle only maker, just like Harley Davidson and Royal Enfield. Some feel that this is actually a huge risk by Bajaj by not existing in the booming scooter market, but Bajaj strongly feels that its motorcycles are capable enough to keep it in the game.
And somewhat it manages to stay true to its belief, as the manufacturer is constantly working on upgrading its product portfolio. Bajaj knows that the market is actually shifting from puny commuters, and to be in the game, it is now expanding its lienup of powerful commuters. And perhaps, this is the reason why Bajaj has not one or two, but five different 150cc motorcycles, each of which has a different flavor of its own.
All the five 150cc motorcycles are based on different platforms, and have different body styles. This move by Bajaj is somewhat paying it well too, as all of the five 150cc motorcycles are proving out to be the best sellers in their respective segments and price points. Here’s our comprehensive story on all the five different 150cc motorcycles from Bajaj Auto.