2015 Bajaj Avenger Street 150
The brand Bajaj Avenger has always been highly praised for bringing the charm and big bike feel of the high end cruiser motorcycles at a much affordable price point. The packaging of a 220cc engine and low slung styling definitely gave the Avenger an edge over other motorcycles at a price point at which it is available.
Though for the Indian market, the segment of cruiser motorcycles is still very less tempered with, because of which the consumers are left with a handful of options to choose from. The price band below the Avenger 220, i.e, the 100-150cc range, doesn’t have even a single cruiser which can stand out from the normal sea of commuters. Yes, India had one such motorcycle in the form of Yamaha Enticer, but sadly, it got discontinued sooner than destined.
Bajaj finally has realized the potential of a small cruiser motorcycle, and as a result has come up with the new Avenger Street 150. This new motorcycle promises the big bike feel of the 220cc Avenger at much scaled down package, both in terms of size and price. Here’s a comprehensive review of the all new Bajaj Avenger Street 150.
- Year: 2015
- Make: Bajaj
- Price: INR 75000
Going by the design, the R&D team of Bajaj should be praised for giving the typical Avenger stance and design philosophy an all new definition with the Avenger Street 150. Unlike the chrome-themed design of the Avenger Cruise 220, the new Avenger Street 150comes with all black theme, which gives it a dual character of naked streetfighter and low slung cruiser in the same package.
On the front, the Avenger Street 150 is adorned with a round headlamp and round turn indicators, which are encased in blackened housings, unlike the chromed units which we have witnessed in the previous Avengers. The Avenger Street 150 is devoid of the standard long windshield present on the Avenger Cruise 220, but comes with the same front fender, which has grown in size than before.
When the Avenger Street 150 is viewed from the sides, the changes are more evident in the form of black alloy wheels in place of spoke wheels, and blacked out engine, exhaust and mechanical bits. The curvaceous fuel tank with the new Avenger insignia as well as the low slung single piece seat has been shared with the Avenger Cruise 220, but the bike comes with different body decals on the fuel tank and side body panels. The fuel tank comes with a sloping down black panel mounted atop of it, like the chromed unit on the Avenger Cruise 220, which houses fuel gauge
At the rear, the Avenger Street 150 shares the ovular tail lamp and round turn indicators with its bigger sibling, Avenger Cruise 220, but then again, the turn indicators are housed in black panels like at the front. The ultra large chrome pillion grab rail and cushioned back rest of the Avenger Cruise 220 has been replaced with a single piece pillion grab rail, which is shorter in size. The part digital instrument console, with analog speedometer and digital odometer and trip meter, has been shared with the Avenger Cruise 220, but is painted in black. The high mounted chrome finished handlebar of the Avenger Cruise 220 has been replaced with a streetfighter like single piece long handlebar. The switchgear has been shared with the entry level Discovers which look a bit low rent. Going with the theme, the rear view mirrors too are painted in black.
The Bajaj Avenger Street 150 is the first motorcycle from the Avenger series to sport a 150cc engine. The motorcycle comes bolstered with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 150cc DTS-i engine, which puts up 14.54 PS of power and 12.5 Nm of torque. This is the smallest and the least powerful Avenger produced till date on paper, but on the go, the Avenger Street 150 performs decently with its adequate low end power and mid range grunt. It is only during the higher rev range that one is left craving for a bit more power. The engine comes mated to a five speed gearbox, which has evenly matched gear ratios for utilizing the full potential of the engine.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The Avenger Street 150 shares its mechanical bits like suspension and tyres with the larger Avenger Street/Cruise 220. The motorcycle is blessed with a set of hydraulic telescopic front forks with anti friction bushes and a set of dual coil springs at the rear, which are tuned for a comfortable ride quality. The ride is pretty good, with the low seating posture and forward set foot pegs doubling up the magic. The bike comes with a meaty set of tyres shared with the larger Avengers, which give it a mass appeal of a big bike. The Avenger Street 150 also comes with a 240mm front disc brake and a 130mm rear drum brake, which provide decent feedback on application. The rear brake, though, could have been a disc unit.
Like all the previous Avengers produced by Bajaj till date, the new Avenger Street 150 too comes with an incredibly attractive price tag which truly separates it from the other conventional 150cc offerings. Bajaj has priced the Avenger Street 150 at a price point of Rs. 75,000, which makes it the most affordable cruiser motorcycle on sale in India right now. Unfortunately, the Bajaj Avenger Street 150 is available in only one paint shade of Midnight Blue.
The Bajaj Avenger Street 150 is right now the cheapest cruiser available in the Indian market right now. At this price point, there is literally no competition to the Avenger Street 150 which can match its value for money proposition. Though there is one motorcycle, which tries to come closer to the packaging of the Avenger Street 150 – Royal Enfield Bullet Electra.
Like the Avenger Street 150, the Bullet Electra too is a fusion of a roadster and a cruiser, but comes with a large emotional appeal behind its existence. Compared to the contemporary styling of the Avenger Street 150, the Bullet Electra comes with the traditional Royal Enfield-esque retro design, which makes it a timeless design to look at. The Avenger Street 150 comes with more features when compared to the bare basic Bullet Electra, which comes with the electric starter button and front disc brake as the only modern features.
The Royal Enfield Bullet Electra comes with a four stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 349cc engine, which puts up 20 PS of power and 28 Nm of torque. This makes the Bullet Electra far more punchy and powerful when compared to the puny Avenger Street 150, but the weak top end performance of the Bullet Electra, especially during the triple digit speeds curbs the overall performance rating of the motorcycle. Ride quality of both the motorcycles is equally comfortable, with the Bullet Electra being the more maneuverable motorcycle out of the two, especially in the congested city streets.
Never did a Bajaj Avenger came with as small packaging as the new Avenger Street 150. The newest and smallest Avenger promises a lot with its big bike appeal reminiscent of the previous generation Avengers, adequate amount of features, authentic blacked out styling and a brilliant price tag, which truly sets it apart from other 150cc offerings in the segment to which it belongs. The Avenger Street 150 is one unique option for all those who have a soft corner for cruisers in their hearts and want to look different than the crowd without spending too much. Yes, the Avenger Street 150 does have some shortcomings, like the lack of a disc brake at the rear and not-so-premium switchgear, but given its cruiser credentials and affordable price, there’s no other motorcycle which can match the persona of the Avenger Street 150 Period.
- * Authentic cruiser styling
- * ride quality
- * Price
- * lack of rear disc brake
- * Low rent switchgear
- * slightly underpowered