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Bajaj Avenger Street 160 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Saurav Kumar - Senior Editor Feb 13 2020 Share this blog

Tracking closely from the last few years, Bajaj has been doing various experiments with the popular Avenger range of motorcycles. In October 2015, they introduced Avenger Street 150, along with the Street and Cruise 220s. Over time, the bikemaker decided to discontinue the Avenger Street 150 and replace it with the 180 cc Avenger bike. Now, once again the 180 has been replaced with an entry-level Avenger 160. Although, the Street 220 and Cruise 220 hold their places in the lineup. 


Now that the company had replaced the 180 cc Avenger with 160. The company has placed this model strategically in order to offer the best service along with similar power and torque. Customers looking for bigger Avenger shall opt for 220 cc Avengers. Altogether, the Avenger 160 fits best among the available models now. 

Pros

  • Comfortable riding posture

  • Good pricing

  • Strong mid-range bike in segment

Cons

  • Satisfactory switchgear

  • Old-school design

What is the power source in this Bajaj Avenger 160?


The Avenger Street 160 comes packed with a smaller air-cooled 160.4cc motor. No, this is not something you find on the Pulsar NS160. In fact, the external design of the engine is similar to the discontinued Street 180! We believe this engine is just under-bored and everything else remains the same as the Street 180. The engine churns out 15PS of power at 8500rpm and 14.6Nm of torque at 6500rpm.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Ex-showroom price (New Delhi)

Rs. 83,251

Rs. 1,01,362

Rs. 99,950

Engine

160.3 cc Twin Spark DTS-i engine, air-cooled

154.9 cc

159.7 cc

Power

15 bhp @ 8500 rpm

14.59 bhp @ 8000 rpm

15.8 bhp @ 8250 rpm

Torque

14.6 Nm @ 6500 rpm

14 Nm @ 6000 rpm

14.12 Nm @ 7250 rpm

The power figures of Avenger 160 is only 0.5PS and 0.2Nm behind compared to the 180 cc model. This is not bad while shedding 19.6cc.  The 5-speed transmission unit is similar to Avenger 180.

How quick is the Bajaj Avenger 160 for your daily commuting needs?


Bajaj has worked on the engine refinement this time. The engine is certainly better with downsizing. However, the bikes start feeling strained once the speedo crosses the 80km/h mark. The vibrations move to the tank and the handlebar ponce you give full throttle and the speed increases. With the motorcycle going towards top speed 105km/h, overtaking fast or long vehicles requires intensive planning. The 5-speed transmission is smooth and responsive. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Engine Displacement

160.3 cc

154.9 cc

159.7 cc

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

0-60 kmph

5.80 sec



Top Speed(kmph)

105

115

110

How sure-footed are the brakes?


With disc brakes at both ends and single-channel ABS, braking performance is up to the mark. With large foor test, cornering is easy with Avenger. The problem comes when you try to apply sudden brakes while travelling at high speed. In most scenarios, the bike doesn't respond well and there are chances of some mishappening. Also, try to avoid potholes if you can. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Front / Rear

Disc/Drum

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Size(mm)

260

270

270

Rear Size(mm)

130

240

200

Kerb Weight(kg.)

150

148

147

80-0 kmph

N/A

N/A

N/A

What is the mileage returned by Bajaj Avenger 160?

In our mileage test, the Avenger 160 managed to return 53.72kmpl on the highway and returned 46.83kmpl in the city. The numbers are a bit disappointing as we expected the new bike to be more frugal than its predecessor.  Notably, the Bajaj Avenger 180 Street had delivered 52.18kmpl and 48.02kmpl in the city and highway run respectively. The ARAI rated mileage turns out to be 45 kmpl. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Overall(kmpl) (ARAI Certified)

45 kmpl

44 kmpl

30 kmpl

Fuel Capacity (Litres)

13

11

12

How is the ride dynamics?

The suspension components remain similar to the previous models – the Avenger 160 also gets telescopic forks up front and twin shocks at the rear. The motorcycle comes with a cushioned seats that won't hurt your back. However, it’s better to avoid larger potholes – especially while riding at high speed. Being a cruiser bike, the Avenger 160 has short suspension travel, and riding fast over uneven roads can make the ride uncomfortable. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Tyre-Wheel Size (Front)

90/17-17

100/80-17- Tubeless

90/90-17 Tubeless

Tyre-Wheel Size (Rear)

130/90-15

140/60R-70-Radial Tubeless

130/70-17 Tubeless

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks Up

Telescopic

Telescopic Forks

Rear Suspension

Dual Shock Absorbers

Swing Arm Type

Monoshox

How comfortably are you seated on the Bajaj Avenger 160 while travelling on roads?

Avenger 160 adapts a  beginner-friendly and city-oriented design with the same 730mm seat height that allows riders of all height to ride comfortably. The feet can easily touch the ground. Wonder why most women buyers are interested in buying an Avenger for themselves.  The overall finish of the body is good in most places but the use of a little bit of plastic around the switchgear is permissible. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Seat height(mm)

N/A

740

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

169

170

180

Kerb Weight (Dry)(kg)

150

148

147

Starting System

electric

kick/electric

kick/electric

How Subtle looking is the 2020 Bajaj Avenger 160?

Avenger Street 160 borrows same design language from the discontinued Avenger Street 180. The sleek oval-ish headlamp features an LED DRL and a small flyscreen. Just like the earlier model, you get gaiters on the forks in this model as well. The forks remain unchanged from the Avenger 180, and so are the dual rear shock absorbers. Even the double-cradle frame has been carried away. In typical cruiser fashion, you also get 90-section front and a fat 130-section rear tyre. Now with the alloys, the tyres are tubeless!


Aesthetic Features

  • Analogue tachometer

  • LED taillamp

  • Pillion grabrail

  • Low battery indicator

  • Conventional bulb and reflector headlamp

  • Stepped seat

  • Shift light

  • Digital speedometer and fuel gauge

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Length (mm)

2210

2130

2035

Width (mm)

806

805

790

Height(mm)

1070

1095

1050

Wheelbase(mm)

1480

1405

1357

Bajaj hasn’t made any much changes with the chassis. It remains the same as the previous 180 cc Avenger. Most of the buyers don't think it is a  bad thing and they liked the styling. Well, you'll witness a bit of sticker work around the body. Also, the company has retained the instrument cluster with the same analogue speedo unit alongside a small digital inset for odometer and trip meter readouts. Just like before, the fuel gauge and tell-tale lights are installed on the fuel tank.

What are the various safety and class-leading features?

In order to fit best safety features with the cruiser bike, Bajaj has equipped the Avenger 160 with single-channel ABS. Interestingly, the rear wheel gets a speed sensor fitted over the drum brake. Using a single channel unit make the price lower compared to the dual-channel unit. Bajaj has kept the pricing very competitive in this regard. No rivals offer the same feature at such price point. Also, the 160cc engine does not need a dual-channel unit, unlike the higher Avenger 220 ABS models.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Avenger 160

Suzuki Intruder

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 83,251

Rs. 1,01,362

Rs. 99,950

Features

Sport passenger backrest

Split seat

Average fuel economy


Digital console

Projector headlight

Analogue and digital console


DRL

Digital trip meter

Digital trip meter


Low battery indicator 

Stepup seat

Low fuel warning lamp


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-

3 year warranty

How does the Competition stack up against Bajaj Avenger 160?

Bajaj Avenger 160 VS TVS Apache RTR 160 4V


TVS Apache RTR 160  is Rs. 4,527 costlier than Bajaj Avenger Street 160, where the Avenger is priced at Rs. 83,251. On the mileage front, the Apache 160 offers 60 kmpl while the Bajaj Avenger Street 160 returns 53.7 kmpl. The engine powering the TVS Apache is much peppier compared to Bajaj Avenger. But. lastly, Avenger's engine is quite more reliable in the segment. Even on occasional usage, the bike performs well. It needs very less maintenance compared to the TVS Apache RTR 160. 

Bajaj Avenger 160 VS Suzuki Intruder


Both bikes are closely matched when it comes to acceleration.  Interestingly, the Avenger 160 has better mid-range while the Intruder offers livelier top-end performance. The Avenger 160’s good mid-range keeps the motor running smoothly in city speeds. This makes the Avenger return better mileage than the Intruder.  On the highway though, the Avenger 160's engine misses the punch and Intruder performs quite well. 

Does the Bajaj Avenger 160 stand a chance against segment leaders?

Priced at Rs 83,251 (ex-showroom Delhi), the Avenger is one of the most affordable cruiser bikes that you can buy in India right now. Even the closest competitor, Suzuki Intruder is priced higher than the Avenger 160. Only the Avenger 220 Cruise ABS costs Rs. 2500 more than the Intruder. Bajaj has a clear upper hand in this segment.

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