Suzuki entered the budget cruiser segment with the new Suzuki Intruder 150. In a bid to stay relevant, Bajaj recently launched the 2018 Bajaj Avenger 220 Street and Cruise variants.
The Avenger 220 twins have been in the market for quite some time. But for 2018, Bajaj has made cosmetic updates to make them look fresher. The two motorcycles now get LED DRL and a fully-digital instrument cluster. However, they have retained the old-school cruiser design. The Intruder draws design inspiration from the bigger Intruder range. Let’s see how they perform against each other specification-wise.
|Specifications||Suzuki Intruder 150||2018 Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise & Street|
|Engine||154.9cc SOHC air cooled||220cc twin spark DTS-I|
|Maximum Power||14.8 PS at 8,000 rpm||19.03 PS at 8,400 rpm|
|Peak Torque||14 Nm at 6,000 rpm||17.5 Nm at 7,000 rpm|
|Front Suspension||41 mm telescopic fork||Telescopic fork with anti-friction bush|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock||Twin hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Front Brake||Disc with single channel ABS||260 mm disc|
|Rear Brake||Disc||130 mm drum|
|Front Tyre Size||100/80 - 70 - Tubeless||90/90 - 17" 49P|
|Rear Tyre Size||140/60R - 70 - Radial Tubeless||130/90 -15' 66P|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||11 litres||Cruise- 13 litres; Street- 14 litres|
|Kerb Weight||148 kg||Cruise- 159 kg; Street- 150 kg|
|Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)||INR 98,340||INR 93,466 (both variants)|
The 2018 Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise has different ergonomics than the Street thanks to the Highway Comfort handlebar, and cushioned backrest. It also gets a windshield, which the Intruder misses out on. The Avenger Street gets a slightly sporty riding position because of Street Control handlebars.
On the safety front, the Intruder is superior to the Avenger, thanks to the inclusion of single-channel ABS. It also gets a rear disc brake. However, it gets a 2-litre smaller fuel tank, and is INR 4,874 more expensive. This is despite the fact that it makes 4.23 PS less power and 3.5 Nm less torque from its smaller engine.