Bajaj Auto is all set to introduce the Avenger 160 motorcycle equipped with the antilock braking system (ABS). It will be the Pune-based company’s latest two-wheeler to have the ABS. The government has mandated the use of ABS in all two-wheelers having an engine displacement of above 125cc. The new safety regulation has come into effect from 1 April.
The Avenger series has seen several changes ever since it was first introduced in the Indian market. The first bike was Avenger 150. It was later replaced by the Avenger 180. And now, Bajaj will launch the Avenger 160 ABS to replace its elder sibling. The upcoming entry-level cruise motorcycle has an ex-showroom price of INR82,500. It is cheaper by INR5,577 than the Avenger 180.
Besides the new mandatory safety feature, the upcoming BS-VI emission norm is probably another reason why Bajaj has decided to introduce the Avenger 160 for the Indian market. The bike will be hauled by an air-cooled 160.3cc motor which outputs 15.5PS maximum power at 8,500rpm and 14.6Nm peak torque at 6,500rpm. The single-cylinder engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission system. It’s the same engine that powers the Bajaj Pulsar NS160. The Avenger 180, in comparison, produced 15.5bhp at 8,500rpm and 13.7Nm peak torque at 6,500rpm.
Except the powertrain, everything else is likely to remain the same in the new bike as in the Avenger 180. It will continue to miss out on the digital instrument console as seen on the bigger Avenger 220. An analogue cluster will do the duties instead. The Avenger 160 ABS, like its 180 sibling, will be mounted on telescopic front forks and rear twin shock absorbers.
While Bajaj is yet to confirm the official launch, reliable sources have informed that the new motorcycle is likely to be seen in showrooms by May.