The entry-level cruiser segment had only two choices in the Indian market -- the Bajaj Avenger and the Royal Enfield Thunderbird -- until SuzukiMotorcycle India entered the category with its Intruder 150+ . The new motorcycle directly rivals the cheapest cruiser available in the country which is the Bajaj Avenger 150 Street. So, here we are with a quick on-paper specification comparison of the two.
While the Bajaj Avenger looks like a scaled-down version of a conventional cruiser with a low and long stance. The bike gets a proper teardrop fuel tank, round headlamp, small rear wheel and an analog instrument cluster. The 150 Street version of the cruiser gets some sportier elements like a street handlebar and matte black elements instead of chrome, including the multi-spoke alloy wheels.
The Suzuki Intruder, on the other hand, looks more like a sports bike with the dimensions of a cruiser. It shares the successful platform with the Gixxer series while styling cues from the bigger Intruder M1800. The bike definitely looks more premium and offers a better road presence with interesting details like the masculine handlebar cowl, tank shrouds and the dual-port exhaust. It also gets a fully digital LCD instrument cluster and all-LED lights.
The Suzuki Intruder shares the refined 155cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine with the Gixxer series. The motor comes mated to a five-speed gearbox and churns out 14.8PS at 8,000rpm along with a peak torque of 14Nm at 6,000rpm using a carburetor type fuel supply.
The Avenger also comes with a tested 150cc engine of similar configuration which also comes mated to a five-speed transmission The motor, however, gets an oil-cooling system for better performance during extra load. The mill makes 14.5PS at 9,000rpm and delivers a peak torque of 12.5Nm at 6,500rpm.
The oil-cooler might help in continuous riding but the better power and torque figures -- which come at lower rev range too -- clearly indicates who is the winner as both the bikes are weighing 148kg.
The new Suzuki Intruder 150 runs on 17-inch alloys which come shod with 100/80 and 140/60 section tyre at the front and the rear respectively. The bike gets a disc brake on both the wheels and also gets a single channel antilock braking system (ABS) -- assisting the front brake -- as a standard feature. It comes with beefy 41mm front telescopic forks and a seven-step adjustable monoshock suspension at the rear.