Bajaj Avenger 180 Ownership Review by Raviprakash (40,000 KMs)

by Kannan on January 31, 2011

I got my Bajaj Avenger 180 around Sep 2005 and have clocked over 40,000km on the bike since then. Bike is very reliable, with no breakdown to date. Very comfortable for city rides with heavy traffic if you aren’t in a hurry, just sit back and relax. Dancing around with this bike in traffic is a little tricky because of long wheelbase and low seat height. Handlebars feel a little heavy in dense traffic.

Bajaj Avenger 180

Engine is very reliable and smooth (I always run on Shell Premium and never change the fuel brand) give it for service at Bajaj Showroon where I bought. Service it every three to four thousand km.

I have touched a top speed to 120 with a pillion (pillion weighing over 80kg & I close to 60kg) on a straight road (Bangalore to Mysore). In city riding conditions I record fuel efficiency of 43 to 44 km/L and on highways with consistent 80-90km / hr I have recorded 48km/L as best figures.

Repairs replacements are very minimal and all that I recall are as below.

  • Sprocket replaced at about 16,000km and at about 39,000km.
  • Clutch cable replaced at about 15,000km when it’s clip came off. Replaced it again at 39,000 just as precaution.
  • Right side mirror went loose & had to be replaced at around 20,000km.
  • The oil-seal went off and was dripping at around 35,000km.
  • Headlight bulb had to be replaced at around 32,000km, (i now have an HID installed which i’m not very happy with because the low beam is off-straight line and cant be adjusted. I cant run high beam Xenon in city. It was complete waste of money and headlights of Avenger (55/65W) are more than enough in city and highways at night.
  • The silencer back heat cover (clip on design which came with initial few bikes – now changed to screw on cover) fell of after a about a year of riding and had to be replaced three times, it fell off again now and i’m not going to put it back.
  • Choke cable got jammed I guess about 2 years back and had to be replaced. I never used choke even for morning start and didnt kick start in the mornings, but followed 30 sec warm up almost 50% of the times.
  • Battery had to be replaced after 4 years (Original Exide 9Ah), I guess it served its due.
  • Both front & rear tires replaced (with IRC tyres – soft compound) at 35,000km. New tires are awesome and definitely recommend to everyone who ever had skid on their bike.
  • Disk break pads, I would have replaced it about 4 times to date. Rear break pads replaced only once.
  • Speedometer pod had to be replaced – it broke when a coconut fell on it. I was thinking its made of metal shell but it was actually plastic so it broke. Make sure you don’t park your bike under coconut tree.

What’s Good in Bajaj Avenger 180

Bajaj Avenger 180

  • Reliable, low maintenance, design that’s never out of fashion. Looks like new after a wax polish, not even single spot of rust on any of the chrome parts despite me parking the bike always outside in rain & sun.
  • Decent top speed, comfortable to cruise at 80 to 90km/hr.
  • Very comfortable seats for both pillion & rider.
  • Cant do wheelie with this bike so safe for you.
  • Good service of Bajaj Probiking guys, very prompt, deliver it same day at promised time. They call up & ask even if disk break pad needs replaced, they treat you well.

What’s Not So Good…

  • Turning with a pillion in a tight road is a horrible task and I broke my ligaments once trying to balance 90kg pillion during a sharp but slow turn. Needs turning space as much as for a small car.
  • The stock MRFs are not very grippy especially on wet roads and when there is sand, need to be extremely careful and bikes front wheel will go sideways if you try to brake hard or turn. No issues after changing to IRC tyres. Now even hard breaking wont let you down.
  • The tire pressure to be maintained for rear & front tires is different from other bikes (lower than others at ~25 for rear & ~21-24 for front) so your fuel pump guy will put in higher pressure than required and will increase chances of skidding.
  • Feels under-powered for a cruiser, should have been at-least 25PS with cruising speeds to 120-130. More power at higher RPM – good for highway cruising/overtaking but bad in the city where you need to zip through.

Ah, anything else that I missed to write doesn’t seem so. My Bajaj Avenger 180 has been a good companion, only small complaints, happy about the bike. Good thing is Bajaj will give you all accessories that are required with the bike, both mirrors, saree guard, I just paid additionally for a seat cover, teflon coating and engine guard plate.

Thanks for reading through, would be happy to answer any questions.

Regards,
Raviprakash

Bajaj Avenger 180

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Prasanjeet January 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm

do you mean you use bottled petrol?? if yes then how can you do that everytime? and won’t that be costly..correct me if I’m wrong

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Pulsarboy February 1, 2011 at 7:02 am

He meant that petrol filled up only at Shell outlets.. and that too premium grade..not normal.

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fas February 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

The avenger does not require permium grade, so why are you wasting it?

Nitin January 31, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Your review is in very casual manner and the maintenance part in bullet points has almost cleared the doubts about maintenance in long term. Your review will definitely help the people who are in search of long term companion.

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Sachin January 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Good review.The detailed maintenance report was exactly what was required at 40k mark oddo reading.it would have been nice if you could sum up the total maintainance cost.

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Harish January 31, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Mileage figures are quite imaginative @ speeds mentioned. Please do mention about the engine rattling in “What’s Not So Good…” column.

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prabakar February 1, 2011 at 8:28 am

GOOD ONE! MR.ravi
How much a IRC tyre set costs? And the mileage figures are really true!!! AMMMMAZING… .Guys those who always complain about reliability of bajaj products
must know lessons from you “how to take care of our bikes?

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Aditya February 1, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Good article. Agree with all the points you mentioned.
I own avenger 220 and get a mileage around 30-35 in city conditions.
Apart from mileage, my experience has been almost the same..

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Murthy February 1, 2011 at 5:43 pm

HI ravi, nice review it is…Could you put some comments on engine oil also…something like what engine oil do you use, how often you change it and performance with the oils you tried etc etc…thanks :)

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Subash February 2, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Nice review bro..
//Make sure you don’t park your bike under coconut tree.// lol
:lol:

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sreekanth February 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm

good review ,but bad bike

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jai kumar February 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm

nice review…but nt praisable 1…

sme lines in ur review ,like replacin cluth cable,sprocket, etc etc..simply means tat ur bike s 4 sale..no offense,,

but stil i wud say tat sme users look only for d riding experience u hv wit ur bike….hw u describe them…
its nothing abt replacin…specification ..etc etc..these details can b found in the manufacturers website..then y a review on this??!!….

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Shashank Parab April 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hey Ravi,

A Nice review for those guys who r planning to buy this bike. I own Avenger 180 since APR2006 and completed approx 40K till now. I had two long drives of more than 1000Kms each and i’m very much satisfied with the reliability of this bike.

Here are my observations,
* Sprocket replaced at about 23,000km.
* Clutch cable replaced thrice at about 10,000km, 20000Km when it’s clip came off. Replaced it again at 25000Km just as precaution before long drive.
* No mirror issues till date.
* The oil-seal went off and was dripping at around 31,000km.
* Headlight bulb had to be replaced at around 23,000km with Philips xtreme power for long dives.
* No silencer issues so far.
* Choke cable got jammed I guess about after 3 yrs. Still the same status.
* Battery had to be replaced after 4 years (Original Exide 9Ah), It surely served its due.
* Both Tyre to be replaced.
* Disk break pads, I would have replaced it about 6 times to date. Rear break pads replaced thrice ( lot of City driving :D)
* Speedometer pod had to be replaced – somebody broke it a week back.

Thanks,
Shashank Parab.

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Ashwani Sharma October 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

agree with u shashnk parab can u tell me where u ridethis bike in India

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vimal July 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm

i need to buy bajaj avenger180

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Krishna September 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Bajaj Avenger 180CC was a great bike. I liked the way you remember the kilometers when you replaced even they are approximate. I don’t know why Bajaj has stopped making 180cc Avenger.

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Ashwani Sharma October 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

A Nice review,I own Avenger 180 since Aug 2006 and completed approx 65K till now,I had somany long drives of more than 170 to 250Kms each and i’m very much satisfied with the reliability of this bike. I am posted in Himachal pardesh and according to the Himachal pardesh i never use 1st gear in any climbing condition and vise versa even with two person including me.
my observations as following,
1 i am alway face problem with chain set and chain lock. chain lock stop many bike in middle of road twice.
2 Now i think Battery sgould be replaced now.
3 Both the tyre replaced twice. after 25000 km.
4 i am always face probelm wiht head light. it is so deam. now i am using white HID Technology light system.
5 according to my point of view it is the best bike for Himachal and othe hilliy state of India.
best Bike i ever had in my life
I love my Avenger.
if anybody had idea about the bajaj Avenger then contact with me on my id sharmaashwani86@gmail.com

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Geo December 29, 2011 at 12:52 am

Ravi,

Nice..
Where to buy IRC tyres?

Geo.

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Nitin March 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

How did you get the pod changed for speedometer? I called service center guys and they told complete meter needs to be replaced. Can you please give me some ide?

Regards,
Nitin

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Roopa July 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Is it a good bike for Lady of 5ft height.

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James Jithin November 12, 2013 at 10:32 am

Hi, I would like to know which grade of oil and what quantity should be used for Avenger 180 CC. Looking forward to your reply.

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Raja February 22, 2014 at 12:25 am

I would like to buy avenger180 in coimbatore …any seller…???
magnet.here@gmail.com

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