Bajaj Avenger 160 Street ABS does not have NS 160’s Engine, rather a rebored version of Pulsar 150 engine
Previously we thought that new Bajaj Avenger 160 Street ABS will feature new 4-valve, air & oil-cooled engine from Pulsar NS 160. But this is not the case. As the new cruiser motorcycle has been launched I can explain to you why new cruiser has a different engine.
Let’s start with the engine block, you can see the engine block is similar to that of old Pulsar as well as Avenger models. The starter motor is placed at the front end of the cylinder. However, the new generation Pulsar NS 160 has its starter motor placed behind the cylinder.
You can also notice that NS 160 engine has wave type fins which help in dissipating more heat and keeps the things cooler. Not to mention the oil-cooling lines and small oil radiator. Why would Bajaj remove oil-cooling from the engine as it doesn’t cost a bomb and also keeps the engine cooler than just air-cooling?
New Avenger 160 Street ABS has straight fins which are the same as that of any Pulsar or Avenger model. The overall engine design is also exactly similar, and there is no resemblance to the new tech motor. Even the number of fins is also the same. You can even count them if you want.
The engine has a 2-valve head. While others were speaking about new Avenger 160 Street ABS to have a 4-valve head, I had doubt. And it came out to be true, you just cannot change the number of valves without proper research and development. Even if they had made it a 4-valve motor, the pricing would have been a tad higher. The power output on new Avenger is also low not as per the figures of a 4-valve head motor.
Avenger 160 Street ABS is cheaper by Rs 20,000 than Avenger 220
The old school motor from the Pulsar 150 is now modified into 160cc motor. This is the main reason why the new Avenger is so cheap. Bajaj should have actually used the new 4-valve engine in this motorcycle but they chose it otherwise.
One reason is the mounting points on the newer 4-valve engine. As you can see, the older engines are made to get attached on the double down tube frame but the new engine is made to attach to the more advanced perimeter frame. Both Pulsar NS 160 and NS 200 has perimeter frame while rest all bikes have double cradle and diamond frames.
There is no doubt, new Avenger 160 Street ABS is bang for the buck cruiser bike. This also makes for the cheapest yet practical motorcycle for cruising on urban roads. Yes, of course, you can take it for short weekend getaways too. What do you think, will Bajaj be able to sell this new little cruiser in the Indian market in good numbers?
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