Bajaj Avenger at UM Renegade


We Indians love big, beefy cruisers. With the noise they make, with all the bling they wear, cruisers definitely have something that’s hard to resist. Our love for cruisers is also reflected in the 200-300 cc motorcycle sales charts, where the top two spots are occupied by cruisers. Many more are in the top 10 of the sales charts. But most people pronounce ‘Royal Enfield / Bullet’ and ‘Cruisers’ in the same breath, seeing them as synonyms, which is certainly not the case. If you love cruisers but aren’t a huge Royal Enfield fan, you’ve come to the right place. We have compiled a list of five cruisers under or in the same price range as the Royal Enfield. Let’s take a look at them.

Bajaj Avenger Street 180/220

Rs. 86,829 for street 180, Rs. 95,923 for street 220

This street-smart bike is one of the fastest cruisers on the market. The Bajaj Avenger Street swaps chrome and bling for matte and blackened panels. The Avenger Street is available with two engine options, a 180 cc engine and a 220 cc engine. The 180 cc DTS-i engine develops 15.3 hp and 13.7 Nm of torque and the 220 cc DTS-i engine develops 19 hp and 17.5 Nm of torque. Both bikes come with a 5-speed gearbox and are a snap to get around town. Prices start at Rs. 86,829 for Street 180 and Rs. 95,923 for Street 220. If most of your trips are in town, this one is perfect for you.

Bajaj Avenger 220 Cruise

Rs. 95,923

5 cruising motorcycle alternatives for those who don't like Royal Enfields: from Bajaj Avenger to UM Renegade

As the name suggests, the Avenger Cruise gets the proper cruise treatment unlike its street counterparts. Everything is shiny and has chrome in abundance. Paired with a low saddle, long wheelbase, high windshield, and rear sloping handlebars, this bike commands attention wherever it goes. It also gets attractive headlights with LED daytime running lights and a digital instrument console to boot. The bike receives the same motor as on the Street 220, which is in fact the proven Pulsar 220 DTS-I mill. Prices start at Rs. 95,923 and if you want a decent cruiser at an affordable price this is the bike for you.

Suzuki Intruder

Rs. 1 lakh

5 cruising motorcycle alternatives for those who don't like Royal Enfields: from Bajaj Avenger to UM Renegade

The intruder is an iconic name in itself. The original M1800 is one of the largest and most powerful cruising bikes on the market. It is, however, a 150cc iteration with the same family DNA. It’s important to note here that the Intruder is essentially a Gixxer in disguise. It shares the same chassis, swingarm and engine with Gixxer. The Intruder has a 155cc petrol engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox, developing a power of 14.6hp and torque of 14Nm. Prices start at Rs. 1 lakh and it is equipped with ABS. Plus, his look may not be to everyone’s liking, but he’s sure to turn heads.

UM Renegade Commando

Rs. 1.82 lakh

5 cruising motorcycle alternatives for those who don't like Royal Enfields: from Bajaj Avenger to UM Renegade

UM Motorcycles is an American brand, which started its Indian races in 2014. The Renegade Commando is its Renegade series bike which has many other models. It gets low seats and forward footrests as well as swept handlebars, which translates into a good cruising experience. This motorcycle is equipped with a 280cc engine coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine produces 24.8 hp of power and 23 Nm of torque. This bike rivals the Royal Enfield Thunderbird and does so quite efficiently. The bike looks pretty good and has a great street presence. However, it doesn’t come with ABS, even as an option, which is disappointing. Prices start at Rs. 1.82 lakh and it’s a great choice if you want something different.

UM Renegade Classic

Rs. 2 lakh

5 cruising motorcycle alternatives for those who don't like Royal Enfields: from Bajaj Avenger to UM Renegade

A true blue cruiser, the UM Renegade Classic is the real competitor to the Royal Enfield Classic 500. It costs Rs. 2 lakh, which is a bit higher than the Classic, but again, that justifies every extra penny in its price. . It receives the same engine as the Renegade Commando which is a 280cc engine mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The engine produces 24.8 hp of power and 23 Nm of torque. It gets an extra saddlebag and windshield to boot and really looks great with all that chrome. This bike really shines on a highway but feels a bit bulky around town due to its high gear ratios. The ride is very comfortable thanks to a good suspension setup. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more, the Renegade Classic is a great choice.

All prices shown are ex-showroom prices, Delhi.


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