Lately, you will notice a sharp rise for easy-to-ride, affordable, stylish, and fuel efficient 150cc commuter motorcycles.
Hero MotoCorp sees a huge market in this segment, especially with the newer buyers who are looking for better performance and stylish 150cc motorcycles.
The 150cc commuter motorcycle must be build to a price — considering buyers from this segment usually have a limited budget.
Does the all-new Achiever have enough performance and utility elements to go head-to-head with the likes of the Bajaj Pulsar and Honda Unicorn? Let's find out.
The next-generation Achiever gets a BS-IV compliant TOD (Torque on Demand) engine mated to 5-speed constant mesh gearbox, which holds uphill speeds well, even when a well built bloke rides it.
The performance of the Achiever is on par with other 150cc bikes. The acceleration is smooth, and the motorcycle cruises with ease at 60 - 70km/h.
The Achiever only has 13.4bhp at 8000rpm and 12.8Nm torque at 5,000rpm compared to the segment leader, the Pulsar, that produces 14.85bhp at 9000rpm and 12.5Nm torque at 6,500rpm.
Ride Quality and Brakes:
The 150cc commuters and lower displacement motorcycles usually suffer on ride quality due to the chassis and puny tyres.
The Achiever has a tubular diamond type chassis and is offered with 80/100 - 18 (front) and 80/100 - 18 (rear) tubeless tyres.
The suspension is a telescopic hydraulic shock absorber (front) and swing arm with adjustable shock absorber (rear).
In terms of braking, the Achiever is available in a disc variant priced at Rs 62,800 and the drum variant at Rs 61,800 (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).
Overall, the Achiever soaks up roads riddled with potholes, and the ride comfort is further enhanced by the long comfortable seat. Hero also has the suspension setup for city riding; we just wish the 240mm disc brake had a sharper bite.
Styling and Build Quality:
The Achiever borrows design cues from the predecessor. The overall design has a uniform flow. The standout design elements are the bulging fender and cowl with new graphics, the trapezoidal automatic headlamp on (AHO), which is always lit up for safety reasons.
The Achiever is available in three colours: Panther Black Metallic, Candy Blazing Red, and Ebony Grey Metallic. The most popping colour of the lot is the Candy Blazing Red. Overall, the build quality, does do justice to the price one shells out on this motorcycle.
A good commuter on congested Indian roads demand self-start technology. The Achiever offers kick-start/ self-start versions. Hero claims the motorcycle will be offered with a maintenance free 12V - 5Ah battery.
The standout equipment however, is the i3S (idle start-stop system). Hero has bagged bragging rights for this patented technology, a first in its segment.
It is important to note that the i3S will play a vital role in delivering more mileage. The technology is operated by a battery sensor, which detects the idleness of the engine, and then turns it off. The engine can be fired up by depressing the clutch. The i3S on the Achiever works perfectly sans the glitches.
Adding to the premium-quotient of the Achiever are utility features such as the new analog digital speedometer with side stand indicator (which we thought looked quite boring), and a larger 13-litre fuel tank with 1.8-litre reserve.
A quick note to consider — the Achiever was tested under controlled conditions. To draw up an accurate conclusion on the mileage may not be a fair analysis. However, with their growing reputation as the leaders in providing best-in-class mileage, we are confident the same is on offer with the Achiever as well. The new-generation Achiever should achieve 50 – 55km/l in real world conditions.
The Achiever is not trying to achieve "the most powerful 150cc motorcycle" tag. Rather, Hero is trying to make a strong technology statement with the new BS-IV compliant engine, segment first i3S technology, and a perfect amalgamation of power and performance. We think — the Achiever has achieved just this.