Hero Motocorp holds six percent of share in Indian bike segment with its top selling products like Hunk, Impulse, Extreme, Karizma, and Achiever.
Achiever is one of Hero Motocorp’s popular 150cc bikes. Its comfy ergonomics, sophisticated looks, and affordable price tag make this bike perfect option for individuals from all age groups. The bike maker has recently launched its 2015 version with self-start option.
Exterior and Looks
Bike’s new body graphics, aerodynamic design, and black alloy wheels are impressive. Its seat is simple, but offers comfort to pillion passenger as well. It is available in four attractive colors like metallic mat grey, candy blazing red, force silver, and panther black.
Achiever’s instrument console is simple, analogue, and consists of trip meter, fuel gauge, analogue speedometer.
Thanks to this bike’s pillion footrest, and grab rail combined with simple seat, the vehicle offers comfort to both riders while traveling in city areas, as well as on highways. Achiever is fitted with leg guard in the front to offer safety to its rider.
Bike’s seat height is 800mm, so, it may not prove to be the most comfortable option for individuals with short height.
Hero Achiever Engine
Achiever is powered by 149.1 cc four stroke single cylinder engine. The motor is attached to five speed constant mesh gearbox. Bike offers self-start as well as kick start option. It can reach from 0 to 60 KMPH in six seconds, and the bike’s top speed is between 100 and 105 KMPH. This engine also powers Honda’s Unicorn.
As per user reviews, the engine remains calm and silent even while traveling on highways.
Hero Achiever Mileage
Achiever’s fuel tank can store 12.5 liters of petrol. You can expect mileage of around 50 KMPL in city areas, and around 58 KMPL while traveling on highways.
Braking and Suspension system
Bike has disk brake in the front and simple shoe type drum brake in the rear.
Achiever’s suspension is managed by hydraulic telescopic shock absorber in the front, and rectangular swing arm type hydraulic system manages rear suspension.
Comparison with other bikes
Achiever was launched in the market for the first time as Hero Honda Achiever in 2006.
Bike’s engine is not able to impress every bike lover; in-fact experts suggest that the vehicle’s engine is not as strong as that of Yamaha FZ-S or Bajaj Pulsar. But as far as driving at high speeds is concerned, the engine manages to offer smooth ride with less vibrations compared to some of its competitors like Pulsar and Discover 150.
Critics are not happy about the bike’s under seat storage space. Achiever is available in two variants, kick start and self-start. The bike’s price tag makes it the cheapest bike fitted with Honda’s 150cc engine in India. Its self-start variant is priced around Rs 62,000, plus taxes in India.
Company plans to focus more on scooters
Hero Motocorp has witnessed slowdown during the first five months of this year due to problems in country’s rural market which brings most of the impressive sales figures. Reduction in income due to crop losses, and erratic weather has forced rural customers to reduce expenditure.
The company has recently announced that it will stop manufacturing Splendor’s NXG model, and focus on developing scooters for Indian market. Hero is working on unisex scooter with full metal body to take on former partner Honda’s scooter Activa. Scooter lovers are also waiting for Hero Motocorp’s 110cc scooter called Dash.
Hero Motocorp recently made it in the headlines by donating 100 of its Achiever bikes to authorities in Nepal so that they can be used in earthquake relief operations. Bikes were donated via UNICEF’s India office. The company has also contributed Rs one crore towards Prime Minister’s relief fund for Nepal.