Hero Achiever 150 First Ride Review: A True-Blue 150cc Commuter
Hero Achiever 150. (Photo: News18.com)
The 150cc executive commuter segment in India holds significance importance for two-wheeler manufacturers in India because it is one of the fastest growing segments in the country in terms of sales. Hero MotoCorp is a well-known brand with a wide dealership network across the country and currently is one of the largest sellers in the 100cc and 125cc segment. They recently launched their new 150 cc offering in the form of the Achiever 150 at a price tag of Rs 61,800 for the drum brake variant and Rs 62,800 for the front disc brake variant (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
We took it for a spin and here’s what we found.
In a segment that keeps getting populated with sharp, angular-styled bikes with bold graphics, Hero chose to keep things simple.
The ‘Achiever’ nameplate has been there in the market for some time and the new model gets several fresh touches, like the more muscular 13-litre fuel tank, new graphic design and restyled front and rear lights.
Hero Achiever 150 sports a neat design language. (Photo: News18.com)
The bolder headlamp gives the bike more presence than before and has a very neat matte-black outline to it, along with the blacked-out wind deflector. The exhaust is stubbier than before and gets chrome treatment. Hero has made the fuel tank bigger but they have still managed to keep it narrow from the sides, which means there’s ample knee room for the rider.
The instrument console has been restyled as well. It gets the regular goodies like the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, trip meter and the likes. But what got our attention was the side-stand indicator, which is a neat addition and can come in handy in several situations. Keep in mind, though, that it only illuminates when the side-stand is down and does not kill the engine when it’s put in gear, meaning you can still ride the bike with the side stand down.
Hero Achiever 150's instrument cluster. (Photo: News18.com)
The bike is powered by a 149.1 cc air-cooled engine that delivers 13.4 horsepower and 12.8 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed transmission. The power output is decent enough and the engine loves to sit between the 3000-6000 RPM mark and feels peppy in that zone, even though the peak power is delivered all the way up at 8000 RPM.
Hero MotoCorp has fitted the Achiever with its i3S technology, which basically means that the engine gets start-stop functionality. In simple words, the engine will switch off by itself if it sits in Neutral gear position for 5 seconds or more in order to save fuel and will switch on when you pull in the clutch – giving you better fuel efficiency. The company claims that the bike will deliver an economy of 50 km/l.
The Achiever 150 gets Hero's i3S technology. (Photo: News18.com)
The riding position of the Hero Achiever pretty much defines the character of the bike. The foot pegs are placed at a comfortable position and the handlebar allows for the rider to sit upright, making it easy on your wrists, back and shoulders. Making it ideal for daily commuting.
What’s Not So Cool?
What we weren’t really impressed with was the 80/100 CEAT Secura ZoomPlus rear tyre as the bike it could have used wider profile tyres. And yes, both the 18-inch tyres are tubeless.
When asked about the decision for the tyre, Hero said that it has been done so that the bike performs better on the efficiency chart and it will get the job done for their target customers.
Hero products enjoy the benefit of having an already established customer base and given the ease of access for spare parts and the dealership and service network that the company has across the country, the Achiever does not need to worry about the competition. But given that it is an executive class commuter and given the displacement it offers, it could face some competition from the likes of the Bajaj Discover 150F and 150S.
Hero has launched the Achiever in two variants – one with drum brakes and one with front disc brakes. The latter costs Rs 1000 more and we would recommend going for that variant any day.
As Hero clearly says, this is not a boy racer and hence, there isn’t exactly a need for things like monoshock suspension, wide-section rear tyre, ABS or Fuel-injection because then the bike would have cost a lot more than what it does right now.
The company’s clear intent for making a value for money commuter is evident and if you are looking for adrenaline rushes and quick sprints then there are other, more expensive bikes to look at. But when it comes to being a commuter, the Achiever 150 will deliver on all your needs.