Review of new Achiever 150 i3s
A decade ago, when Honda was the backbone of Hero, they launched a 150cc commuter called Hero Honda Achiever. It uses the same mill that powers Honda Unicorn. Unlike its name, this model fails to achieve a good volume of business from the market. Because, the desire for 150cc motorcycle wasn't so much in those days. Not only that, design and styling of this model lacks the extra flavor to attract a large audience. Things have changed and the mighty Hero Honda is separated as Hero MotoCorp and Honda Two Wheelers. And the competition among these giants leads to introduce newer models and upgrade the current on going products. The latest of such refinement is with the Hero Achiever 150 launched in 2016 with an i3S technology. Hero has made many changes to this one, from the earlier model.
The new Achiever is powered by the same 149cc, four stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled engine from the earlier version. This mill churns out 13.4 PS @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 12.8 Nm @ 5000 rpm. Engine is then meshes with a 5-speed gearbox and the rear wheels chain driven. Hero have worked on the engine refinement, yet they still managed to maintain the earlier spec of the engine. One of the notable change is that, Achiever 150 comes up with BS-IV engine compliant, as the latest emission norms will be active from the early 2017. Not only that NVH levels for Achiever 150 is quiet low.
From the older version, engineers of Hero has worked a bit to change the outlook of this model. A fresh styling pattern is adopted in all areas of this vehicle. Unlike today's other 150cc models, this one looks bit serious and more basic. From the design aspect it targets a mature section of people rather than young generation. As the new Achiever is a straight forward competitor of Honda Unicorn, both the models are alike in many aspects. Starting from the front, the new trapezoidal headlamp set up consists of two pilot lamps on either sides. The main headlamp is wider and brighter as compared to the old model. And it comes with AHO (Auto Headlamp On). It uses bikini fairing for the headlamp cluster, with a smoked visor which is not oversized. Clear lens covers are used for all the four indicators and the chrome crash guards are replaced by black tone guards. The new sculpted fuel tank bears the Hero 3D insignia, along with a basic graphics which is pretty decently done.
The new i3S technology logo found its place in the side panel. Altogether, it gives a clean look for the motorcycle from side views.
Other notable cosmetic upgrades are; silver shaded grab rails, red coloured suspension setup, new broader and chunkier tail lamp, chrome heat shielded silencer, body kit coloured rear view mirrors. Being an iSmart model and this one features an analogue instrument cluster, which is a let down from Hero.
Suspension and Braking
Hero Achiever features a telescopic-hydraulic shock absorbers upfront and swing arm with adjustable shock absorber at the rear for superior riding comfort. Braking duties are done by using 240mm hydraulic discs and 130mm internal expanding shoe type brakes at the front. Disc brakes are optional in Achiever 150. the rear part features 130mm internal expanding shoe type drum brakes. It features newer alloy wheels with tubeless tyres for enhanced performance and style. Being a 150cc day-to-day commuter, the suspension is optimum for such sort of motorcycle.
As this Hero is tagged as an iSmart vehicle with i3S technology, it should have some smart characters. And this technology features Idle Start Stop System, which is a segment-first feature. The system works by switching off the engine when neutral gear is engaged for more than 5 seconds. And the engine will thrive again as we depress the clutch lever. This would save some amount of fuel every time. The system can be engaged and disengaged using the i3S switch, positioned on the right side of the handlebar.
The instrument console of Achiever is divided into 3 sections, comprising of an analogue speedometer, tachometer and a polygon shaped information cluster. The whole console sits below a faux carbon fibre insert, which gives a premium look. Another notable feature of Achiever is the AHO, which will keeps the headlight on whenever the engine is started.
The single piece seat of the Achiever offers a convenient and upright riding position. The new fuel tank is also redesigned to cope with more relaxed driving. Unlike Honda Unicorn's single piece gear shift lever, Achiever uses a heel-n-toe gear shift lever, for more convenience and comfort.
The latest model is available in 3 paint jobs; Fiery Red, Valor Grey and Noble Black
Hero Achiever is one serious looking day-to-day commuter. Hero has imposed new designing pattern in this bike from the previous generation. This particular model competes with Honda Unicorn 150 and Bajaj Pulsar 150, both are priced around 70-71,000 INR. Meanwhile, new Achiever is priced from 62,000 and it more or less a quality product than Bajaj and Honda. In addition to that, the new i3S technology in the Achiever makes it even the best of the pack. As Hero is well known for their reliable parts, economical engine and efficient service and maintenance of the motorcycles. Therefore, the new Achiever stands as a symbol of powerful, economical, comfort and practical commuter of this era.