Hero Honda Achiever Review

by Kannan on August 15, 2010

It’s a rather unusual motorcycle story, one form World’s largest manufacturer that failed to grab sales chart, performed miserably, still chugging along with its two in house competitors, Four years is a long time. But still it refuses to die. We are talking about Hero Honda Achiever, years it has spent in showroom across the country.

After the end of CBZ era in September 2005, Achiever first came around in 2006 with a round front fairing as Hero Hondas only bike in this segment before the CBZ came back in 2007. Soon Hunk followed and it meant Achiever’s role was a bit sidelined and neglected one. The looks and stance of the bike are from the Ambition family while it shares its engine with Honda Unicorn motorcycle. It’s an air cooled and 4 stroke with 149.1cc displacement. It produces 13.4 bhp (almost same of Apache 150) and is equipped with five speed constant mesh.

But nevertheless the Achiever fails to provide the thrill and rush as expected from a 150cc bike. It clocks 0-60kmph in 5.63secs. The bike has a big and masculine body that accounts for its near perfect straight line stability. But it doesn’t corner around too easily. It’s best when ridden on highways not in traffic. It has a top speed of 109kmph.

Its large, chiseled fuel tank may not offer you functional knee indent.1290mm wheelbase, a high ground clearance of 160mm, taller handlebars, Telescopic hydraulic shock absorbers in front and Swing arm adjustable shockers in rear altogether succeeds in giving you a comfortable and happy ride.

The ride quality seen in this bike is indeed commendable. Another thing you would be happy to notice is its low noise and vibration free engine. Clutch and gearbox everything happens to be smooth yet solid. The 240mm Front Disc brake also compliments well with the overall personality of the bike. Old narrow rear tyres have been replaced with a tuff up tube version which reduces the chance of punctures hassles.

The bikes styling looks quite outdated. The graphics are far from attracting anyone. Hero Honda has updated it with stylish alloy wheels with all black styling to the bike which also is a relief. But even with those little paint changes it looks very much unattractive. It has Dummy scoops under petrol tanks and body and body colored grab rails.

Not to mention a uniquely designed muffler with Heat shield. The bike has a super bright headlamp which also works quite efficiently. It has a 12.5 liters fuel capacity and returns 54kmpl (overall) offering the customers a premium segment product at less ownership cost.COLORS AVAILABLE- Magnetic blue, Candy Blazing Red, Force silver metaalic, Palace Maroon and Black.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Type- Air cooled, 4 stroke single cylinder OHC
  • Displacement- 149.2cc
  • Max Power- 13.4bhp
  • Bore X Stroke- 57.3 X 57.8
  • Compression Ratio- 9.1:1
  • Carburettor- C.V Type
  • Ignition- AMI (Advanced Microproccesor Igniton System)
  • Gerabox- 5 speed constant mesh
  • Suspension Front- Telescopic Hydraulic
  • Rear – Swing arm Adjustable Hydaraulic
  • Brakes Front- 240mm Disc
  • Rear – 130mm Drum
  • TYRE size Front- 2.75 X 18
  • Rear – 3.00 X 18
  • TYRE Brand – MRF Zapper
  • Length- 2040mm
  • WIdth- 760mm
  • Height- 1120mm
  • Wheelbase- 1290m
  • Ground Clearance- 160mm
  • Kerb weight- 138kg
  • Fuel tank capacity- 12.5 Ltrs
  • Resrve- 2.3 Ltrs

BikeAdvise- The bike does provide you a good ride quality and engine refinement but it lacks in styling which matters a lot in this segment. The bikes looks are outdated when compared to any other bike; it is perhaps the most aged 150cc motorcycle currently. Moreover it lacks all the latest technology abroad (LCD, LED’s). Hero Honda’s Hunk turns out to be a better option than Achiever.

And CBZ Xtreme even better. So Achievers name remains last on a customer’s wish list. It is priced at Rs 53,925 (ex-Delhi). Maybe it’s time Hero Honda says goodbye to Achiever which has failed to achieve anything till now. Else at least upgrade it like the ageing unicorn was recently upgraded.

- Varun Satyan

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

hahaha August 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

this bike achieved nothing..hh sucks

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sachin August 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

ya agree.in fact many don’t even know this that bike exists.its time Honda needs to upgrade this to may be CB achiever or scrape it all together.

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murtaza arzai August 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

nice n true article, i also agree
acheiver is a big flop, hardly seen on roads..)))

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santosh August 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

This bike has nothing to offer. Hero Honda has put nothing new in it. I checked the HH website many a times. When I click on the link for this bike, an error page comes up. Probably HH has even closed its website.

But one thing is sure. HH will not accept it as a defeat. During the Diwali session this year (2010), HH is expected to introduce new models and upgrades. CBZ and Achiever need urgent upgrade.

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raghavan August 16, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Hero Honda is a typical bania.They fitted Unicorn’s Engine which is a beauty in a crap Ambition frame.Ambition was one huge flop and these guys only extended its lifespan by rebadging it as Acheiver and replacing the crap motor with Uni’s refined engine.Acheiver would have been a hit since it costs just around 55,000 to 60,000 INR,cheaper than even Honda Stunner and in the same price range as most 125cc bikes.However,people viewed it as a rebadged Ambition and hence it flopped.

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alex August 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

I feel the bike may succeed with little rearset footpegs and nothing else required, bikes doesnt differ my more qualities but they are seperated by little margins. rearset foot pegs and adjusted handlebar position really makes fun of riding achiever. with low sticker price. not much difference between hunk/cbz xtreme/ achiever if that happens. ofcourse styling is purely personal choice. one may ike pulsar and the other hunk!

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Harshal August 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Its a real flop bike please stop the production of hero honda Achiver hero honda already has cbz xtreme,hunk and karizma zmr

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manjunath November 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

soory to say this but you peple are ready to buy honda stunner and honda unicorn (corn)and why not the same engine is fiited to archiver and you say its flop
but for the people who wants good value for money this is good bike to buy
for example pulsar cost 73000/. in Bangalore were as archiver is 53000-56000
you are saving nearly 20000/.just for some plastic cosmetic thing you are paying extra money and the bajaj bikes will lost only for maximum 5 years (i own discover)which as become a scrap just for 55000km
i think 2010 achiver is a value for money

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anil December 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Hi Manjunath,
i am fully agreed with your comments,
i am thinking to go for it,
actually the same engine has fitted in H unicorn, & almost same performance is equal, only the lagging part is looks, but it’s doesn’t matter when it comes to price.

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you are right, I am agree with you April 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

I have a HH achiver, which is fantastic , it is just 2 months old,

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Govind November 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Great!!

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Anand Nagouda June 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I totally agree with you.

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Sandeep Kumar August 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Yes, I also agree with you and i also purchased the same

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Shine K. Pillai February 18, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I am going to buy the new Hero MotoCorp Achiever on March 2014 in Cochin.
It is the best Value for Money bike and for those mature men in India who feels Tough Guys, dress easy. This Hero Achiever is for 30 plus age group who need not wish to show style to young immature 30 or 25 minus aged youth.

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favas December 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm

it’s my own bike “Achiver new metalic blue”

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Sridhar December 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

Hi Guys,

I own a hero honda achiever for more than 4 yrs still now no problem with the bike i would like to say it have good power and great mileage im getting 55 km/per liter in chennai. so it have good stability, and im great fan of achiever.

Thanks
V.Sridhar
Chennai

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Vipin_S March 20, 2011 at 3:00 am

I feel very priveledged to be owner of this wonderful bike from Hero Honda, I bought this bike in 2009 from Nikki Motors, I got 2006 model which was on display for just Rs.42500 OTR (including std. accessories and an ISI Helmet)*WoooooW* . Here are some salient features,
1. Amazing smoothness (a notch better off Unicorn I would say)
2. Amazing pick-up all the way upto 100kmph speedo (some mags had reported 17.XX secs for 0-100kmph for Acihiever), my CBZ xtreme friends vote Achiever on 0-80kmph performance over CBZ xtreme.
3. Fuel Efficiency, it can shame 125cc bikes without letting down you on performance, I consistently get 50-52kmpl in B’lore riding and 55+ on highways at 70-80kmph.
4. The bike has segment best LOW END TORQUE, that’s more fun in city drives, more mileage, bike develops max. torque at just 5000 rpm, this is the secret behind high mileage and superior performance.
5. ATFT, AMI are default on this bike, which again aides fuel efficiency.
6. I have covered 15K kms till date, NOT EVEN A SINGLE MINOR COMPLAINT, that’s Hero Honda quality for all of you readers !
7. One of my friend recently asked if I have plans to sell my Achiever if so at what price, I politely told him I will not sell even if you offer a LAKH !! That’s the pride I carry with this bike.
8. I will write my love story on this bike shortly, watch out for it !!!

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Varun October 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Very True… even i own a “HH-A”
Very smooth ride quality…
awesome pickup ( My friends having Pulsar, Unicorn, even apache, have said that my bike has a very good pick-up compared to theirs).
Gr8 Bike to have.
But old fashioned -now.

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who want to Achive in life then go for HH Achiver 2011 April 11, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I have a HH Achiever, which is fantastic , it is just 2 months old, when this bike then I feel to ride n ride a ride………thnx to HH for this bike. It is really VALUE for MONEY in 150 cc segment. I want to know to my friends who riding HH Achiever for long long years that how much SPEED I can achieve in high-way without any vibration? I am asking this because when I cross 50km/hr. or 55km/hr. then my bike run smoothly without any vibration but when I cross 60km/h that time it start to vibrate which is disappoint me. I asked my Dealer about this problem then they say after 2500 km it will not happen, they also told me that it engine is just lunch on road so they suggest to me to ride my bike within 45 km/ hr. So I want to know my HH Achiever users friend dealer,s suggestion is truth or wrong. PLEASE WRITE ME ABOUT THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AT sourishkund@gmail.com

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Shekhar April 21, 2011 at 1:28 am

can u pls mention about tire(tubeless or not),mileage n riding comfort

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abhinav thakur April 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

this one is one thae best bike i drive ever, i have pulsar 150 and achiver too, but i like to drive achiver for smoothness , pickup and low maintanance, but hero honda cant make attention with poor marketing of this bike……….

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siddharth sinha May 15, 2011 at 2:16 am

its the best bike ever ,no other brand has guts to challange achiver and the person is idiot who says its bad…….

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sathiyan.k July 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

hello friends,
I agreed your opinions when we go in a 80 km speed how is the condition of the bike

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Prasanta Ghosh August 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

iam working TCl company iam tak the HERO Honda achiver Bike plz send the daitles my”mo:95847236721.nearest dealer name at Burdwan in west Bengal.

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atul jain January 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Good bike with low price

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kr vasudev June 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My fifth year ride! Superb 62kmpl!!! Wonder on road.

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Subhadip May 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm

It is a superb bike. I am using the Achiever for almost 2 years now. Its engine is as smooth as the engine of a motorcycle can be. There is no vibration, no noise, and the mileage is more than fantastic. I have got a miximum of 61.4 kmpl, that too after driving a lot around in the city. There are some problems indeed, like the saddle and the pillion comfort which are a bit compromised, and the head light which is not as powerful as it should be. I have also faced some problems with the kick starter. In spite of all this, it a very heavy duty motorcycle, and I will not sell it at any cost. The looks may be deceiving, and the ones that have abused the bike just going by the looks are the real fools. I love this bike. It is like you do not feel anything while you are riding this wonderful machine!

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jay cha July 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

i jst bot this bike 2nd or 3rd hand….read a lot a lot of reviews before…have ridden for only 50 kms….seems an awesome bike for a family man…kudos to achiever

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Rabi August 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I want to buy a bike. but i m confused to select bt hh achiver,hunk &cbz .i m a teacher & family man so my circle is not very big to ride for a bike. pl. help me.

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Randheer K. Jha September 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I got HH-A in 2006. 51000kms completed, getting 55-58KMPL, even in HILLS of DARJEELING AND SIKKIM getting mileage of around 45KMPL
Now it’s U to decide.

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rajasundar November 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

whether hero honda achiever is available in chennai market

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Sangeeth Kumar May 11, 2013 at 10:33 am

What i thinking for all said in above Comment. Particularly i want to share that is Achiever is High speed engine with family look Bike. If u ride 80 Kpm or 90 Kpm Suddenly apply the break Achiever dose not sake in little bit. It stop in same place. Then if give accelerator in some RPM then u live it vehicle Move long Distance Compare to other Vehicle.That time u don’t know engine on or off. if u give accelerator oh engine is running condition. Otherwise u don’t know. Because it’s engine is very smooth. That’s All.

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Ahmad May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Good Bike And I Also Ride Achiever & it’s So Good Long Life Bike Lo Maintains Bike & I have Ride From 2009

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