Ever since Hero and Honda parted ways, the former had been paying royalty to Honda for the technology they continued to use for their motorcycles. That’s when Hero decided to build their own R&D unit and later, as a result, Splendor i3S was launched.
All new Hero Achiever 150cc is yet another production from the brains of Hero team. Hero MotoCorp has designed a commuter here, targeting the Executive crowd, while giving birth to this new motorcycle.The Achiever 150 comes with a 4 stroke single cylinder air cooled engine that delivers 13.6PS at 8000rpm and 12.8Nm at 5000rpm thereby promising good rideability. The engine is coupled with a 5 speed gearbox and the updated carburetor complies with BS IV norms. This commuter is handled by telescopic forks at the front and twin shock absorbers at the rear.
This new 150cc motorcycle comes with more innovative features and better performance than its predecessor. One of the stand out feature of Hero vehicles is their patented i3S system or the Idle Start Stop System, which turns the ignition off automatically, while idle for more than 5 seconds and springs back to action in just one switch.There is also an Auto Headlamp On feature, which is a first in segment one, that turns on the headlamp along with the ignition and turns off when the engine turns off. Few other features include the side stand indicator, zero maintenance battery, and tubeless tyres and so on.
The Hero Achiever 2016 is available in three metallic shades- Black, Red, and Grey. It is available in two variants, Hero Achiever 150 Drum Brake (ex-showroom price at Rs.61,800) and Hero Achiever 150 Disc Brake (ex-showroom price at Rs.62,800). The New Hero Achiever 150 claims to achieve a mileage of 57kmpl in city and 65kmpl in highways.
TVS launched their new flagship motorcycle Apache RR 310 this week in India at Rs.2.05 lakh (ex-showroom). Being more than just a commuter bike with an attractive price tag, it competes against KTM RC390, Kawasaki Ninja 300, Dominar 400 and the upcoming Yamaha R3.
Kawasaki has launched its smallest adventure tourer and the most affordable of its lineup of motorcycles Versys X300 in the country. Priced at Rs.4.60 lakh, this entry-level tourer is the smallest displacement bike from the Kawasaki tourer stable and targets both the city and highway cruising enthusiasts.
Royal Enfield had updated engines on their two best-selling models,Bullet 500 and the Continental GT in the European Market. Now they have launched the 2017 Classic 500 and the Himalayan too with an updated Euro-IV compliant engine. The Eicher Motors owned company is strengthening its global portfolio with updated models and an increasing number of showrooms worldwide.
Royal Enfield motorcycles powered by BS-IV engines are now available in India. The entire lineup is said to have received the engine upgrades with AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature (both being stringent norms), even though no official statement has been released by the company yet. According to reports from financial express, Electra 350 was spotted already on sale at one of the company dealerships with updated features as the BS-IV engine and AHO. Other models too are believed to go on sale with the same upgrades in another week, as April 1st, 2017 is the deadline for these norms to be implemented on all motor vehicles in India. The prices have been hiked for the new range of BS-IV motorcycles from Royal Enfield.
Honda launched the first scooter in India, Activa 125cc with an engine that complies with BS-IV norms. The New Activa also becomes the first scooter to get an AHO (Automatic Headlamp On) feature, which is about to be mandatory on all vehicles in India from April 1st, 2017 as part of safety regulations. Not many cosmetic updates have been provided on this best seller. However, few prominent tweaks are seen like the new pair of LED positioning lamps that fit perfectly into the chrome apron on the front, a protuberant Honda badge and also a mobile charging socket.
Yamaha launched its latest offering in the FZ series named FZ 25 as a gentle step towards the booming 250cc bike segment. Comfortably placed between the YZF R15 version 2.0 and YZF R3, this motorcycle marks Yamaha’s entry into the performance bike segment which is being dominated by giants like Royal Enfield, KTM and Bajaj Auto. The bike was initially named as FZ 250, but later the company decided to dump the 0 and name it FZ 25.