This is a short comparison of the 150cc commuter motorcycle space. Both the Achiever and Unicorn recently received updates while the Bajaj V15 is a new entrant in the segment. Just to make things interesting we’ve added the Aprilia SR 150 sports scooter, which was also launched in India recently, in to the mix.
Hero Achiever 150 vs Bajaj V15 vs Honda CB Unicorn vs Aprilia SR 150 Design
How each bike looks is definitely up to individual preference. Personally, the Aprilia SR 150 is the best looking two-wheeler here, partly because of its sporty nature (even though it’s a scooter) and mostly because it’s an ‘Aprilia’. The Bajaj V15 gets second while the Unicorn and Achiever takes the next two spots respectively.
The Honda CB Unicorn is the biggest bike in this list with length of 2095mm, width of 756mm, and a height of 1100mm.
Features are almost similar in all four two-wheelers. 240mm front disc and 130mm rear drum brakes are provided on the bikes while the SR 150 gets a 220mm front disc and 140mm rear drum. The Achiever is however available in a lower front drum brake variant as well.
Telescopic forks & hydraulic shock absorbers do suspension duties but it is only the Honda Unicorn that gets a rear monoshock.
Feature wise, the Hero Achiever gets their signature i3S technology (idle start-stop system), which improves the fuel efficiency.
The Hero Achiever 150 is powered by a new BS IV compliant 150cc TOD (Torque on Demand) air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke engine producing 13.4bhp at 8000rpm and 12.8Nm at 5000rpm.
The Bajaj V15 is powered by a 149.5cc single cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2 valve, air cooled, DTS-I engine producing 11.8bhp at 7500rpm and 13Nm at 5500rpm.
The Honda CB Unicorn gets a 149.1cc air cooled, 4 stroke, SI engine delivering 13.14bhp at 8500rpm and 12.84Nm at 5500 rpm.
All of the above engines are mated to a 5-speed gearbox
Least powerful of the lot is Aprilia’s SR150, getting a 154.8 cc mill 10.4 BHP @ 6750 rpm and 11.4 NM @ 5000 rpm. But it is also the lightest one here at 122 kg.
At Rs. 69,305 the Unicorn is priced much higher than all others in this list even with comparable features. The Achiever, V15 & SR 150 are priced at Rs. 62,800, Rs. 62,132 and Rs. 65,000 respectively. The front drum variant of Achiever is priced at Rs. 61,800/-.
*all prices ex-showroom, Felhi
Overall if you leave out the Aprilia SR 150 which though a scooter, has great ‘bike’ characteristics, the overall best bike is the Bajaj V15. It looks good (/unique), has good amount of features and is the most affordable one on our list.
If you are looking for a more conventional design, the Hero Achiever is the one to go with. It has a powerful engine and hopefully (official numbers not out) great mileage with the iS3 technology.
The Honda CB Unicorn while still a very solid machine doesn’t seem to justify the premium it commands.