It was a historic moment when TVS Motor Company and BMW
decided to join hands to develop a sub-500cc motorcycle. The bikes would be the
smallest entry from the German automaker and the biggest from the homegrown
company. TVS was first to hit the Indian market with their product and we had a
chance to test it out on the track. The performance was impressive but we did
not have enough time to fully explore the bike. So with the BMW G 310 bikes
finally hitting Indian shores we thought it would be a great idea to explore
its brother from another mother - the TVS Apache RR 310.
liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke
Dimensions (L x W x H)
x 786mm x 1135mm
Fuel Tank Capacity
41 mm Upside down fork
R 17 M/C 54H Tubeless
R 17 M/C 66H Tubeless
300 mm Petal Disc
240 mm Petal Disc
2,23,045 (ex-showroom Delhi)
DESIGN AND STYLING OF
APACHE RR 310
One look at the Apache RR 310 and you would have a hard time
believing that it is not a sports bike made in Italy. TVS has outdone
themselves with this one. There is almost no angle from which this bike does
not impress. The red paintjob accented by white stripes in the middle and black
bordering down below keep the design interesting. Even the way that the large
fuel tank tapers toward the inside as it reaches the seat looks impressive and
is practical. The circular Bi-LED projector headlamps look like eyes that glow
white. However, it is the fang shaped futuristic looking tail lamp that takes
the crown for me.
The tail-lamp lends
the bike a very aggressive look when viewed at night. You are bound to turn
heads when you take this beauty out on the streets. A large windscreen at the
front shields you from a lot of windblast and it is very easy to tuck in and go
fast. Despite the aggressive sportsbike design, the bike is actually quite
ergonomic and provides a comfortable riding position. The split seats provide
good amount of cushioning and there is enough space even for broad riders. The
pillion seat perched up high, however, is not the most ideal place and there
are no grab handles to be found either. This is mostly a one person vehicle.
The vertical digital meter console might not look too great
but it does pack in a lot of functions and displays things like speed, rpm,
fuel level, current gear, distance covered, engine temperature, trip meter,
range, and top speed. You can also record your top speed and 0-60kmph timing.
The hazard light switch can also be found on the left of the meter console and
not on the handle bar. There is a gear shift indicator and a side stand
indicator along with other helpful indicators.
PERFORMANCE OF APACHE RR 310
The 312cc liquid cooled, single cylinder engine packs in
34hp and 27.3Nm of torque. When translated on road these result in a fun filled
performance and due to the power and torque coming high up in the rpm band, you
don’t easily run out of juice at higher rpms. The 6-speed gearbox performs
admirably. Acceleration is linear and likeable but sometimes I did feel that
the bike could have had a wilder character as it lacks just a bit of punch when
you pull the accelerator.
Stability at triple digit speeds is unquestionable and
getting to such speeds does not take long. The only sore spot would be the
small amount of vibrations around 5000-6000rpm. The best fuel efficiency figure
that I could manage with this bike was 33kmpl. With normal riding you can
expect something between 27-30kmpl and with a fuel tank capacity of 11L you can
expect a range of about 300kms. TVS has put in some work on the heat
dissipation and it shows. Despite riding the bike for extended periods of time,
my legs were shielded from engine heat. The heat from the engine travels
through the faring and escapes via two slits on the lower side of the faring.
For most of the time the bike was with me it was raining in
Delhi. But I did not mind the rains too much as they allowed me to explore the
capabilities of the brakes and tyres. The 17-inches Michelin tyers lend a
remarkable grip, especially the wide rear tyre. With the help of ABS, both the
front and rear disc brakes give you plenty of stopping power without locking up
the wheels. It was a great feeling to apply brakes on wet roads and not feel as
if you will fall. Staying true to its racing nature TVS has fitted on KYB tuned
monoshock at the rear and upside-down forks at the front. The result is a
rather stiff setup that lends great agility to the bike when combined with the
race spec trellis frame. Throwing this bike around is fun and you have a sense
of confidence in every maneuver. The downside is that the ride is a little
rough when you encounter bad roads and steep speed breakers. Still the bike
soaks a lot of the smaller undulations.
Spending time with the Apache RR 310 convinced me that this
is the best work of TVS as of now and it does show. I enjoyed the sheer amount
of eyeballs drawn toward me (the bike actually) whenever I took it out for a
spin. The linear acceleration is not as wild as I would have liked but makes it
easy to use in everyday riding. Despite having the looks of a sophisticated
superbike, the RR 310 offers a lot of practicality and welcomes riders with a
big grin. It is definitely worthy of the price tag and seeing as how the BMW G
310 bikes are priced, for many it would be a sensible move to opt for the RR
310 and save good bucks. Besides, petrol too isn’t cheap these days!
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