We are no strangers to TVS’
flagship motorcycle, the Apache RR 310. We have spent a substantial amount of
time with the vehicle and have admired it for its various virtues. Be it its
race inspired design, its satisfying performance or the city suiting
ergonomics. So we were intrigued when we heard that TVS wanted us to test a new
version of the bike. What more could have they changed added to this already
Design & Styling of 2019 TVS Apache RR 310
In the past, we have sung
praises of the way the RR 310 looks. The company also realises the fact and has
not fiddled with the exterior and rather has just opted to introduce a new
colour, Phantom Black. This new colour looks very nice and stealthy and will appeal
to people looking for something much more understated when compared to the
vibrant and loud red. This glossy black paint scheme replaces the previous
(L x W x H)
2001mm x 786mm x 1135mm
41 mm Upside
110/70 R 17 M/C 54H
150/60 R 17 M/C 66H
300 mm Petal Disc
240 mm Petal Disc
Rs 2,27,000 (ex-showroom
Engine & Performance of 2019 TVS Apache RR 310
The engine of the Apache RR
310 remains the same but a slipper clutch has now been added to the mix. The
addition of the slipper clutch allows for faster downshifts around the track
while avoiding rear wheel hop. We did put the tech through its paces by
shifting down the gears quickly as we approached a corner and the bike held its
own. While this feature might not be super helpful in the city, the assist
clutch will definitely be a pleasant boon for riders.
TVS say that the assist clutch
reduces the force required to pull the clutch by about 20pc. While we did not
have enough time to verify how true that is, the clutch definitely felt easier
to work with. During our earlier stints with the bike, we did wish for a
lighter clutch and that wish has been fulfilled. Other than this, the company
claims to have retuned the ECU for better low speed ride quality. Seeing as how
we were on a track, it was not something that we tested. I was, however,
slightly disappointed to find the vibration around the 5000-6000rpm mark still
present. The rest of the mechanicals are exactly the same so the bike brakes
the same way it used to and rides over bumps the same way it used to.
While the changes are very
few, it is important to note that TVS has raised the cost of the bike by only
around Rs 3000. So just like the previous version, the 2019 refresh of the TVS
Apache RR 310 is a great value for money proposition. The slip and assist
clutch features are welcome additions along with a few tweaks under the hood.
The new black colour is also enticing and will fancy the eyes of some Batman
fans. Existing owners can also take advantage of the mechanical updates. The
ECU remap is being done for free while the slipper clutch can be retrofitted
for a small cost.
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