2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V longterm review: Introduction
The end of last month was a busy time with Team OD moving offices. On the Friday prior to the chaos, my last task was to pick up the Apache RTR 160 4V. And, it turned out to be more of a reward for me. Expectedly, it attracted lots of attention on the road, as it appears larger now, borrowing much of its naked streetfighter design from the RTR 200.
The low handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs make for a seating position that is sporty, but not aggressive enough to sacrifice comfort
Even in the faint sunset light, the bright red paint stood out. And I had reached only the third traffic junction when I was quizzed by an excited college-goer. The trend has continued since.
But the gloss giveth and the gloss taketh away, particularly if you ignore routine cleaning. After three days in the parking, a thin layer of dust made the RTR 160 look like it had been standing for an eternity. I also noticed a small chip in the paint on the front mudguard. The cause has not been identified.
Of the design exceptions, the contoured one-piece seat is important. I have enjoyed its comfort over the past month, but it really proved its worth during a weekend ride to Pune and back (330km). It holds the rider in good stead, irrespective of riding position - back straight, leaning in, or in a tuck.
The Showa suspension handled potholes at 70kmph just as well as it remained poised while cornering through the ghats. This coupled with sporty yet comfortable seating position made for a happy weekend.
But the new 4-valve oil-cooled engine is the real highlight on the RTR 160 4v. So much so that the LED shift light is how I am regularly reminded of having hit the redline. The refinement of this motor has truly impressed me. So welcome, little Apache, to the OD Garage! You have set a bar and now you must uphold it.
First service for the baby Apache, and a longer weekend outing?
Inducted in May 2018 | Inducted at 593km | Total mileage 1,550km | Fuel 23 litres | Economy 41.4kmpl
Starts Rs 79,215
Starts Rs 81,490
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