When the road and track become one

When the road and track become one

If you even want to know that Indian motorcycling has come a long way, ask TVS. The South India-headquartered two-wheeler manufacturer has provided customers with an array of different products, ranging from humble mopeds, utility scooters, commuter bikes, and now released some adrenaline.

It was always expected that TVS would aim at something very big with its Apache range. This brand come on the scene over 13 years ago with a 150 cc machine, and has been spearheading its manufacturer’s dreams in the premium performance motorcycle space. Come 2018, and the Apache has transformed itself to gear up as a mean complete racing machine. Enter the Apache RR 310.

The first look of the bike will get almost every onlooker to turn again and again to catch another glimpse of this beautiful piece of motoring art. Especially, when they see ‘TVS Racing’ etched on this motorcycle, it is something that makes everyone to fall in love with the great looks of the new TVS Apace RR 310. This is one of the special features of the bike, where homegrown TVS forayed into the 300 cc segment. The bike is specifically designed for the racing enthusiast, and it shares the keystones with the BMW G 310 R. However, this motorcycle is built to be more sportier than the BMW Motorrad model. Though the look is just like most another sports bikes in the Indian market, this is the first TVS super premium bike, and one wouldn’t sound incorrect in claiming that it’s a one of a kind masterpiece.

Sporty stance

The TVS Apace RR 310 is one dashing motorcycle when viewed from the front. It is fitted with the first-in-class all-day running bi-LED twin projector head lamps for maximum reach and visibility. For the first time, the Michelin Street Sport tyres come on a sub-500 cc motorcycle. However, the wheel design is same as the BMW G 310 R. The makers have specially worked on a few features, which are rare on TVS motorcycles as seen on Indian roads. An aluminium triple clamp, high-quality switches and aluminium mirror handles add to the premium feel of the bike. Some cool features are the Tri-Colour band on the windshield and a unique tail lamp. Overall, it’s a big machine, where one doesn’t feel that the design is overdone or disproportionate. If the owner loves to have good road presence through an ocean of traffic, then the Apache RR 310 is a brilliant choice, owing to a high commanding view of the road ahead, from the motorcycle’s seat.

Comfortable seating

The soft 810 mm high cushion seating is a plus point, where it can be friendly for riders of all sizes and heights. The extra soft cushion, with a comfortable seating position, are tailor-made for long rides.

Speed thrills

The seating position and engine noise will surely make for a goose-bumpy ride. Any amateur rider can easily handle this machine. Even though the Apache RR 310 is sharing the keystone with the BMW G 310, the makers have their own and exclusively home-developed fuel injection system that offers a well-judged throttle response. TVS claims a top speed of 160 kmph, and acceleration of 0-60 kmph in just 2.9 seconds. This was proved when we did the speed test. As it was not on the specially designed track with the safety guards, we were able to reach 151 kmph in 9-10 seconds.

The TVS Apache RR 310 packs in a 312 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine, dishing out power of 34 PS @ 9,700 rpm, and a torque of 27.3 Nm @ 7,700 rpm. Though the makers claim that the motorcycle is fitted with the Thermal Management System (TMS), which is a special gill profile that shields the rider’s leg from engine heat and aids in better heat dissipation, it’s still a pain at lower speeds or in city traffic. However, the rider remains as the centre of attraction amidst the city traffic gridlock.

As the engine is mated to a 6-speed super-slick gear box, which offers a precise and sharp race-shift experience, The Apache RR 310 is tailor-made for the racing aspect on the track. The pick-up is good and it can easily beat the competition of its nearest segment.

To emphasise the handling and ride experience, the TVS Apache RR 310 is loaded with the Race Spec KYB Suspension, which is said to be tested and tuned by MotoGP experts. This has resulted in the powerful Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) that helps the rider in controlling the bike at any speed, without losing his or her balance. The ABS is also very responsive, as it can judge and work according to the power and force given to control the motorcycle.

The new TVS Apache RR 310 is a unique motorcycle in its own right. Though we might get both - positive and negative points when we compare with other segments - this bike is outstanding when it comes to safety features. The first of its kind from a homegrown company, which promises thrill on and off the track, at a suitable price of Rs 2,05,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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