The Glide Through Technology allows the motorcycle to move forward without any throttle input. It only operates in the first three gears, and the speed is limited to 7kmph in the first, 12kmph in the second, and 17kmph in the third gear. Then, the top-spec variant gets Bluetooth connectivity which works with a dedicated smartphone that offers access to call/SMS alerts along with turn-by-turn navigation. It also has low fuel warning and assist function that redirects the rider towards the nearest fuel station. There are safety functions as well and the system notifies emergency contacts in case of a crash.
The instrument cluster shows additional information too. Apart from the regular data such as a tachometer, speedometer, odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, and a clock, the console also shows a lap timer, top speed recorder, 0-60kmph acceleration timer, and an average speed recorder. Plus, the rider can adjust the brightness of the console, although this function takes some time to understand when operating for the first time.
The safety net on this TVS motorcycle includes a single-channel ABS and the intrusion levels vary depending on the ride mode selected. The Sport mode has the least intrusive feedback while the Rain mode has the module on the maximum intrusion. These modes, as mentioned earlier, are easy to toggle with the conveniently located switch on the right side of the switchgear.
The 2023 iteration of the Apache RTR 160 gets an LED headlight and the setup delivers a promising performance. The low-beam has a wide spread while the high-beam illuminates several metres ahead, thus giving the confidence to go fast in dark riding conditions. Now, while the competition, too, uses LED lighting, the Apache RTR 160 2V has an edge in terms of additional functions such as detailed instrument cluster readings and Bluetooth connectivity. Not to mention, it’s efficient when it comes to fuel economy as well.