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TVS Apache RR 310 Race Bike Review: BikeWale Trackday 2021

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Anuj Mishra

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Introduction

Lap time: 02:07.19

Tyres: TVS Europgrip Protorq Extreme (Front and Rear)

TVS Apache RR310 action

Why is it here?

This is the TVS Apache RR310 race bike and it was a no-brainer to have it in our trackday line-up this year. This bike belongs to the race track, more than any other road-going machine in our fleet. Using the stock RR310 platform, TVS has developed it essentially for the One Make Racing Championship. So there’s a race faring, race wheels, larger throttle bodies, a race ECU, and a few other components to take its track-abilities several notches higher. We had seen TVS racers expertly belting it down the MMRT many times before. And when TVS agreed to give it to us for our trackday, I just couldn’t contain my excitement.

The Track

TVS Apache RR310 action

The Madras Motor Race Track is a versatile circuit based out of Chennai. While it’s tight enough to be apt for small-displacement motorcycles, certain sections and the main straight are adequately long and free-flowing to be suitable for middle-weight machines. This 3.7km circuit is a beautiful blend of eight right-hand corners, four left-handers, and three straights. That said, the MMRT is also FIA and FIM certified with a Grade 2 license to host international racing events. And given our pleasant experience here during our previous trackdays, it was an obvious choice for this year as well.

The Ride

TVS Apache RR310 action

When TVS Racing’s Harry Sylvester was giving me the low-down on how different it’s from the road bike, I couldn’t fathom the difference it can make out on the track. As much as I was looking forward to riding it, all the excitement turned into uneasiness and astonishment after just one lap on it. It’s intimidating, it’s scary, and it’s impatient. Everything about it is extremely sensitive and responsive.

TVS Apache RR310 Instrument Cluster

The throttle response is so crisp and notchy that maintaining constant acceleration is a task around corners. The brakes shed speed at an astounding pace. The steering response and handling are so sharp that it turns in to your slightest inputs. And then there’s the ergonomics. It demands such a level of commitment that even someone with reasonable fitness levels would find it way too uncomfortable and wearing.

TVS Apache RR310 action

But, about four laps later, I started getting along well with the RR. I felt it transform into an agile horse from a frantic rabbit. I started braking quite late into corners and tipped it in with confidence. The great balance of chassis and suspension setup felt absolutely stable and rock-solid, no matter how aggressively I entered corners. Holding on to the throttle with a gentle screw-driver grip made modulating it easy. Thanks to the brisk acceleration and spot-on fuelling, corner exits were tremendously quick.

TVS Apache RR310 Rear Tyre

All of this was also courtesy of the TVS Eurogrip tyres developed especially for racing. Once warmed up, they deliver amazing grip, great feedback, and instil loads of confidence. As a result, I was having a great time around tighter bends like C3 and C10 where I could carry more lean angle than on any other bike.

TVS Apache RR310 action

I could neatly tuck in behind the windscreen on straights, feeling no wind blast whatsoever. However, every time I had to go hard on brakes, the lack of rough area around the fuel tank meant I was sliding ahead, putting too much pressure on the handlebar. This problem was more pronounced at C4 and C8 where you come in hot from a straight patch. Then I started holding on to the tank tighter than I was before, which helped to some extent.

Chequered Flag

TVS Apache RR310 action

The TVS Apache RR310 race bike is nothing like our road-going motorcycles. It’s deeply focused on going fast and all the changes executed in it serve the purpose with utmost proficiency. It feels very taut, stubborn, and disobedient to your wishes at first. But once you start adjusting your riding style and comfort levels as per its demeanour, it ends up being highly rewarding. It took me a couple of laps to get used to its overall dynamics but once I managed to do that, I could go faster on it than on any other bike. In skilled hands, the RR310 race bike would be no less than a lethal weapon.

Photos by Kaustubh Gandhi

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TVS Apache RR310 Left Side View
TVS Apache RR310 Right Side View
TVS Apache RR310 Instrument Cluster
TVS Apache RR310 Rear Tyre
TVS Apache RR310 Right Side View

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