We’ve ridden both the carbureted TVS Apache RTR 160 4V and the fuel-injected one at the TVS test track a while ago, and we’ve recently also had a go with it on our favourite roads, and with strong competition as well. Now it is time for the long haul.
This is the example in question: the looks of the RTR 200, but with a smaller, more efficient engine that promises fun and economy in equal doses. You can read about the specs here, but let me quickly go through the highlights: it is a completely different motorcycle to the previous 160 – note the (scarlet) four-valve engine head, and the monoshock rear. It is quite similar to the 200, the only visual differences besides the paint schemes being the single seat and the lack of a fake vent on the panels next to the seat. Oh, and it generates class-leading power and torque figures, in fuel-injected form. Ours is a carburetted version with a rear disc brake, which nets us the slightly wider 130mm rear tyre.
Over the next few months we’ll put the Apache through its paces – commuting, touring, and hopefully some time on a racetrack as well. For now, we’re excited to begin our journey with the Apache RTR 160 4V.
Kilometres ridden: None. Yet.
Fuel efficiency: NA
Photos: Kapil Angane/Kaustubh Gandhi