In the city, the Apache is a great mix of comfortable and point-and-scoot handling. Despite that four-valve head, it never grumbles at low revs. It is geared short, so you can leave it in a higher gear and let the torque pull you along. The rear disc is really nice and progressive, and the front has great bite and feel to it. The seating position is sporty but not aggressive, and that single-piece seat has earned praise from pillion riders who sit sideways for its comfort.
The fuel efficiency has been hovering just under 40kpl, which is reasonable for my style of riding and the traffic it goes through.
The Apache has a digital instrument cluster, and it has a service reminder installed, It lit up, and a service appointment was booked. The service was over and done with in a surprisingly short amount of time - I was ready to leave the place within 90 minutes of entering it, and the oil was changed, and everything was inspected and cleaned as well. The service personnel had to be reminded to lubricate the chain, but that is a minor point. Service costs for a regular service are on par with the competition.
The Apache RTR 160 4V feels like a very rounded product, and I was looking forward to spending more time with it, until sudden medical issues have made me give up motorcycling for half a year. Over to Pratheek, then, who you see in the photos, and who will pick up where I leave off.
Kilometres this month: 987km
Fuel Efficiency: 37.93kmpl
Pictures by: Kaustubh Gandhi