Within the city limits, the Apache RTR 160 4V proved to be fun and comfortable to ride. It was then time to hit the winding highways to see if this TVS also proved to be a great long distance companion too.
To begin with, this Apache was never built to take on the vast Indian highways. Yes, people do ride it on the highway, and will continue to do so. However, it’s not a motorcycle that can help you cover four digit figures in a single day. It’s a bit too much to ask for from this bike. Why? Because the 160cc motor was not designed for it. A 16bhp motor with its short gearing has its limit. It does a perfect job in the city, but once you take it on the highway – this TVS gets a bit uncomfortable.
The bike takes some time to reach the highway cruising speeds. Once there, it feels a bit strained, especially the engine. The overall NVH goes for a toss. There’s a bit of harshness at the higher revs. The city kind of refinement isn’t seen anymore. There are some vibes post 7000rpm on the handlebar, pegs and on the fuel tank. All these aspects make the RTR 160 6V a non-friendly touring motorcycle. But there are a few other things other that aid touring. For instance, the large single seat that offers good comfort, the instrument cluster backlight which is perfect for all-light conditions and rear view mirrors that lend good visibility.
Can it carry luggage?
It definitely can. During my 1000kms ride, I used a full-sized tank bag and a tail bag that was carrying three days’ worth of luggage. In terms of installation, it was easy. TVS has provided enough sports on the motorcycle to mount luggage. Interestingly, even after some rough abuse by the luggage straps, there were no signs of any paint fade.
Is it wallet friendly?
Oh yes and how! Throughout the journey, this TVS was hovering around 40kmpl, and that helps in some big savings. So this bike is definitely easy on the pocket, even when fully loaded.