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TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI Long Term Review 1

01 July 2016, 10:17 AM Ranjan R. Bhat

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI Long Term Review 1

Since the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V joined our long term fleet, I have only been using it to go around the city and for commuting. And even in this brief span, I must say that I have developed a soft spot for this delightful yellow pocket rocket. The Apache RTR 200 4V might have narrowly lost out to the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 in our comparison test (you can read it here), but it nevertheless made a good case for itself. As a matter of fact, I found that the Apache, with its fewer body panels and smaller proportions, is more adept at handling the concrete jungle than the Pulsar. And then there are a few more reasons why I like it. 

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V

  • Displacement197.75 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported38 kmpl
  • Max Power(bhp)20.54 bhp
  • Kerb Weight152 kg
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Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,28,288

The styling of the Apache RTR 200 4V divides opinions like few other motorcycles. Though it is now easier on the eye than its lower spec siblings, I am not a fan of the Apache RTR 200 4V’s aesthetics. It looks conspicuous and stands out from the crowd, no denying that. But a lot of this is down to its outlandish and muscular looks rather than pure artistry.

The compact riding position and low seat height make it easily accessible for the vertically challenged members of our team, without making the six foot plus giants feel cramped. True to its hooligan lineage the Apache RTR 200 4V is eminently flickable. The bike is relatively light at 149 kilograms and makes filtering through Navi Mumbai’s traffic clogged streets look like child’s play. The super sticky Pirelli tyres also play a big role in inspiring confidence.

The 198cc four-valve engine is by far one of the finest iterations of the powertrain to have been bolted on to an Apache. Despite running a higher compression ratio than its smaller siblings, the engine is way more refined and tractable. However, the gearbox mucks up the entire experience. Especially during my commute when I constantly have to keep moving through the cogs, the sticky gearbox and the false neutrals play spoilsport. With no solution in sight, this is something that I will have to get used to.

But this is just my first impression and despite the flaw, I think the Apache and I are going to have a good time. Heck, even the styling seems to be slowly growing on me! My loosely pencilled plan for the next few months includes long touring trips, track days and maybe even some stunting (in a controlled environment, obviously). For now though, I can tell you one thing – the Apache continues to be one hell of an all-rounder. A calm and composed commuter for most of the time, but a proper hooligan when the need arises.

Photography: Kapil Angane

Click here to read the Apache RTR 200 4V Carb vs Pulsar AS200 vs Hornet 160R Comparison Test

Click here to read the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V First Ride Review

Click here to read the Yamaha FZ-S V2.0 Long Term Review


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