The Apache RTR 200 4V has always been one of the top contenders in the 200cc class. And that was courtesy the combination of good performance, aggressive styling and right feature packaging.Read full review
Over the span of three years since TVS had brought in the 200cc motorcycle, the company has been regularly upgrading the bike both in terms of cosmetics or mechanicals. TVS offered the RTR 200 4V in several variants depending on the tyres, fuelling system and paint finish.Read full review
Three years ago, at the very first iteration of the BikeWale Track Day, we tested the Apache RTR 200 4V. And since then, the bike has evolved quite a bit mechanically. However, what we have for the 2019 BikeWale Track Day is its Race-spec version. Or as I like to call it, the athletic version of the Apache RTR 200 4V.
I have never ridden in the Sahara. And, I have never ridden on sand dunes. But I will be attempting it on the Sherco 300 SCF. If haven't heard about the brand, these guys make dirt bikes; more importantly, they do the Dakar together with TVS Racing.
Buying a TVS Apache RTR 200 4V feels like buying a car. The reason I say this is because this streetfighter is available in plenty of variants, thus making life a little difficult for prospective buyers you. But it also gives you thean opportunity to find the variant that fits your requirement and budget. TVS had recentlys added another variant to its portfolio, but this one is easily recognisable, thanks to its distinctive features and styling. It’s called the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0.
It’s got proper head and tail lamps, it runs a temporary number, and it is allowed to run on public roads, albeit under special circumstances like a rally. But, sadly it isn’t on sale. And that makes me miserable because I am in love with the TVS RTR 450 FX. It’s light, fast, controllable and an absolute hoot in the dirt.
Motorcycles are more than just machines, they are almost human in some aspects. They have their strengths and weaknesses, a few assets and a few flaws. And just like humans, when it comes to deciding whether you like a motorcycle or not, all that matters is whether the compromises you have to make are worth the happiness you derive out of it. At the end of the day, it’s simple arithmetic.
Popular myth suggests that a touring motorcycle is supposed to have a fairing for wind deflection, abundant space to accommodate luggage and an engine capable of maintaining triple digit speeds effortlessly. The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V FI has none of these. And yet, more than two thirds of the 9,000 kilometres that I have put up were amassed on highways. So what made me choose the Apache RTR 200 4V FI for these long hauls?