The Apache RR Cup will remain etched in my memory forever. No, it’s not the quickest, most awesome motorcycle I have ever ridden. But, it is the bike that I rode to pass my final set of challenges in order to become a motorcycle riding coach. Here’s how it unfolded…
It's been almost a year since I started using the Apache RR310 as my long term motorcycle. And, we have spent a lot of quality time together since. Now that it's time to wrap things up, we thought it would be worth revisiting the report to see if the bike has managed to change our mind on those counts.
I rode the 300 first. And like one finds any four year old saying the darndest of things cute at first, I found the 300 endearing as well. But, only for a while. Then, just like the kid's behaviour, the 300 started to bug me.
It has been three months and three thousand kilometres since the Apache RR310 joined our long term fleet. In that time, we have reported on its city commuting and track handling capabilities, not to mention the general design and build quality levels. Here then is a quick pros and cons list if you are still sitting on the fence regarding the RR.
Two years ago in 2016, Cyclone Nada decided to pay a visit to my colleagues at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai. However, this year I was lucky; clear skies and sunshine. Or maybe not. The scorching heat of the city was evident with temperatures reaching around 30 degrees even at 5 am. But these were, for the most part, disregarded as excitement and anxiousness took over once we reached the track. I knew that I was in for some fun.
As we mentioned in the opening report of the TVS Apache RR 310, we have put the motorcycle through almost every test we could think of, like good in-laws would before welcoming someone new into the family. And because it did so well in almost all of those tests, we decided to invite the RR310 to move in with us. You know, just to dig deeper, keep a closer eye, and go fault-finding with renewed vigour.
So, say hello to our Apache RR310 long termer. Over the next six months we will try and dig deeper into what is TVS Motor Co’s most powerful, most advanced, and most fun-to-ride motorcycle yet. Stay tuned.
If one wanted a fast, well-engineered, and fun supersport at a price point which the typical middle class father might not refuse by faking a stroke, there has been just one real option. The I-am-scrawny-and-uncomfortable-but-as-fast-as-a-teen's-thumbs KTM RC390.