2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Review, First Ride

Enchanting –

  • Premium design equipped 160cc bike
  • Superlative chassis, brakes, engine
  • Comfortable and fuel efficient
  • Feature loaded

Unsatisfying –

  • NO ABS, Period

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It is very rare that we get to say that TVS is on a roll. The manufacturer went all guns and blazes since December 2017. The manufacturer launched the TVS Apache RR310, then launched the NTorq 125 and today they have launched the RTR 160 4V. This has been done for a reason and that is to increase its market share in areas where it wants to be and where it wants to strengthen itself.

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The RR310 is an area which the company wants to be in and with the RTR 160 4V and Ntorq 125, is a space where it wants to continue its dominance. However, it is carving niches in these segments with a 125cc sporty scooter and a premium 160cc motorcycle. Today we discuss the RTR 160 4V. The new addition to the lineup with the older 160, 180 and 200 along with the mighty RR310. RTR 160 4V on the face of it is all new, how is it to ride and in detail? TVS was kind enough to give us a first impression of the bike at their facility in Hosur.

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In terms of styling, it has everything from the RTR 200. The headlight, tail-lamp, grab rail, the tank and the exhaust canister. The motorcycle does look very appealing in this metallic paint scheme that is on offer. Split seats and the fancy tail unit has been replaced with a single unit as it also gets a single seat. Ergonomic wise, the sporty stance continues with the slightly leaned forwarded position of the handlebar, which is also lower.

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The pegs continue to be highly mounted but this time there is good space for tall riders, but still not enough. Plastic quality is good all around as always and finish is also good in all areas. The cluster is all digital unit with all racing parameters on offer such as lap timer, gear shift indicator (Fi only), top speed recorder, 0-60 km/hr and the usual telltale lights and digital tachometer.

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When it comes to riding experience, the new engine is the big highlight. Making 16.5 PS of power and 14.5 Nm of torque from its 4-valve, oil-cooled motor, the RTR 160 4V is fastest on paper than all its rivals. The engine is smooth and refined and there are only vibrations at redline. The gearbox is smooth and so is the light clutch.

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The entire rev range has been, as always in TVS tradition, is tailored to deliver the best rideability. The low and mid-range is great and this time there is a healthy top-end too. The motorcycle does 110 km/hr quite ease on the speedo which is great for a 160cc bike. The bike is very much fun to ride when it comes to the engine as it has gone ahead by miles in terms of performance and refinement.

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Chassis-wise, the RTR 160 takes the potent 200 platform and gets revised suspension on both ends, but this time tuned with the folks called Showa! Same chassis, slimmer folks and retuned monoshock at the rear showcase that the stability is far more superior than before, the fatter rubber also helps in this regard. The playful chassis is quick to change direction and is composed at the same time. Handlebar over the two-piece unit is always a great addition as it is ideal for street riding because it is far more forgiving and allows more leverage in corners.

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The nimbleness on offer should help daily commuter weave through traffic. The Remora tyres are spot on in terms of grip. We were leaning really hard on them and not for a second they let us disappointed. Brakes were good in terms of progressive power but the feedback from the lever felt a bit dull at full pelt while testing for hard braking. This clearly shouldn’t be a problem on the roads at the front or rear.

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2018 TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Review, Verdict

Overall, the RTR 160 4V is here and has one motive, to be at the top of the pyramid. The bike gets a well-deserved upgrade as it was lacking for quite a long time. The RTR 160 had the potential always against its rival, but the lack of changes made it come last. This time, it has a new set of rivals and despite that, the RTR 160 4V seems ready. TVS has offered a lot this time yet again with variants and fueling options, we would have to see how the manufacturer takes thing forward. For now, the RTR 160 4V is back and how! We cannot to road test and tell you about it!

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