TVS Motors recently launched the Apache RTR-200 in Goa. The latest edition of the RTR family tops in style and finish. It is clear that TVS has gone the whole hog with the new bike providing it with several options to meet all kinds of customer requirements. Be it in terms of carburetor or fuel-injection, ABS assist for the brakes or the Pirelli or soft compound Remora tyres.
In looks the RTR 200 is compact. It is more male than earlier RTRs, viz. the RTR 160 cc and RTR 180 cc models. The front bears resemblance to the Ducati Streetfighter and the headlight is crested by a smartly turned out, fully digital instrument cluster. The console packs in plenty of features, including a cascading tachometer at the top, easily read speedometer, shift-light beacon, 0-60kph timer and fastest lap-time timer.
The Apache RTR 200 according to biking enthusiasts is a sporty bike but easily adaptable to city riding. It gives the impression that TVS is already drawing on learning to improve its bikes from famous German technology partner, BMW Motorrad. The motor cycle has high-quality feel and attention-to-detail is apparent in little things such as a neatly bisected fuel tank, carefully crafted filler-lid and a dust cover to protect the rear disc brake from road grime.
Some of the features that add to the style are the clip-on bars, comfy palm grips and switches that work well. The mirrors are broad, and offer good rear view. Edgy tank extensions lean forward to the dinky oil-cooling radiator. The tank leads back into a split seat. A smartly designed belly cowl sits below the engine bay, and much of the motorcycle is black, including its flank panels, aluminium alloy-encased engine and elegant 10-spoke alloy wheels. Another visual high point is the purposeful, double barrel, under-over format exhaust.
With all the smart features it is not surprising that the RTR 200 is receiving good response in the market. The bike is high-powered and reaction to it from motor cycle enthusiasts is been very good, says Yatish Dalvi, proprietor, Manguirish Motors, Margao. It is the most evolved product in the RTR platform (short for Racing Throttle Response), he says. There is a waiting list of one month for the bike, especially for the red colour model that is the most popular, says Dalvi.
More exciting variants of RTR-200 is expected to hit the market soon as TVS has RTR-200 ABS and a RTR-200 FI (fuel injection) models waiting in the wings, he reveals.
The RTR-200 ex-showroom price in Goa starts at Rs 90,725 and goes up to Rs 95,725 for the top specification model while on-road price varies from Rs 1,01857 to Rs 106857. It is available in five colours- white, black, grey, red and yellow.
The RTR-200 is positioned to compete with the KTM-200 and the Pulsar-200. Its performance is thrilling. It picks up speed easily but is good for city commuting too. The throttle is loud and audible from the moment you fire up the engine. It is got a sporty, rev-happy character that encourages you to ride hard. All in all a motor cycle that is certain to attract noisy, bike riders.
TVS is dedicated to promoting motor racing in India. It is got several motor cycling events and the Apache RTR model of bikes fit in with the company’s commitment to promoting biking as a sport.