TVS Apache RR 310 Review
Bike Tested: TVS Apache RR 310; Road Test No. 886; Test Location: MMRT, Chennai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 2,35,980/-
The Apache RR 310 is a practical full-faired bike with good performance & dynamics
The TVS Apache RR 310 has been finally launched, 20 months after it was first showcased in drooling concept form with the name Akula. A motorcycle which brings many firsts for TVS, the Apache RR 310 is developed with the help of BMW whose engineering is sure to make this bike worth watching out for. Does the new fastest Indian feel worth the price or has TVS been too optimistic? A quick ride on the MMRT in Chennai helps us answer that and more.
Motor Quest: The TVS Apache series first made its debut in 2006 with the Apache 150, it was replaced by the Apache 160. The Apache 180 joined the lineup later, becoming the most affordable motorcycle in the country to sport dual-channel ABS. The Apache 200 was launched in 2016 and now TVS has brought the second sub-series of the Apache, the RR which stands for Race Replica.
Styling – When it comes to the styling department, TVS’ effort to pull off something like the Apache RR 310 has to be commended. Every bit in the motorcycle looks it’s built-in harmony. The overall design isn’t busy and buzzing, it’s rather simple and understated. The gold-finished up-side down forks highlight the front end, while the dual LED projector headlights with LED DRLs and the inverted Omega LED tail-light give the motorcycle a menacing look. You get Apache and RR 310 branding on the sides of the full fairing. Everything looks neat and well put together, though the rear end is exposed.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The instrument cluster in the Apache RR 310 is by far the most gorgeous-looking and informative unit you will find in this price range. The vertically-stacked full digital unit provides a plethora of information. You have the basic stuff like a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, twin trip meters, fuel range, engine temperature and gear position indicator. Additionally, the console also has a lap timer, top speed timer and notifier, live and average mileage indicator, side stand alarm and also a hazard light switch. There are no second thoughts on the quality of the switchgear as it is a direct lift from the BMW G310R. The switchgear definitely feels premium and is easy to use.
Ergonomics – The Apache RR 310 boasts of spot-on ergonomics. The clip-on handlebar with triple clamps is slightly high set so that the steering angle isn’t that committed as its rival’s. The seats themselves are well-cushioned, hence making long-distance touring a breeze. However, the high set pillion seat will not be appreciated by the pillion. The rear-set footpegs make for a sporty riding experience although they aren’t very rear-set like the ones on the KTM RC 390. The Thermal Management System on the motorcycle is fitted with special gill vents to protect the rider’s leg from engine heat and also aids in better heat dissipation.