TEST RIDE |TVS APACHE RTR 200 4V 2.0 : THE DAILY STREETFIGHTERPosted On: September 10, 2018 By : AutoLife Team
It wouldn’t be wrong to assume people back in the old days would loath over the fact that there weren’t many options for motorcycles to choose from, since there were only a few motorcycles in Nepal. But now, we loath over the fact that there are too many companies providing us options in all the various motorcycle segments. One of the most competitive segments in Nepal has to be the 200cc – 250cc segment which has over 10 different motorcycle manufacturing companies providing us with various options. One of them happens to be TVS, who came up with the Apache RTR 200 4V in recent times. And the RTR has definitely been getting a splendid response from the market. But now, it has upped its game and gone to update it where TVS now, brings us the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0. TVS did far more than just a simple cosmetic update where it comes with new features that are likely to spark enthusiasm amongst the moto community in Nepal. We’ve had the pleasure of testing the new racer and come up with our take on the new Apache. So, let’s not keep you waiting and get on with the details.
DESIGNS AND FEATURES
The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 comes in 4 new colors schemes which are black, red, grey and white. All of them are great to look at, especially with the coloring accents which are available in all colors giving the motorcycle an edgy and sporty feel. The new Apache also gets a windshield which the previous one lacked. Although it doesn’t really add any noticeable wind protection to the rider, you do feel rested knowing that there’s something covering one of our favorite parts of the bike which is the instrument cluster. The all-digital instrument cluster hasn’t received any updates, although, we don’t think it’s all that necessary since it comes with a shift light, gear position indicator, a clock, 3 different trip meters, lap timer and much more. The barrel exhaust still gives out the signature throaty exhaust note that the Apache series have and is a look that’s been fancied by many, but of course looks are subjective.
Slipper clutch is a cool new addition as it makes the new Apache a better racer than the previous model, plus now, you get bragging rights. Although TVS has other options listed like the FI variant or Pirelli tires option but sadly we have not received any information on its availability in Nepal. The new Apache, like the previous model, still comes with LED DRLs, halogen headlights, LED taillights and LED turn signals. The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 does come in two tire variants where one is more road going and good for cornering while the second option is dual purpose tires at the rear for those individuals who see bad roads more often during the day.
ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE
The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 is powered by a 4-stroke, 197.75cc, single cylinder engine which produces a maximum power of 20.5 PS @ 8500 RPM and maximum torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7000 RPM. Ever wondered what RTR stands for? Well, it’s Racing Throttle Response and that clearly is translated in the Apache’s acceleration; the punch that it has makes it ideal for coming out of corners and getting into race speeds.
We had moments on open roads where we had the chance to push it hard and the engine did well to hold up with what we asked of it. The oil-cooler does what is asked of it as we didn’t notice any significant over heating during traffic. One of the main highlights for the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 is the addition of slipper clutch. It’s the first bike in the 200cc segment to feature one and really adds to the riding experience for riders. So down shifting wasn’t a problem either as the gear shifts were relatively smoother and that’s something that naturally comes to a bike with a slipper clutch.
BRAKING AND SUSPENSION
The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 gets a 270 mm Petal type disc in the front and a 240 mm Petal type disc in the rear. The front brakes are by no means progressive and does the job of stopping the bike but of course TVS has room to improve here, although we can’t say the same for the rear brakes because it has a big initial bite which gives you plenty of command over it. It took us a few tries to get used to the braking threshold so the rear wheel would stop locking, after that, you just can’t stop power sliding and showing off. Besides that, the suspensions were ideally set up for the daily rider as it was tuned soft enough to soak up the patches of tarmac that had potholes; yet, it was stiff enough to handle turns brilliantly. The feedback from the suspensions were superb and you can get a good feel of the tarmac while really lets you know how far you should let the Apache lean over.
Entering corners couldn’t have been easier with the new slipper clutch which the race edition RTR now gets. Coming in at high speeds, you’ll need to down shift quickly and for those who don’t have much experience or are a little rusty tend to shift down one gear too much. That causes the rear wheel to chatter but with the race edition RTR, you won’t feel the full wrath of an incorrect down shift so it inspires a lot of confidence, especially for novice riders that need a more forgiving bike to learn the art of shifting.
COMFORT AND HANDLING
The ergonomics are sporty but not overly committed. We would like to say it leans towards the commuter side of things. The bike is nimble and we could easily zip around the morning jam but still it was stable enough to handle the short bursts of speed on an open road. The wheelbase was a contributing factor allowing for stability in speed and the nimbleness. Like we mentioned earlier, the way the suspensions were tuned was ideal for the roads that we have as we didn’t face any discomfort throughout the duration of the test ride. The RTR handles like a charm; the Double Cradle Split Synchro STIFF chassis feels stable and the RTR dipped into corners with ease. Not to mention, the dual purpose tires which were on the model we were testing handled the corners pretty well and we could only imagine the amount of confidence that the road going tires would inspire. The off-road tire variant had a pretty decent grip on muddy and broken road patches too, which is pretty useful given that those are common in Nepal.
The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 is a bike that is sure to be on the top of the list that commuters will be looking to get in the 200cc motorcycle segment. Well, who wouldn’t, with the feature loaded all-digital instrument console, the edgy body styling, punchy acceleration, well balanced suspensions and of course the signature RTR exhaust note? We thoroughly enjoyed all of the moments on the race edition RTR and we have to say that TVS definitely have ticked the right boxes with the new RTR and have given the market one of the best options for enthusiasts and commuters alike.