The super-premium ride
Ihave been waiting for over a year to ride the RR 310, having seen it as a concept, Akula, at the Auto Expo in 2016. Finally, the wait is over.
With BMW taking the naked and adventure route, TVS has gone for the fully faired super sports form. The fully faired sports bike is the product of TVS’ 35-year-long racing experience and heritage. The benefit of their racing experience is visible in the product.
I have witnessed TVS Racing from day one when they made a humble beginning, racing the 50-cc moped, to the modern times when they have become a powerhouse of motor sport, taking on challenges such as the toughest motor sport event in the world, the Dakar Rally.
The build quality of RR 310 is top class right from the slotted top yoke of the triple clamp and the quality of plastics to all the switchgear, foot-pegs, and the gear and brake levers. Indeed, the diecast swing is a piece of art. The seat with its 810-mm height and its contoured shape as well as the wellplaced clip-ons that are not too high nor too low prevent wrist ache during slow city riding. The foot-pegs are on the low side, thus making them comfortable for road use. The three axis points — handlebar, seat, and foot-pegs — are spot-on to give you a relaxed riding position.
Now it was time to see what the RR 310 was capable of, and what better place to do it than on the Chennai racetrack? A gentle push on the starter switch fired the engine to life with a little clatter from the valve gear before settling down a high idling speed of 1,700 rpm. This high idling engine rpm is due to the very light crankshaft and flywheel weight. Exiting the pit-lane you can feel the linear power delivery all the way to the rev limiter. Just after a couple of corners the 310 inspired so much confidence that I started pushing the bike from the first lap itself. This is something I normally don’t do, but it was due to the confidence the bike inspired in me that I could push it from the word go. I had my knee down round all the corners, starting from C1 all the way round even on the negativecamber C3.
The only thing I would change on the bike for the racetrack is raise the footpegs by at least two-and-a-half inches. The bike is very tractable and can pull from 45 km/h in sixth gear with a 100-kg pillion on board. The gear shift is very light and positive and did not have a single false neutral.
The Apache RR 310 is one of the best handling motorcycles I have ridden — it is in the same league as my racing RS125 Honda and that says a lot for a streetgoing motorcycle. The only negative is the valve clatter when you start the bike. TVS has really cracked the code with this fantastic motorcycle.