The super-pre­mium ride

Auto components India - - OEM - Story by: Aspi Bha­thena

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.

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