TVS Apache RTR 160 4V


The new 160 is a great up­date to TVS’s long­est-run­ning Apache model

Hot on the heels of their new flag­ship mo­tor­cy­cle, tVs have now re­booted the other end of the Apache spec­trum with the all-new Apache RtR 160 4V. As the “4V” in the name sug­gests, the en­try-level Apache now gets a four-valve head, sim­i­lar to the sohC unit first seen on the 200-cc vari­ant in­tro­duced two years ago. the new bike also shares more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance with its 200-cc cousin, as both bikes take strong vis­ual cues from the tVs Draken con­cept that was show­cased in 2016.

this is the first com­pre­hen­sive up­date for a mo­tor­cy­cle that has been around for over a decade and tVs have re­worked just about every­thing on the bike. the head­lamp, tank, rear monoshock, blacked-out ex­haust and full-dig­i­tal dash look just like those on the RtR 200, and al­though the new RtR 160 gets a one-piece seat rather than the split unit from its larger sib­ling, both bikes share the same 800-mm sad­dle height. the en­gine, too, has been mod­ernised and is sim­i­lar in ar­chi­tec­ture to

that of the RtR 200 4V, as both units fea­ture a counter-bal­ancer shaft to keep vi­bra­tions in check, an oil-cooler and that four-valve head. the old RtR 160’s bore and stroke di­men­sions of 62 x 52.9 mm have, how­ever, been re­tained for an un­changed dis­place­ment of 159.7 cc. this new pow­er­plant now makes 14.8 nm of twist at 6,500 rpm, up from the 13.1 nm in the out­go­ing model, and 16.5 Ps at 8,000 rpm, which is up from 15.4 Ps, while the op­tional Kei­hin fu­elin­jec­tion sys­tem adds an­other 0.3 Ps peak power. the fuel-in­jected vari­ant comes with disc brakes at both ends, while buy­ers of the car­bu­ret­ted ver­sion can opt for ei­ther a disc or a drum at the rear.

Af­ter re­veal­ing the new bike to us at a gala event in Chen­nai, tVs Mo­tor took a bunch of us journos to their pri­vate test track in ho­sur to throw a leg over the new ma­chine. I was im­me­di­ately at home star­ing at that fa­mil­iar dig­i­tal dash and the en­gine fired up with the rorty ex­haust note that has been typ­i­cal of the Apache fam­ily of bikes for years. the mo­tor loves be­ing revved and, al­though it does start feel­ing harsh be­yond 7,500 rpm, it still con­tin­ues to pull strongly for an­other 1,000 revs. Buy­ers who aren’t al­ways look­ing to rev the pants off this bike and de­sire an at­trac­tive ur­ban com­muter won’t be dis­ap­pointed ei­ther, for the en­gine is flex­i­ble enough to pull smoothly from 3,000 rpm with­out knock­ing and a large por­tion of torque is avail­able from 4,000 rpm on­wards. the en­gine is mated to a smooth-shift­ing five-speed

gear­box that never missed a beat dur­ing my short ride, al­though shifts do some­times feel a lit­tle vague. throt­tle re­sponse is smooth and pre­dictable on both the car­bu­ret­ted and fuel-in­jected vari­ants, al­though the fI bike did seem a lit­tle less harsh as revs rose.

tVs Mo­tor are ex­tremely proud of their rac­ing her­itage and their mo­tor sport arm, tVs Rac­ing, has won the last six na­tional cham­pi­onships in the premier 165-cc Group B class. the com­pany has al­ways in­cor­po­rated lessons learnt at the track into the de­vel­op­ment of their road bikes and the RtR 160 4V is no ex­cep­tion. the bike gets the stiff dou­ble-cra­dle split chas­sis that, on the RtR 200, has proved it­self on road as well as track and tVs have en­listed Ja­panese sus­pen­sion gi­ant showa to de­velop the fork and the monoshock. Con­se­quently, han­dling is spot on; the bike turns in ex­tremely fast, ac­cu­rately holds its line and wasn’t one bit both­ered by the small bumps and un­du­la­tions on the track, even at ex­treme lean an­gles. the 270-mm petal disc up front does a great job of haul­ing the bike down from speed. the rear wheel is taken care of by a smaller 200-mm disc or a 130-mm drum, depend­ing on the vari­ant. As a pack­age, the bike felt ex­tremely sharp and con­fi­dence-in­spir­ing on the track. I would have loved to spend more time ex­plor­ing its lim­its and even ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it in ur­ban and high­way con­di­tions.

the Apache RtR 160 4V is a great up­date to tVs’s long­est-run­ning Apache model and gives prospec­tive buy­ers a fea­ture-packed and mod­ern mo­tor­cy­cle at the en­try-point of the grow­ing Apache brand. high­lights for me were the pre­cise han­dling and strong en­gine, and I am ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to spend­ing more time with this mo­tor­cy­cle to bring you real-world rid­ing im­pres­sions and per­for­mance facts and fig­ures in a com­pre­hen­sive road test. stay tuned.

The Apache RTR 160 4V is a great up­date to TVS’s long­est-run­ning Apache model and gives prospec­tive buy­ers a fea­ture-packed and mod­ern mo­tor­cy­cle

Seat and tail sec­tion are all new; sad­dle height is 800 mm

LED tail-lamp is shared with the RTR 200

Re­vised 160-cc en­gine is more re­fined; gets a counter-bal­ancer shaft

Front-end shares ag­gres­sive sig­na­ture with the RTR 200

Ag­ile, but with pre­dictable han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics

Black ex­haust end-can looks iden­ti­cal to that on the 200 but is tuned dif­fer­ently

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