TVS Apache RTR 200

It’s a re­ally good han­dler. Wish it made more power though

Evo India - - MOTOR SPORT - Ben­jamin Gracias (@BenGra­cias)

TTHE LAT­EST AD­DI­TION to our fleet is TVS’s new flag­ship mo­tor­cy­cle. The pearls­cent white bike that you see here is the car­bu­ret­ted ver­sion which I per­son­ally pre­fer as it is tuned for more low- to mid-range power de­liv­ery — per­fect for rid­ing in the city. It comes shod with Pirelli tyres that come stan­dard on the FI ver­sion but can be op­tioned on the car­bu­ret­ted one. The tyres them­selves are a unique com­bi­na­tion — Pirelli Sport Demons do duty up­front while the rear is rounded off by the An­gel GT. The tyres work well in the dry though I haven’t had the op­por­tu­nity to test them in the wet. That will be done soon as the mon­soon ap­proaches and I will up­date you on that in the next re­port. The bike has been run­ning fine ex­cept for one nig­gle. For rea­sons un­known, the speedo sen­sor keeps conk­ing off and then lead­ing to a speedo read­ing show­ing zero and the mes­sage, check speedo sen­sor be­ing dis­played on the LCD con­sole. Af­ter a few kilo­me­tres the speedome­ter starts work­ing again. The bike was sent for ser­vice for this very rea­son but the is­sue has cropped up again. The 200cc mo­tor pro­vides a fine blend of power and lin­ear­ity though I would have wished for more poke to com­ple­ment the sub­lime chassis. One thing I have re­alised over the month is the seat is quite wide for me to move around while rid­ing. Ryan too men­tioned the fact that the RTR’s seat fits his large der­rière bet­ter than his Bul­let. ⌧

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