TVS Apache RR310

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Rid­ing the RR310 has left me a lit­tle per­plexed. From not too long ago, the i dea of a fran­tic high-per­for­mance, low cu­bic ca­pac­ity street­fighter seemed vastly ap­peal­ing to me ver­sus rid­ing a re­fined but un­com­fort­ably com­mit­ted su­pers­port. This Apache re­ally proves that su­pers­port styling can in­tel­li­gently blend in street friendly er­gonomics. Al­though, I am still a bit wary on the road with a ful­ly­faired mo­tor­cy­cle like this. De­spite the 310 moniker it’s easy to mis­take it for a big­ger ma­chine and while that’s great for grab­bing at­ten­tion, it’s a bit of a strug­gle in bumper-to­bumper traf­fic. Thread­ing through crawl­ing traf­fic re­quires me to be very cau­tious, more so with the rear view mir­rors pro­trud­ing way out­side the body­work. Some more sad­dle time should help me get used to this.

On the me­chan­i­cal side of things, the RR310 re­ceived beefier bar-end weights to curb some of the vi­bra­tions trans­fer­ring onto the han­dle­bars. More of that “get­ting used to” needs to hap­pen as far as the vi­bra­tions are con­cerned. The high-per­for­mance part of the mo­tor­cy­cle comes in heaps and loads when the throt­tle is opened up or even when the go­ing gets twisty. Per­son­ally how­ever, this fran­tic de­meanour does not en­tirely suit the mo­tor­cy­cle’s char­ac­ter and ap­pear­ance as a sleek su­pers­port ma­chine. That said, I’m ac­tu­ally think­ing of the RR310 as the per­fect mix of the Honda CBR250R and the KTM 390 Duke, of­fer­ing the best (and a bit more) of both worlds. Those are very lik­able ma­chines with pros and cons that the RR310 en­velops in a more lik­able over­all pack­age.

Float­ing wind­screen is true to its name with no vis­i­ble hinges and screws but the in­ac­ces­si­ble space be­tween the body­work and the screen leaves these an­noy­ing wa­ter­marks Dig­i­tal dis­play Yes | Ta­chome­ter Yes | Fuel gauge Yes | Elec­tric start Yes | Disc brakes

F/R | Tyres tube­less | ARAI Ef­fi­ciency NA Price Rs 2.05 lakh (ex- Delhi) War­ranty 2 years/ 40,000km

Ab­hik Das Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent ab­hik.das@in­to­day.com @ab­hik616

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