R15 V3 vs RTR 160 4V vs Gixxer SF

Track-bred mo­tor­cy­cles have been let loose on the roads as we try to find out the best set of wheels that’ll help you hone your rid­ing skills and prep you for the track

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Race mo­tor­cy­cles can be a hand­ful and tam­ing them re­quires a great de­gree of skill but what do you do when these track hooli­gans come out on the road? You ei­ther pick up the stick to tame them the old-school way or you go with the flow and learn a few skills in the process. This is a shootout that’s a bit of a mash-up. On one hand we have the vener- able Yamaha YZF-R15 in its third gen­er­a­tion, look­ing ev­ery bit pre­mium as a younger sib­ling of the YZF-R1 should. On the other, stands the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V com­ing out straight from the pit garage of the six time na­tional cham­pi­onship win­ning RTR 160 race bike. And, to com­plete the line-up, the Suzuki Gixxer SF which has been busy fuelling the dreams of young racing tal­ent in its own one-make cham­pi­onship. So here’s the deal - all three mo­tor­cy­cles fit in as top con­tenders of the 160cc seg­ment, one of them is a prop­erly faired, exquisitely en­gi­neered mo­tor­cy­cle while the other is an ace street ruf­fian and the third com­bines both the for­mer’s qual­i­ties, fus­ing them into one solid pack­age. What brings them to­gether in this test is the fact that all three

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