TVS Apache RTR 160

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POST SER­VIC­ING THE RTR CAME BACK AS GOOD AS NEW

Dig­i­tal dis­play Yes | Ta­chome­ter Yes | Fuel

gauge Yes | Elec­tric start Yes | Disc brakes

Both | Tyres tube­less | ARAI Ef­fi­ciency NA Price Rs 84,490 (ex-show­room, Delhi)

War­ranty 2 years/ 40,000km

When­ever you send your mo­tor­cy­cle for rou­tine ser­vic­ing, you ob­vi­ously ex­pect some gains in terms of per­for­mance. Get­ting your mo­tor­cy­cle ser­viced prop­erly on or be­fore time from an au­tho­rized ser­vice cen­ter will def­i­nitely trans­late to good re­sults. Last week I got the RTR ser­viced to­wards the end of the mon­soon sea­son. Though, there were no ma­jor is­sues, the RTR 160 4V had ac­cu­mu­lated a lot of grime and de­posits, es­pe­cially on the mov­ing cy­cle parts hav­ing rid­den ex­ten­sively in the rain, cross­ing wa­ter­logged roads on many oc­ca­sions. Sticky mud de­posited on most of the parts had dried, with the chain and sprocket suf­fer­ing the worst as they’re ex­posed. Leav­ing them unat­tended de­grades their func­tion­al­ity as well as life span. A slight noise was be­ing let out while the chain and sprocket looked vis­i­bly dry too. The brake pads too had ac­cu­mu­lated de­posits thus weren’t as ef­fec­tive as be­fore.

Post ser­vic­ing the RTR came back as good as new. The brake pads were de-glazed and are back to per­form­ing ef­fec­tively. Also, the over­all per­for­mance has im­proved. Throt­tle re­sponse is crisper and with the chain be­ing cleaned and lu­bri­cated, ac­cel­er­a­tion has also has im­proved. The en­gine feels more re­fined than be­fore which has also made the fuel ef­fi­ciency go up. I’ve been en­joy­ing my time with the RTR 160 post its ser­vice.

A trip to the ser­vice cen­tre has helped im­prove throt­tle re­sponse and has also re­sulted in an uptick in fuel ef­fi­ciency

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