TVS Apache RR 310

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The RR 310 fi­nally got a taste of the high­way last month. Clock­ing about 600km from Noida to Jaipur and back, the jour­ney was an eye opener in many re­spects. You see, rid­ing in the city alone may not al­ways tell you about a mo­tor­cy­cle’s per­for­mance, true abil­i­ties and com­fort will most cer­tainly vary ac­cord­ing to the dis­tance and traf­fic den­sity. Till now my sore com­plaints were the vi­bra­tions that to some ex­tent, can be ac­cept­able al­beit be­ing an­noy­ing. The high­way re­vealed much more.

First off, safety should be of prime con­cern while rid­ing solo on the high­way. Some­thing as sim­ple as cov­er­ing the rear brake should be of ut­most im­por­tance as high speeds and eva­sive ac­tions re­quire shorter re­ac­tion times. TVS usu­ally an­gles the rear brake lever steeply on their sportier mo­tor­cy­cles and the lever it­self is longer or placed for­ward w.r.t the foot­peg. On the RR, the er­gonomics aren’t as ex­treme to re­quire the lever to be placed at such an an­gle. This makes for a very un­com­fort­ably placed right foot where my size 9 boots had to be rested on the heel for the toe to reach the lever. The longer lever has to travel fur­ther in its stroke for ef­fec­tive ap­pli­ca­tion. More­over, the very lack of feel from the brake lever makes feath­er­ing the rear brake ex­tremely dif­fi­cult. Of course, the front brake helps shed max­i­mum speed but here too, a longer lever needs more travel to ac­tu­ate thus re­sult­ing in a bite point that’s much closer to the han­dle­bar, re­sult­ing in more re­ac­tion time to ini­ti­ate ef­fec­tive brak­ing.

That’s just one as­pect that came to fore on the trip, look out for the next re­port which will de­tail more hits and misses for the RR 310 as a sport tourer high­light­ing the er­gonomics and en­gine per­for­mance among other things.

CLOCK­ING ABOUT 600KM, THE JOUR­NEY WAS AN EYE OPENER

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 (exDelhi) War­ranty 2 years/ 40,000km

Heat dis­si­pa­tion is ef­fec­tive on long rides as the ra­di­a­tor fan blows out the hot air from the ra­di­a­tor down­ward through this vent in­stead of the rider’s leg, re­duc­ing dis­com­fort

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