TVS Apache RR310

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My last re­port of the RR310 talked about the 600km run to Jaipur and back. In which, I dis­cov­ered small im­per­fec­tions in the brak­ing de­part­ment. Mind you, the brak­ing unit it­self isn’t lack­ing in any way as the 300mm front and 240mm rear petal discs func­tion fine with con­trolled stop­ping dis­tances and mod­er­ate feed­back. The de­sign of the levers them­selves and rear ABS sen­si­tiv­ity were my ar­eas of com­plaint.

The er­gonomics were my sec­ond cause of con­cern. The city runs were com­fort­able, ir­re­spec­tive of the traf­fic as short dis­tances on the sad­dle never hinted at any dis­com­fort. Out on the high­way, things were a bit dif­fer­ent. The rid­ing po­si­tion is mid­way be­tween a fully com­mit­ted sport rid­ing pos­ture and a slightly com­fort ori­ented stance. That works in the city but starts stress­ing the up­per back and knees over dis­tances. This was pos­si­bly am­pli­fied as I was rid­ing in straight high­ways de­void of cor­ners; then again, out on Nepal’s twisty moun­tain roads I did feel the need for a more com­mit­ted rid­ing po­si­tion. The third is the en­gine. Vi­bra­tions aside, this en­gine re­mains gruff over­all. It is surely ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ful ac­cel­er­a­tion and im­pres­sive top speed but re­fine­ment and smooth­ness has been vary­ing de­pend­ing on am­bi­ent con­di­tions. For ex­am­ple, the en­gine ran smoother dur­ing the night (thus cooler am­bi­ent air tem­per­a­tures) ride to Jaipur but com­ing back dur­ing the day, the en­gine felt rough.

Eight months on and the TVS will be ex­it­ing our long term mo­tor­cy­cle test fleet. We haven’t logged as many kilo­me­tres as we would have liked to nev­er­the­less, we did en­joy some of our time aboard it. The styling works won­ders for the mo­tor­cy­cle, giv­ing it solid road pres­ence while the sus­pen­sion is pos­si­bly the best in class. We wish re­fine­ment lev­els could be upped with con­trolled vi­bra­tions.

THE STYLING WORKS WON­DERS

FOR THE MO­TOR­CY­CLE, GIV­ING IT SOLID ROAD PRES­ENCE

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

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