TVS Apache RR 310

Fi­nally, a mo­tor­cy­cle worth pulling rank for

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Aninda Sardar (@anin­dasar­dar)

II WAS DIS­AP­POINTED. SORELY dis­ap­pointed, when Sirish asked me to go and ride TVS' new flag­ship at the MMRT and I had to pass it up be­cause of per­sonal rea­sons. It was a bike that I had been look­ing for­ward to since I laid eyes on the Akula 33 con­cept that TVS Mo­tors show­cased at a now dis­tant Auto Expo 2016. And when TVS was kind enough to send a spank­ing fresh-outof-the-crate new ex­am­ple for a long term test, I de­cided to pull rank and make it my own.

It's been two months since and I've man­aged to put on a mod­est 821km on the bike. Vir­tu­ally all of those 821 were clocked on Pune's roads, cut­ting through traf­fic. Only a cou­ple of rides to Lavasa have been the ex­cep­tion. I know, shame on me right? But rid­ing around that many kilo­me­tres in what will be the pri­mary en­vi­ron­ment for the RR 310 re­vealed just how fab­u­lous the bike is in the real world, away from the race­track.

First up, that tractabil­ity that I had found en­dear­ing when I had done the com­par­i­son test with the KTM RC twins, feels even more en­dear­ing as I fil­ter through traf­fic. It doesn't make you work hard, rather it's the kind of mo­tor­cy­cle that pam­pers you by tak­ing some of the load of rid­ing through traf­fic off your shoul­ders. It's perfect for lazy bones me be­cause I don't like to con­stantly sift through the 'box look­ing for drive. I've seen a lot of writ­ten ma­te­rial about vi­bra­tions, but hon­estly, do you re­ally ex­pect a 300-plus cee cee sin­gle cylin­der to be vibe-free? C'mon!

Then there's the rid­ing pos­ture. Sure, it's more com­mit­ted than an av­er­age naked street­fighter and you will have to crouch to get to the han­dle­bar. But I like the fact that TVS man­aged to strike a balance. With prac­ti­cally no scope of scrap­ing foot­pegs any­where in the cities, the slightly low­ered foot­pegs are a boon in the real world.

Frankly, the only glitch I've come across thus far is that the starter but­ton seems to be of de­layed ac­tion. You thumb the starter and then have to wait a sec­ond for the mo­tor to start. It's not im­me­di­ate. So be pre­pared to lis­ten to honks if you haven't started the bike a cou­ple of sec­onds be­fore the sig­nal goes green. Also, the LED pro­jec­tor head­lamp is fan­tas­tic but needs to be aligned. It's al­most time for the bike's first ser­vice and I'm hop­ing to get both is­sues sorted. ⌧

Date ac­quired Fe­bru­ary 2017

Du­ra­tion of test 2 months

To­tal mileage 1350km

Mileage this month 276km

Over­all kmpl 29kmpl

Costs this month Nil

‘I had been look­ing for­ward to this bike since I laid eyes on the Akula 33 con­cept’

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