FIRST RIDES 148 APACHE RTR 160 149 APACHE RTR 200 150 SUZUKI GIXXER 250 151 YAMAHA RAY ZR 152 HONDA ACTIVA 125
The latest avatar does a lot more than comply with the new emission norms
THE TVS APACHE RTR 160 4V was the benchmark when it came to performance in its class, without compromising usability. After all, in a nutshell, it was a downsized Apache RTR 200 4V that we love. But with the BS6 model, can this bike get any better?
The 2020 Apache gets a new LED headlight, new rear view mirrors, and decals. But that’s not all; it also gets the new Bosch fuel injection unit with a faster loop control that improves the fuelling for smoother throttle response.
The 159.7cc, single-cylinder, 4-valve engine is now BS6 compliant, losing 0.8bhp and 0.7Nm. However, the maximum power is now made at higher revs thanks to the new components that allow the engine to rev freely.
Swing your leg over and you hardly feel the difference... until you thumb the one-touch starter. The BS6-compliant engine is a lot more refined, right from the get-go.
At full chat, you will only feel a mild tingle at the ’pegs. But what truly blew my socks off was the Glide Through Traffic (GTT) system. Slowly release the clutch, let go of the throttle and the bike creeps forward at up to 17kmph in third gear, a boon in the harrowing city traffic, eh?
The gearbox, too, is brilliant and free from deadshifts even when pushing the bike hard. The Showa suspension setup remains unchanged. The spongy brakes, (especially the rear disc, a chronic TVS problem) hasn’t been solved yet though, the front offers enough stopping power.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4V was already a great machine and the GTT, feather-touch start and other updates make it more appealing. The carb variants have been discontinued as they don’t meet BS6 norms. Prices start at `99,950 for the drum variant, with the disc variant costing `1.03 lakh. Only Yamaha’s BS6 FZ-S rivals it right now. The competition will eventually catch up with their BS6 models, but unless they do something radical, the RTR 160 4V will continue to rule the segment.L
1: Gear position indicator would be welcome. 2: New graphics for the 2020 model. 3: BS6 trickery gives it good refinement. 4: Same old, same old