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

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Words: Manaal Ma­hatme | Pho­tog­ra­phy: TVS Mo­tor Com­pany

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?

What’s new?

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.

Rides bet­ter?

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.

Sweeter deal?

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

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