TVS Apache RTR 4V
In the fractured 150 naked class, TVS’s new 159.7cc Apache RTR 160 4V makes a compelling case for itself. Whether you’re a first-time rider or a veteran looking to pick up a new fun machine, the RTR 4v improves on its previous generation with the new updates.
The easiest change to spot: the bodywork and overall design. The RTR 4V looks beefier and more aggressive with the new plastics, lights, and tank. Especially in the front, the improvements come from the fit and finish.
The tank is lower and wider, carrying 12Litres of fuel. I fit on the new RTR 4V much better than the old one, thanks to those changes to the tank shape. It’s easier to grip with your legs while taking the corners. Technically, the “tank” is a plastic cover, not a metal unit, which means it’ll be much cheaper to replace if the bike goes down.
The taillight and the DRLs are LED, while the headlights remain Halogen. TVS is still using their teardrop turn signals with incandescent bulbs. You either care or don’
RTR: What’s new with the working parts
The carburated version of the 159.7cc oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine with 4 valves produces 16.8HP at 8000RPM and 14.8NM (newton meter) at 6500RPM. The engine Redlines at 12000RPM. When compared to the older model, the new model makes 1.4HP and 1.7NM more.
The Apache RTR 160 4V uses the same split cradle frame as the RTR200.
The telescopic front forks and the rear mono-shock unit were developed in partnership with the Japanese firm Showa.
The carb version is brought to a halt by 270mm front and 200mm rear (optional) petal disks.
Let’s start with the tires. The old model came with 90/90/17 on the front and 110/80/17 on the rear, but the new bike wears TVS’s Remora. The tire has a speed rating of 49P wherein ‘49’ denominates a maximum load-carrying index of 185 kg while the ‘P’ represents the maximum speed for the tire which stands at 150kmph. The Remoras are perfectly good stock tires for most riders.
Pros and Cons of the bike
The RTR 160 4V has a few lowlights, let’s start with the Cons.
Cons of Apache RTR 4V
- Storage space: There’s not much room under the seat to store your paperwork and the area is not waterproof. Always seal your important documents while transporting them in your bike’s tail section.
- Lack of a 6th gear: Given the performance of the bike, it is a disappointment that the transmission is only limited to 5 gears. The gears are tuned for shorter shifting as well, making it a hurdle while riding in city traffics.
- Not so fuel-efficient: You will get 30-32KM/L on average if you stay within 60kmh range which is below average fuel efficiency for this segment.
Pros of Apache RTR 4V
- Price of the bike: This is the best bike you can get your hands-on with the budget.
- Design: The Apache RTR 160 4V looks quite similar to its elder sibling, the RTR 200 4V. The tank shrouds add a muscular look to the bike and the naked headlamp goes on to snarl at anyone who crosses its path.
- Comfort: It is quite a comfortable bike to ride in the city traffics as well on long commutes. The vibration levels on the bike are quite low at cruising speeds. They only filter through the frame over speeds of 80 Kmph. The seat is well-cushioned and the seating position allows long commutes without any backaches. The single-seat provides ample room for both the rider and the pillion.
- Performance: The 159.7cc single-cylinder 4-stroke oil-cooled engine provides the bike with a maximum power of 16.8 hp and a peak torque of 14.8 Nm. Through the 5-speed gearbox, the bike is able to achieve 0-60 Kmph time of 4.1 seconds and 0-100 Kmph time of 14.9 seconds. The top speed of the bike is 134 Kmph.
- Features: There is an engine kill switch that allows easy navigation through city traffic jams. Electric start on the bike is a convenience feature that allows easy startup of the bike. There is an all-digital console with several indicators on the instrument cluster.
Price and the competition
At BDT.186,000 budget(BDT.205,000 with DD), the RTR 4v would be an excellent way of spending your moto budget. You get great handling with a proper fork and shock setup. You get a cheerful and proven engine that is faster than any other bike in the segment.
The Honda’s price is cheaper at BDT.169,000 for Honda Hornet. The Hornet is comfier due to it’s softer suspension setup however, it feels like a boat on the corners. The Suzuki’s Gixxer is at BDT.230,000 for a great handling bike. But it is the slowest and the least comfy of the other two.