2018 Apache RTR 160 4V: Four things that you'll love and two that you won't
The TVS Apache RTR 160 4v replaces the ageing Apache RTR 160, a motorcycle that was renowned for its frantic nature and performance. The 2018 Apache RTR 160 4v may have traded a little bit of the previous bike's RTRness for a more commuter friendly demeanour, but it sure is every bit as fun to ride as the previous motorcycle. For more on the TVS Apache RTR 160 4v, click here.
1. Styling and build
The RTR 160 looks a lot like the TVS Apache RTR 200 4v and that's not a bad thing, considering that the RTR 200 is a very good looking motorcycle. The RTR 160's individual design elements, like the single piece seat, sleek tail section and the single piece handlebar lends it an identity of its own. What I also appreciated is the build quality and the immaculate paintwork, evident by the lustre of the paint.
2. Riding position
The contoured seat, one-piece handlebar and slightly rear set footpeg result in a riding position that is sporty yet comfortable
This is one of my favourite bits about the Apache and I am simply blown away by the refinement levels that TVS' engineers have managed to achieve. Power delivery is linear and the tractability of the engine is one of its strongest attributes.
4. Ride and handling
The Showa suspension has been tuned exceedingly well, offering a good balance between ride quality and handling. Over broken surfaces, the suspension soaks up almost everything while the handling, on the other hand, will keep you entertained whilst inspiring confidence, at all times.
The 270mm petal disc at the front lacks initial bite, especially when you drop the anchors at high speeds. There, however, is good feedback through the lever. Also, ABS could have been offered, at least an option.
2. No gear position indicator
It may seem like I'm nitpicking but since the competition offers it and also because a gear position indicator is offered (along with a lap timer) in the fuel-injected variant of the Apache RTR 160 4v, I don't see the point of dropping the feature on the carburetted variant.
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