Two years ago, TVS showcased its Akula (Shark, in Russian) concept motorcycle which enamoured enthusiasts with its aggressive stance. The wait is finally over. On December 6, 2017, TVS Motor launched its most advanced and expensive product till date – the TVS Apache RR 310.
The RR 310 incidentally is also the first fully faired bike in their portfolio. Available in black and red, the latter is reminiscent of a Ducati, with a white striped decal flowing through on the upper side of the bodywork. TVS has benefited from its partnership with BMW Motorrad, and the new Apache is bestowed with the same trellis type chassis – though the sub-frame differs, 41 mm UDS forks, mono tube gas assisted shock absorber, aluminium swing arm, exhaust system, wheel rims and of course the six-speed engine of BMW G310R. Speaking of the engine, it’s a liquid cooled 4-valve reverse inclined DOHC 312.2cc cylinder block, wherein the exhaust is at the rear and intake, in front. This reverse architecture offers forward mass centralization and makes more room for a longer swing arm. This Apache has a max. power of 34 BHP @ 9700 RPM and 27.3 Nm of torque @ 7700 RPM. The 80mm x 62.1mm bore/stroke RR 310 sips on juice via a Bosch EFI – and the 300mm/240mm front/rear anchors are from Bybre. ABS comes as standard.
With a class leading wind tunnel designed drag coefficient of 0.26, the Shark themed elements continue to inspire on this 169.5kg (kerb weight) bike by way of vents at the sides of the fairing, which redirect the hot air from the engine, away from the rider. This hot looking machine stays cool by placing two ram-air ducts below the headlights that help maintain an optimum engine temperature across riding conditions. The tail section of the bike also has a similar inspired theme with an attractive LED tail light and upfront, dual LED projector headlights.
The well laid out coffin shaped speedometer is vertically placed on this 160km/h machine – probably as a constant reminder to the rider that a fusion of speed and stupidity can have tragic end.
As standard with the Apache series, the bike proudly sports our national tricolours on the fairing.
At Rs.2.05 lakh ex-showroom, the product has all the underpinnings of a successful package in form and function, and gives a fresh lease to the youth oriented brand ‘Apache’.
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