TVS Motor Company is one of the powerhouses of the Indian Motorcycle market. It stands at the third position for two-wheeler production. It had produced their best bike by the name of Apache RTR 160cc and 180cc. The looks, power and speed of the bike resulted it to be an instant favorite amongst the youngsters of the country topping the very own Pulsar. If you closely look at every TVS bike, they’ve been rugged and sturdy. The Apache RTR 200 was released at their own sweet time without bothering about the cut-throat race in the Indian motorcycle market. People who have loved the Apache series will be in for a treat with the RTR 200 here. It is known for its mean styling, ice-cool handling and brisk speed. It is priced at Rs.97,900 (ex-showroom Delhi). Let us see how it has fared and where it stands amongst its competitors in the market. 

Looks & Design

Apache was always known for its awesome styling. Compared to its other siblings, the RTR 200 has a lot of upgrades performance and design wise. The first thing which meets the eye is the sculpted fuel tank of the bike. The Black strip running across the tank gives it a real evil look plus the red color keyhole of the tank compliments the tank design beautifully.The extension of the tank has been made into ram-intakes which help to force-feed air around the block and the head. The seating is split and has much more cushion for comfort and absolutely compliments the overall looks and design of the bike. The grab rail at the rear end of the bike is perfectly built for a good grip for the pillion rider. The only thing that really bothers me is the lack of wind shield; it’d have looked perfect if it had one. The bike looks a bit empty from the front at first sight. It is available in all matte color options such as, Matte Red, Matte Yellow, White, Matte White, Matte Grey, Matte Black. 

 

Power

The difference between the Apache RTR 180 and RTR 200 is just 20cc but there is clear difference between the both in terms of performance and speed. Displacement of the RTR 200 is 198cc and it spit’s 20bhp and 19Nm of torque which makes it into a real life beast. The Apache RTR 200 is made for riding in the real world conditions and that is what makes the bike a lot stunning and impressive. It jumps from 200rpm to a massive 7000rpm in 2 seconds; all thanks should go to the finely tuned engine of the bike. The engine is oil-cooled which acts as a catalyst if the engine heats up. Fuel injections are inbuilt which results in proper and efficient use of fuel which increases its mileage as well. The Apache RTR 200 has been built for real-life racing and it delivers on the street compared to the specifications on paper. The speedometer of the bike is completely digital with a trapezoidal shape design. It includes an odometer, a trip-meter and also speed display. It is stunning and also bafflingly beautiful for the rider to look at constantly. 

 

Ride & Handling

TVS Apache RTR 200 has unleashed itself with brand new chassis which is light in weight. It makes it extremely durable and sharp corners and bumps come across like bread and butter. Compared to the Apache RTR 180, the 200 has upped its ante and gives a stiff competition to the Pulsar 200NS and the KTM Duke. Compared to the NS200, the RTR 200 is heavier but at the same time its lighter than the Duke. Apache RTR 200 is beautiful in terms of handling. The front suspension is a 37mm Kayaba Fork while the rear suspension is a mono-shock (Apache is using this for the first time). In terms of tyres, it uses Remora Compound and a Pirelli. While the FI version of the bike uses Sport Demon in the front and Angel GT in the rear. This makes the tyres durable for any given weather condition and minimizing friction of the surface producing great grip and control over the ride. 

 

Fuel & Economy 

Mind you, barring the handsome looks and menacing speed plus power of the RTR 200, it is much more helpful in terms of fuel and economy as well. It gives an overall mileage of 45kmpl. To break it down further, in the city it gives around 40kmpl while on the highway it goes around 50kmpl. It is much more fuel efficient than Bajaj Pulsar NS200 which is really surprising because as we all know that Bajaj is the fuel efficient motorcycle company of India. 

Lighting

The Apache RTR 200 has a battery of 12V and 9Ah. The front headlight is of a halogen and bulb type while the rear light is LED and with a 2.5W power. This makes road visibility efficient and the usage of halogen does not affect the battery life and thus, increasing it drastically. The styling of the headlight is like the NS200 while the brake light is W-shaped with clear lens turn indicators. 



Braking

The braking duties of the Apache RTR 200 is handled by the Petal disc setup at the front and rear end at 270mm and 240mm respectively. Apache has always had a good braking mechanism when the RTR 160 was launched. 200 can go from 80kmph to 0kmph in less than 5 seconds which quite remarkable. Compared to the NS200, Apache rules over its counterpart in the braking department. 

Suggestto Verdict

Apache RTR 200 does not have a kick start as they wanted to emphasize on the exhaust funnel in the machine. Having a top speed of 130kmph, it is not the most powerful bike in the segment but it has quality, build, strength, style and raw-ness in it. It has certainly upgraded drastically as compared to the RTR 180. Looking at its price, the Apache series has levelled the playing field for its competitors the Duke 200 and Pulsar 200NS. If you are looking for a machine which has a great overall performance then the Apache RTR 200 is for you because it has covered all of its departments handsomely with utmost efficiency. There is no two thoughts about the fact that the RTR 200 is worth the buy!


General Details

Brand
TVS
Type
Sports
Model
Apache
Color
Matte Yellow. Matte white. White. Matte Red. Matte Gray. Black. Matte Black.
Price
90225

Engine Configuration

Cubic Capacity
197.75 cc
Power
20.05 PS @ 8500 rpm
Torque
18.1 Nm @ 7000rpm
Gearbox
5

Dimensions

Length
2050mm
Height
1105mm
Width
790mm
Kerb Weight
148 Kg
Saddle Height
780 mm

Fuel Economy

Tank Capacity
12 Ltrs
Mileage - City
32kmpl
Mileage - Highway
38kmpl

Chasis and Suspension

Chassis
Double Cradle Split Synchro Stiff Frame
Front Suspension
Telescopic Forks
Rear Suspension
Mono Tube - Monoshock

Brakes and Safety

Brakes
Disc Brakes
ABS
Yes
CBS
Yes

Electricals

Headlights
60/55W, H4 Bulb with All-Time On LED Position Lamp
Taillights
LED
Battery
12 V - 9 Ah
Intsrument
Digital