TVS Apache RR310 | What we love and what we don’t

TVS Apache RR310 test ride

For a motorcycle-crazy country like India, you’d expect to have at least a few top quality motorcycles that are on par or better than Japanese and Italian competition. But the truth is, Indian manufacturers have almost always shown the cold shoulder to the sport and superbike segments. However, promising developments have come up in the past couple of years, and TVS has now arguably launched the ‘best one yet’.

Here’s a detailed look at TVS’s Apache RR310:

 Price

2.05 lakhs

 Release date

 December 2017

 Engine

 312cc

 Power

 34 PD

TVS sees the RR310 as an embodiment of their rich racing history. This means that they have left no stones unturned for developing an absolutely stunning motorcycle. In fact, the technology and features that have been poured in to it could give some of the best entry-level sportsbikes to shame. This, surprisingly, is for a bike that cost just 2.05 lakhs ($3100).

TVS Apache RR 310 vs competition

TVS Apache RR310- What we love

Apache RR310 launch

There are lots of things to love about the new RR310R, ‘not compromising’ is our favorite. Inorder to please a larger audience, most Indian manufactures prefer not to launch proper sportsbikes. They usually incorporate touring elements including raised handlebar and a wider pillion, as well as reduce the amount of features. This one though, is very different.

Design & specs: The bike is sharp and aggressive, and the TVS engineers have tried their best to keep the design as original as possible. Like the Akula concept which it is based on, the new Apache’s front fascia takes inspiration from the face of a shark. Sides are equally impressive and pillion comfort takes a back seat to aerodynamic design.

The overall fit and finish, and the quality of material used is commendable. Its instrument cluster is long and informative.

Specs are great and the TVS Apache RR310 comes with petal disc brakes at front and rear, KYB suspension and Michelin tyres.

Engine: The Apache RR310 sources it engine from the BMW G310R and is capable of producing 34 PS of power and 27.30 Nm of torque. The mill was jointly developed by both the manufacturers as part of their partnership which started in 2013.

Top speed is claimed to be 160 kmph, and 0-100 kmh and 0-60 kmh are reached in 7.17 and 2.93 seconds respectively.

Value for Money– The TVS RR310 is price starting from Rs. 2.05 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). We feel that the bike’s superior looks and features more than justify this price tag.

Ride dynamics– The RR310 is not an outright track machine like the KTM RC390, nor is it leisurely road-going machine like the Yamaha R3. The bike’s fealties lie somewhere in the middle and it performs equally well in both conditions.

TVS Apache RR310- What we don’t

While we love the RR310R, there are things that we felt could have been improved. These include:

Power– With 34 PS of power, the Apache is far behind its nearest rival KTM RC390 which produces 43.50 PS. Though real world difference may not be substantial, we felt that Apaches prospects could have been improved with higher numbers.

We are nit-picking here but some test riders reported to have felt slight vibrations during track runs. The bikes being brand-new may have something to do with it. Also, cornering clearance is low and it’d have been nicer if TVS positioned the footpegs and gear lever a little bit higher.

New TVS Apache RR310 rear

New TVS RR310 bike colours

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