TVS Apache

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TVS Apache RTR
The Apache RTR 180 V2.jpg
2012 Apache RTR 180
Manufacturer TVS Motors
Production 2006– present
Class Standard
Engine 177.4 cc (10.83 cu in) Air-cooled, four-stroke cycle, single-cylinder, kick start / electric start Carbureted
Transmission 5-gear constant mesh
Suspension Front: Telescopic fork
Rear: Gas assisted dual shock absorber
Brakes Front: 270 mm (disc)
Rear: 220 mm (disc)
Tires Front: 90/90-17
Rear: 110/80-17
Wheelbase 1326 mm
Dimensions L: 2020 mm
W: 730 mm
H: 1100 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres

The TVS Apache is a motorcycle made by TVS Motors since 2006. TVS Apache is available in four variants: Apache RTR 160 Hyper edge, Apache RTR 180, Apache RTR 180 ABS and Apache RTR 200 4V. The "RTR" in the name stands for "Racing Throttle Response". More than 2 million Apaches are on the road.[1]

Models[edit]

  • Apache E-Surge 150
  • Apache RTR 160
  • Apache RTR 160 EFI
  • Apache RTR 180
  • Apache RTR 180 ABS
  • Apache RTR 200[2]

Design and styling[edit]

The Apache is the first bike in India with a petal disc brake, which offers better heat dispersion thereby allowing fewer brake fades.[3][4]

The bike evolved from Circa 1999 Suzuki Fiero which TVS used to manufacture in India. It is TVS's R&D on Fiero model with an overbore on 147 cc Fiero Engine.

Comfort and handling[edit]

Since the bike is optimized for handling, the ride quality is on the stiff side.[3] Previous versions of Apache had a wheelbase of 1,260 mm (50 inches) which resulted in better turning in at the expense of stability. TVS increased the wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 inches) to improve the stability. The Apache 180 introduced ABS to the lineup in 2011.[5][6]

Performance and fuel economy[edit]

The Apache RTR 180 ABS has a carbureted 180 cc engine. The engine is of short stroke nature, because of which Apache has higher acceleration figures than other bikes of similar displacement. It does 0–60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and 0–100 km/h in 12.07 seconds. Its top speed is 136 km/h, and it returns 48 km/l (150 mpg (Imperial/UK) or 2.08 l/100 km) on the highway and 40 km/l (110 mpg or 2.5 l/100 km) in city riding.[7]

Awards[edit]

TVS Apache has won awards including Performance Bike Of The Year (2008) from Business Standard Motoring Awards.[8] It was the first vehicle to get 6 prestigious awards in a row.

TVS apache in popular culture[edit]

It was first used in the movie Ayan,by actor suriya.From then on,it became famous in some other movies.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TVS Motor Company Official Website - Press Releases". 
  2. ^ "TVS Apache RTR Series | One of the Best Racing Bikes,India | Official Site". www.tvsapache.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2] Archived December 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ TVS Apache ABS, Bike India, 5 January 2011, retrieved 2011-09-29 
  6. ^ "TVS Motor launches Indias First Motorcycle with ABS Apache RTR 180 ABS". Tvsmotor.in. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  7. ^ "TVS APACHE RTR EFi vs BAJAJ PULASAR 200 DTS Fi", Overdrive.in, December 25, 2007, archived from the original on December 29, 2008 
  8. ^ [3] Archived September 14, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.