This race machine made its debut in 2005. The bike is very famous for its sporty exhaust note and linear performance. In 2008, the company claimed that there were 2.5 million Apache’s on the road. This was the popularity of the bike within just three years of its launch. Currently the company has already crossed the 3 million mark. Almost 33,000 units of this bike are sold every month in India and 8000 units are exported. This bike has a major 25% market share among the premium bike segment in India, which owns 14% of the two-wheeler market share. This bike is a perfect balance of a sporty performance and practicality required in the Indian driving conditions.
It looks aggressively styled overall. The Apache RTR 200 is based on Double cradle split synchro stiff frame chassis. It gets telescopic front suspensions and mono-shock rear suspensions. The bike gets a small wind-screen with TVS badging. LED headlamps on the bike are a major miss though. The golden colored forks on the wheels give it a sporty feel. And various stickers all over add up to this appeal. Alloy wheels are neatly designed, and they look beautiful on the 17-inch wheels. However, unlike the previous one, there is no option of pirelli tires. The ground clearance of this apache is 180mm and the seat height is 800mm. The bike weighs 148 kilograms. Quality of materials used all over is simply fantastic. The blacked-out grab-rails are not only designed for convenience but also to add up to the sporty look of this vehicle.
The tail-lamps are short and sweet, they look a bit identical to one’s offered on some Yamaha’s. Company has equipped the bike with dual barrel exhaust to maintain its USP of a sporty exhaust note. It sounds really good. There are mono-shock suspensions at the rear. There are a lot of air-vents given on this vehicle to improve its aerodynamic performance. There is an offset cap for the 12-liter sportily designed fuel tank which adorns the TVS badging on both the sides. The instrument cluster is now “all-digital” and it offers a variety of information. Speedometer, tachometer, fuel-meter, twin trip meters, race-on, clock and much more. This instrument cluster is also equipped with a lap-time recorder. All variants of this vehicle come with slipper clutch as standard. This reduces the clutch effort and makes the shifts smoother. This is the only bike in the segment to receive a dual-channel ABS.
Performance of the bike is absolutely punchy! Its powered by a 197.75-cc single cylinder, 4-stroke SI engine which makes 20.5 PS of Power at 8500 RPM and 18.1 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM. This engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox. It goes from 0 to 100 kmph in 11.2 seconds and comes to a halt from 80 kmph in 37.61 seconds. It redlines till 11,000 RPM and there is very less power from the top rev band. Low end punch of this motorcycle is supreme. Mid-range performance is also good. Suspension is on the softer and that’s why ride quality is very good.
The performance is more than adequate for a city drive; however, it may lag on the highway stretches. This is not the quickest of the bikes, however you don’t really feel the lack of power. The bike returned 46.9 kmpl in the city and 41.5 kmpl on the highway. The grip from the rumora tires is adequate in the dry conditions but is not the best in the rainy season. Optional Pirelli tires can definitely improve the handling of this vehicle. The bike feels extremely agile in the city and very confident round the corners, this makes it the best bike for daily commute.
Compared to the Pulsar 200, the Apache looks fresh and more sporty. Moreover, it also hosts an all-digital instrument cluster which the pulsar doesn’t. The Apache is more suited to the riders with average and below average height because of its low seating height. However, the pulsar is suited only for taller riders. The grab-rails on the apache are not only more functional, but they look more stylish. The pillion comfort also is better on the apache due to the softer seats. The pulsar, because of its liquid cooled engine offers a quicker performance than the apache. However, it’s the apache which has a better low-end punch and a refined ride quality and that is what matters to the urban buyers. The Apache has a better low and mid-range while the pulsar has good top end performance.
The sound and engine refinement levels on the apache are definitely better than the pulsar. Duel efficiency for both the motor-cycles is almost the same. Slipper clutch and a slick shifting gearbox make the shifts of the apache smoother than anyone in the competition. Also, the Apache is the better handler and maneuverable of the two. Ride quality of the Apache is also better than the pulsar. The Apache gets a dual channel ABS which is better than the single channel ABS of the Pulsar. Braking performance of this TVS 200-cc bike is leagues ahead of the pulsar. It offers a wonderful feel and feedback.
The Apache is better than the Pulsar in every which way. Moreover, it’s cheaper than the competitors. The styling of the Apache is great, it rides well, has a wonderful low and mid-range, and is more fuel efficient. It’s the only one to get a dual channel ABS for a better braking performance. Also, the new digital instrument cluster looks top notch. Hence if you are in the market for a sports bike, this would be the best option for you as it is assembled with a perfect combination of high-end performance and practicality.
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