To many Indian bikers, the title of my article will say it all. I am pretty sure that many will agree that TVS seems to have got a tad too inspired by our Hero Motorcorp and has decided to play a fair bit with some stickers. The good thing is that the guys from down South have not gone overboard with the sticker job. The bad thing is. . .well. . we are just getting started.

Only half a day earlier, we had reported about TVS releasing a teaser on RTR 180’s website. Thanks to the plenty of rumors doing rounds, even we thought that the manufacturer is almost ready with an answer to the upcoming Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. While many got a bit misled due to the twin lights seen in the teaser, we were quick to make out that the lamps shown are the pilots and not the main beams. Our sources also informed us that the upcoming version of the Apache RTR is merely a cosmetic upgrade for the 180cc variant and one should not expect a lot from it.

Now, we just laid our eyes on the upcoming version of the bike and frankly, we are very disappointed. The bike gets a LED treatment for the pilot lamps, some ‘carbon fibre lookalike’ graphics, 3D Apache logo (a la Pulsar 220) and . . hold your breath. . .an Indian flag on either side of the tail. As we mentioned above, there is no upgrade in the performance and the bike remains essentially the same.

We feel that TVS lost a huge opportunity here and has left not just us but every Indian biker pretty unimpressed. The teaser seen by us got a lot of hype within no time and now that we have seen these pics, we dare say that all that publicity was undeserved.

Like we earlier mentioned, a Pulsar 200 NS rival the upcoming version of Apache should have been. However, the only Pulsar this bike challenges is the aging Pulsar 180.

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  1. disappointing, real disappointment. I thought it would such exciting times with TVS going up against the 200NS, with its racing pedigree et al…TVS has wimped out where Bajaj pushed the envelope… SAD, very SAD!

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