If there’s one homegrown bikemaker that really ponders over what enthusiasts want, it has to be TVS. The Hosur-based bikemaker has been pushing the envelope of technological advancement further and further with its latest launches. The folks over at TVS have really spoilt us for choice when it comes to their latest offering: the 2021 Apache RR 310. TVS has really mastered the art of making something even better when it was actually pretty good, to begin with. There’s a lot to talk about on the new Apache RR 310 so let’s get down to business, shall we?
New BTO platform
TVS ‘Built To Order’ platform will debut with TVS Motor Company’s flagship motorcycle, TVS Apache RR 310. Customers can select pre-set kits, graphic options, rim colour options, and personalised race numbers. The kits, namely, Dynamic and Race, offer an array of features that further accentuate performance and styling as per customers’ usage and needs.
This platform will be introduced across other product portfolios from the stable of TVS Motor Company in a phased manner. To place an order on the TVS ‘Built To Order’ platform, customers can download the TVS ARIVE app or visit the web configurator, which will allow them to configure their motorcycle. Once the customisation is complete, the total ex-showroom cost of the motorcycle will be updated simultaneously. After paying for the booking amount online, customers can select the nearest premium dealership for the delivery of their motorcycle.
The two performance kits that are on offer at the moment are Dynamic and Race. The Dynamic Kit comes with Kayaba fully adjustable suspension setup! Yes, fully! The front fork can be manually set up with preload adjustability of 15 mm with a 20-step compression as well as a 20-step rebound adjustment.
The rear monoshock isn’t left out either as it gets a 20-step rebound and 10-step preload adjustment. This will further enable the rider to adjust the ride quality according to particular usage including track, touring and city. The Dynamic Kit also includes a brass-coated chain. Apart from providing that extra bling to your motorcycle, it is also more resistant to rust formation. TVS has added a new Wave key that gets an integrated in-hand adjuster to change the damping settings.
The Race Kit includes a sharper set up of handlebar that is pulled five degrees inside and are eight degrees lower. This will result in a more aggressive and committed riding stance out on the racetrack. Moreover, the footpegs are raised 30mm higher and get a 4.5-degree lean angle. It also gets a tweaked exhaust setup that is more upswept than before.
The Dynamic Kit can be availed by putting INR 12,000 on the table while the Race Kit will require you to shell out INR 5,000. The said prices are for the new bikes configured on the online platform.
New instrument cluster
Apache RR 310’s instrument cluster is a benchmark thing because it offers a plethora of features, customization options and more. The 5.5-inch TFT screen has been mildly tweaked for MY2021 and it can now hold more information as if its previous iteration was devoid of it!
It comes loaded with a Digi locker that can hold your digital copies of your documents like bike papers, RC card, driver’s licence and the likes. The documents can be transferred via SmartXonnect Bluetooth connectivity. Apart from the new Digi Locker, it also gets a new rev limiter indicator, along with a day trip meter and overspeeding indicator.
New exhaust muffler
You don’t need to go around sourcing an aftermarket exhaust for your Apache RR 310 to make it sound raspier than before. Because TVS’ indigenous engineers have done it for you! They have tweaked the internals to make it sound raspier as you belt it around the racetrack.
The company also claims that there’s a tad bit of improvement in the refinement levels. Being offered as a standard fitment to your motorcycle, it also gets revised geometry for better cornering clearance.
We are going to stick our neck out and say that the Apache RR 310 is the most gorgeous motorcycle ever produced by an Indian manufacturer. And thankfully, TVS hasn’t fiddled around with its aesthetics. But, with the BTO now operational, it opens the door for a lot of customization options. Options include the new TVS Racing livery or the ‘Race Replica.’
The bikemaker is also offering the option to add a personalised race number as part of the customisation programme. Customers can also opt for red alloy wheels instead of the standard black ones for a small premium.
It retains the same BS6 motor which continues with its reverse-inclined layout. The DOHC, liquid-cooled engine with additional oil-cooling continues to crank out 34 PS and 27 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. It also gets 4 riding modes – Urban, Rain, Sport and Track, which can be toggled between on the fly through new switches on the handlebar. The bike also features TVS’ GTT+ (Glide Through Technology) tech which allows smooth riding in urban conditions. The SmartXonnect tech displays various analytics on the app including trip analysis, track telemetry, interactive map plot, gear distribution and much more.
The 2021 Apache RR 310 is priced at 2.59 Lakh. It makes it around INR 5k more expensive than its previous iteration. The Dynamic Kit can be availed by putting INR 12,000 on the table while the Race Kit will require you to shell out INR 5,000. The said prices are for the new bikes configured on the online platform. Furthermore, the Race Replica graphics will cost an additional ₹ 4,500, while the red alloy wheels are available for a premium of ₹ 1,500.