2018 TVS Apache RR 310 long term review, second report
25th Jul 2018 6:00 am
The Apache RR 310 changes hands, and faces its most difficult test yet: the Mumbai monsoons.
After a short stint with the TVS Ntorq 125, I was offered the TVS Apache RR 310 from our long-term fleet. I had to make a choice between practicality and power – as expected, the RR 310 replaced the Ntorq. I was a bit sceptical about the slightly aggressive and forward-canted riding posture of the RR 310, but the switch from an upright scooter was done without much trouble. The sporty styling and the beaming red shade on our long-termer makes this flagship TVS Apache a real attention-magnet. Since it’s a fairly new motorcycle, I get bombarded with queries from fellow motorists regularly, especially by youngsters. This attraction and curiosity makes me extra-cautious while parking in public places.
TRACTION CONTROL: Michelin rubber offers fantastic grip, even on wet surfaces.
In terms of performance, the extra grunt on offer has reduced my commute time by a fair margin. Acceleration is brisk, but the RR 310 isn’t a blisteringly fast motorcycle. The linear power delivery is friendly – an aspect which will be appreciated by inexperienced riders. My commute to work consists of a few traffic-clogged patches and the light clutch action makes riding at crawling speeds easy. However, the motor sounds gruff and I do miss the throaty exhaust note that the Apache RTR 200 offers. Another grouse is engine refinement – vibrations can be felt on the handlebars and they gain intensity as the revs climb. The six-speed gearbox performed well, initially, but lately, shifts have become hard. Hopefully, a visit to the service centre should fix this.
SHOCK THERAPY: Good damping – a boon on monsoon-ravaged roads.
Monsoon is the worst season to ride a motorcycle on the pothole-infested roads of Mumbai. On the bright side, the Apache RR 310 has one of the best ride qualities in its segment. The bike’s USD fork and monoshock unit worked in conjunction with its 180mm ground clearance to ensure that I could tackle these bumps and undulations safely. The bike’s Michelin Pilot Sport tyres are other vital allies for me. They offer great wet surface grip and impart confidence.
BAD VIBES: Vibrations can constantly be felt through the rev range.
While the RR 310 has fared quite well in my city commute, I do need to stretch its legs and plan a weekend ride soon, away from the urban jungle. The next report will be focusing on the touring dynamics of the new Apache and how it has survived the harsh Mumbai monsoon.