TVS have unveiled its naked sports bike; the TVS Apache RTR 310. The bike is the naked version of the popular sports bike from TVS, the TVS Apache RR 310. The RR 310 is a joint project with BMW Motorrad. The RTR 310 shares the same engine used in the RR 310. The naked version looks much more aggressive with an open frame and parts.
The bike is said to be a more refined version of the TVS Draken, a concept by TVS which was shown at the 2014 Auto Expo in India. The bike is sure to be a competition to other naked bikes in the same segment like the KTM Duke 250, Yamaha Mt-03, Benelli TNT 302S and Bajaj Dominar 400.
Let us see what the bike offers.
Specifications of the TVS Apache RTR 310
|Dimensions||Length: 1991 ± 20 mm|
Height: 1154 ± 10 mm
Width: 831 ± 5 mm
|Wheelbase||1358 ± 12 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 ± 5 mm (Unladen)|
|Kerb weight||169 kg|
|Fuel tank||11 litres|
|Engine type||Single Cylinder,4 Stroke, Fuel Injected, Liquid Cooled, Spark Ignited Engine|
|Engine capacity||312.12 cc|
|Maximum power||Sport, Track and SuperMoto mode- 26.16 kW @9700 rpm|
Urban and Rain mode – 19.9 kW @7500 rpm
|Maximum torque||Sport, Track and SuperMoto mode- 28.7 Nm @6650 rpm|
Urban and Rain mode – 27.3 Nm @6600 rpm
|Bore x Stroke||80 mm x 62.1 mm|
|Frame||Hybrid with Trellis and cast frames, split chassis|
|Suspension||Front: USD fork 41 mm diameter|
Rear: Solid Die-cast Aluminium swing arm directly hinged monoshox, pre-load adjustable
|Brakes||Front: 300mm Disc Hand Operated|
Rear: 240mm Disc Foot Operated
|ABS||Dual Channel ABS|
|Rim size||Front: MT 3.0×17|
Rear: MT 4.0×17
|Tyre size||Front: 110/70-R17 Tubeless|
|Acceleration||0-60km/h: 2.81 s|
0-100km/h: 7.19 s
|Colours||Fury Yellow | Arsenal Black | Sepang Blue|
|Price (expected)||Rs 760,000|
Design and build
After the launch of the Apache series by TVS back in 2006, the design DNA has been the same with modern and aggressive looks evolving in the series. The TVS Apache RTR 310 has the same design philosophy as a naked street bike. The edges are sharp with the frame and other parts being open while the colour accents and is inspired by the Apache RR 310. It looks like a combination of the Apache RR 310 and the TVS Raider.
It has a Bi-LED headlight which comes with a smart control that automatically adjusts the brightness based on the speed and lighting conditions. The front indicators are also LED which are situated just above the headlight.
The taillight has a twin stip LED light which adapts according to the intensity of braking and acceleration. The back indicators are also LED which are in the mudguard adding the aggressive stance.
The tank is muscular with sharp edges and graphics. The seats are also sporty with a two-step design, the driver’s seat is lower while the passenger’s seat is high. The RTR 310 is also available with pro kits which offer different kinds of other features. The main one is a climate-controlled seat which offers three levels of heating and cooling, the first in the segment.
The RTR 310 has a 5-inch full-colour TFT instrument cluster. It provides information such as speed, RPM, Fuel level, engine temperature, gear position, time, trip meter, distance to empty, service reminder and warning lights.
The instrument cluster also helps with different settings like the tune settings, cruise control, headlamp brightness, GoPro settings, music and modes. There are 5 ride modes; Urban Mode, Rain Mode, Sport Mode, Track Mode and Supermoto Mode.
The handlebar is also made with a focus on ergonomics and giving the rider precise control and feedback along with switches such as the horn, electric start, engine kill switch, light and indicator controls and mode controls.
The exhaust muffler is similar in design to the Apache RR 310 with a rumbling and bass sound when accelerated. The design of the exhaust is kind of questionable for many people because of the big size. TVS should have given an underbelly exhaust for the bike which would have perfectly suited the design language.
The frame of the RTR 310 is a hyper-spec trellis frame with a light aluminium sub-frame. The frame provides the bike with a dynamic response at higher speeds and also helps in easy manoeuvrability. The frame is well-built and sturdy so ensures safety too.
The TVS Apache RTR 310 shares the same engine as the RR 310 which is a 312.12 cc single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with fuel injection, liquid cooling, and spark ignition. It provides 26.16 kW of power at 9700 rpm in Sport, Track and SuperMoto modes, while Urban and Rain modes offer a more balanced 19.9 kW at 7500 rpm. As for torque, the bike provides maximum torque of 28.7 Nm @6650 rpm in Sport, Track and SuperMoto mode whereas it provides 27.3 Nm @6600 rpm in Urban and Rain mode.
The engine’s 80 mm bore and 62.1 mm stroke, combined with a compression ratio of 12.17:1, result in a power-to-weight ratio of 0.15 kW/kg. To ensure proper control and responsiveness, electronic throttle control (ETC) is employed. Starting the bike is easy with an electric start, and the engine idles smoothly at 1600 ± 200 rpm.
The TVS Apache RTR 310 is equipped with a wet multi-plate clutch featuring a 7-plate design and an RT slipper clutch for swift gear changes. Its 6-speed gearbox provides flexibility in various riding conditions. This bike can reach a top speed of 150 km/h and delivers acceleration figures of 0-60 km/h in 2.81 seconds and 0-100 km/h in 7.19 seconds.
Brakes, suspension and tyres
In addition to its powerful engine and impressive performance, the TVS Apache RTR 310 comes equipped with a well-rounded suspension and braking system. On the front, it features a 41 mm diameter Upside-Down (USD) fork suspension and at the rear, it is equipped with a Solid Die-cast Aluminum swing arm that is directly hinged to a mono-shock suspension, which allows for preload adjustment to fine-tune the bike according to the riders preference.
The suspension is suitable for stunt riding too. The bike’s overall design language and the suspension features help in doing stunts and can be seen in the trailer too.
The braking system on the TVS Apache RTR 310 is also good. The front wheel is equipped with a substantial 300mm disc brake and the rear wheel features a 240mm disc brake. Additionally, the bike is equipped with Dual Channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) along with DOT 4 brake fluid for controlled braking in various road conditions.
The TVS Apache RTR 310 rides on stylish 8-spoke dual-coloured alloys. The front alloy wheel has a black colour with some bright colour strips in the bottom and the back has a fully coloured alloy. according to the colour option you choose. The front wheel features an MT 3.0×17 rim size, paired with a 110/70-R17 tubeless tire. The rear wheel is equipped with an MT 4.0×17 rim size and a wide 150/60-R17 tubeless tire, which along with the ride modes provide excellent traction and stability, during long rides or corners.
The TVS Apache RTR 310 is available with a ton of features. Some of them are listed below:
- 312.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine
- 34 bhp power and 27 Nm torque
- 6-speed transmission
- 280mm disc brake at the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Upside-down front forks and mono-shock rear suspension
- 5-inch full-color TFT instrument cluster with Smart X-connect
- Riding modes: Urban, Sport, Rain, Track and Supermoto
- Steel trellis frame
- LED headlamp and taillamp
- Michelin Pilot Street Radial tyres
- Heated and cooled seats
- Dynamic split twin lights
- Aggressive naked sports styling
The TVS Apache RTR 310 is available in three different colours; Fury Yellow, Arsenal Black and Sepang Blue.
The expected price of the TVS Apache RTR 310 in Nepal is Rs 760,000.
So how good is the TVS Apache RTR 310? Overall, it is a really good bike with some here and there. The engine and the frame along with the performance it has on paper is really very good. The sharp handling and stylish design are standout features, while the price on which it will be available will sure to be a plus point. The direct competitors the bike will have are the KTM Duke 250, Bajaj Dominar 400 and Benelli TNT 302S in Nepal.
Even though most of the features and the bike stand out, there are some major things people don’t like. The main one is the huge muffler. People say that an underbelly exhaust or something similar to the Apache RTR 200 4V would be a great choice.
Overall, the bike stands out in the crowd and is sure to turn the heads of many.