First Dibs: TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Review by C! MagazinePosted on: July 22, 2016
I have to admit, like most Filipinos, I’m biased towards Japanese bikes when it comes to purchasing one. You can’t blame me; I mean the Japanese motorcycle marques have a strong reputation for quality and reliability since time immemorial. Until last year, I had the pleasure of testing the TVS Apache RTR 180. TVS what? Most people will ask what or “who is TVS?” Well, the TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India with an annual capacity of over 3 million vehicles. Through Wheeltek Motor Sales Corporation, we were so lucky to have first dibs on the new TVS Apache RTR 200 4V carbureted version that will soon enter the Philippine market this July.
The RTR 200 is powered by a single cylinder 197.8cc 4-valves, air and oil-cooled engine coupled with a 5-speed transmission. The RTR 200’s acceleration is by far my favorite, proving the company claimed 0-60 in just under 4 seconds. Another thing to like about is the air and oil-cooler combination to keep the engine temperature leveled even on intense traffic conditions here in the metro. The engine’s double barrel exhaust provides a good clean sporty grunt.
The electronics looks basic until you take a closer look at the instrument panel and you’ll realize that the bike has more to offer under its sleeves. For example, it can record your lap times, acceleration time and top speed; the bike will even congratulate you for your new achievement which is so cool! Oh, did I also mention that the bike comes with daylight running LEDs plus the H4 bulb dims when you are at a stop to conserve energy? Also according to TVS Philippines, their fuel injected version can be diagnosed without requiring special diagnostic tools and wires, you just simply plug your laptop to the panel with the right diagnostic software and that’s it!
STYLING AND HANDLING
Mean and masculine – that’s what most people say when they see this bike, some even thought that this is a “big bike” like the Suzuki Bandit 650. I don’t like the handling of the bike at first because of its very soft front suspension that dives at the next street corner but I was surprised at the bike when we tested it at the famous Marilaque (Marikina – Infanta HWY) up to the broken bridge a few kilometers after Jariel’s Peak. Once I got used with the front suspension play, curve after curve, the bike attacks it so gracefully like a ballerina. The rear KYB monoshock absorber plays just right: not too soft and not too stiff.
FUEL ECONOMY RANGE AND STOPPING POWER
Fuel capacity is 12 liters and we were able to squeeze a whopping 35-38 kilometers per liter from this carbureted bike, that’s roughly a 420-kilometer fuel range on one top up. Stopping power is provided by a 270mm disc with double piston caliper for the front while the rear has single piston caliper and 240mm disc.
“Every day is RACE DAY” says TVS yet they never failed to incorporate everyday practicality with the RTR 200 4V. Styling, fuel economy and power they’re all engraved in this bike. Truly, the RTR 200 is a bargain for all it’s packed with, we even gave the RTR 200 a good beating through good and bad roads but the bike never faltered nor a single bolt fell. The only opportunity I found in this bike is that it would take a little effort to find the neutral shift during stops which is pretty common on brand-new bikes. With the Apache RTR’s superb craftsmanship, it is no wonder that the Bayerische Motoren Werke had chosen TVS to manufacture its new entry-level bike – the BMW G310 R. If I am looking for nice city and weekend bike would I buy this? Absolutely!
- ENGINE: Single cylinder, air & oil-cooled, 4 valves
- DISPLACEMENT: 197.8cc
- MAX. POWER: 20.5 bhp @ 8,500 rpm
- MAX. TORQUE: 13.3 lb ft @ 7,000 rpm
- TRANSMISSION: wet multi-plate, 5-speed
- SEAT HEIGHT: 800 mm
- FUEL CAPACITY: 12 liters
- WET WEIGHT: 148 kg
- TOP SPEED: 125 km/h as tested
- PRICE: PhP 94,990 (carbureted) PhP 109,990 (Fuel Injected with Pirelli tires)
- Plus: Bargain for a 200cc bike
- Minus: Finding the neutral shift