TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS is synonym for safety. What is special about TVS Apache RTR 180? For the first time in India, this bike has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) that allows the wheels to maintain tractive contact with the road surface while braking, preventing the wheels from locking up and avoiding uncontrolled skidding. This makes the bike safe on high speeds.
When compared to the standard Apache RTR 180 bike, one feature that stands out is this bike’s macho look. What with the ‘muscular’ fuel tank shroud, sports bike styled headlight and visor, new pilot lamps, gold-finish front forks and brake callipers, black coloured alloy wheels, clear lens side indicators and dual coloured tail light and this bike can easily turn heads on the road. The not-to-be-missed feature of ABS is displayed on its tank shroud that sets it apart from its peers. The new engine cowl gives it an aerodynamic look to make it extremely sporty.
The carbon-finished instrument console comprises a combination of digital and analogue meters. The analogue tachometer and other LED indicators are ensconced in a circular pod. The full-size LCD digital speedometer, odometer, trip meter, clock and fuel gauge are illuminated in blue. What’s more, this bike has an on-off switch for ABS too! This LCD records and displays last three recorded 0 to 60 kmph timings and top speed.
The SOHC, air-cooled, 177.4cc, 4-stroke engine with a power output from single cylinder of 17.03 BHP at 8500rpm is the same as in its other variants, so its performance is almost at par with the regular Apache 180. The engine produces a torque output of 15.5 Nm, accessible at 6500 rpm. The 5-speed manual gearbox has a one gear down and four gears up-shift pattern. Good throttle response and well matched gear ratios make it go from 0 to 100 kmph within 14 seconds. However, despite the best power to weight ratio that makes it do 0 to 60 kmph in less than 4.5 seconds, the engine feels strained if pushed really hard. Despite this drawback, the bike notches an impressive top speed of 124km/hr.
The fatty clips on handle bar are designed to fit easily in the palms, offering a strong grip. A bend forward riding posture not only improves the aerodynamics, but is comfortable to the rider too. The re-arranged foot-pegs help the knees to fold at right angle. The single-toe gear shifter proves most convenient to the rider, giving a sporty feel.
The bike gives a neat mileage of around 45 kmpl in the city that improves on the highways.
The Comfort and Safety:
An effective suspension system with front telescopic forks and rear gas filled shockers, the bike handles well on rough patches. However, the ABS feature sets it apart from the rest where safety is concerned with accurate and precise braking.
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The bike with an electric start and ABS is priced at Rs. 96,340.
This bike is worth the money, if for no other reason than its ABS.
If you are looking for a quick, awesome and futuristic bike, then this is one is surely not one which can be ignored. TVS is known for producing economical bikes and also lays stress on upgrading the technology with every new bike launched. They have power, life and durability. A good bike is one which can withstand the pressure and should be able to give smooth ride on nasty Indian roads.