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TVS Apache RR310 to arrive by Dashain

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- AJEEJA LIMBU, Kathmandu

Jagdamba Motors, the sole authorised distributor for TVS scooters and motorcycles is currently testing the all new TVS Apache RR310 on the streets of Kathmandu. The company has targeted a Dashain launch for the entry level sports bike.

Pricing has not been decided at the moment.

The Apache RR310 is based on the BMW 310 and is the first product from the collaboration between TVS and BMW. Inspired by the deadliest predator, the shark, the Apache RR310 is conceptualised to have an aggressive and ready-to-attack silhouette.

TVS has taken 35 years of racing heritage and experience to create the ultimate motorcycle that will feel at ease both on the race track and for daily commutes. The bike is accommodating for riders of all sizes with the seating position comfortable yet sporty. With a seat height of just 810mm and a ground clearance of 180mm, the bike will be able to handle most road conditions in Nepal.

Improving the ride quality is the adjustable mono-shock honed and tuned by the experts from KYB to provide precise damping and superior flick-ability.

Powering the Apache RR310 is a 310cc reverse inclined DOHC engine borrowed from its BMW counterpart that delivers the best in class power to weight ratio. The bike makes 34 PS of power, with a claimed top speed of 160 kmph. Combined with 27.3 Nm of torque, you can forget about being gone in sixty seconds, it will only take seven seconds to launch from 0 to 100kmph.

Apache RR 310 at the TVS service centre at Naxal, Kathmandu. POST PHOTO

A flick of the wrist will bring the Apache RR310 to 60kmph from standstill in less than 2.93 seconds.

With that much power on tap, the company has equipped disc brakes on the front (300mm petal disc) and rear (240mm petal disc) with dual-channel ABS as standard to ensure rock solid braking ability. Riders will be able to stop on a dime without worrying about the wheels locking up or worse, the brakes not providing any stopping power like the prehistoric thumpers that roam Nepal. The bike comes with tubeless tyres.

Further enhancing the sporty look of the TVS Apache RR310 is the wide 150 section rear tyre, upside down front Kayaba forks, trellis frame with aluminium die-cast swingarm along with Bi-Led twin projector headlamps. The bike features track tuned 6-speed gearbox, automatic headlight on and LED turn indicators.

There is also an on-board race computer that displays lap timer, top speed recorder, launch time recorder, gear shift indicator and race diagnostics on the vertical console. The snake fangs inspired tail lights complete the sporty look of the RR310, giving the bike a unique visual signature.

TVS has gone mad-scientist with the Apache RR310, extensively designing and testing nearly 200 iterations of the RR310 in a state-of-the art wind tunnel to achieve the best-in-class coefficient of drag. This allows the bike to have maximum downforce, minimum wind blast and higher top speed. The company even patented the deflector cowl along the grill vents that channels hot air away from the engine to ensure better rider comfort. TVS also focused on reducing engine temperature by nearly 40 degrees Celsius by using ram-air intake along with engine coolant jacket optimisation.

Compared to bikes that are decidedly orange with radiator fans that could power an aircraft just to keep the bike from overheating, the TVS Apache RR310 will be a cool bike, literally.

The massive sculpted tank of the Apache RR310 is graced by TVS’s famed leaping horses on the sides, which symoblises unstoppable run, fantastic speed and at the same time—time in a global sense. But looks belie the huge tank, which is only capable of holding a paltry 11 litres of fuel.The fuel-injected bike claims to offer a mileage of up to 30 km per litre.

TVS is looking to make a splash with its shark inspired Apache RR310 in Nepal but it faces stiff competition from KTM, Benelli and other brands that are gaining mindshare among riders in Nepal.

Published: 2018-05-24 08:21:32