TVS Apache 160 4V Review
Bike Tested: 2018 TVS Apache 160 4V; Road Test No. 921
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 94,337/- (Carb); Rs. 97,725/- (Carb with rear disc); Rs. 1,03,938/- (FI)
The Apache RTR 160 is the most powerful 160cc bike you can buy in Asia
While it was the Apache RTR 160 that kickstarted the 160cc motorcycle segment in Asia, off late it had been facing the heat from its more contemporary rivals like the Pulsar NS 160, Suzuki Gixxer and the CB Hornet 160R. It was not only the product but TVS (as a company) too was under pressure especially after the launches of the RR 310, the updated Apache RTR 200 (with segment-first features like slipper clutch and dual-channel ABS) and the NTORQ 125. It was expected that TVS would now look at the lower end of the Apache spectrum and give it a much-needed update. And here it is! The all-new Apache RTR 160 4V but wait, isn’t this the Apache 200, no!
Motor Quest: The Apache made its debut in Asia back in 2006 and was considered as an alternative to the famous Pulsar brand of bikes. In 2012, the automaker gave the Apache series a cosmetic makeover and fast forward to 2018, the Apache 160 receives a complete overhaul (with mechanical changes as well). Over the years, Apache has earned its place in the hearts of the enthusiasts with its track-focused yet rider-friendly nature.
Styling - Look closely and you’ll realise this isn’t the Apache 200. Yes, the Apache 160 borrows its styling cues from its elder sibling but there are differences between the two. The single piece handlebar, single-piece seat, chequered flag decals on the fuel-tank, silver-finished centre panel and the slightly tweaked seat cowls set the Apache 160 apart from its larger cousin. Of course, there are the snake-fangs inspired LED DRLs, fuel tank, engine cowl, double barrel ‘shotgun’ style exhaust, LED tail-light, turn indicators, split grab rails and even the tail-piece which are borrowed from the Apache 200 which is a good thing as these make the Apache 160 a premium offering. As seen on the RR 310, the TVS logo (horse) sits on the fuel tank and the ‘Apache’ branding has been moved to the centre panel. The motorcycle also gets front fork protectors while the 6-spoke alloy wheels (finished in black) with the red racing rim stripes highlight the visual appeal of the motorcycle. The Apache 160 4V is available in 3 colour choices – RR Red, Racing Black and Racing Blue.
The carb variant’s console loses out on lap timer, gear position indicator and fuel-efficiency meter
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – Apart from the styling, the Apache 160 4V also shares its instrument cluster with the Apache 200. Apart from the usual odometer, speedometer, tachometer, clock, fuel level indicator, service reminder, gear position indicator and two trip meters, the fully digital console also features lap timer, 0-60 km/hr timer and a top speed recorder. The latter half of the features show how much a race-oriented machine the Apache 160 is. The switchgear is of good quality and the controls are placed in proper reach. The RHS features an engine kill switch and self-start button while the LHS houses the buttons for horn, indicator, high/low beam and the pass-light switch.
Ergonomics – Talking about ergonomics, this is quite a comfortable motorcycle. This one gets a proper handlebar and not a set of clip ons. The riding posture is quite comfortable, it still retains some of that committed lean forward position but not at the cost of comfort. If I may be so bold, it brings a good balance between commuter and sporty. This motorcycle also ditches the split seats for a more comfortable banana seat (single-piece seat) setup. This grants even tall riders like me enough room to move around and find my comfort zone on this machine. The seat offers good cushioning and decent support through corners. The rearview mirrors offer a decent view too and mostly stays clear until you reach high speeds and your view starts going blur. Although the footpegs are on the higher side, having a roomy seat really helps.