We tell you what exactly has gone into the TVS Apache RR 310 in terms of technology.
There’s no doubt that the existing Apache 160, 180 and 200 owners are all fascinated about the Apache RR 310. If not all, most of them would be (myself included). It’s not a hardcore race machine but TVS has nailed it when it comes to the motorcycle’s positioning. Though it looks like a supersport, it is comfortable highway tourer. So, leaving aside the form and looks, what makes the Apache RR 310 an exemplary motorcycle? Well, it’s what is between the fairing and everything else surrounding it.
Let’s start with the powertrain. Borrowed from the BMW G310R, the reverse-inclined single-cylinder, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected motor produces 33.5 HP of power and 27.3 Nm of torque. The positioning of the engine makes the required exhaust length shorter, thereby allowing for a longer swingarm while keeping the wheelbase short. The compact engine layout allows for the best power-to-weight ratio.
Power is extracted efficiently through the down-draft port with button tappet arrangement which improves volumetric efficiency by up to 8 percent. The light KS cast piston with the weight reduction pocket reduces the weight of the piston by 6 percent. The Nanofriks coating reduces friction and enhances performance. All the power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox with negative back rack gears to prevent false neutrals.
Second is aerodynamics. The motorcycle has been wind-tunnel tested to provide top-notch aerodynamic performance. TVS claims a best-in-class co-efficient of drag of 0.26. Every surface, every contour and every angle on the motorcycle channels air to achieve the least drag resistance. Air is channeled into the ram air-intake to keep the engine cool while hot air is sent out through the gill vents and deflector cowl. The windscreen though isn’t adjustable, is by default accommodating enough to reduce windblast while riding on the highway.
Though the Apache RR 310 borrows the suspension from the G310R, TVS has tuned the suspension to suit the Apache. You get Kayaba inverted forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. With all this power and technology, the rider needs a safety feature that will keep him safe on the roads and this is where the dual-channel ABS comes into the picture. Offered as standard on the RR 310, the system is programmed to be least-intrusive, meaning, ABS kicks in only when you need it. Unfortunately (for stunt-freaks), the ABS cannot be disengaged.
TVS got Michelin to take care of the tyres. The Michelin Pilot Street tyres (110-section up front and 150-section at the rear) have been co-developed with TVS, especially for the Apache 310 and offer impressive levels of grip. It remains to be seen how TVS is able to deliver motorcycles and how Apache RR 310 customers are treated at the showrooms where commuter bikes are also sold. The after sales and service is another thing to watch out for.
TVS Apache RR 310 Technology
– The Apache RR 310 gets a different sub-frame from the G310R
– Is powered by a 312cc motor as in the BMW G310R; produces 33.5 HP
– 6-speed gearbox with negative back rack gears prevents false neutrals