TVS Apache RTR 180 Road Test Review
The trend of high cc bikes is on. These days more and more people prefer 150cc bikes over 100/125cc commuters. The major share is of the youth. TVS launched Apache RTR 160 for such people.
Following the RTR160 came, the RTR 180 which posed a direct competition to the Pulsar 180. So here a short review of the TVS Apache RTR 180.
(Since we have already tested the RTR 160 in past, we have highlighted only those features which are different from its younger sibling) How it looks?
The Apache RTR 180 RTR is same as tat of RTR 160 when it comes to styling. The only difference being the RTR decal which sweeps from the cowl onto the fuel tank. Nevertheless, it definitely looks appealing. It is a kind of safe and decent styling; the fascia looks fresh with a smiling headlamp, giving an impression that bike is gladly inviting you to check out its strength. Inside this assembly accommodates a couple of pilot lamps which lights up pretty well during evening.
Almost all the bike manufacturers recently switched to the Digital obsession, and Apache is no different. The cluster has a digital speedometer, clock, fuel gauge, trip meter and a lap timer. The tachometer is Analog with RTR embossed on its white background unlike the dark shade seen on the RTR 160. Daytime visibility is quite impressive, though the real attraction is when the digital meter lights up with the blue glow.
Also the rear fender is removable which allows the rider to customize the looks of his ride as per his choice. On the edge of this fender sits a rectangular reflector How it Performs?
The RTR stands for Racing Throttle Response and true to its name; similar to its younger sibling, the RTR 180 is a performer.
I could easily achieve figure of a hundred without much effort. Gearbox has similar mechanism as that of current ones. It has 1 down and 4 up shifts which is bit stiff. Gearbox has been borrowed from its 160cc sibling.
The only thing which I found a bit exasperating with the RTR 180 was the infuriatingly high engine noise at speeds of 70-80kmph. The resonance gives an impression that the engine is being strained though it isnt the real case. After you are par with 80kmph, the sound reducing giving you a pleasure of cruise. How it Handles?
The MIG shocks found on the RTR 160 do have been employed for the job here too. Which is why high speeds could be handled with ease engrossing most of the bumps to give a gratifying pillion ride experience?
The riding position too is similar to its sibling. Slightly stepped up seats add to the comfort to the pillion rider. Now RTR comes with two setting the handle bar adjustment to allow the rider to adjust the position of handle bar as per his needs. Front 90/90 X 17 and rear 110/80 X 18 TVS tires give an optimum grip to give you a higher confidence while cornering sharp curves. The rear tyres are a bit more wider than its 160cc counter part.
The brakes are supportive with Front 270MM Disc Petal in the front and 200MM rear disc brake. The bike uses Roto Petal Disc Brakes for both front and rear that are competent of bringing you to a standstill at whatever instance you wish for. How much it returns?
Being a 180cc bike, one must not expect a great fuel efficiency. This 180cc is able to deliver fuel efficiency figures of 45KMPL, which is decent though not impressive. What's the Verdict?
TVS Apache RTR is a great bike for young enthusiasts who want a combination of power and style. Since we dont have many 180cc bikes, Apache RTR 180 is a good substitute to Bajaj Pulsar 180. Visual Differences from RTR 160:
RTR Decal which sweep from Cowl onto the Fuel tank
Copper colored MIG Shocks
Digital meter with Blue Illumination
Tachometer with white background
Wider rear Tyre Official Website: here What we Like in Apache?
Good Handling What we Dis-Like in Apache?
Not Best for tall riders
Fuel Efficiency Star Ratings
Engine & Performance: (4.5/5)
Looks & Design: (4.5/5)
Handling & Ride Quality: (4/5)
Fuel Efficiency: (3/5)
Value For Money: (4/5) Engine
: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled
: 177.4 cc
: 12.52 KW (17 BHP) @ 8500RPM
: 15.5 NM @ 6500 RPM
: Electric & Kick Start
: IDI-Dual Mode Digital Transmission:
: Wet, Multiplate
: 5 Speed Suspension:
: Telescopic Forks, 105MM Stroke
: Monotube Inverted Gas Filled Shox (MIG) with Spring Aid Brakes:
: 270MM Petal Disc
: 200MM Disc Tires:
: 90/90 X 17
: 100/80 X 18
: 2085 MM
: 1100 MM
: 730 MM
Fuel tank capacity
: 16 litre (2.5 Litre Reserve)
: 180 MM
: 1326 MM