To give you a little perspective, the Apache model name has been around in India for 15 years. It all started with a 150cc engine and an idea to make riding more fun at a price. Over the years, there were many other iterations of the Apache – 180cc, 200cc and then recently the 310cc. If you notice, there’s a constant step up from TVS each time and with the 310cc, expectations were sky-high. And to be honest, the RR 310 did give us that step up.
But, like most good things in life, it came at a price – we’ll get to that a little later. For now, all you need to know is, Apache RR 310’s BS6 update is out and there are quite a few improvements to talk about. You see, a step up doesn’t necessarily have to mean an increase in power or displacement, most times, it’s the little things that count the most.
First, the engine. It comes with the same 312cc, reverse-inclined, DOHC liquid-cooled engine with RT-Fi technology. It produces 33.5bhp and 27.3Nm of torque in Sport and Track mode and 25.4bhp and 25Nm of torque in Urban and Rain mode. Yes, there are four modes on offer on this time around and they aren’t just there for the sake of it. The difference can be felt almost immediately. In Rain and Urban mode, the acceleration is dulled down in favour of low-end performance in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
In fact, there’s no need to use the accelerator in first gear, just modulating the clutch is enough, thanks to TVS’ Glide Through Technology+ (GTT+). Also, the RR 310 will only rev to 9,000rpm in the aforementioned modes. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the Sport and Track mode, which unleashes all the power the RR 310 has to offer. In fact, the rev-limiter in these two modes is set at 11,000rpm! The acceleration in these two modes is brisk and will have you smiling in no time. There’s a gruff feel when you’re climbing up the revs and the RR 310 never seems to let up with the power.
Even the extremely smooth six-speed gearbox with the slipper clutch does an excellent job at keeping pace with the finely tuned and refined nature of the engine. In fact, the new Throttle by Wire, a state-of-the-art electronic throttle control (ETC), which replaces the conventional throttle cable with multiple electronic sensors feels a lot more contemporary. However, sometimes the throttle cut-offs can be a little too sudden, but nothing to worry about in any way.
Further complimenting this performance-oriented motorcycle are the impeccable Michelin Road 5 tyres which are ready for any condition in any situation. The dual-channel ABS and the 300mm disc at the front and 240mm disc at the back does a fantastic job at stopping the RR 310 dead in its tracks. Also, another important detail with riding modes and ABS is the fact that in Rain mode, it’s in maximum attack mode, so to speak. It provides a greater feel at the lever. In track, the ABS backs off for late braking and a more focussed approach overall.
Another addition to the BS6 RR 310 is the five-inch TFT display which is super informative and quite clear to read as well. Interestingly, all riding modes have separate screens with different information for each, which feels premium. Let’s not forget the Bluetooth enabled SmartXonnect system. Simply download the mobile app and from then on it offers multiple data points on post-ride analysis, race telemetry including riding pattern, best lap time, turn-by-turn navigation, call functionality and more.
With a kerb weight of 174 kilograms, and all that power and tech to back it up. There was never really any doubt in the way the BS6 RR 310 handles itself out on the tarmac. It only helps that TVS has done a decent enough job to keep the vibrations down from the BS4-model. But when you get down to it, this thing handles like a dream. Sure, the vibrations can still be felt but when you couple together the excellent power delivery, superior cornering ability, feature-rich TFT-screen and the segment-first riding modes, the BS6 Apache RR 310 already starts to feel a lot more capable.
There’s no getting around the fact that this is an expensive motorcycle and you could get more powerful alternatives. But, when you factor in the more practical aspects of a motorcycle, the RR 310 seems to be the choice for the person who puts everyday usability at the top of the list. TVS has knocked it out of the park once again and the BS6 RR 310 is a huge role model for all those motorcycles out looking for a little self-improvement.
For – Balance, performance, equipment
Against – Price
Engine: 312.2cc, one/single cylinder
Transmission: six-speed with slipper clutch
Price – ₹2.45 lakh (ex-showroom)
Photography: Jassi Singh