The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V was always a competent bike, to begin with. But add in all the track-oriented kit it offers, and could it just be one of the best 200cc motorbikes money can buy. But for a price tag of Rs 1.34 lakh, how does the bike actually fair compared to its competitors?

What is updated on the 2021 Apache RTR 200 4V

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For the 2021 update, the most substantial change is the ride modes that are now on offer.

For 2021, Apache has made quite a substantial change to the kit offered on the RTR 200 4V. The adjustable for pre-load front suspension from SHOWA can be adjusted depending on the riding conditions. Furthermore, the brake and clutch lever can be adjusted to three different positions. The most important tweak that TVS has made to the RTR 200 4V is adding three riding modes – Rain, Urban, Sport. The 197.7cc 4-stroke oil-cooled engine has three different power maps depending on the mode selected. In Sport, the engine produces a 20.5bhp 17.25Nm while in Urban and Rain, the power reduces to 17bhp and 16.51Nm of torque. Additionally, depending on the riding mode selected, interjection from the ABS system increases or reduces with it being the most intrusive in Rain and the most lenient in Sport. Also, special mention must be given to the 5-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch that offers crisp and quick gear changes.

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The digital display of the bike offers a lot of information including a top speed indicator and a 0-60km/h timer.

Other than these changes, the ergonomics of the Apache RTR 200 4V remain unchanged compared to the previous generation. It continues to offer a fantastic riding position with incredible amounts of riding dynamics allowing the rider to be more confident on the Apache RTR 200 4V. Oh, and if you are wondering about the performance numbers, here is a gist. TVS claims that it can do the 0 to 60km/h stint in 3.9 seconds which you can verify using the timer on the digital display. Also, the bike can achieve a maximum top speed of 127km/h in Sport, and in Urban/Rain, it is limited to 105km/h.

Should you buy the 2021 Apache RTR 200 4V

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To answer my question asked at the start of the review – Yes, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V makes quite a statement as compared to its competitors. For the price tag, it carries of Rs 1.34 lakh, the Apache RTR 200 4V seems a deal too good to be true. Even if you as a rider would not use most of the features on offer regularly, it feels content to know that you have all this racing tech at your disposal for the day you wish to bring out the Moto GP rider within you.

Specifications

Engine – 197.7cc 4-stroke oil-cooled
Power – 20.5bhp (Sport)/ 17bhp (Urban,Rain)
Torque – 17.25Nm (Sport)/ 16.51Nm (Urban/Rain)
Transmission – 5-speed with slipper clutch
Weight – 152 kilograms
Price: Rs 1.29 lakh (Single-Channel ABS), Rs 1.34 lakh (2-Channel ABS) (ex-showroom, Maharashtra)

For – Riding modes, Performance, Riding dynamics
Against – Switchgear quality, needs a 6-speed gearbox

Photography Credit: Yash Mulji