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TVS Apache RTR 310 | The New Quarter Liter King | First Ride Review

TVS has been trying to crack the quarter-litre segment for a while now, and they finally have the right ingredients to shake things up in that segment.

For

Eager performance, good build, dashing looks

Against

Electronic overload

Exterior

How is the Apache RTR 310?

In the flesh, the Apache RTR 310 looks like an MT-09 from certain angles. It looks premium and playful, especially in this shade of yellow. The build quality, fit and finish are spot on, and TVS has left no stone unturned. The design looks sharp with various colours and a choice of materials. The exposed frame and subframe look exotic, and TVS has spared no quarter for jazzing up the design. There is a grey colour option, and one called Sepang Blue, which is supposed to be inspired by TVS’ racing colours. My only gripe with the design is the amount of marketing stickers on the motorcycle, and I wish TVS would have kept these to a minimum. You get a set of LED headlamps in the front and dynamic LED tail lights at the rear for illumination. You get a split seat setup, which is comfortable, but the seat can be relatively stiff, especially with the climate-controlled seat option tacked on. 

 

The Gimmicks and features 

Electronically speaking, the RTR 310 comes entirely loaded for a motorcycle of its capacity. Its electronic aids boast of Cornering ABS, Wheelie Control, Cornering Traction Control, Rear Lift Control, Cornering Cruise Control and Hill Descent Control. The RTR 310 uses a 6D inertial measurement unit, which monitors these parameters and dials in power and braking accordingly. Another significant addition is cruise control, which is excellent for touring, and at my best, it worked well. The climate-controlled seat does seem rather tempting on paper, but in reality, it doesn’t work constantly and will take frequent breaks before cooling or heating your seat. Though I reckon at the point it's more of a gimmick, I’d take the softer seat than a system that works occasionally. The RTR 310 has many segment-first features; most are relatively cool. Sure, one can argue that a person probably wouldn’t ever need most of these features and can do without them. For that, I thank TVS for allowing you to pick and choose what features you want as part of their BTO program. 



TopGear Magazine July 2024