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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.


Eager performance, good build, dashing looks


Electronic overload


A Streetfighter in 2023?

You may be wondering why a company like TVS would launch a streetfighter in today's day and age. It is a time when most manufacturers are moving away from street-oriented motorcycles to either cruisers or ADVs. A company like TVS first launched an overpriced electric scooter and now a streetfighter? TVS has lost its mind and seems to give its fanbase the opposite of what it wants. The RR 310 was already off to a rocky start; meanwhile, BMW already has a street fighter, and so does everyone else. The only one that has seen successful numbers is KTM, which just launched a new model for the Duke 250 and the 390. Where does a naked version of the RR 310 fit in in all this chaos? Well, I was surprised when I got the all-new RTR 310. 

What is the Apache RTR 310?

Well, it's more than just a naked version of the RR 310. It now makes more power and more torque and has also lost some weight in the process. Unlike most street fighters that showcase their track performance, the RTR 310 isn’t nearly as track-oriented. Instead, it's built to conquer the streets and focuses more on freestyle riding. That’s right, TVS has built a motorcycle meant to pop wheelies comfortably, wiggle through traffic and indulge in all sorts of fun. They have reworked everything they’d already implemented on the RR 310 and added first-segment electronic features such as Dynamic Stability Control, Cornering Traction Control, Cornering Cruise Control, Wheelie Control and even Cornering ABS.

It also gets cruise control, a quick shifter and even a cooled seat! Quite frankly, I wasn’t expecting that, and in theory, it sounds ready to conquer our roads. But we weren’t on our roads; instead, we were on the streets of Bangkok. 


The RTR 310 may not have been the motorcycle we all wanted. For those of us looking for a do-it-all-quarter-liter motorcycle, the RTR 310 comes instead well-equipped. The suspension and the electronics are top-notch, and so is the build. Sure, it isn’t the fastest motorcycle south of 400 cc, but it's undoubtedly one of the best bargains in its segment for what it offers. It's got the style, it's got the enthusiasm, and it certainly packs the fun. We’d have to test the RTR 310 over a longer duration to know how it stacks up as a daily motorcycle. 

Still, so far, I’m rather impressed, especially when you consider the price of this motorcycle and how it perfectly sits between the KTM Duke 250 and the Dule 390, which are its biggest rivals. As for the BMW G310 R, would you rather walk into a BMW dealership as an owner of one of their most affordable product, or would you rather walk into a TVS dealership as the owner of not only the more superior motorcycle but also one that’s at the top of the TVS food chain? I know the answer to that, and with that in mind, I think the RTR 310 is quite the bang for your buck, and TVS has introduced a stellar product into the market. 


TopGear Magazine July 2024