After the TVS Akula was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, there didn’t seem to be any talk of its final production-ready version for about two years. However, after having spotted many a test mule and TVS’ partnership has been underway, it’s finally time to see if the new Apache RR310 has the goods to deliver what it needs to in the entry-level performance biking category, as we find out in our TVS Apache 310 RR review…
We managed to have two colors at our disposal – a glistening red and a sinister looking matte-black. Despite its sporty appearance, the RR 310 has a comfortable riding stance. You don’t have to crouch with all the weight on your arms, and the footpegs are positioned well. There is also good back support, thanks to the raised rear seat; the wide seat for the rider is very comfy too. Riding the RR 310 every day would prove to be a breeze.
The 33.5bhp, 312cc liquid-cooled, the four-valve single-cylinder engine responds in a linear manner and provides ample low-end power. It gets even more free-revving once you cross the 4000RRM mark, while the 6-speed transmission is smooth in nature. And the clutch is light.
Around corners, the RR 310 manifests a lot of confidence. This is also the first Indian motorcycle that’s been through wind tunnel testing, and it shows! The monoshock does feel a bit mellow, but that is sure to help in everyday riding conditions. It’s in the mid-range where the RR 310 performs well, and once you’ve crossed 8500RPM, you still feel a surge in power as the needle climbs to 10,000RPM. Being a single-cylinder engine, subtle vibrations could be felt on the seat, but that’s only if we had to nitpick.
Coming to the design – the RR 310 looks properly menacing, viewed from any angle. Up-front, we loved the LED projector lamps with a white racing stripe running in-between. The sharp fairing also helps in achieving the lowest drag coefficient in the segment. The vertically-positioned instrument cluster has been designed in order to help the rider view the digital cluster while ripping down the road, yet at the same time, not losing sight of what’s ahead. The RR 310 comes equipped with ABS and 300mm front and 240mm rear disc brakes.
Could TVS‘ latest formula prove to be successful? Certainly, and why not? As mentioned in our Apache 310 RR bike review, the good levels of build quality, a powerful engine, and of course – the brilliant chassis and aerodynamics of the bike, make it a very promising motorcycle, not just for a race track, but also for real-world riding conditions. And all of this at a price of Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom), makes it an extremely attractive proposition.
Do look out for our in-depth TVS Apache 310 RR review.