The updated TVS Apache RR 310 has journeyed from racetrack to road and back, read on to know if it packs everything that we ever wanted from this supersport….
Words by - Vishal Joshi
Photographs by:- TVS
TVS is gaining and getting to new heights of achievement with their re-equipped Apache RR 310. How? Let me explain. They have been trying to amalgamate a motorcycle racer's idea, feedback (and even wish) and a regular but aspiring rider’s imagination together. You see, whenever a professional races on a track, she or he wishes to pass some part of it on a road legal motorcycle, at least as far as the performance goes and not just fancy stickers you see here and there. Then there are regular but ebullient riders like you and me, who squeeze the juice out of road legal motorcycles, just to imagine and chat about it at the end of the ride or day with like-minded peeps and peers about what could've made this motorcycle faster, better, closer to our liking (and sometimes potential), just to wrap the conversation up, pay for the pool of coffee and head home. But not anymore. With decades-long legacy of racing on one side and manufacturing commuters like no other in the country on the other, TVS has well understood what it takes to make both the ends meet. That's where the updated TVS Apache RR 310 BTO comes in, where that BTO stands for Built To Order. More on that in a bit.
Now, we rode the 2021 Apache RR 310 on a racetrack in 2020, and were mighty impressed with it. However, we left the racetrack thinking it was pretty obvious for a supersport to drum about its performance into our minds for reasons that are obvious. Then we rode it on Indian roads to see if it could meet spirited commuter's expectations of living with it daily. And boy! Did it do its job well! And now this year, with the latest updates that TVS has brought in the Apache RR 310 BTO, we rode it again on the racetrack, and here's what we think about it.
But before that, here's some info about the update. TVS has introduced this BTO version in two different flavors, Dynamic and Race, that'll pump up the price by just Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 5,000 than the current version that is still available at a showroom near you. However, there'll be only 150 units sold in the first two months. Mainly, while the former gets fully adjustable front and rear suspensions and final drive chain dipped in brass, which TVS claims to be corrosion resistant, which also adds to Apache's lustrous aesthetics and of course, simplified cleaning too; the latter comes with new clip-ons that are now moved down by a shade and towards the rider too along with footpegs that are significantly set upwards.
Apart from black and red wheels as options to choose from, both the variants get an exhaust pipe that has been adjusted in a way that it doesn't come in your way during mean lean angles. Another thing that doesn't come in your way is the process of taking your gloves and helmet off to display your documents to a certain representative at a halt. Yes! The TFT will now show them onboard along with the new dynamic engine rev limit indicator, a trip meter that shows data for the day and overspeed indication as well. And to make it look faster, TVS has also added a new livery and a race number, of your choice, on the visor that you see here, however, does it all add up to make the Apache go faster? Let's see….
First things first. Right after we test rode the BS6 Apache RR 310 on a racetrack last year, I felt that the position could've been a tad racier than what it was then, given the way that engine was so refined than the earlier one. But TVS has not only got that on the table, but also a better one too. With all the aforementioned changes, now I could duck down confidently, easily and smoothly on the go, with my knees tucking the tank quite comfortably. While at it, they neared my elbows exactly how a rider of my height would want. I stand at 5 feet 7 inch and I am a huge fan of Dany Pedrosa! You know if you know. Point being, the squat position is now quite compact on the updated Apache RR 310, which puts your core to work. And that's why, when entering a curve, this setting helped me shift my weight, stretch my neck and pop my head into the turn even more and reverse the process quickly since I didn’t have to work much on my flexures. What added to the pack was the aggressive Track mode, sensitive throttle and the smooth responsiveness of the engine which let me play and control the motorcycle at the same time.
However, this was still with the basic setting of the suspension. After both the suspensions were tuned for the track, that is, towards the stiffer side, I got to know what this motorcycle could do on the same curves with the same engine in the same environment. Boy oh boy! I could not only go faster in curves but also more confidently and that too with utter smoothness since the setting had eradicated the laziness. Also, this time, the gear shifts were even smarter. Meaning, there was at least one downshift less than usual. The dynamics started taking care of all the unnecessary thoughts and things that went before and after a curve since the sensitivity was tuned with the just the right amount of load, which ironically eradicated the tension. To address the elephant in the room, as much as I am not a quickshifter guy, I think it would just make things a bit convenient. On that note, the elephant has passed the door, it's just the tail that's left and I am sure TVS has well thought about it and has its hand on the wraps already, to take it off soon with more updates that you and I can only imagine, erm...maybe not. Exactly what happened with this update. Who'd thought that one day we'll be offered an option to build our own, road legal, almost a race motorcycle. But here we are. Thanks TVS!
Nonetheless, if I had to put the updated Apache RR 310 feels in two words, it will make a racer go 'Yes' for finally paving the path from a racetrack to road and a committed rider go 'Yay' in our mind with the throttle wide open.