2021 TVS Apache RTR 200 4V: Pros, Cons And Should You Buy It?
Weighing up the good and not so good bits about TVS’s flagship naked
If it ain’t broke, then… you know the rest, right? That’s the same mantra TVS applied to the 2021 Apache RTR 200 4V. The Hosur-based brand took its flagship naked, gave it some small but serious upgrades, and made its value for money proposition even stronger. Here’s what we loved about as well as didn’t on the 2021 model.
Packs extra sophistication
Ride modes and front fork adjustability are unheard of for a bike of this segment. Nevertheless, TVS managed to pack in both for the 2021 model, enabling the rider to choose how the RTR behaves to their liking. And, there’s also span-adjustable levers present.
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More useable performance
TVS has revised the torque curve of the 197.7cc mill, making it better for everyday rideability. There’s added punch lower down the revs and there’s a healthy reserve of drive present even higher up in the rev band. Mid-range is chunkier too, lending the Apache a well-balanced yet exciting ride experience.
There has been a dramatic improvement in the Apache’s braking department. The bike not only stops way sooner than it did earlier, there’s more than enough bite, feel and progression in the system. The latter two elements were something that we have been longing for since the bike was introduced half a decade ago and we are glad that the improvements have finally arrived.
Cramped lower body posture
High-rise and rear-set footpegs might be good for race bikes, but in the real world, they prove to be a bit of a hindrance, especially if you are a tall or large person. Spending long hours in the saddle does become a bit discomforting.
No sixth gear
The lack of a sixth cog is a big miss in our books. Currently, the RTR manages to cruise at around 90-95kmph but anything faster and the engine starts to feel strained. The sixth gear would have definitely helped in this regard, allowing the RTR to sit at 100kmph without straining the motor.
SHOULD YOU BUY IT?
A big YES! The cons do feel less significant compared to the brilliance of the RTR 200 4V. It is a great tool to start sport riding on with enough adjustability and forgiveness to make you a better rider.