Race-spec Apache RR 310 vs Road-going RR 310 - What's Different?
Ever wondered how much more powerful the Apache RR 310 could become with some performance enhancements?
TVS will be flagging off its inaugural edition of the One Make Challenge (open category) this weekend which will witness 12 riders battling it out for the championship. Their rides? A fleet of race-spec Apache RR 310s tricked out with performance parts that will give riders the competitive edge they need. TVS hasn’t revealed it all about the bike, but they did let out some details. Here they are.
Weight saving is absolutely essential for racing, and rightly so, as every gram of weight gained, translates to loss of power and performance. A lighter bike offers better riding dynamics and performance.
From the looks of it, the race-spec RR 310 retains the same bodywork, chassis, tyre and suspension setup as seen on the Standard variant. So, what’s changed? In order to save weight, TVS has done away with the turn indicators, mirrors, number plate holder, tyre hugger, chain cover and the left-hand side pillion footrest assembly. The tail lamp and headlight assemblies have been removed, but their lenses seem to have been retained and covered with tape to meet race regulations.
Usually, race bikes use thin foam padding as a seat, while the rear seat is replaced with a race cowl. But, for some odd reason, TVS has retained the same split seat seen on the standard model.
The most prominent change is the front footpeg assembly, which has been moved further behind, and higher up for a more race oriented seating posture. Also, the footpegs themselves on the race variant weigh a lot less compared to the cast footpeg assembly on the standard version. TVS has removed the left-hand side rear footpeg but retained the right one which acts as a mount for the new exhaust. The clip-on handlebars appear untouched, which is fine as they were already low-set units.
The race-spec RR 310 shares the same 312.2cc, fuel-injected, single-cylinder motor that churns out 38PS of power at 10,300rpm as opposed to 34PS at 9700rpm on the standard model.
So, how has the performance been improved, you ask? The improved figures are the result of an upgraded induction system and a free flow exhaust, while a remapped ECU allows engineers to extract more power without worrying about other aspects like emissions and fuel efficiency. All this translates to more power and a top speed of 175kmph in contrast to the company-claimed top speed of 160kmph for the Std model.
What we expected -
Although a more sophisticated suspension setup would surely have helped improve the agility and riding dynamics, it's not clear if the bikemaker has used the stock setup on the race-spec RR 310. On the bright side, though, as per our sources, TVS is working on the front suspension setup for the standard RR 310 which gets preload and compression adjustment. Secondly, TVS Racing could have equipped the race-spec RR 310 with some stickier, soft-compound tyres which would definitely have gripped the track a lot better.