TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Fi ABS: Other Options At The Same Price
Let’s take a quick look other bikes that can be had for around the same price
TVS has launched a new single-channel ABS-equipped variant of Apache RTR 160 4V Fi. While the Hosur-based manufacturer is yet to formally announce the new variant, we do know that it costs Rs 98,644 (ex-showroom Pune). While the addition of single-channel ABS is a crucial one considering the upcoming safety norms that require every motorcycle with an engine capacity of over 125cc to be equipped with ABS, the addition of the essential safety net has pushed the price of the RTR 160 4V Fi by Rs 7,000. Hence, there could be no better time than now to check out other alternatives within the same price bracket. Let’s start off with the least expensive option.
Bajaj Pulsar NS160 (Rs 85,690)
The Pulsar NS160 has been around for a while now and has proved itself as a capable option in our road-test reviews. The NS160’s sporty pedigree, engaging ride, and refined motor, paired with an affordable price tag of Rs 85,690, make for one heck of a deal. However, it's the only bike here that misses out on ABS. Hell, it isn't even offered as an option. That said, we could expect Bajaj to launch an ABS version soon considering the new safety standards that are set to take effect on April
Hero Xtreme 200R (Rs 89,900)
It’s simple, with the Xtreme 200R, you get a 200cc motorcycle for much less than the price of a 160cc. Plus, the Hero Xtreme 200R gets more power on tap, which is never a bad thing. Don’t get us wrong, the power delivery is tuned to be unintimidating. Instead, it’s been tuned to offer everyday usability. Overall, it’s a win-win situation. It’s also one of the best handling bikes we’ve tested thanks to its well-tuned suspension setup. Furthermore, the riding posture is neutral, which makes it a good daily commuter. All-in-all, it’s the perfect platform for lesser experienced riders who want the thrill of owning a 200cc bike without burning a hole in the pocket.
Honda CB Hornet 160R ABS DLX (Rs 94,182)
Looking for a sporty, muscular commuter bike? The CB Hornet 160R could be the perfect option for you. For long, it was the only bike in its segment to feature LED lights at both ends. Until the new Yamaha FZ-Fi came along, that is. It’s ergonomics, engine performance and overall ride quality make it a good city dweller. The bike doesn’t shy away from some enthusiastic riding over the weekend either. Equipped with ABS and priced lower than the Apache RTR 160 4V Fi ABS, the Honda makes a compelling case for itself.
Vespa SXL 150 STD (Rs 96,518)
Why would we put up a scooter amongst a bunch of bikes? It’s because the Vespa SXL is a 150cc scooter designed to make a style statement. So, if European styling is something that you always desired, the Italian scooter is a perfect match. Granted, the scooter is low on power compared to the bikes listed here, but it’s got more than enough power for your daily commutes. It makes for a good option for those who’d like a relaxed ride while looking classy at the same time. Apart from this, the Vespa SXL also gets the option of ABS, of course, at a premium, which pushes it a wee bit above the price of the Apache RTR 160 4V. Nevertheless, it’s still worth having on the list.
Yamaha FZ-FI Version 3.0 (Rs 95,000)
The newly launched Yamaha FZ-Fi has a lot going for it as it gets a fresh new look for 2019. And while we haven’t ridden the new version just yet, we can confidently say that the FZ has always been a hoot to ride if you keep aside the power deficit. To add to its plus points, the bike also gets LED headlights, muscular styling and a repositioned ignition key slot that’s a lot easier to access than before. The seat’s also flatter and slightly thicker, which should improve pillion comfort. While the FZ-Fi is a few grand cheaper than the Apache, the former boasts of incredible engine refinement and reliability. That said, only a thorough road test review could put things into perspective. So we’ll reserve our judgement for now.
Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi ABS (Rs 1.01 lakh)
The Suzuki Gixxer SF-Fi is the most affordable full-faired motorcycles available in the country. And thanks to an eager motor and handling characteristics, it’s one heck of a motorcycle. Moreover, the bike makes a strong case for itself with its high refinement levels, build quality and sporty design. Also, unlike the Pulsar NS160, the Suzuki Gixxer SF-Fi comes with the option of fuel-injection and a single channel ABS unit, which will be offered as standard pretty soon. For a premium of a little over Rs 2,500 compared to the Apache, the Gixxer SF-Fi gives you the experience of owning a fully-faired bike.