When the TVS Apache RR 310 entered our long-term fleet back in March 2018, we weren’t very fond of it, initially. The vibrations from the motor – and virtually every panel of the motorcycle – literally drove us up the wall. Now, fast forward to 2019, and we truly and genuinely believe that the RR 310 is one phenomenal motorcycle!
So, what made us change our minds, you ask? You see, there are many things that we like about the RR 310, but what we’ve come to love about it is the fact that it’s a perfectly balanced motorcycle. It may look like a proper sports bike, which is a good thing, but it never feels uncomfortable or overly aggressive. Whether it’s daily commute or long-distance touring, the RR 310 is equally impressive with its relaxed and easy-going nature. Let’s look at the engine. Yes, we keep on banging about the fact that it’s vibey, but it’s a very exciting motor, especially when you’re out on open roads. The power surge at the top of the rev range is really, really strong and intoxicating. On top of all this is the bike’s brilliant suspension setup. It’s a proper corner carver, but take it over broken roads and it takes everything in its stride without breaking a sweat. Personally, I believe the RR 310 is a perfect sports tourer, in its price range, of course. And this also explains why I took it on three back-to-back road trips in the last three months.
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Of course, just like any other vehicle, the RR 310 is not flawless. From the engineering side of things, there are a few areas where it needs improvement. The NVH levels are high, the ABS is over intrusive and the front brake doesn’t offer enough feedback. Plus, there’s excessive nose dive under heavy braking, which makes it kind of difficult to steer the bike during emergency stops. Another thing that really kept us bugging all this time was its engine cutting out abruptly in traffic, resulting in incessant honking from behind. What’s really irritating in this scenario is that it takes at least take 3 to 4 attempts to get the engine running again. We were told that it’s something to do with the play in the clutch cable, and that it was being addressed during the service, but we experienced the problem repeatedly. Also, speaking of aftersales, the RR 310’s spare parts are quite expensive compared to some of its main rivals, which may deter potential buyers. Overall, the positives outweighed the negatives, and we’re definitely going to miss riding the RR310.
When it came: March 2018
Current Odo reading: 9,361kms
Mileage this month: 1,253kms
Fuel efficiency: 25km/l
Faults: Engine keeps cutting-out
What’s good: Handling, performance, ride quality, design
What’s not: High NVH, ABS, brakes