If we had to pick one motorcycle here that was buzzing with excitement and interest both before and after its launch, it would undoubtedly be the TVS Apache RR 310. You see, not only did it mark TVS’ foray into the ‘big bike’ segment, it also became the first product to come out of the TVS-BMW partnership in India.
There’s no denying that the Apache RR 310 is a very well packaged motorcycle – the fit-and-finish and quality levels are very, very good. And, it comes packed with top-cycle parts, including upside down forks and bi-LED headlamps. On top of that, the RR 310 is styled to perfection.
But, does it ride as well as it looks? After hammering the RR 310 for a couple laps, Sarath came back mightily impressed with the bike’s handling. He was also pleased by the power delivery and felt that the single-cylinder 313cc motor delivers grunt when it’s needed. However, he wasn’t particularly impressed by the vibrations and a ‘knocking’ feeling from the engine – which he felt could be a deal breaker for potential customers in this segment. And while the brakes are impressive, the ABS is a little too intrusive – something that prevents you from loading up the front under hard braking.
Sure, it’s a full-faired motorcycle, but the RR 310 is more of a sports-tourer than a track tool. And in that regard, it’s a very well-rounded package. That said, if there’s one thing that we think that the TVS engineers should still work on, it would be the NVH levels of the bike. Other than that, the RR 310 is a near perfect motorcycle and a great example of what can result from a successful German-Indian partnership.