TVS motors launched the Apache RR310 in the Indian market at an introductory price of INR 2.15 lakh. The bike which was revealed back in 2016 as the Akula concept caught a lot of attention. The bike is currently selling for INR 2,23 lakh ex-showroom in India. It is a direct rival to KTM Duke 390, KTM RC 390, Bajaj Dominar 400 and the newly launched BMW G310R. Massive price drops in Kawasaki Ninja 300 also makes it a direct competitor to the Apache RR310. Is the Apache RR310 still worth buying? Here are 5 reasons why.
1. Design and Technology
True to the name of its origins the bike looks sharp and stunning. Akula in Russian translates to Shark. We can see many design inspirations such as the sharp headlight and the unique fin design. This motorcycle will definitely turn heads on the streets with its Panigale-esque looks.
TVS has also added a few clever tricks to this motorcycle. The engine is reverse inclined. This helps in decreasing the wheelbase while keeping the swing arm length longer. This approach drastically increases the handling capability of the motorcycle. The reverse inclined arrangement also means the air intake can face forward. The exhaust routing can also be significantly shortened and simplified. The rear-ward incline also helps in centralizing mass, making for a more compact construction.
On the safety side, TVS has included a dual channel ABS as standard. The big 300mm front and 240mm rear brakes provide sufficient stopping power.
2. Engine and Performance
The motorcycle comes with a 312cc DOHC liquid cooled motor which is based on the BMW G310R series engine. This engine produces maximum power of 33bhp and peak torque of 27.3 Nm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
TVS claims a top speed of 160kmph. 0-60 in 2.93 seconds and 7.17 seconds to reach 100kmph from a standstill. TVS has also included a few special features in its engine – a friction reducing coating on its Pistons called Nanofriks, Nikasil coated cylinder liner, single piece crankshaft, split connecting-rods and hollow camshaft.
3. Build Quality
The parts used on the RR310 feel premium and are of high-quality. The motorcycle shares a few integral components with the BMW G310R and the BMW G310GS siblings. TVS has ensured long-term reliability of the motorcycle with a bullet-proof engine and many special features. The trellis frame used is also borrowed from the BMW counterpart with slight tweaks in the rear sub-frame.
TVS has loaded this bike to the brim with features. The main instrument cluster has a plethora of information to display. It has a digital speedometer and tachometer, 2 trip meters, low fuel indicator, low oil indicator, low battery indicator, engine temperature, gear indicator, gear shift indicator, range and efficiency counters etc.
The bike comes with super sticky Michelin Pilot Street tires for better handling and safety. It also includes dual channel ABS from Continental as standard. The suspension setup by Kayaba involves front USD forks and mono-shock at the rear. The bi-LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps are like icing on the cake.
5. Value for Money
TVS has priced the RR310 very aggressively. It is priced less than both the KTM bikes in this range and significantly less than the BMW 310 twins. It is also priced marginally higher than the Bajaj Dominar 400. At INR 2,23 lakh ex-showroom, it is a great price considering the design, build quality and performance package this bike offers.
TVS service costs are also cheaper compared to the competition, which makes owning this bike a lot less of a burden. The spare parts are priced moderately which is acceptable considering the quality and make of these components.
The TVS Apache RR310 is offered at a great price in the 300cc segment. It offers segment-leading design and features. The price and cost of ownership also make it a very attractive package. This bike should be at the top of your list if you are in the market for a 300cc motorcycle which looks and performs like a premium motorcycle should.
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