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Review of TVS RTR 200

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Review of TVS RTR 200.

TVS has recently launched the Apache RTR 200. The actual single cylinder engine size is 197.75 cc, has four valves and is oil cooled.  (The latest Royal Enfield HiMALAYAN—is also oil cooled).  The bore X stroke of the TVS RTR 200 is 66 X 57.8 mm. Thus it is a short-stroke engine where stroke/bore ratio is 0.876, which is less than 1.

Thus this engine is not a champion of Low-End-Torque (=LET) – but then I am not sure whether it was TVS’s intention to make this bike an LET champion. For LET, TVS has other smaller engine bikes, such as Sport and Star City+.

So how will this bike fare on the road? TVS claims zero to sixty in 3.9 seconds! That speaks of high end – which is fine – that’s what this bike is!

Power seems to be adequate. There are two versions for fuel feed: One version is fed by a Keihin CV carburetor, while the other by Electronic Fuel Injection – also known as EFI. The difference in power between the two versions is very small – not even one PS. While the carburetor version produces 20.05 PS, the EFI version produces 21 PS. Both versions produce their max power at 8500 rpm. Also both versions produce the same torque which is 18.1 Nm at 7000 rpm. Idling rpm of both is @ 1400.

The chassis is double cradle. Front suspension is twin-forks and rear suspension is mono-shock. The best part is that headlight is 60 watts which is much brighter and hence safer than the conventional 35 watts. Battery is 12v,9Ah.

The bike rides on 17-inch diameter tires – front being 90/90 X 17 and the rear being 130/70 X 17. Stopping is by Petal disc brakes on both wheels. Petal disc brakes cool faster and are hence safer. Front disc is 270 mm and rear disc is 240 mm. The bike has ABS, which is much safer.

The wheelbase is 1353 mm and ground clearance is 180 mm. Seat height is claimed at 800 mm. Kerb weight is 140 kg. Fuel tank is 12 liters.

I have not tested or ridden this bike, but since the RTR180 tops 120 kph, the RTR200 should be able to top over 130 kph.

Mileage (I assume) would be around 35 kmpL. My old RTR180 is now giving @ 40.

My comment:

1>There is no kick starter. Only battery start!

2>It has split seats and the pillion sits much higher than driver. Therefore people who are married (and wife wears sarees) better check out the seating geometry with wife before buying. People having kids should specially check out about carrying kids behind you.

3>The bike has clip-on handlebars. This makes seating position quite forward bent. Please check out if this is OK with you.

4>It has a belly pan which I like very much.

5>Personally I prefer carburetor rather than fuel injection.

6>The bike is available in seven colors.

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