TVS Apache RTR 200 review

TVS has just launched the 2021 Apache RTR 200 4V and it is packed with segment-first features. It now gets adjustable levers and adjustable front suspension, in addition to the adjustable monoshock it had earlier. TVS has also thron in three ride modes which affect the engine and ABS settings. The 2021 RTR 200 will replace the older dual-channel ABS variant.

TVS Apache RTR 200

The Apache styling DNA remains intact with the RTR 200 4V as the BS6 model now gets a LED headlight. It lends the bike a sharper face but the overall design is still familiar. It arrives in two colours with red accents on the body panels.


The 197.7cc single-cylinder air-cooled motor, with an oil-cooler, is fuel-injected, the carb variant couldn’t make it to BS6. While 20.5PS of power remains constant, peak torque rating has taken a serious hit — from 18.1Nm on the BS4 motor to 16.8Nm now. The five-speed transmission gets slip and assist clutch. In the 2021 edition, TVS has given the RTR 200 4V three different ride modes: Sport, Urban and Rain. TVS has also introduced a feature called Glide Through Traffic or GTT. It helps the engine build up revs and bumps up the engine torque to get off the line smoother. This can be done by just modulating the clutch and with no throttle input. One of the major reasons why the Apache RTR 200 4V BS6 remains an able handler is its brilliant chassis. The double-cradle chassis is extremely potent for cornering fun with the suspension setup able to handle sport as well as daily riding situations. It still uses a conventional fork and monoshock setup, the latter suspension unit being tuned by KYB. TVS continues to use petal disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS arriving as standard. The only new bit in terms of hardware are the tyres. TVS now offers a TVS Protorq radial rear tyre as an option alongside the usual bias-ply Pirelli Angel CiTy rubber.

TVS Apache RTR 200

The dual-channel variant of the RTR 200 4V now gets adjustable levers, adjustable suspension and ride modes. First featured on the TVS NTorq 125, the SmartXonnect Bluetooth console has made its way to the Apache RTR 200 4V. This update came a few months before the BS6 model. Aside from the usual trip-related data, the console helps you track your lap times, top speed, and even lean angles, although you have to keep your mobile connected to the dash for the last feature. And if you do keep your phone connected to the console, you will be able to receive calls as well as text alerts and make use of the turn-by-turn navigation feature.

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