Familiarity is a wonderful thing. It helps you build trust – with people, with motorcycles. The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V is a proof of that. It has been in existence for over 15 years and has seen upgrades large and small. TVS continues to produce it because there is enough demand besides the Apache RTR 160 4V.
So the question is not whether the Apache is a good bike, but whether it will still be relevant in 2023.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – New styling
The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V brings back nostalgia in a slightly modern package. We’re talking about it a little bit, because it’s still the same frame and design with minor upgrades. New parts include LED headlamps with LED DRLs that bring more modernity to the face, while redesigned LED taillights also add to the fresh look. New sporty graphics run across the fuel tank and rear for a refreshed look. TVS also wrapped the rear wheels with thicker 120/70-section tires from the TVS Remora, which not only added to the exterior weight, but also helped with handling.
Overall, it’s still a familiar design that’s outdated. However, the level of quality feels a bit subpar by today’s standards. The plastic feels flimsy in places, and the overall silhouette does seem a bit too basic.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Features
The TVS is also equipped with an updated Apache 160 2V and digital console. The unit is powered directly from an Apache RTR 160 4V with bluetooth connectivity. The feature-rich console brings turn-by-turn navigation, call and text alerts, bank angle mode, race telemetry, lap timer and more, while the mobile app will give you a wealth of information right on your smartphone. This new set of features just adds more years to the Apache RTR 160 2V, which is no longer a compromise for new buyers.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Ergonomics
The Apache 160 2V is compact and hasn’t changed in this latest iteration… for taller riders the bike will feel uncomfortable almost immediately, while shorter riders will find the ergonomics more welcome. With a long 1,300mm wheelbase, the compact proportions make it a squeeze for riders and rear seats with limited legroom. Single seat provides good support.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Performance
Performance on Apache feels as good today as it did all those years ago. The 160 cc single-cylinder engine is the same, but upgraded to now 15.8 bhp (Sport mode), while peak torque has been slightly reduced to 13.8 Nm. There are also three riding modes that alter power and throttle response to help maximize performance. TVS has also made the latest version of the Apache RTR 160 2V about 2 kg lighter.
Low-end acceleration is very good. You get strong, linear power delivery throughout the rev range, and it climbs quickly. This bike stays fast off the line and is a lot of fun. You can also hit triple-digit speeds quickly, but maintaining them is a problem thanks to engine improvements. There is a lot of vibration on the footpegs and handlebars. So maintaining those speeds for long periods of time is a hassle.
But a lot of people will appreciate the strong midrange, especially in the city, and the fact that the bike is quick when overtaking. For those really looking for performance, though, we’d like more refinement at the top end. The 5-speed gearbox is also not as flexible as we’d like and needs some work, especially in traffic.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Riding Mode
The aggressiveness of the TVS Apache 160 2V makes it a lot of fun even today, and there are now three riding modes to further enhance that experience. Power is limited in Rain mode, limiting top speed, while City and Sport modes let you use all those horses more freely. Switching between riding modes doesn’t make a world of difference, though. And we found ourselves stuck with Sport mode for most of our test ride. That said, the modes will vary in terms of fuel economy, with City mode optimized for the sweet spot for power and efficiency.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Handling and braking
Handling is where the Apache RTR 160 2V starts to show its age. While the short wheelbase makes it easy to drive in the city, handling isn’t as taut as some of the newer rivals. Simpler telescopic forks up front and gas-charged dual shocks in the rear spring softly. It tends to bottom out more often, limiting your cornering ability and affecting ride quality. While road undulations are easy to slide over, the bike gets nervous about bigger potholes. The Apache has dual disc brakes with single-channel ABS, and braking performance is progressive and works really well.
2023 TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Prices
2023 TVS Apache RTR 160 2V starts at ¥The rear drum brake version is 118,000, rising to ¥125,000 for the disc brake version with Bluetooth. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi. This makes it very close to being priced as an Apache RTR 160 4V ¥122,000 to ¥130,000.
TVS Apache RTR 160 2V – Verdict
What we say about the Apache RTR 160 2V is not important at this point. If you want one, you actually go out and buy one. It’s fast, efficient, and affordable, which is exactly the kind of familiarity buyers want from this Apache. The added value is huge now. LED headlights, a digital console with bluetooth connectivity and riding modes are all great features. But grays are indeed showing. Handling isn’t as sharp as expected, engine improvements could be better, and the transmission isn’t as smooth. That’s why it’s easier to recommend the Apache RTR 160 4V, which offers more features for a slightly more expensive price. However, the Apache RTR 160 2V has its charms, and the entry price still makes it a great value.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 2V appeals to those who want a motorcycle that is practical and fun. That’s what made the motorcycle era so smooth and makes it still relevant in 2023.
First published date: Feb 18, 2023 at 07:11 AM CST