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2017 TVS Apache RTR 160

2017 TVS Apache RTR 160

The entry level race bred horse from the TVS stable.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160
2017 TVS Apache RTR 160

Why is there a 160cc category? That odd number is more of a marketing strategy really. Want people to shell out more money for you, give them another 10cc. TVS did just that with the advent of the RTR 160. It was the first ever bike to surpass the notion of selling only 150cc bikes, by giving the customers an upper advantage of extra 10cc in its engine and a little more equipment.

Launched first in 2007 to compete with the rest of the 150cc ones, it is a stylish looking Motorcycle and the word ’RTR’ means Racing Throttle Response which tells you that this motorcycle is built for speed. The bike was launched in parallel with the 180 nemeses and also received the major overhaul in 2012, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.

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2017 TVS Apache RTR 180

2017 TVS Apache RTR 180

Developed with the Racing team, for the street sport customers.
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180
2017 TVS Apache RTR 180

TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship brand since its launch in 2006. The “Racing Throttle Response" was the brand’s foray into the naked sports segment which, similar to the Pulsars, is gaining a lot of momentum into increasing the sub- brand’s product portfolio. The nameplate, which started with the unveiling of a 150cc motorcycle, has spawned into a variety of streetfighters, which somewhat have managed to create new benchmarks when it comes to delivering raw power in a relatively affordable package.

Running with three products under its Apache brand, the 180 sits right in the centre. It got a major upgrade in 2012 that adorned new cosmetic changes, and it made the Apache look sportier with possessed aggressive outlook. Although the rest of the mechanics remained the same, it remained as one of the most powerful and fastest motorcycles in this segment in India. Now, for 2017, TVS has given it yet another mild upgrade which gives it a BS-IV engine and adorns the AHO feature. The rest remains unchanged. Let’s have a brief look at this year’s model.

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TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.

TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.

The Akula aka Apache RTR 300 will land sometime in July. Watch out CBR.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.
TVS is readying its bull to enter the fully faired sports segment.

TVS had, a while ago, revealed about its launch in Indonesia in the first half of 2017. Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.

Today, we see this partnership taking shape in the form these spy images surfacing the internet. TVS Akula 310 concept made global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and now is slated to launch sometime in July, 2017. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 310 in India.

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TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R

TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R

India launch delayed by a couple of months.
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R
TVS commences exporting the BMW G 310R

TVS is already producing a single cylinder G 310R for BMW Motorrad in their Hosur plant. This is no new news that BMW teamed up with TVS Motors in a Euro 20 million partnership to support them with the manufacturing and distribution of smaller capacity motorcycles, starting with the G 310R.

Now, TVS is doing just that. Production is in full swing and TVS Motor Company has begun with exporting the bike to several foreign markets as BMW Motorrad has made India home to their low capacity models.

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TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants

TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants

And we so badly want all of them on our roads.
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants
TVS Apache gets rendered into ten different variants

TVS Motor Company is the third largest two-wheeler manufacturer in India, and the Apache has been the company’s flagship since its launch in 2006. The “Racing Throttle Response" was the brand’s foray into the naked sports segment which, similar to the Pulsars, is gaining a lot of momentum into increasing the sub- brand’s product portfolio.

An Italian artist who goes by the name Oberdan Bezzi, also famously called as OBIBOI, has sketched some impressive looking concepts which might be expected from the TVS Apache stable in the future. They include ten different versions of the same bike, and all of them are running on 180cc and 310cc engines.

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TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.

TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.

TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.
TVS Racing is all set to blaze on the India Baja 2017.

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

This is the rally world’s biggest event and for one to be selected in this, has to go through many qualifying rounds that are held across the world. This year, the organisers have identified India’s rally-raid as one of the Dakar’s qualifying round for the 2018 Dakar rally.

India’s TVS Racing has just released a video showcasing their entry into this event that is going to take place on April 7th to April 9th.

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What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

The list includes a model from almost all the manufacturers from India. We ought to give them some slack.
What are the most underrated mass oriented bikes of India?

In our number of stories, we have repeatedly said that the Indian two wheeler market is one tough field to study. The kind of demands we Indians do ask from two-wheeler makers are quite hard to conquer, as we want literally everything in one product.

Keeping in view of such demands from a very competitive market, the manufacturers too are doing a tremendous job by offering products which are offering a good blend of all the traits in one single package. Out of all these products, some do hit the sales charts with massive popularity, while some of them end up being average or low sellers, despite being a brilliant piece of engineering and design.

In this feature story, we are going to throw some light on the latter category of motorcycles and scooters, ones which are not selling as expected despite being wonderful in one way or the other. Here’s a list of all such unfortunate and underrated motorcycles and scooters, and we seriously wish that they do post impressive numbers for their makers:-

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TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.

TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.

Both get BS-IV engines and Automatic Headlamp On features.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.
TVS launches 2017 updates of the Jupiter and the Apache 200 4V.

As are with the recent upgrades in the emission norms, April 1st is the set date by the EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority) of India by when all automotive manufacturers are said to adhere to releasing products that run on BS-IV compliant engines.

Although late to the party of bandwagons that have updated their models, it is still before the set date that TVS decided to upgrade their models too to having the BS-IV compliant engine and the Automatic Headlamp On feature. They have started with getting their champ scooter, the Jupiter, and their flagship motorcycle, the Apache RTR 200 4V with these updates.

The Jupiter also gets two new colours on its palette and a new braking technology. The Apache, on the other hand, gets fuel injection for 2017.

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Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women's day

Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women’s day

In a bid to fight all odds and ride on
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women's day
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women's day
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women's day
Here is TVS wishing all the women out there this women's day

TVS, the popular two wheeler manufacturing company in the country give birth to a scooter, which was meant for the fairer sex. Christened with the name Scooty, it is perhaps the first scooter that was built in the country targeting the females riders.

It was but obvious that this scooter went the extra mile to show their support to all the women riders in the country this International Women’s Day. With a video to respect our mothers, sisters and friends, TVS urges every woman separated by choices but united by the love for riding to keep riding, come what may.

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TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.

TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.

There is fresh grass growing on the 125cc scooter field and its time for a kick-off.
TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.
TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.
TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.
TVS and Hero will add to the 125cc scooters in 2017.

The launch of the Activa saw the country’s first ever four-stroke automatic scooter. It singlehandedly showed signs of the rise and comeback of scooters in India.

Although it had a 100cc motor, it ruled the commuter segment, and the rest followed suit. Every other manufacturer except Bajaj started making scooters and claimed theirs to be the best one. Currently, there are scooters falling under the 100cc, 110cc, 125cc and 150cc segments, of which the 100cc and 110cc ones are almost saturated with a million options.

The 125cc and 150cc, on the other hand, have only a couple of players which the manufacturers are looking at taking advantage of. TVS and Hero are two of those.

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Watch a TVS Victor carry an Indian family of 8

Watch a TVS Victor carry an Indian family of 8

Happens only in India
Watch a TVS Victor carry an Indian family of 8

India is a land of 1.25 Billion people. Out of which 70% of them live outside the metros and tier-1 urban agglomerations. Adhering to laws is not very strong in such places and that is where you will find all kinds of things waiting to surprise you.

One such a category would be finding weird things transported on weird vehicles. And also a million people on one little motorcycle. No wonder it is the Indian Army who holds the Guinness World Record for carrying the most number of people on a motorcycle. 56 to be exact, on a single 500 cc Royal Enfield Bullet. The motorcycle though was modified, as permitted, with a platform around the edge to carry all the people.

But when you go to rural India, you will not find modified motorcycles, but you will still see people merrily travelling about. This video sees not only people but also animals travelling around with all their luggage and supplies.

If you squint and take a close look, you will see, in total, 8 lives hanging around the edge. A family of 6 which include parents and four children, and their pet dog. Now you will be forgiven to point out that the count is 7. Take a closer look, and you will just be able to catch a small little pup in one of the kid’s hand.

To top it, they carry even their luggage and supplies with the dog wrapped up in a bag made out of cloth. WOW Who knows how many more things is missing from the other side of the motorcycle that cannot be seen in the video.

This daredevil family of 8 seems very happy at the sight of a video taken by them and engage themselves by waving back at the camera. I must say, they seem to have total control of the bike fully loaded. If I had to carry 7 other lives, I will be sweating my pants out.

In what looks to me as a TVS Victor, it is a 100 cc commuter motorbike, not exactly meant to carry this much. But as the old adage say ’Jugaad’ is one thing we Indians know to do.

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TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia

TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia

But before that, India will see the BMW effect on the Apache
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia
TVS reveals about its Akula launch in Indonesia

Working on a somewhat similar frame as the KTM-Bajaj, TVS took the jump with BMW Motorrad, especially after their stunt with Suzuki did not quite hit the cord. Both TVS and BMW will be sharing and developing platforms together to distribute products locally and the global stage. This joint venture will benefit TVS by bringing in investments and expertise to further broaden their R&D capability to improve on existing projects and bring in new innovations across their product lineup. In fact, TVS has already showcased a concept, touted to be the flagship motorcycle for the company.

According to OTOMOTIFNET.COM, Mr Aditya Putra from Corporate Communication of PT TVS Motor Company, Indonesia, confirmed to them that TVS plans to bring a new sports product, to Indonesia in the first half of 2017. And we believe it is the Akula 310. The Akula 310 will, however, be christened as the Apache RTR 300 in India.

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Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

The new TVC throws light on the motorcycles wild side
Did You All Watch The New TVS Apache 200 TVC: Video

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has launched a new TVC for their most power motorcycle in the RTR series. The new TVC completely focuses on the motorcycles racing DNA as the rider unleashes that on the track.

The video showcases TVS distilled spirit of racing. The TVS racing rider astride the new motorcycle and takes off and accelerates up to 60 kmph from standstill in just 3.9 seconds. The Apache RTR 200 gets many racing equipment and features like Pirelli tyres, race spec speedometer, KVB mono shock suspension setup which has been race tuned for perfection and derived OC3 technology in the engine.

During the time of the launch, TVS said that they will offer their new motorcycle with both Carburetted as well fuel injected variants. The motorcycle gets C-shaped LED DRL’s, more powerful headlamps, the new instrument cluster looks bigger and provides plenty of information like the digital clock and speedometer situated in the central display along with a fuel tank indicator and Lap timer.

The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V recently also won the 2016 Indian Motorcycle of The Year award. The Streetfighter is powered by a 197.75 cc 4 stroke, oil cooled engine capable of producing about 21 PS peak power at 8,500 rpm and 18 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.

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Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

Both Indian teams complete the gruelling course successfully
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag
Dakar Rally 2017 sees the chequered flag

The Dakar Rally (or simply "The Dakar"; formerly known as the "Paris–Dakar Rally") is the world’s most challenging cross-country rally event that judges the physical and mental aptitudes of the rider and the machine since its inception in 1978.

Man and machine are made to traverse the toughest of terrains that include sand dunes, mud, grass, rocks, ergs and everything inhumane for a catastrophic 9000 kilometres. It demands the greatest level of endurance and concentration to charter through the wild.

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Automatic on two-wheels

Automatic on two-wheels

Embracing the technology
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic on two-wheels
Automatic on two-wheels

Automatic vs Manual had been a topic hot for the four wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create a havoc in the two-wheeler segment. Or would it?

Everyone agrees that having gears and ratios is necessary to the inner workings of the transmission to power the vehicle but there is no general consensus regarding what kind of transmission is most suitable – auto shift or manual clutch lever and leg shifter. If you take cars, 90% people of the top five developed countries love the auto shift, but the same was not applicable to two-wheelers as hardly any manufacturers had them, until recently when the scooters came in. A device that to this day is frowned upon in the motorcycle community and blaming it for taking away the ‘biking experience’.

Nonetheless, they gave automatic a new meaning to the two-wheeled world and were largely preferred for their ease of use and decent performance for a very limited run. It became a fine option for urban commuters, youth and casual riders.

Honda has been a pioneer in developing new forms of transmission systems and clutch designs. Every manufacturer, if they have an automatic, have their own versions of them. They are basically trimmed into three kinds that are out there on the roads currently in use:

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