Editorial Review of the TVS Apache RTR 180 bike

Back in 2008, when TVS launched the more peppier avatar of its Apache in the form of Apache RTR 160, it clearly gave an edge over its competitors owing to bigger engine, performance figures, longer list of features and that too at an equaling amount of its competitors. Thus, no surprises, it was a runaway success and acted as a game initiator, thus forcing more and more rivals foraying into the segment, and the ones which existed, were compelled to better it in every other way. The latest iteration of Apache RTR 180 is now in the market for quite a long time now in a segment of its own, giving bikes from the upper segments a run for their money.

The bike certainly looks good and modern with every bits and pieces exuding style. The front is what keeps the Apache RTR 180 stand apart from the crowd, with the LED daytime running lamps flanked at both top edges of the headlight. The side view is highlighted by a big and sharp fuel tank with excellent knee recesses, which comes adorned with 'Apache' decals written in 3D and has some racy stance to it. The rear has not much changed yet, with the same tail light unit, with an LED layout to it. Though the rear side panel carvings are new and look much better than the previous one. The instrument console has also been retained from previous generation model, with an LCD displaying speedometer, odometer, two trip meters, clock, lap timer and fuel gauge, accompanied by an analog tachometer and plethora of tell tale indicators. The engine and alloy wheels are given matte black treatment and looks nice. The overall fit and finish is also good and feels solidly built.
The Apache RTR 180 packs in a monster of a powermill, which is a 177.4cc unit making out an impressive 17.5 PS of power and 15.5 Nm of torque. The moment you press the electric starter and the grunty engine note signals you that there is a lot of performance on tap. This is a fast motor, and it does a 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, which is commendable for a bike of this engine capacity. The torque is widely spread over the rev range, and the shorter gear ratios from the 5-speed gearbox make the maximum use of it. The downside, though, is the refinement, as the bike sounds harsh at high revs.
The Apache RTR 180 reminds you back of its sporty character through its handling, which is immensely flickable. The clip on handlebars come with meaty palm grips, which only so on inspiring you around corners as well as tight traffic congestions. The front telescopic forks and gas charged coil springs at rear are good enough to make you feel comfortabe, though the tyres could have been a bit better. The brakes, petal discs at both end, are razor sharp, and give the segment best braking figures, and with the optional ABS on offer, it becomes even more juicier.
Overall, the TVS Apache RTR 180 is an incredible value for money at the price which it comes stickered with, as it gives such oodles of performance at a price lower than the upper end, entry level sportbikes, without being sacrificing too much on fuel efficiency and practicality. It is a pocket rocket which loves to be revved every time you sit on the saddle, which no other bike around its price bracket can, and it is this trait which sets this 180cc monster from TVS in a league of its own.

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apache
by Posted on Apr,19,2013 at 16:15 PM

Pros stylish bike abs optional

Cons skidding brake

overall a good bike :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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don't buy this ugly machine
by Posted on Jan,14,2013 at 00:45 AM

Pros its look is very bad i ever see this bike my mind say do split on it and its mileage is very poor

Cons i feel most hardest ride of bike in world

the apache is very ugly but their older version is much better than the new in looks i hate this bike because its peak up is not very good as i espect when i test with my scooter acess the acess win the acess reach 40 faster than the apache so i suggest don't buy this bike .... i think pulsur 200 ns is better option then the apache .

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Apache RTR 180 white
by Posted on Jul,06,2012 at 17:22 PM

Pros Great looks, excellent throttle response, super pulling power

Cons Seating position is not good for long rides however you will get used to it soon

Hi Last month I bought an apache RTR 180 in white colour. Excellent look of this bike will catch the attention of everyone on road. I am getting pretty good mileage also. Over all I am quite happy with this bike. But the only negative thing about this model is that the riding position is not suitable for long drives. You will have your whole body weight on your hands. Earlier it was a bit difficult for me, but now I am ok with this riding posture. If you are planning to buy, don't wait for anything just go for it and you won't be disappointed.

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Comments

By raju Posted on Jul,20,2014 at 11:57 AM

Read black colour


By LAZARUS DSOUZA Posted on Jun,28,2014 at 17:23 PM

A real good 180 cc for its money, the engine is smooth & the bike rides smooth too!


By RAIS AHMAD Posted on Jun,28,2014 at 17:23 PM

i bought apache RTR 180 IN WHITE COLOR.IT LOOK VERY NICE MILAGE ALSO GOOD PICKUP IS NOT BAD.BUT ONE THING IS M NOT
UNDERSTAND.IT'S FRONT SHOCKERS ARE LEAKAGING ONLY IN FOR MONTH.I bought on 22-02-2014 but now it's shockers are
throughing oil.so o think s


By urvesh yadav Posted on Jun,23,2014 at 12:54 PM

nice bike


By Bhushan Posted on Jun,07,2014 at 19:02 PM

My favourite bike for ever is Apache 180. I love my bike very much as my life comparison. May you long live Apache.


By ARPAN ADHIKARI Posted on May,29,2014 at 11:34 AM

I LOVE IT


By ARPAN ADHIKARI Posted on May,29,2014 at 11:34 AM

I LOVE IT AND I DRIVE THIS IT IS SOO SMOTH AND SWEET BYKE


By saurav kumar valia Posted on May,23,2014 at 18:15 PM

mujhe tvs apache rtr 180 red colaur main chahiye pls contect me


By rajneesh yadav Posted on May,21,2014 at 15:47 PM

new bike apache


By venkateshan Posted on May,07,2014 at 22:30 PM

Nice bike I love my apache