TVS Motor Company, the Chennai-based automobile manufacturer, has fitted the Apache RTR 160 motorcycle with antilock braking system (ABS). The added safety apparatus was earlier introduced in the bike’s other sibling, the RTR 180. The entire Apache RTR range now has ABS, which the company says, has been developed with a special algorithm derived from its race track knowhow. TVS has claimed that the third-generation ABS will allow riders to negotiate corners better. The Apache RTR 200 always had the optional ABS along with rear-lift protection.
The road transport and highways ministry has made it mandatory for all above-125cc two-wheelers to be sold in the country from 1 April to have ABS.
TVS director KN Radhakrishnan said that the Apache series has always revolutionised performance motorcycling by introducing new technology from its factory racing models. The Apache RTR 180, back in 2011, was the first bike in India to have dual-channel ABS. Radhakrishnan said, in line with the company’s tradition, the RTR 180, RTR 160 RV, and the RTR 160 are now equipped with the Super Moto ABS. All bikes are already on sale and comply with the government’s new safety norms.
The Apache RTR 160 2V, besides the ABS, has a few more new features. The bike gets an all-new backlit speedometer, new handlebar-end dampeners for enhanced stability, and new seats. The motorcycle also sports new graphics to make it look more appealing.
The engine of the TVS Apache RTR 160 remains the same. The bike is hauled by a single-cylinder 159.7cc motor which outputs 15.12PS maximum power and 13.03Nm peak torque. The carburetted motor comes with a two-head valve since the company is targeting the commuter-end of the 160cc version.
The RTR 160 is available in the all-disc and rear-drum versions. The RTR 160 ABS has an ex-showroom price of INR85,510 for the standard model. The all-disc brake variant is priced at INR88.339.