TVS Apache RTR 160 review and specifications

When it comes to Sports Bikes, styling is always an important aspect and TVS Apache RTR series takes styling to a whole new level. I always appreciate the time and effort the TVS motor company made in making the series perfect to this point. In this article we’ll quote down Pros and Cons in the Apache RTR 160 after we go through its specifications. One can also take a look at the article on TVS Apache 250 which will be a upcoming launch.


Apache RTR 160

Apache RTR 160

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Apache RTR 160 Specifications



  • Type: 4-Stroke
  • Displacement: 159.7 cc
  • Cylinder Type: Single
  • Max-Power: 15.2 bhp @ 8500 RPM
  • Max-Torque: 13.1 nm @ 6000 RPM
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Valve Train: 2 Valves
  • Power to Weight ratio: 81.7 KW / 1000 KG



  • Length: 2085 mm
  • Width: 730 mm
  • Height: 1105 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1300 mm
  • Kerb Weight: 137 KG



  • Clutch: Wet Multi Plate
  • Primary Reduction: 65/21
  • Final Reduction: 3.385


Chassis and Suspension

  • Chassis Type: Double Cradle SynchroSTIFF
  • Front Suspension: Telescopic Forks, 105 mm Stroke
  • Rear Suspension: Gas filled supported by springs.

These detailed specifications about Apache RTR 160 have been referenced from the official booklet available on TVS site. The page is worth seeing and fascinating. Do take a look here.

The major upgrade that could have taken the whole Apache series at a height was making the engine 4 valve instead of its 2 valve engine. Power delivered by Apache RTR 160 is quite great considering other bikes at similar pricing and engine displacement in India. Company claims the top speed of Apache RTR 160 to be 118 km/h which i think is quite decent. There have been speed tests where Apache RTR 160 crossed over 125 km/h mark without any modifications.

TVS Apache RTR 160’s body has been designed specifically for reducing drag and aid to cool the engine. Racing stripes make it look all the more aerodynamic and sporty. Muscled engine cowl, Muscled Tail Cowl and Engine Tank, Classy looking digital display and specifically Apache’s signature beast inspired head lamps make it the best buy if one is going after looks.

In terms of handling, TVS has always been giving promising motors. ROTO Petal disk brakes in Apache RTR 160 make the braking perfect with reduced kerb-weight and aerodynamic body. Making sharp turns in Apache is quite simple and effortless while we compare it with other bulky bikes like Honda CBR. In city driving, Apache is better than any other bike of this class when it comes to handling and driving experience. If you are buying the ABS version, it comes to be even better stage for racing with the overall mighty driving experience. ABS version is not much costly here at TVS with you paying just extra 3-4 k bucks for an ABS. It comes with a central braking control system connected to front and rear brakes ensuring one does not slip on the road.

Final Words

Pros: Great looks, Easy Handling, Decent Power with proper milage, Good Value for money.

Cons: Engine Vibrations at higher RPMs, Engine and Carburetor structure.


Read the article on TVS Apache R 250 which is about to launch.


One Response

  1. Deep Vyas August 12, 2014

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