Apache 200 Review
Apache 200 is one of the commanding motorcycles offered from company TVS. On the other hand, Apache motorcycles boost the sales for TVS and offered a racing clone 150 and 180 cc segment. To this, TVS launched its new breed Apache 200 4v recently and created the heat again. The highlighting yellow colour of the TVS is continued even in the Apache 200, following its younger Apache versions.
The Apache 200 price is one of the most easily affordable ones in the 200 cc segment and got the best exhaust sound. The RTR 200 will compete against the Yamaha FZ 250 and Pulsar NS200 in terms of price and performance.
The talk of the town, Draken X-21, the concept bike was cited every time when people talk about the Apache RTR 200 4v. The Apache 200 may share a few features, yet being far from the concept bike Draken X-21’s looks and design.
We believe that TVS is closely associated to the Indian roads and customers, kicking hard to have a great concern about the Apache 200 4v as a commuter bike of performance.
Apache 200 outlooks and design
The looks of Apache have been always truly an eye catcher and stood as a new racing flavor in the 150 cc motorcycles. Being honest, the design of the new Apache RTR 200 is almost similar to the previous versions Apache bikes.
Modifications are intentionally made to vary for Apache 200, which was claimed to have the Draken X-21 body. The fuel tank is made Damm hefty with sharper shrouds hooding the RTR decal. At the top, running a black shade band pushing the fuel tank lid aside.
The front mud cover gets dual tone and looks flat, while the headlamps are fresh and capable of illuminating the path clearly at dark side drives.
The digital meters set on the visor seem fresh and impressive. The handle bars, side mirrors and the plain metallic clutch and disk lever remains same as it used to be for Apache bikes. Though, the piercer engine guard got some design improvements, the rear side of the Apache 200 is totally revamped.
The double barrelled black long exhaust is designed to shoot the efficiently burnt fuel coming out of the Apache 200 engine.
The rider split seat with a small cleavage is nicely fabricated, and the small grills between the split seats make your eyebrows keep high. The dual feast feel also touches the tail lamp with a sporty grab rails never seen like before.
Apache 200 specification
Though, the Apache 200 has the external touch up of concept bike look, TVS have managed to extract the juice of performance from the Draken X-21. The engine beats of the apache are unique as one can even easily identify the bike going somewhere around.
The yellow beast is now toned to have 198 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled engine system being carburetor model powered by 20.23 BHP @ 8500 RPM and 18.1 NM @ 7,000 RPM of maximum torque.
However, the fuel injection variant manufacture by BOSCH produces 20.73 BHP @ 8500 RPM and maximum torque of and 18.1 NM @ 7,000 RPM. Both the engines are mated with the same 5-speed gear box.
The Apache 200 mileage (30-40 Kmpl) might significantly excel with respect to the comparison of KTM Duke 200.
Apache 200 Top speed and handling
The Apache 200 4V even ridden hard takes the rider smoothly to the triple digit speed effortlessly. It takes almost 3.9 seconds to hit from 0-60 Kmph and 12 seconds to clock from 0-100 Kmph.
Both the variants though have the limitations, when comes to performance are of the same which may differ in the overall fuel consumptions.
The bike handles the corners without an issue and gives confidence to the rider as the new frame design is greatly on it. The riding position makes the rider to be on it to go even further compared to the earlier versions.
The Apache 200 feels fun on rides, and at a time feels the vibration negligibly at the foot pegs, however the performance and engine refinement feel smooth.
Kerb weight and dimensions of Apache 200
The Apache 200 comes with an overall Length of 2050 mm, 790 mm Width and Height of 1105 mm. The ground clearance of the bike is 180 mm, which is more than the KTM Duke 200 (165 mm). With the wheelbase of 1353 mm, the motorcycle offers a seat Height of 800 mm which is quite good.
The weight of the machine comes 148 Kg (Dry Weight 140 kg), all together maintaining the center of mass. The Apache 200 can gulp 12 litres (2.5 litres reserve) of petrol to fill the fuel to deliver an average mileage of 30-40 Kmpl.
The digital console of the RTR 200 is a crown for its look fixed on the headlamp and details the rider in brief about the machine.
The display frame is good looking and has rooms for speedometer, trip-meter, tachometer, odometer, gear number display, clock, fuel gauge and racing lap timing.
Out of the display, below comes the basics like turn indicator LED’s, ABS light, low fuel alarm, high beam indicator and neutral light.
The built quality and the new design of the Apache RTR 200 neglects the looks and comfort offered by the up side down forks. The conventional telescopic fork on the front looks gold and does its duty smoothly. The rear side receives a single mono shock offered first time for the Apache generation.
The alloy wheels look good enough to suit the entire look of the motorcycle. The front and the rear wheel come with single petal disk brakes of 270 mm in front while 240 mm disc on the rear.
The Apache 200 does get upgradation even to tyre grip, as the machine needs to be managed on speed for what it is made for.
The 90/90-R17 tyre at front and 130/70-R17 rear tyre comes with its own TVS’s Remora, while there is an offer on Pirelli tyres for extra duty at the additional expense.
Apache 200 Colour
The Apache 200 comes in the following colors. Gloss White, Gloss Black, Matte White, Matte Red, Matte Yellow, Matte Black and Matte Grey. This includes the racing matte and glossy finish.