TVS Apache RR 200 Race Bike Unveiled
Since the dawn of time, TVS has been a driving force in Indian motorsports. The local motorcycle manufacturer has a strong history with Indian motorsports. TVS has built a niche for itself in track racing and rallying, and the firm has now officially revealed its candidate for the 2018 TVS One-Make Championship racing competition. It’s known as the Apache RR 200, and it’s a race bike version of the popular TVS Apache RR 200 4V. It comes with a number of enhancements over the stock Apache.
For starters, it now has a full fairing and all of the basic motorcycle’s exposed parts have been covered to improve aerodynamics.
As far as track-only bikes go, the TVS Apache RR 200 is free of extraneous features that aren’t needed on the racetrack. Headlights, taillights, turn indicators, and rear-view mirrors are among the parts that have been removed. It also lacks a side-stand, which would help with weight reduction and cornering clearance. As a result, the only way to keep it upright is to use a paddock stand. It also has aggressive clip-on handlebars and rear-set footpegs, in addition to the race-fairing. A bubble-style windscreen has been added to the mix to make it more aerodynamically efficient.
It remained to be powered by the same 197.8cc, four-stroke, four-valve, SOHC oil and air-cooled engine that is mated to a five-speed transmission in terms of specs and mechanicals. Although the manufacturer hasn’t published the RR 200’s specific performance stats, we can expect it to be a little more powerful than its bare, street-legal version. The Apache RTR 200 4V produces close to 20 horsepower, but we can expect the powertrain to produce close to 30 horsepower in this track-only configuration. It also has an adjustable suspension system and TVS Eurogrip special component tires.
We’re intrigued by RR 200’s spawning. Should TVS consider developing a street-legal version of the same vehicle? It most certainly should, in our opinion! A more cheap version of the Apache RR 310 would go a long way, and if it ever comes to fruition, it might make rivals like the KTM RC 200 and Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 run circles around it. However, no formal announcement has been made by the firm on making the RR 200 road legal.