TVS Apache RTR 180 Ownership Review by Bharat Mendiratta

by Kannan on June 6, 2010

Hi I am Bharat from NewDelhi pursuing a bachelor’s course from IP University. Following is my ownership experience of my TVS Apache RTR 180. 14th of August, 2009 was an awesome day for me as I bought my first bike-TVS APACHE RTR 180-THE MENACE. Before purchasing this bike I had many criteria’s under which I short listed two bikes the TVS Apache RTR 180 and Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG 4.There were many confusions in my mind regarding which bike to purchase.

Personally as I was a big fan of Apache 160, due to its sporty posture, drivability and ease that bike offered the rider with which it cuts through the traffic. Because of all these good points I was much on side of Apache RTR 180 as it was a successor to its sibling Apache 160 and definitely it had improvements over apache 160 like improved wheelbase, improvement over vibrations and soft compound fatter tubeless tires.

I went for a test drive of both the bikes but the bike which drove me crazy was Apache RTR 180. After the test ride I was sure that this was the bike I wished for and made up my mind for this bike. I just loved riding it, therefore went for one more test drive on another day to explore my craziness for this bike and booked it in black and got it delivered in two days. First month of my bike with me was in the “running in” period which restricted me to stick the bikes needle under 50kmhr. Although I was very impatient to crack the bike in high speeds as I wanted to feel the thrill, the experience of this fast accelerating bike but again restricted myself for its own good. As my bike had its first service done, the TVS engineers told me that now I can experience whatever I want in my mean machine.

I tried to accelerate the bike to its fullest and it went off from still to 60kmhr within 4.3 seconds, thanks to its lap timer which is found only in TVS APACHE till now among all the Indian bikes. I tried to improve my acceleration figures and guess what I got 0-60 kmhr acceleration in just 3.5 seconds. I use my bike for commuting to my college that is18 kms away from my home and bike gives me a handsome mileage of 41 kms a liter. I just love commuting on my bike to college and love it when people turn around to have another look of my bike. Also Love those moments when my girlfriend appreciates looks of my bike. Here’s a small review;

Looks: It is personal choice which can vary from person to person, but according to me its looks are awesome. Tvs Apache RTR 180 gets newer graphics which distinguishes itself from its sibling Apache 160. The canister gas reservoirs for rear shocks are painted in golden unlike black ones in apache 160 that distinguishes the old from new ones. Clip-on handle bar are black in color with a dashing RTR 180 emblem in center. The best part of it looks which I personally felt was big RTR logo on its tank. New white background tachometer with backlit blue LED light is a pleasure to look in the night, these add up to give RTR 180 a much sportier look. Also to mention is its unique rear fender which adds up to give bike a sportier look and Pulsar180 which I preferred as my second option didn’t have these sporty, killing looks like RTR has. The bike is available in four shades-black, matt grey, yellow and the white one.

Performance: Now this is the segment which I admire my bike about the most. Believe me it is a very fast accelerating bike we have in India. Its lap timer feature gives me adrenal rush to test its acceleration a number of times. I achieved its 0-60 km/hr acceleration in just 3.5 seconds which is an unbelievable part that we expect from a 180 cc engine. While the pulsar 180 sprints itself to 60 km/hr in 4.2 seconds.

Apache RTR 180 gives a power of 17.3 ps at 8500 rpm and a torque of 15.5 nm. The new 177.4cc mill is a bored out variation of the 160cc mill, and has a longer stroke too. The new engine still remains an over square unit, but not so much as the 160. The aerodynamic air scoops add to the design plus it ensures air travel towards the engine unit to aid in better cooling and efficiency.

Ride and handling: TVS Apache 180 has a longer wheelbase than Apache 160 by good 400mm,making it more stable and confidence inspiring than its earlier iteration when leaned over. RTR 180 feels more stable both in straight line as well as around corners. The engine fairing design shows the amount of detailing gone into its development plus adds aerodynamic properties. The riding posture on the RTR 180 is forward set up one which brings a huge difference in ride quality. A pillion rider will also feel more comfortable sitting on a RTR because of its forward set foot pegs and elegantly designed unique grab rails. RTR’s specially developed race crouch mirrors provide better angle and safety besides looking great too. Do not worry about the potholes while you are riding Apache 180, as the bike is smooth in this regard and your ride will not be all that bumpy at all. Pulsar though scores a point here with its MRF nylogrip zappers and TVS Apache RTR sports the Srichakra tyres. Adorned with MRF tires and the upgraded swing arm it makes a huge difference to the handling of the Pulsar 180.

Verdict: TVS Apache RTR 180 is a bike for a  real bike enthusiast who wishes for his dream machine on a budget. I am getting a mileage of around 42-45kmpl, which is good for a 180 cc bike. The bike is too good for my daily usage as I save a considerable amount of time than traveling in car or bus and save money too. But runs like crazy, it’s so difficult to keep it below 50kmph (stipulated for first 1000 kms-running in period). Be it cornering or braking or through heavy traffic, the controlling is poised. There is a little vibration though if u r not in correct gear, u got to lower gear if u slows down. I just love my bike a lot and feel eager to race with any bike just to show off acceleration of my bike. Even if I am an apprentice in field of biking, I will definitely recommend this bike to anyone, who likes performance and not to forget this bike is bike of the year for 2010, that proves the capabilities of this mean machine and I being a proud owner of THE APACHE RTR 180 just want say YES, RACING DNA UNLEASHED.

– Bharat Mendiratta

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Hari June 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

Awsome review dude I am also a big fan of the RTR, but I have only driven the 160 so far. Even though I didnt like to take it for long drives It is the best in case of acceleration……..

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Sourav June 30, 2012 at 8:59 am

I hv r1 so me vry glad 2 sy no one bit me.m d king.

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Devang Sinha June 6, 2010 at 10:08 am

gr8 review for a gr8 bike… nice one !!!

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madhu June 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm

No doubt in current market Apache RTR is the class leader in 180cc in terms of speed, pickup, gadgets, styling and performance

For a normal guy its not easy to diffrenciate pulsar 150 and 180 by its look

TVS please give something better for the mass commuter segment

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@speed June 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Apaches normally loses it’s sheen within few months of launch…..

> Power delivery doesn’t seem punchy though on paper it’s awesome.
> The vibes is still there once you go past 6/6K RPM..
> The bike feels less powerfull within two years, top speed also gets lower…
> Sharp brakes of Apache is very dangerous, if there’s certifying authority for bikes in India Apache will not pass safety test (upon braking)…the brakes are toooo bity.
> Overall build quality is no where near to Suzuki/Hondas bikes….

> TVS has a long way to go….sexy ads alone cannot make a bike succesful….it has to live to the expectations of people !

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Harish June 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Nice work dude.. review is very good !!

Harish

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ATHUL June 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm

thanks for sharing with us. 42kmpl by riding 80 – 100kmph Speed..?

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shadow June 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

i rode this machine.but it vibrates a lot after 60kmhr.

why u not gone for pulsar?

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Captian Obvious June 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Hi Bharat Mendiratta,

Thats a Good Review but biased only towards the Positives.

Apache180 still has the same Syncro-Stiff Chassis as the Apache 150 had. You know, when I booked my Apache 150 on May 2007 the dealer said all 150s are back to Factory and they are modified as 160s. Then 160s were sent back for adding Tank Scoops and FI engine. Now these 160s are sent back to get a Bigger Bore as Apache 180. Already its proven that this Chassis is not fit for a smooth ride on a 150cc Engine(Vibes like Hell), Next time when you go for a service as the this Question to TVS. Can TVS promise the same stock Performance after an Year?

Also another interesting Fact you know the Underpowered FZ16 is almost the same Cost as Apache180 but has a chassis which can hold a 600cc engine, The Front and Rear Shocks of an FZ16 is same as FZ6 which is a 600cc, also the chassis is build with the same BIG CENTER MASS concept from FZ1.

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niks June 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

awesome……..appreciations frm apache fan n owner to apache lover…….

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shanmugam June 9, 2010 at 8:38 pm

hi guys i’m planning to take a new bike which would be better for me i’m 6.1″ n slim around 65.

apache rtr 180
apache rtr 160
yamaha fazer
yamaha fzs

please reply soon i’m awaiting fot ur replies eagerly

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Krishna June 10, 2010 at 10:25 pm

@shanmugam – Forget Apache if u want ride comfort. Yamaha Fazer??? For that price u can get a karizma which is way better.FZ/FZ S can be considered a good product for city ride. Else u have better options like unicorn/Gs-150R which are extremely comfortable for both city & Highway drive.

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shanmugam June 11, 2010 at 8:27 am

@krishna– thanks for ur reply dude. As u said Unicorn/Gs-150R, i guess wont be tat much stylish. From the list i said above which would me best??? In all aspects even in style, Pickup, also normal milage… I can afford around 70K. I hope u ll help me… thanks

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Krishna June 11, 2010 at 10:43 am

@shanmugam – if u can give me an insight of your height, personality, riding style, preferences of pickup or looks etc, & also whther u ride in a city or highwy, i can give better options

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amit June 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Hello Krishna. I am amit and have similar doubt as shanmugam. My height is 5’2″ and i want a long distance travelling bike. Which one would you suggest.

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shanmugam June 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

@krishna–i’m 6.1″ little bit tall person. Also dark n slim person too around 65 Kgs. My friends even suggested unicorn dazzler. But i’m little fond of apache rtr n fzs??? Also confused a lot for over a week???

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Krishna June 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

@shanmugam- Since you are 6.1″, i give the following
Apache rtr:
will be a bit cramped for you.Also you will have to deal with the vibrations in the foot pegs & handlebars the moment u try to cross 55 kmph. These vibrations tend to grow over the life of the bike. The sitting posture is apache is sporty which means you will have to bend to have a good hold on handle bars. This leads to back aches. If you can deal with these issues in your daily life then go for rtr. It has the best performance figures with great initial & mid range accleration.

Fz 16/Fz s:
The best looking bike with excellent handling (read monocross suspension, wide handle bar, mass centralization concept etc). Excellent pick up, second only to rtr. The main draw back is the mielage. Though in the 1st year u get around 40-42, these figures drop down to 35. On the worst case expect 35km/l & max 42 (irrespective of your driving). Also the spares are a real bomb (but are of very good quality). But if u ask me which is the best bike to drive in the city iwill say Fz. So if are ok with these mielage figures, yamaha showromm is your destination.

Dazzler:
This is the bike i will put my money on. Reasons??? Its a unicorn in new clothes, slimmer (read reduced weight of 8 kgs) and also with a bit higher performance. Expect mielage of around 45-50 though the company claims 60. The engine & gear box though are not as smooth as unicorn (as per reviews), they are definetely better than competition. Also it is the preferred bike in among rtr & fz for highway ride. Excellent handling, comfort & honda trade mark engine quality. But defenitely it does not have the superb pick up of apache nor the killer looks of fz. But it has something better – Part of both worlds.
All said, always go for a test drive atleast twice (once in congested traffic & other @ non office hours to test the bike on free road). Also refer xbhp.com & go through the ownweship reviews of each bike so that you can know the day to day problems & performance of the bike from the real owners.

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Krishna June 11, 2010 at 10:41 pm

@amit- hello amit.For a long distance bike, the available options are:
Unicorn, Dazzler,Karizma R, Pulsar 220,Pulsar 180, Suzuki GS 150r
Karizma R has the reputation of being the best tourer in the country but has poor mileage (35 kmpl)& the spares are a bomb & also not readily available. The pulsar twins have excellent performance figures, decent mileage & cheap spares. But the quality of the products is not up to the honda’s standards & service is generally poor.But they offer the best vfm among all bikes in the country. The unicorn & dazzler are a bit underpowered for highway( Read 150cc) but if u can manage with speeds of 80-90 they are the best options. Very good mileage, great comfort & handling but service is poor. Coming to GS 150r, its the cheapest in the above mentioned, great comfort,poor initial pick up but excellent mid range torque (which is very much required for highway riding). Acceptable handling. Its a big bike & also very heavy (149 kgs).
You did not mention your budget. Also all these bikes are big & heavy. Go for a test drive. Be sure that for the bike you select, both your feet touch the ground (safety first). My catch here would be karizma.

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shanmugam June 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

@krishna>> thanks dude for ur quick reply. Dazzler wont be sporty i guess so thing between fz-x and rtr. First i liked rtr a lot but now i likr fz-s too. Suggest me with both bikes pros n cons. Wat bike shall i choose. Both bikes i like a lot equally. thanks in advance krish.

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Prabh Rai June 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Hey Bharat, i agree 100% with you.
I am a proud owner of Apache RTR 180
well i wanna tell you all that TVS actually is a Racing Tribe from 25 years and it makes machines to race.
Well about vibrations and back ache
ask a moto gp racer> does he feel vibrations lol
yea, these bikes are not refined 100% as hey have to generate power raw power in fractions of second
and second regarding aches,
well you have to sit according to make of bike coz u cant change bikes dimensions centred around you so you dont see 60-70 year old man’s driving apache

Apache is a hard deal for common people who want to drive a super smooth refined bike, for that go for Honda
and pulsar, after riding an apache,is good for nothing
APACHE RULE
whether its helicopter,bike or warrior

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ABHIJAT September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Prabh Rai :hey buddy u r absolutely ri8. I am also an apache rtr hyperedge owner and I feel d same u mentioned…….bt its upto people 2 chose a bike of der category. 1 thingh I must say dat if u want 2 b a owner of a bike vich can drive u easy in all aspect u can go for APACHE ……just go 4 a test drive n u ll come 2 know d difference …no need for any review ……..LOL

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Amandeep June 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm

A gr8 and true review by bharat well many of us in india don’t know that apache is a international bike it sales over in brazil,columbia,argentina,sri-lanka and indonesia,this bike totally rocks i bought my white angel apache rtr 180 on 19th march 2010,A little story is also linked that how i got my bike apache rtr 180 is second bike yamaha gladiator type ss was my first bike being a yamaha rider i was going for fzs or fazer i bought red fazer but when i ride it on the day i bought i was so disoppinted by it no power only show off i just given back yamaha to showroom owner the next day then i go bajaj and look at pulsar 180 look wise its good riding posture is good to but the most important think lacking in it was speed and power which you belive to get from 180cc bike then i go to tvs for test ride of apache rtr 180 and from that day i was in love with this bike just awesome the first word after my test drive and now i love to make my own speed records and like to break it with my White angel The APACHE RTR 180!

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santhosh June 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

apache has got more power and pickup than pulsar180.the throttle response in apache is way good compared to any other bike in its segment.vibrations are felt at high speeds only when it is rode in lower gears.vibrations can be minimized by proper gear changing.

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Sekar July 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

i m a big fan of rtr180 ……………..

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bharat mendiratta July 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

thank you all for reading my review….i hope that this was helpfulll
and thanx for the commnts

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praeep July 30, 2010 at 7:58 am

hi i m pradeep, i have Rtr 180(in white) n i jus wanna modify it…..do suggesh how can i give it a gud look

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akash July 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

Apache is a comeback bike of TVS. It gives a very nice look like a sporty bike. It is a great bike.

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sankar August 8, 2010 at 8:51 am

I own a apache RTR 180 since 4 months ago.It is very powerful if you ask for more it is ready to give. it has got the best pick up under 225cc segment.

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badri August 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm

tomorrow i will kiss my new rtr 180 black!! i m waiting for that movement when tomorrow i buy this one!

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Manas Rathore August 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Hi Guys,

I have rode dis bike, nd this is awesome.

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Aravindh August 17, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Hi bharat and other apache owners,
i lik tis rtr180 and gonna buy bike next month. But d vibrations is a concern. Does tat really untollerable? Some sayin it is present 50-70 and sum sayin is is felt in all speeds above 50 but bcos of wind factor, it is unnoticeable after 90. Pls clarify me guys, so tat i can book it soon…

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TUSHAAR October 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

i booked rtr 180 5 days ago in matt grey colour…….. but still confused between white & grey plzz suggest

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Akhil November 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Hi RTR fans, guys i am planning to buy an Apache Hyperedge, the most recent model. I selected it coz i am bit too concerned about the mileage. Which is a better buy, Hyperedge or 180. Just love Apache ! Its truly now or never ……..

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Malav December 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

Mine matte grey Apache 180 is awesome I’ve gone to 129 kmph myself . . .

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archit January 11, 2011 at 11:08 pm

guyzzz….pls help me to select a byk frm these otions…
apache RTR
FZ-S
PULSAR180
bt i m fan of fz nd apache….nd my budget is…60 to 70…
my height is5.5
pls suggest soon….

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terminator January 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

FZ or apache do not go for pulsar!!!trust me….

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Kaarthick January 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

hi bro
I am kaarthick from chennai…..i liked yr review…….am gonna get my first bike…..being a first timer do u think this bike wud suit me well? my height is 5’9.I have test rided both the bikes.Still confused……i usualyy stick only into the city as i have no job of entering the highway…..so do u think this bik would suit my needs?

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terminator January 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm

dude i own a pulsar 180….but the new apache is rely awsme!! go for it !height doesn mattr!!

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archit January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

@terminator-thnx bdy….fr ur suggestion….
bt nw i m a proud owner of YAMAHA FZ-S…..
sexy bike…grt looks….allmost a perfect bike….silver-red…

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terminator January 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

FZ wow man !!have a safe ride!!:)

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abhijith March 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

hi guys am 18 years old boy i want to a bike am slim which would be better for me

pulsar180
appachi 160
appachi 180
herohonda cbz extrem

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Yaswanth March 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

those bikes u given that will not suitable for u, i think u have choose “DUKATI” bike it’s realy nice for u.

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deepak August 27, 2011 at 8:36 pm

i owned a new 180 apache white.awesom performance.earlier day upto 5000 km apache get vibrates. but after itgetting smoother and vibrates less. nowit covered 6500 kms no vibration till 90kms like pulsar. but one thing we have to appriciate. no bike get a compatetior for apache 180, zoom like a shot.

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rocky malik October 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm

guys plz advice me which 1 is better -apache 180rtr , pulsar180 ,cbz xtreme , yamaha fzs plz i gone buy frm these………………………….so plz help me i’m very confussed i ride all these n i like some quality in 1 n some in other…………………..like in brakes fzs is better then other ,in speed apache180 is better,in comfort n brand pulsar 180 is better but i don’t like its discs,n cbz the hero honda product…………………………..

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gomzy December 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm

@rocky malik

if u want raw power , and wanna vanish into the road at the twist of ur wrist , Apache is for you.

if u want to ride like a king …. and corner the bike as an eagle corners its prey , its Fz all the way .

….if u want your soul to feel the Ride …. pulsar’s ur stride .

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santhu August 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

I HAVE RTR 160 FROM PAST FOUR YEAR I DINT GET ANY PROBLEM IN APACHE RTR . TILL NOW MY BIKE LOOKS LIKE NEW ONE .. BEFORE THAT I HAVE PULSAR . PULSAR IS BUSTED BIKE I HATE CORE …

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Rahul March 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

thanks to all.
i also booked this apache yesterday.TVS APACHE RTR 180.white color.it looks awsm! i dnt like the new 2012 beast model.its all bulky.
i was cnfusd between apache 180 & pulsar 180.some of my friends told me for pulsar.bt i dnt like bold pulsars.
i need power,good styling,performance.(milage is not factor for me).
am i take the right step guyz?????what do u tnk????plz comment.

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aniket mali January 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Apache RTR has been my one of the favorite bikes, I dont like other bikes due to their performance. I even dont like R15. “GET THE GUTS AND ENJOY APACHE RTR 180. RISE IN RACING……”

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