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

    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……..

    • Sourav

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

  • Devang Sinha

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

  • madhu

    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

  • @speed

    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 !

  • Harish

    Nice work dude.. review is very good !!

    Harish

  • ATHUL

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

  • shadow

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

    why u not gone for pulsar?

  • Captian Obvious

    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.

  • niks

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

  • shanmugam

    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

  • Krishna

    @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.

  • shanmugam

    @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

  • Krishna

    @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

  • amit

    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.

  • shanmugam

    @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???

  • Krishna

    @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.

  • Krishna

    @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.

  • shanmugam

    @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.

  • Prabh Rai

    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

    • ABHIJAT

      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

  • Amandeep

    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!

  • santhosh

    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.

  • Sekar

    i m a big fan of rtr180 ……………..

  • bharat mendiratta

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

  • praeep

    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

  • akash

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

  • sankar

    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.

  • badri

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

  • Manas Rathore

    Hi Guys,

    I have rode dis bike, nd this is awesome.

  • Aravindh

    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…

  • TUSHAAR

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

  • Akhil

    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 ……..

  • Malav

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

  • archit

    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….

    • terminator

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

  • Kaarthick

    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?

    • terminator

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

  • archit

    @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…

    • terminator

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

  • abhijith

    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

    • Yaswanth

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

  • deepak

    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.

  • rocky malik

    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…………………………..

  • gomzy

    @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 .

  • santhu

    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 …

  • Rahul

    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.

  • 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……”