TVS Apache RTR 180 Review by Sharath

by Deepak on October 21, 2009

Hi! This is Sharath and this article is about my new bike Apache RTR 180 “White” which was brought on 09.09.09! Yes the date is a fancy one and my bike is also fancy and eye catching.

TVS Apache RTR 180 White

I waited for 3 long weeks to put my hand on my bike. Other colors (black, yellow & titanium grey) were available immediately but for the white color I had to wait 3 weeks.

TVS Apache RTR 180 White (2)

When I tested black RTR 180 I felt the power in it and it was really nice and smooth. I have already finished my first service for 20 days from date of purchase and now I have completed 1090 KMs.

The Pros Of The Bike:

  • It is a 180 cc with 17 bhp and 15.5 Nm torque.
  • It has very nice Digital Speedo Console with BLUE Backlit , 2 trip logs- very helpfull, high speed log and (0-60) timer.
  • The digital fuel meter is good but not accurate.
  • The bike sitting position is damn good which adds sporty looks and you feel great control on bike.
  • Bike has really smooth gears and I mean it . I compared with Karizma and RTR’s was really smooth gear shifting but Karizma has that cranking sound when shifting gears. Even my friend who owns Karizma was really impressed by RTR’s gears.
  • It has a rear disc and good suspension.
  • This bike has really nice looks and the white RTR is an eye catching piece on road. People riding take a glance at my bike and on signal stops lot of questions are thrown about its price, details and most important they are surprised about rear disc! Rear disc is really good and works very nice and funny thing is lot of Karizma riders take deep look into my bike (like rear disc, blue back light and the color itself) and discuss about it within themselves which makes me proud owner of the Apache RTR 180.

But, It has some serious problems:

  • Lot of vibrations around 5000rpm-7000rpm (50-70 km) speed and it can be felt all over the bike.
  • It is small in size, person with 6 ft and more will have comfort issues.

TVS Factory officials called me and since they were conducting survey on RTR 180′s they came on saturday (10 october 2009) @ Ashwa motors (where actually I bought my bike) and took reviews from me. They were from quality control department and they took photos of bike and mine. They recorded my voice review and I had a long discussion about the bike. I told the vibration issue and they promised that they will talk to their higher officials.

TVS Apache RTR 180 White (3)

When I asked about their new up coming bikes they told that it is confidential but they gave some little information that they are working hard on braking system and they implementing car braking system! Even power will be increased and looks of the bike will be changed to compete with others in market I  seriously recommended to change the looks & make the looks of bike bigger.

And I had little problem with the Engine Off Switch. They took great care and made it ready and did some some tuning – my clutch lever was little hard which they made it loose and handle bar was adjusted for more comfortable ride.

- Sharath

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Deepak October 21, 2009 at 6:59 pm

The bike seriously looks good in White. Perhaps Hero Honda got the inspiration from TVS and introduced white for Karizma ZMR!

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sharath October 21, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Yes. I think they might have implemented from RTR. It looks really good for RTR.

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Manish January 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Im planning to buy RTR180 but i heard complaints from many regarding the rear disc break is that true

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Prince_omer October 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Wow..the most simplest and amazing article i have ever read…

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Anand October 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Hmmm…. The 180 needs a serious road tested review. Hope to see 1 or write 1 soon :-)

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CarAdvice October 21, 2009 at 10:14 pm

White colour really took off with the RTR. Your bike stands out because of that. Good choice.

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DIHIRAJ C RAUT October 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

the car braking system you were talking about must be ABS…rumours of TVS new bike with ABS were already floating……….

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contacthello October 21, 2009 at 11:58 pm

It is really heartening to learn that people from quality control department took so much pain to make the customer happy. Most of the time they are interested in the survey alone.

Cool bike and a good review.

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Raghav October 22, 2009 at 12:19 am

its my dream bike dude !

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Dinesh October 22, 2009 at 11:26 am

congrats for having a new beast.

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anshul October 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm

can you tell me the average of rtr 180…

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CarAdvice October 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm

ABS will make it to international versions.

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Prince_omer: Wow..the most simplest and amazing article i have ever read…

Thanks da..

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

CarAdvice: White colour really took off with the RTR. Your bike stands out because of that. Good choice.

Thanks and this white is pearl white which suits RTR which is different from police white bike….

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm

DIHIRAJ C RAUT: the car braking system you were talking about must be ABS…rumours of TVS new bike with ABS were already floating……….

May be ur right,that tvs factory guy didnt reveal much about it but he said they are seriously taking braking system into consideration..

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm

contacthello: It is really heartening to learn that people from quality control department took so much pain to make the customer happy. Most of the time they are interested in the survey alone.Cool bike and a good review.

Ya i have surprised when they stood for about 25 minutes and made my bike ready. They test rode and they corrected some minor handle bar problem also.

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Raghav: its my dream bike dude !

Hope U get one :)

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Dinesh: congrats for having a new beast.

Thanks…

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sharath October 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

anshul: can you tell me the average of rtr 180…

I get around 35-38 kmpl.I commute about 40km daily out of which 20km is on Hosur national highway..

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rtr (ready to re-sell) October 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm

seriously there is nothing special about apache….nobody even notices a rtr it is not eye catching like r15 or the pulsar…enjoy the smooth gears for few months then u bike will turn into a tractor….it vibrates alot …..u should have gone for pulsar 180 …..the tyres in apache sucks be careful not to lean too much on those tyres or ur bike could turn into a junk…..apache has quality issues after few years the become useless ….a advice for u sell ur bike and buy a pulsar 180……………….:)

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Susheel December 3, 2010 at 6:48 pm

RTR is Racing Throttle Response dude…and remember they have designed the bike with a racing bike in mind & no racing bikes are known for smoothness. Its the roughness that brings the adrenalin rush. And mind you its not for the soft hearted guys. I have used bajaj bikes for long and I know exactly after 7-8 months it will turn out to be a junk with lot of issues. Durability is some what same for both pulsar & apache though i would put apache one step higher. You are looking for durability and smoothness , go for honda bikes.

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subesh January 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

very ture …. Honda unicorn the best comfy bike…

Pulsars r prone to electrical faults ….engine reliablity is not as good as it its competitors…

If u want eye chatchy machine …its surely R15 , Fazer will do…….

Rtr turns only little heads… But the bike is more of Racing machine at cheap price….. Highly suggestible for people who feel R15 is expensive…. but still with 75k a power packed engine roars and can give tough competition to r15 …. but r15 takes it all …even peak power with ur minimal efforts to handle it… whereas rtr u need to use ur skills to handle it… RTR is only for people who have that attitude of pushing the limits 110+ …

for others those who need comfort …go and grab one like Honda unicorn ….

prashant October 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm

i too purchased the same bike in the same color from the same dealer and the bike simply rocks…

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Arun October 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm

I have owned an Apache for over three years now and believe me, its a reliable and solid machine, even if its ridden hard, the engine never changes its behaviour. Done a total of over 40,000 kms and have never had to repair the engine. Its still gives the thrills… Recently managed to stay neck and neck with a pulsar 180 in a drag.. Try, just try riding an Apache on twisty smooth roads and I swear you will look at things a lot differently…

rtr (ready to re-sell): seriously there is nothing special about apache….nobody even notices a rtr it is not eye catching like r15 or the pulsar…enjoy the smooth gears for few months then u bike will turn into a tractor….it vibrates alot …..u should have gone for pulsar 180 …..the tyres in apache sucks be careful not to lean too much on those tyres or ur bike could turn into a junk…..apache has quality issues after few years the become useless ….a advice for u sell ur bike and buy a pulsar 180……………….:)

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sharath October 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm

prashant: i too purchased the same bike in the same color from the same dealer and the bike simply rocks…

congrats…. were u waiting like me…

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santhosh January 14, 2011 at 10:01 am

hii dude R180 is my dream bike dude thanks dude

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sharath October 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm

Arun: I have owned an Apache for over three years now and believe me, its a reliable and solid machine, even if its ridden hard, the engine never changes its behaviour. Done a total of over 40,000 kms and have never had to repair the engine. Its still gives the thrills… Recently managed to stay neck and neck with a pulsar 180 in a drag.. Try, just try riding an Apache on twisty smooth roads and I swear you will look at things a lot differently…

RTR(ready to sell) :
I totally diagree with ur not eyecatching comment on RTR….
as i said it is totally eyecatching and people dont stop staring at white RTR …may be R15 is one step ahead but not Pulsar…bcz it all over the place and it has become very common(not for p220) but white RTR is unique in colour and design…
-I agree with u that apaches tyre is not good and i have even experienced skidding once…and thanks for ur suggestion

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Ranjan October 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

bull shit…………last month me and my friend riding an apache rtr 180 and my other friends riding a p200 were on our way to mysore…. both were doing 100 kmph when suddenly the signal light turned red we both applied our breaks to the max apache came to a stand still in just 200m from 100kmph without skidding where as the pulsar went skidding and bumped into an alto. It was then i knew how poor the breaking system in pulsar was. pulsars are the bikes that always involve in accidents. pulsars r bad bikes coz they dont have power to weight ratio so less pick up and they have worst breaks killing people and a dirty tank design which injures the private and delicate parts of our body. my friend ownes 07 p180(k&n) which is always defeated bya rtr160!!! lol

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sidharth March 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm

that skidng was not bcos of pulsar,s poor braking but due to poor drivng

prashant October 24, 2009 at 10:11 pm

thanks bro..no… i got it immediately as i had specially come from belgaum for the bike… its a big hit here as it is the only white one in the entire city…

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prashant October 25, 2009 at 12:02 am

ashwa motors staff are helpful… especially satish and dinesh who incidentally are the part of ur photograph…

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sharath October 26, 2009 at 12:38 am

prashant: thanks bro..no… i got it immediately as i had specially come from belgaum for the bike… its a big hit here as it is the only white one in the entire city…

Even mine is only white bike in my collz….:P

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Raghav October 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm

pls tell me on road price of rtr 180 .
and is the white one costlier than the other colours ?

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Sumant November 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Im takin my first byk.plz advice wat to take.i lykd rtr 180,p220 n zmr.my priorities are mileage 40 atleast,reliable wil be using atleast 7-8 yrs,spares cheap,gud quality,hard byk if sumthyn happens n da byk’s met wid accident.minor damages i.e strong body.plz advice me.

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Bhargav November 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm

Hi,
I am planning to buy this bike. I just have a few queries before i go ahead.
1. How is the riding posture ? Is it good for a long drive /
2. Is the issue with tyres being not so great (and vibrations) substantial enough to influence the decision ?

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Vikram November 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Please help me guys. I am having great trouble choosing between the Apache RTR 180 and the Karizma ZMR. I am 6 feet tall and understand from several reviews of the Apache that it is cramped and is uncomfortable for people 5 feet 10 inches or greater in height. Mileage wise both these bikes are same but price wise ZMR is 30000 more expensive but that is not a concern at all considering the great reliability. Also are Apache’s tires very skiddy and not grippy? ZMR looks really good and is a very good bike though it can’t outrun the Pulsar 220 in performance. But still I am not able to overlook the Apache RTR 180. Need your help greatly.

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Karan December 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Just take karizma zmr it is having better top end and better engine life

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sharath November 4, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Sumant: Im takin my first byk.plz advice wat to take.i lykd rtr 180,p220 n zmr.my priorities are mileage 40 atleast,reliable wil be using atleast 7-8 yrs,spares cheap,gud quality,hard byk if sumthyn happens n da byk’s met wid accident.minor damages i.e strong body.plz advice me.  

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Hi! Sumanth for ur considerations Zmr and p220 doesnt fit in milage of 40,but it does fit in 7-8 years of usage and low maintainence and even strong body…..if extra money is not a problem then go for either p220 or ZMR…..

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sharath November 4, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Bhargav: Hi,
I am planning to buy this bike. I just have a few queries before i go ahead.
1. How is the riding posture ? Is it good for a long drive /
2. Is the issue with tyres being not so great (and vibrations) substantial enough to influence the decision ?  

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1.Riding position adds sporty looks but not good for long rides,i went on long ride and had pains in wrist and shoulders…
2.The tires are not bad but they are not up to the mark of MRF and vibrations are there from 55-70 speed then no vibrations..

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sharath November 4, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Vikram: Please help me guys.I am having great trouble choosing between the Apache RTR 180 and the Karizma ZMR.I am 6 feet tall and understand from several reviews of the Apache that it is cramped and is uncomfortable for people 5 feet 10 inches or greater in height.Mileage wise both these bikes are same but price wise ZMR is 30000 more expensive but that is not a concern at all considering the great reliability.Also are Apache’s tires very skiddy and not grippy?ZMR looks really good and is a very good bike though it can’t outrun the Pulsar 220 in performance.But still I am not able to overlook the Apache RTR 180.Need your help greatly.  

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Hi! vikram

Since ur tall and extra 30000 is not a problem then u can go for ZMR,it is latest bike and looks good for ur height and heard that its engine is really smooth than karizma R series….

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prashant November 4, 2009 at 11:21 pm

vikram, go 4 the apache… buying zmr is a waste of money… else u can even have a look at pulsar 220… i have a friend who is 6 feet and 1 inch and still uses the apache comfortably…

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prashant November 4, 2009 at 11:23 pm

Bhargav: Hi,
I am planning to buy this bike. I just have a few queries before i go ahead.
1. How is the riding posture ? Is it good for a long drive /
2. Is the issue with tyres being not so great (and vibrations) substantial enough to influence the decision ?  

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the vibes have been reduced in the 180. posture is a bit of an issue when it comes to long drives. else, this bike is a gem.

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prashant November 4, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Raghav: pls tell me on road price of rtr 180 .
and is the white one costlier than the other colours ?  

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on road price bangalore 73500 and white is not costlier, but u have to wait to get 1 as it is in huge demand…

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Vikram November 5, 2009 at 11:47 am

prashant: vikram, go 4 the apache… buying zmr is a waste of money… else u can even have a look at pulsar 220… i have a friend who is 6 feet and 1 inch and still uses the apache comfortably…  (Quote & Reply)

Hey Prashant – Thanks much for your reply. Yes, the ZMR has no justification for its pricing. I was initially in deep love with the FZ series but dropped it because of its “no concern” for pillion comfort. My wife will be accompanying me mostly and she will be sitting one sided. ZMR was in my mind only due to its comfort during long rides as atleast twice in a week I would be taking it to distances in excess of 20 km with the pillion I already mentioned. I have already registered for a test drive of the Apache RTR 180 to experience and see if the ride is comfortable. Yes some people over 6 feet also have Apaches but I tend to get cramps when driving TVS vehicles especially when I have to plant my feet on the ground quite often like is the case in city traffic. Still I have never gotten my hands on an Apache. Pulsar – I never thought of because its an out and out performance bike as well as it didn’t impress me as much as the Apache or the Karizma. Do you have any other models too to suggest me buddy?

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prashant November 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm

well, apart from these two, i dont think u have any other option left as u r totally outlisted pulsar.. just wait and take a test drive of the apache and i’m sure u will like it.. FZ is good but as u said there is no pillion comfort especially 4 ladies… go ahead and take a test drive of apache…

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Vikram November 6, 2009 at 12:09 pm

@Prashant

Actually I am not against the Pulsar 220 at all. Being the fastest Indian bike it definitely is very special. But that exactly is my problem. Its fun to ride but the pillions get scared like hell, especially if they sit one sided. Adrenaline rush is good for the driver but this beast of a bike really has massive acceleration right from the start that really scares pillions. Anyway if possible I will test drive that too with the pillion and check out if she is OK with it. But all that will happen only if I don’t fall in love with the Apache RTR 180 which is unlikely. I am mainly looking to get a feel of how grippy the tyres are and how comfortable are its ergonomics.

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prashant November 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm

even apache has an awesome pickup… let ur wife make a choice as u r giving more preference to her comfort… i heard that apache’s tyres are not upto the mark, but i havent faced any problem as such… as far as ergonomics go, tvs say they have done their homework for racing ergonomics.. see if u and ur wife r comfortable…

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Vikram November 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

One last question guys, about the apache. I heard in the showroom that the 180 doesn’t come in Gray color. But the TVS website lists Gray as one of the color variants. Any of you have any idea. As of now I am going for the white. Man, it looks awesome.

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prashant November 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

its available in grey.. its not available in red… go ahead with the white….

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Vikram December 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

I have booked the white variant of this bike. I will have it this Friday. Thanks much folks for helping me make a choice.

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sharath December 7, 2009 at 7:30 pm

cangrats .. Vikram…enjoy Ur ride and have a safe driving…..

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Dini December 12, 2009 at 4:17 am

I have recently purhcased RTR 180 .It simply rocks but there are vibration between 50-70kmph.Please let me know if there is any solution for this problem.

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BB135 June 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

ya there is solution for your Vib problem…… if you seriouly approach your service station regarding this issue they will make it clear…. Me to had the same problem with my white 180 RTR which just crossed 4k kms… i had give my bike twice to service centre for rectifying the Vibration problem at 50-70 Kmh.. in first attempt there were no change.but in second time they did some tuning and Vibration has reduced to a large extent (almost clear)…

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prashant December 15, 2009 at 11:22 pm

@dini
There is no solution 4 this problem…

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alex December 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

tvs apache rtr 180 rocks,its lovely in dark silver ,the bestest bike hever had ,mashing and hasing bike is rtr180 love u tvs apache rtr180 n tvs company its the most tough bike i had ever lovely it has got lovely handle bar lovely body lovely disk brakes lovely viger lovely rear carriage like bulls horn lovely wheels almost all lovely n its hunky .

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alex December 24, 2009 at 5:00 pm

tvs apache rtr 180 its lovely than all other bike likke pulsar 220 and 180,karizma ,r15,apache rtr 180 is above all and distincly a head.

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sharath December 26, 2009 at 8:38 am

@ alex
- Its true alex tvs has done a great job on RTR 180 and there will be more good bikes in future…….

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Vikram Mahadev December 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I don’t seem to be experiencing much vibrations like many people complain in here. Since mine is yet to complete the first service I don’t go past the 52 kmph. This is the speed at which many people seem to be starting to experience vibrations. Is it because I am 6 feet tall and 80 kgs heavy the vibrations get suppressed or something like that. Or probably not all people experience vibrations.

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BB135 June 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Yes Vikram you are right…
Not every RTR experience the Vibration problem… my friend had one Black RTR..which is so smooth at the speed btw 50-65…

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Vikram December 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Guys another question for you. This is about the self start. Is it better to use the kick start instead? Some of my friends are advicing me to use the kick start as much as possible. I understand that this makes no sense as then there would be no point in having a self start. But I am just looking for general advice on things like below:

(1) When starting the bike after a week’s gap or so is it better to use the kick start?
(2) During cold starts when applying choke should I avoid self start and kick start the engine rather?
(3) Are there any other guidelines in this area.

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Srinivas January 17, 2010 at 1:47 am

Hi… vikram…
My bike is Pulsar 150 DTs-i but i can give u some advice..

after a week’s gap.. it is better to go for kick starting…
By Self starting it directly influences on your battery and decreases its life because while running the bat gets charged , when bike is not used for long time the charge gets down……
whenever u try to press continuously self start button for starting the bike in case of water servicing or after rain or in cold conditions(continuously hitting self switch)
, in low fuel conditins..it influences on ingition unit and it decreases its life and sometimes it may ruin off costing around 700 also it influences on self motor..

So better go for Kick starting for the following

—-In mornings…
—-In rainy conditions…(imp)
—-After a long gap…
—-While using choke..
—-After getting water service(imp)

I hope these are useful..

Post ur comment….

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Vikram January 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

@Srinivas

Thanks a lot buddy. That was really valuable info for me. Ever since I posted the question I have been checking almost everyday to see if someone answered my question. Thank you so much. Infact I use the self start only when in tight traffic signals where I switch off the bike to save fuel and then I won’t have the leg room to kick start the eigine or if the bike engine goes off sometimes in traffic. Otherwise I use the kick start only. But I am just wondering how people that own bikes with only the self start be able to overcome the above issues that you have mentioned. Infact I posted the above question only when a friend of mine that owns a Bajaj Avenger told me that his bike doesn’t have the kick start. The Yamaha FZ series doesn’t have the kick start either. I am just wondering what would those people be doing. :-)

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Srinivas January 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

Hi…. Vikram….

The Bike without a “kick starter” would become a real Headache on one day that make the owners in that instant to lose their patience and hold their heads…

I can bet for that..

For ex if u go to a beach and accidentally or intentionally if bike was rushed with water then comes the real headache.. it would be impossible to start bike with self start… even though they managed to continuosly hit the self start switch if the battery is low or some what low…. the self start will not respond to start the bike….

Then solution is…. Friend dont laugh..
Put the bike in 1st gear or 2 and hold clutch….
drag the vehicle (run with bike) like a “LUNA” or TVS 50 and release the clutch.. if u have the GOD’s grace the bike “MAY” start or the same thing should be repeated…

The condition arises when…

—–During water servicing
—–Above (Beach) condition..
—–During Low bat conditions(Real Headache)
In this condition when u Drag ur bike you will get ashamed.. not joking…
—–when self motor ruins..(Definitely happens after certain period b’coz its only source for starting the bike…)
—–After a long gap of using bike the bat may get down abruptly and the self start may not respond..
Even though it responds the bike may not start instantaneously because of clogging of fuel in carburettor… so by hitting the self switch a number of times… the bat gets exhausted….
Here Same solution DRAGGING……

Also the self motor gets ruined slowly by warning us by making some grizzly sounds During rainy season….

Hey Friend Dont think that i’m appreciating Bajaj Pulsar….

Pulsar 200 or 220 has the option to have kick starter…
So i think avenger can also have the option…..

So i advice if any one wants to go for that Bikes also go for getting kick starter…in this aspects we can trust bajaj..

But FZ and R15 series of yamaha may not have this option… the solution is periodically getting serviced without fail…

But above mentioned aspects cant save them….

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Sameer March 2, 2010 at 1:47 am

I own a Unicorn. Was planning to buy RTR180 but was not pleased with the engine. Its just raw power with lots of noise. I dont think after owning a Unicorn u could compromise for RTR unless u have tight pocket. But still i believe RTR is value for money.

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sharathh March 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

@ sameer i agree with u that Unicorn is smooth & has a well refined engine & i was impressed by its performance…but every bike has its own pros and cons….RTR has a different engine sound and performance so it falls under “RACING” category and UNICORN falls under “COMMUTER” category….Its individuals decision to opt for “Racing” or “commuter”……..

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sats June 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Hi every one. I am planning to buy rtr 180.I have come to know that TVS will launch the ABS soon.do u guys know about the launch date? & is the vibration realy matters? in rainy days, is it safe for ridding (for tyrs)?Actually I am going to buy my first bike.SO plz need best advices……

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sharath June 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm

@ sats RTR with ABS will launch soon but dont know exact date….since using it for 6 months vibs go unnoticed since i got used to it…In rainy days the stock tyres are worst no road grip and skids a lot on wet surfaces but really good brakes..

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sats June 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

oh thanx for ur advices…this mnth I will definitely buy it…by da way Is it posible to replace the tyres from tvs to mrf?

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sharath June 9, 2010 at 9:47 pm

@ sats yes it is possible but only R15 has tubeless MRF tyres with both Disc brakes

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bharath.p June 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

hey guys i am planin to buy a apache rtr 180 …since i herd tat they gonna release the abs version of it …i want to noe tat is ther any option tat 1 can switch off he abs when needed ….and can u tell me which month it may come out

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ramesh June 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm

hi guys…i feel very bad …3 hours ago i booked a apache 180 rtr bike…coz i liked this stunning pearl white n other features…thing is ..in ma office..they asked which bike n color..i told apache in white color…every body in ma office astonished as if white color nt at all looking good….one of my friend told what man u chose traffic police bike…not at all looking good try titanium grey ..that will be looking good…almost all suggesting change the color of ur bike since am living in chennai…this idiotic traffic police also having white apache…i got upset…please tell me …shall i phone a dealer n ask him to change a color of my bike…even i tried convinced the fellow in ma office by showing pictures of apache in white…they r telling same …i really disturbed a lot..this is my first bike…im fond of bikes…i used to think..my bike should give different look n all ..n i selected this white color…now issue is now color only…im afraid people will laugh at ma bike…am eagerly waiting for ur reply….tell me what i should no…shall i change the color…

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Ibu October 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

think just they r not having sense to appreciate beauty …
bcse im having white rtr 180 , many of them congrats abt its look & they ask abt d price of it ,, its make me feel comfort tat im choosed best byke

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sharath June 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

@ ramesh i stay in bangalore and people around me make me proud of my white RTR and even here police has white pulsar and few white apache but not white RTR(racing bikes not meant for police).Police has normal white colour bike but not “Pearl white” so think in calm mind and decide and consider ur environment also….

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ramesh June 18, 2010 at 10:28 am

@sharath

thanks for ur reply….i dont knw the environment in bang…but in chennai u cant find white color bike other than police…thats y people r tellin me to change color….nowadays i cud see few white apache on road…but its very rare….usually im expectin my bike should give different look than others…many people are having grey n yellow…so i dont like to take that color bike….if i go for 180 then i must take pearl white which is the only model in apache…for other colors..no need to go for 180 since its available in 160 itself with good mileage….thats y i chose pearl white…but people around me telling differently…thats y i got disturbed…i dint phone a dealer yet since am in confused mode…lets c

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tarique October 3, 2010 at 2:52 am

Hi, i own rtr180, did 900 kms but due to some busy schedule, i was not able to go for servicing the bike, actually i did go there but they asked me to bring the bike in the morning, and my patience has already gone till now, did 100+ today, hope i didnt do much damage, ll go for servicing soon. any comments???????????/

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sharath October 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

@tarique ‘If u take care of ur bike it will take care of you’.1st service is very important & cruceal because that is when your bike sets for ur driving environment & some necessary components are to be taken care(like oil change,chain maintenence etc ). Do ur services on time and at good service centres…

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Tarique October 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Thanks Sharath, i did my bikes first service. Some power testing times tonight, ll write a review soon

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Rajeev October 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Hey guys.i’m planning to buy my first ever bike.first i was so much leaned towards d yamaha fz.but as dat bike doesnt deliver enough power considering the mileage it gives.it is now almost out of my list.then i started considering the rtr 180.i actually wanted a test ride of dis bike.with that intention i went to a tvs dealer and they said bike is not available for test ride.i was so much dissapointed as i dont have any friends having this bike.most of u discussed about the vibration issue.thats the main reason i went to the dealer n have a look at it.but cudnt.so please tell me guys.are the vibrations that much big which makes us very much uncomfortable while riding or can we adjust it.coz little bit of vibrations,i can adjust.nd how about the stability of this bike at higher speedd.please gimme a reply

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Srinivas... October 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Hi Rajeev…

You said that u can adjust little bit of vibrations…!!

Let me tell an example… suppose a fiber was stucked in between in your teeth… it will not harm u or cause pain.. but you will always think about it continuously until it gets off..!!

Sorry to say its the same with RTR180.. :(

Its up to you buddy.. also test ride P180 (Just an advice)….

And stability issue P180 is more stable than RTR180 at higher speeds..

ask anyone or test ride the bike to know..

Hey im not degrading RTR180 or Praising P180… just telling facts i mentioned P180 bcoz it is similar to RTR180 in terms of power…!!! :)

RTR180 Racing DNA unleashed…!!!! Its True….

If u want the real thrill the go for R15…!! :)

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Srinivas... October 12, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Hi Rajeev…

You said that u can adjust little bit of vibrations…!!

Let me tell an example… suppose a fiber was strucked in between in your teeth… it will not harm u or cause pain.. but you will always think about it continuously until it gets off..!!

Sorry to say its the same with RTR180.. :(

Its up to you buddy.. also test ride P180 (Just an advice)….

And stability issue P180 is more stable than RTR180 at higher speeds..

ask anyone or test ride the bike to know..

Hey im not degrading RTR180 or Praising P180… just telling facts i mentioned P180 bcoz it is similar to RTR180 in terms of power…!!! :)

RTR180 Racing DNA unleashed…!!!! Its True….

If u want the real thrill then go for R15…!! :)

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Amith Guptha October 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

hi dude,
I Certainly disagree with you on the so called “Smooth Grears” I have personally test driven apache and the gear shift is very notchy and some times even slips.
I think its the same with pulsars, FZ also as these aren’t the most refined bikes. I owned Splendor for nearly 10 yrs and the gears and suspension were butter smooth.
Currently I am a proud owner of Pulsar just a couple of complaints on noisy / notchy gear shifts especially when its being shifted back from top to lower – It could be heard by 10 mts.
Also do you guys know if we can some how reduce the stiffness of the shock absorbers and make it smooth EG: Adjusting the gas or something – Pse suggest
Amith Guptha

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Berlin November 5, 2010 at 7:46 am

Amith Guptha do you have p150 or p180? i heard p150 only has problems in gear…..

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nikhil November 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

hi sir , this is nikhil from hyd .my height 5.6 age 21 weight 65 . i want to purchase a new bike with in 1 or 2 weeks .i was little bit confuse between this bikes pulsar 150/honda unicorn 150/apache 160 RTI/yamaha fz 16 . pls u will sujjest which is is better to me. i heard apache 160 RTI having some problems (vibrating and gear failures).but my brother sujjest apache is best to me. in apache which one model is best.tell me pls

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nikhil November 5, 2010 at 7:05 pm

sir,this is nikhil from hyd ,pls send prices on road apache RTR 160 and 180 cc bikes

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sharath November 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

@nikhil All the bikes suits for ur height & weight but pulsar150/RTR 160/yamaha fz 16 all are more or less equal with both pros & cons.All these bikes have common cons are engine refinement.Where as Unicorn is very good in engine but it is not stylish.If u want to go for Apache RTR go for RTR 180 model bcz it is latest,has lot of power, its different & only bike in sports category…best way is test ride all of them & then choose which best suits ur taste….

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nikhil November 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm

thax sir,i purchased yesterday new Apache Rtr 160 cc with red color. it is awesome .i feel very happy .actually my friends are sujjest Apache Rtr 160 EFI is very gud bike compare to common apache rtr 160.but all d dealers are told ,any repair occur in EFI model only less servicing centers are available.thats y i was took common apache.pls tell sir ,i taken wrong decision aa ???

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sharath November 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm

No, you took very good decision because EFI(computerized) repairs is done by authorized services only but normal RTR 160 repairs can be done any where.
Ex: During long trips any repairs can be done anywhere… So you made right choice..enjoy ur ride ….and safe ride…..

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Sandeep December 9, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Hello Sharath,
In the review you mentioned about Handle bar adjustment for more comfortable ride, I guess Apache has 2 step handle-bar adjustment, could you pls elaborate if it was step-up or step-down adjusment done for your bike.

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sharath December 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

@ sandeep The TVS officials took a short test ride of my bike(they felt changes has to be made) and then they made changes but i am unaware of what changes were made.

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santhosh December 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

appache rtr 180cc white colour is my favorite bike.. next week i m going to take that bike after that i ll tell abt bike thanks for tvs

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RTRRocks January 11, 2011 at 9:20 pm

i luv white apache.. u may find it funny bt i think it looks better even than the R15..
However it certainly is the best looking fairing-less bike in the market.

Nice review man..

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Balu May 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I too have White apache 180 RTR.

Its rocking………

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visal February 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

is the ABS system is usefull in a 180cc bike…..?
i’m planing to buy a bike fz/apache rtr 180 ….which is better in your view….?
when this apache rtr 180 abs will launch…&…what about its price….

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MANDY March 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Yes, ofcourse Antilock braking system is very useful for every vehicle. Because in rain/ splitted oil or even on sand, u can grab a handful of brake, without the fear of wheel locking or loosing cntrol on d bike. In apache they are giving RLP(Rear wheel lift-off protection) along with ABs. So do whatever u want to do with the brakes &dont care about any skid.

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prashant March 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hey guys ive just brought new rtr in black colo n m havin some issues
1) my engine colo is fading out n even i want to know does rtr is better thn black in looks??

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sharath March 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Congrats on you RTR …

Even my bike engine color faded but almost after 1 yr… regarding black color…RTR looks good in all colors. Featured color is ‘Pearl white’ but it is splendid in black as well….

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Kiran March 22, 2011 at 1:28 am

Hi Sharath, may i know the onroad price of Apache RTR 180 ABS (Launched recently) in bangalore there?
Im from Davangere.
Do reply.Thanks there

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Sharath March 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Hi! Kiran i have contacted 3 showrooms in Bangalore and still Apache RTR 180 ABS is not available and they are unaware of on road price.

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Kiran March 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Oh ok.Then iam willing to buy Apache rtr 180 white.I have a doubt on tvs bikes that we are going to pay good value for our bikes but i have been hearing some silly errors like inaccuracy of speedometer,fuel meter.Whats this silly problems for a good bike?dont they correct such errors in future models?

Sharath March 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm

@Kiran I am not supporting TVS now but i will neutral in my opinion.

Apache RTR 180 is worth every penny because you will not get so much features with such low cost in the market.

Yes, I agree with you that silly errors like inaccuracy in fuel meter etc has to be fixed by TVS. Hope their next bike will be error free.

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vijay prasanna April 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm

hello sharath,
i am thinking of buying the RTR180 with abs,peoples are strongly recomending not to buy apache bcos it vibrates a lot,tyres r not good (as u said) etc.. i am bit curious that whether u r going to wright a review for RTR180 with ABS.

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Shreyas April 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

I am likely to buy a byke next month,but I need both mileage and power my choices are RTR 180,FZ and dazerller so please suggest me

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Balu May 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hi Shreyas,

It is Amazing bike with awesome features.

I recommend to buy Apache 180 RTR.

I have too.

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Kiran May 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Anyone here knows the mileage of apache rtr 180?

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Balu May 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hi Sharat,

I don’t agree with you on Vibrations. I have ridden the bike at 121 kmph speed and I never found vibrations.

It is awesome bike to ride. If you are a racing lover buy it.

at normal speed it gives 40-45 Mileage.

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Anand June 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Hi All,

There seems to be a problem with my RTR 180. From the day of purchase the bike jerks initially for 4-5 km. as if the petrol got over. Now third service is completed but still i face the same problem. I asked the service station mechanic and they say my bike is in perfect condition…Can anybody help me on this issue…

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Killer September 3, 2011 at 3:12 am

Apache RTR 180 sucks…..I am an owner of RTR 180…agreed it’s a powerfull machine..it has vibration problem,,(GEAR SHIFT problem//could be because of 20W30 oil that TVS recomends) TVS stock tyres and stock batteries sucks….TVS service to it’s customers is very bad….I am talking about Delhi region….spare parts are usually out of stock…..anyone who likes RTR go for RTR Fi 160

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Sharath October 15, 2011 at 2:23 am

@killer I strongly don’t agree with you. Apache RTR 180 is a sports bike and you have to take care of it to get its full performance.

Yes it has vibration issues which we can’t do anything much but regarding gear shift probs.. TVS always recommends its own oil but it doesn’t mean you should only use it. I use Shell oil which is meant for sports bike & i get amazing performance.

Stock tyres are not good, i agree with you . But batteries-I never faced any issues with batteries till now (after 2 years 6 days). Please check ur batteries, it may be faulty battery.

TVS service in bangalore is amazing . Sorry to hear about bad service in delhi region…..

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Robin October 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Vibration
The rtr 180 Vibrates like a chicken but that is only btwn 55-65kmph. 70 and above and it transforms into a perfect race machine.

Looks
Although not the best in the market, It is one among the best. and its white color is unique n i’ve seen ppl glare at it at signals and pocket roads.

Gear Shift
Not the smoothest but the RTR is not a comfy bike. the gears are designed and tested in Austarlia for rough use. U can play with the gear lever like a toy and it still wont result in wearing out/cranky sound like some of the Pulsars and Hunks i’ve seen

lastly RTR = Racing Throtle Response…. its no family bike. Guys plz dont complain on comfort coz we’r discussing one of the rough/tough bikes in the market.

Bhavin August 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Hi Sharath,

Read about your amazing review and experience with RTR. Really impressed. You kind of sealed my decision of buying RTR :)

Which dealer and/or service center do you recommend for Apache purchase in bangalore? Ashwa? Kubera? Arunagiri? Or some other? Please help

Shanthu April 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Am 6 foot tall and there are many 6 footers out there who wanna know how they look on a bike like apache rtr180. If you don’t mind can u post few pictures of 6 foot guys riding this bike.. ?

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