TVS Apache RTR 180 (White) Ownership Review by Aniket Jha

by Kannan on January 23, 2011

1987 Patna, Bihar. A kid was born. As told by his mum, by the age of two he was the fastest in tricycle race across the society kids and by the age of three, even sitting in his bedroom he could say ‘ma, Yamaha gaya na?’, and today 23 years later this kid has something to tell you all, about him, his passion and above all, his bike.

Hi, I am Aniket Jha, 23, living in Bangalore and currently doing my MBA Advertising here. I have lived in Bangalore for 20 years and have not just grown here but have seen this city too, grow with me.

Bikes have always fascinated me much more than cars and girls, honestly! But yes in India after roti,kadapa, makaan its gaadi. A two wheeler is either mainly taken as a commuter & still today even in 2011 when we have so many launches of bikes, I mean good bikes, many can only think about it. Blame it on the way we think or the fuel prices at 65.45 Rs a liter (Bangalore-Shell).

Cars are great, convenient, but let me ask you a question. Two questions in fact. At 3 lac Rs, alto looks better or Kwakker Ninja? Even lesser. A 2 Lac Nano will look great or a Honda CBR 250 ABS? Now you only decide that which and what will give you the feel “you own it, your way”.

At the age of 19, when I was in my 1st year of under grad, I got my 1st bike a Bajaj Discover 125 ES/Alloy. Due to lack of technical knowhow and riding experience in span of 12 months ended with 6 accidents but I kind off loved it, got a feel that I am learning. But dad was concerned and so asked me to go for a change and so I bid goodbye to the drum brakes and eurogrip tires, and then got a beauty Honda Stunner.

Used it for a year (not a single accident) What an engine and MRF Zappers were awesome, but I realized that it was time for something different, bigger which could take me far away from this polluted city and could be even more meaner. I completed my graduation by then and took up my Post Grad.

By the end of my grad I had saved around 35k (cz I love to save money) and my yellow Stunner beauty went for 45k. Mind it a year used and I still got 45k. Had maintained it well and next.

The final five which I chose. Went for two good test ride for each of these.

Bajaj Pulsar 180: Nice bike. Mean, upgraded and good front brakes (thanks to KTM I guess) but then I am a slim guy and 5’7. So at low speed it was a little difficult for me as I didn’t want to end up struggling with the bike which I wanted to buy for long term use and honestly the rear brakes are BAD for a 180.

Bajaj Pulsar 220S: Best. What a bike, the best Pulsar I had ever ridden, but mileage of 30-35, the heavy weight of around 150 Kgs and cost around 85k in Bangalore (on road) made it difficult for me, but honestly if any 1 wants a Pulsar, this is it .

Bajaj Avenger 220: Humm… Turn off were the poor mileage and turning radius as I am more of a city rider and in Bangalore the traffic is bad. Cost too 84k (on road).

Suzuki GS 150R: Well in my budget as it costs 71k. Nice, comfortable commuter and I believe good on highways too but lacks initial pick like the Ford Figo car, tube tires were another turnoff and the sales men at Suzuki were bad (so I assumed how their service guys would be). I loved the digital console of the bike thou.

TVS Apache RTR 180: Well…

Looks: White is a killer. Loved admiring a white ZMR and so this mini ZMR too. Bike looked just perfect to me. Considering the height, Length, Breath.

Design: TVS Apache RTR 180 is Very attractive, sporty for sure and a head turner. Mind you it still does at traffic junctions.

Seating and Comfort: Seating is very sporty and it’s like, you sit on it for a race. It doesn’t have split seats as my x bike stunner, as I was more comfortable with it. Love the clip on handle bars as they not just make handling a comfort but take the bike on highway and at 80 kmph and 6k Rpm, you will then know what I mean.

One issue though, you ride the bike for an hour and then your back will hurt so yeah take breaks if you are touring on it and make sure you either above 6k rpm or below 4k rpm to avoid vibration or if you love it stay around 4-5k rpm.

Brakes and Tech Specs: Well brakes 270mm and 200mm Petal Disc are awesome. Mean it. Pulsar 180 is highly beaten on this any day. Regarding other details on tech, kindly visit this link.

My Care for the Bike

Frankly speaking, I love my TVS Apache RTR 180 but due to time constraints I hardly do anything much to it. Ya, I have never used the TVS TRU4 oil as its semi synthetic and 10w 30, for Apache 180 its 20w 40. So changed the oil at a garage near my house with Shell Advance Fast Trac 20w 40 at 400km (got 1st service done) and got it changed again at 1200 km, as I did not want to take any chance with the engine.

Till today I have not ripped the bike and only after second oil change have taken it up to 101 kmph max and have gone to Mysore (130 km from Bangalore one way) and once Nandi hills (60 km one way). I am updated that the bike can touch 125 kmph but its ok I don’t want to do that. I am a common man, with high dreams but low means.

Will be getting the next oil change at 2500 kms to Shell Ultra Full Synthetic Oil 10w 40. Shell I believe is the best thou I have heard a lot about Motul, ELF, Castrol etc. I am not interested. Beyond this I clean it with water every Sunday and wipe it with a dry soft cloth. Till today at 1700 kms done I have had just no trouble, riding in city or highway.

Pros and Cons of the Bike

Pros

  • Gives the feel of a race bike. A good race bike
  • Decent mileage of 38-40 in city and 40-44 in highway
  • Great looks
  • Durable engine and very good brakes
  • Still the premium product of TVS, thou surprises are lined up for 2011
  • Beautiful digital console

Cons

  • Vibrations sorry but yes, its biggest issue. Not all bikes are vibration free but at 5k rpm, vibrations are bad
  • Not very good for long trips, until you get used to the sitting position
  • Service people honestly suck. They act like they don’t know anything what needs to be done for service and need to be told everything what you need and expect, and worst they use TVS TRU 4 oil for scooty pep and RTR 180

Conclusion

  • TVS is not a market leader but yes, a challenger and racing is in their genes when it comes to their premium products
  • Ride at 50-60 kmph in city and around 80-90 on highway and you will simply love its smoothness above 6k rpm, and kindly just don’t rip the throttle as its only going to screw up your engine, take it up slow and steady
  • I have had no issues yet, as I am a safe rider and I pray nothing happens too
  • Nothing is perfect and so is not the bike, but get a hang on it (with helmet on and alcohol off) and complains, will be history

P.S. Mr.Deepak, you and your team have been doing a fabulous job and God bless you guys for helping out so many people. It was great to see the pics of your China trip (Auto Show) and was really nice to read your detailed review about RTR Maniac and P180 which helped me in my final decision to my purchase.

Thank you all and your feedbacks are most welcome.

Regards,
Aniket Jha

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Vivek Kavadia January 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

i’m gettin my p220 in a couple of days!! :D

and your riding style sounds very similar to mine.. not ripping the engine.. helmet on alcohol off..
great stuff!!

RTR 180′s a great bike! :)

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Srikanth VM January 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm

220 faired one ? Is 220 S still being produced or is it now only 220F ?

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Vivek Kavadia January 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

I’m getting the 220F but even the 220S is around…

About 3 grand cheaper. But it doesn’t look very distinctive…

Srikanth VM January 23, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Which Oil are you currently running on ? i switched to Castrol Power 1(SS) @ 900 KM planning to ciontinue till 5k , are you sure you can go to full sys\nthetic @ 2500KM (i.e as you said at your next service ?)

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RAJ January 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

THANKS, Aniket BhaI , Very realistic review
VERY NICE BIKE

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fas January 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm

The Apache looks best in white, no doubt and the instrumentation looks real cool. Awesome review none the less.

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mukesh January 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

nice one bro

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RAHUL January 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I also agree with u…..now i installed K&N airfilter in ma bike after that vibrations are decreased , bike goes on smooth ride upto 60km speed but mileage decreases from 49kmpl to 38kmpl.Now ma bike is ready for long drive.

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balaji January 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

another apache review again…. getting bored yaar

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balaji January 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

apache in pearl white looks great..

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balaji January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

BTW nice review

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segleng January 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

i cant get apache 180 in indonesia. they only sell apache 160 and moped here,,,

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darsh January 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

repanit the alloy wheels in golden.. it looks good

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Arif January 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Really boss,
shes my dreamsssssssssss……..

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Reeto January 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Excellent review, very articulate indeed. Congrats Aniket and ride safe. Apache 180 does around 128 kmph if you redline every gear; the bike comes without an RPM limiter so thats a big pro. If you fit a K&N, you also need to fit a carb with a larger jet. Else K&N will only give off a growl and do nothing to enhance the performance. Good that you ride at 90-100 kmph, beyond that I dian roads are treacherous. ZMR is a bad option, I owned one and sold it in 2 months coz its not peppy and the engine puffs and pants at 110 kmph. P220 and Apache 180 are far better than the ZMR. Take care. Cheers.

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kumar February 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm

i also qwns a rtr 180 nd i think its the best. it also gives me a mileage of 50-55 high driving normally.

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Sudarshan March 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

What is the onroad milage of 180 RTR. I am planning to purchase white apache 180 RTR. Before I take, I want to know the milage of both 180 RTR and 160RTR.

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karthick.sk March 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

i did some research on the motor oil and found that at operating temperature the oil viscosity rating is 30or 40 according to the grade and when cold its W10or 20. i want to know how at higher temperature the oil’s viscosity is higher than what is at cold temperature. according to physics the viscosity decrease with the increase in temperature. please shed light on this…:-(

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Yaswanth March 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I am planning to purchase Grey apache 180 RTR. so i want full details of it. main thing i want city millage and Highway millage. on the road cast price.

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Phani frm Bangalore May 20, 2011 at 3:50 am

Mileage of my Apache RTR 180 b4 first service was 28pl; after first service its giving 35-37pl depending on the riding condition….FYI: I usually rip my bike a lot.

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Phani frm Bangalore May 20, 2011 at 3:48 am

I love you article Mr. Jha
I got one White rtr180 too, after the first service the bike is somewhat vibrating…I’ve never noticed the same vibrations before the 1st service.

Mileage of my Apache RTR 180 b4 first service was 28pl; after first service its giving 35-37pl depending on the riding condition….FYI: I usually rip my bike a lot.

Its been a month that I’ve bought this bike..so far it has run 1500km.. Jha was right the Service guys suck, the Domlur Tristar Service sucks to the core…they just leave me pizzed evrytime I visit them.

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Phani frm Bangalore May 20, 2011 at 4:04 am

About the bike color, I suggest you get a black one or a white one…gray doesn’t look good..well its just my opinion. For me the bike price was 81K change, they asked me to pay rs450 for Teflon coating and rs500 for accessories…I denied paying them 1K for the tef-coat and accessories, they gave it free of cost…..just negotiate a bit, if they deny tell them I’ll buy in an other showroom. Bro trust me if you’re sure tat cld keep your bike clean take white, its shine is awesome; only the maintenance part is tough, you got to wipe it everyday

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nivesh November 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

it is a good bike but hearts beat for pulsar 180 ug 5.pulsar 180 has higher top end than apache 180 as power has increased to 18.1 bhp pulsar is very very fast from 0 to 100

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tama January 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

i think have nt drive a well maintaind rtr, ya pulsar do hav a gud power bt rtr is far much bttr dan pulsar..it reaches 100 at around 6 secs n while racing u shud hear da engine roars like a lion.. U may loose cntrl in pulsar bt nt in rtr.. Ya pulsar is much smoother dan rtr..apache is an awesome bike dats y its rtr- racing throttle response.. Dnt compare rtr with pulsar 180. It cums in comparison to 220

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wajju January 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

I do own apache RTR180 (Black).Awesome bike which i have ever experienced till now.Though ido accept the vibrations probs, but not the major one.You can reduce the vibrations ,by giving your bike to the service on time.You just need to take care of (Back mudguard,Silencer guard,Front wiser,etc)by tightning these ,you will never feel much vibrations in ur bike.Its looks really good in BLACK.And yes one more thing that,my RTR gives me much pleasure ride & it gives me mileage of 40-42*/ltr in city & around 45/ltr on highways,bcuse it depends on riding qualty in city.The main thing which i enjoy its “roar”& believe me,its really awesome.

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venkatesh February 27, 2012 at 3:56 pm

yes, it is very good bike,,,, when i see it on roads ,, i like to stole it,, i will purchase itt ,, huh hu ,, i like white,, its look like monstor

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nvs April 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm

@all recently purchased p180 in black colour 2012 model
previously i was using rtr 180 2009 model.love to got my new vfm
all reviewers says rtr 180 is better than p180 in performance
yes i agree with that but it is very slightly better than p180 due to low wt only
the one who says rtr 180 is comparable to 220 p is biased towards rtr.actually my bro has p220 f n he purchased that one in 2009 the fastest indian.rtr 180 is no match for 220.220 is very fast
p180 is 147 kg heavier why my old rtr weighs 137 kgs
10 kgs lesser after riding rtr 180 for 3 years my experience says that it is a good bike but one hesitates on top speed at rtr
the top end is 125 kmph speedo but it is no more than 117 kmph as apache console is power packed with ht systems in which 1 in 10 error occur
p180 is thriller at high speeds than rtr 180.
provides high fuel efficiency than rtr
my vote for both of them

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Palash November 26, 2012 at 11:59 am

I want apache rtr 180ABS…..white colour..i like it so much

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