TVS to Produce Earlier Version of Apache RTR

by Naren on February 24, 2013

The Apache RTR is one of the successful products from South India based TVS Motors. The brand is actually an outcome of TVS Racing, which has given life to many budding racers in the Indian sub – continent. The team paid a lot of attention at the time of Apache’s launch and to an extent, their efforts did not go waste. Initially, the company launched the Apache which was then re – branded as Apache RTR. The latest facelift was given for the Apache series in the month of April 2012. The facelift were completely cosmetic with major changes in the head – lamp scoops and the Air Intake side vents along the fuel tank.


This change was not appreciated by most of the RTR users and fans and this in turn made the enthusiasts to by bikes pertaining to other brands. In fact, we’d a lot of users complaining about this in out forum. A few of the users even headed on to the showrooms and made the dealers supply old stocks of Apache RTR series which they considered better looking than the new version.

Now, the great news we gave for all Apache lovers is that TVS has understood the mistake that the company committed in the form of a facelift. TVS has temporarily halted the production of the newer version of Apache RTR series (Update: We got communication from TVS that the new model production has not been halted.) and has started producing the earlier version which was much appreciated for its styling aspect.


But what we are not too sure is ‘Will TVS permanently phase out the production of newer version of the RTR?’ Also, is TVS trying to understand the customer’s perspective on Apache RTR series by temporarily coming up with the older version?  We’ve no words on these questions yet.

Whatever be the case, this is certainly a good news worth rejoicing. We hope this will make TVS get an edge when it comes to sales figures.

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Ram Charan Tej February 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

I’m the first person to buy it, if TVS re-launches the older version.. Since I’m a big fanboy of older version which looks more stylish than the newer one.. The newer is Bakwaas.. However finally TVS realized that how ugly is the newer one..


nikhil badhe February 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

i think the update would have been more appreciated if they had plonked a bigger 200cc engine into it. Pulsar and Ktm are eating the market share as they are better machine.TVS is very slow in introducing new bikes and technology even after investing so much into r&d and they dont have good service centers as compared to honda and bajaj.


rizu February 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm

they have very good service than bajaj and honda!


Akash February 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Long live TVS . . . . . . I also don’t like the newer facelift with pulsar looking apache…


Faann February 24, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Good choice.


true February 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Instead of changing the styling of the whole bike, TVS should have only incorporated the LED pilot lights in old RTR. Except for those LED lights, even the new front cowl is bad-looking. The old front cowl and headlight looks good, just put in the LED pilot lights.


true February 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

And the Apache would do better with a slight height and length increase too.


rizu February 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

i have latest rtr and i love it! dealers are selling both the models and if u want a old modal rtr u should make the booking and after a 5-7 days they will delivery ur bike :) when i bought my bike i asked about this to a salesperson!


faisal February 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

See the bike in person, it looks good.


rizu February 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

i love the works on new apache and i touch the engine in free hand after running it for 15 min its new aerodynamic helps to reduce the engine heat and new carbon fiber works in the tank and cowl :) and the new beast eyes looks great!


Akash February 25, 2013 at 10:45 pm

I want job in tvs’ r&d


Jay February 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm

The sticker updates are for Hero motors, not for TVS. Audience look at TVS as performance machine. If TVS had brought 200+cc engine with the recent upgrades then situation would have been very positive for them.


D.V. February 27, 2013 at 3:38 am

Tvs apache rtr facelift version is better than the olone. The new facelift version turns every head of any person walking on road or driver of the expensive car due to its led day time running led. It attract any person easily on road. The facelift version is better in everyway it too turns the head of the bajaj pulsar driver and make them like a driver driving splendor :-P Now you will think why I am saying so because my head too turns when apache facelift version go through near me. I like the facelift version very much B-)


D.V. February 27, 2013 at 3:55 am

The facelift version of tvs apache is better than every motorcycle on indian roads. It make the pulsar driver feel uncomfortable passing through it so pulsar drivers suck a d**k. The facelift version of apache makes every head turns on road while seeing it, the expensive car driver too turns their head whenever they see this bike. Tvs apache facelift’s led day time running lights make you elegant on road means sab sai alag on road. So please tvs company don’t stop producing facelift version of apache because you are the first indian company in india which have day time running led lights on motorcycles and whole apache rtr body is designed in india which makes you a real indian motorcycles maker. (Infact the bajaj pulsar body is designed in japan)


Pramod March 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

Even if look of the bike is a matter of personal choice, majourity’s perception can not go wrong. It certainly looks like a cheap after market make looks horrible in the Black with Green graphics on…coming to LED day running by no means can trun somebody’s head as somebody told since you can have it installed in any bike if you spend very little model of Leyland Dost comes with a day running LED.

The new model is a head turner and the heads turn out of surprise as to how TVS can mess up with a very good looking and agreesive design to such a ridiculous one.


Pramod March 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

Out of my owneship experience with RTR 160 and 180 ABS I feel the machine is quite capable but what TVS need to work on is the vibrations creeping at any gear in any rpm which spoils the show. It was having bad road grip and wheel tend to lock easily, which was taken care by introducing the ABS ( kudos to TVS as this is the first Indian bike to come with ABS).

When comparing with P220, the reliability factor of TVS parts was not found anything great( Infact The disc pads and disc itsef of P220 was found more durable, atleast to me) and Pulsar parts are damn cheaper.Service intervals are big for Bajaj(talking abt 220, dont know abt other models), so less maintanance cost.Bajaj’s cust care responds are the best of all brands and I need to say that if somebody’s complaint is not attended to in 12 hours, it will be escalated to Mr. Rahul Bajaj himself.
In a nut shell, if TVS has to stay in the market, they need to make sure that maintenance is less expensive, parts are always available, apart from introducing new models with superior technologies.


ashish August 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

this is very comfortable who is stunting this will stop in seconds this is fabulous this is my best bike i will going to purchase IT this is my dream


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