TVS has finally announced the long-anticipated TVS Apache RR 310, and our experts who have reviewed it, say it's quite brilliant! But how will it fare against its Austrian and Japanese rivals? Let’s take a look
The newly launched TVS Apache RR 310 packs the same engine that is seen on the BMW G 310 R. This 312cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine produces 34PS of power and a peak torque of 27.3Nm. The 2017 KTM RC 390, on the other hand, packs a now BS-IV compliant 375cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. This powerplant churns out 43.5PS of power and 36Nm of torque. Lastly, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 uses a 296cc DOHC parallel-twin engine which punches out 39PS of power and 27Nm of torque.
All three motorcycles here use a 6-speed gearbox to handle transmission duties. From the numbers, we can say that the KTM RC 390 is easily the punchiest of the lot, followed by the Kawasaki Ninja 300. But bear in mind, the latter offers only 5PS more than the TVS bike, despite having an extra cylinder.
The Apache RR 310 is the first TVS motorcycle to get LED headlamps. The pointy tail at the back houses unique LED taillamps shaped like devil’s horns. It also gets a fully digital, vertically laid out instrument cluster that displays the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, two trip metres, fuel gauge, fuel consumption, clock and a 0-60kmph timer, top speed recorder and lap timer. The Apache RR 310 also comes equipped with raised clip-on handlebars for a comfortable, yet sporty riding position. For safety, dual-channel ABS is standard here which is a welcome addition.
KTM has retained the same LED DRLs and headlamp along with LED tail lights setup from the older RC. Along with it, the RC 390 also retains the same LCD display unit from its predecessor. However, the 2017 model received a host of features like a slipper clutch, for aggressive downshifts and ride-by-wire throttle technology for enhanced throttle control. The KTM bike is the only motorcycle in this segment to feature ride-by-wire technology. It also comes with ECVAP (Evaporative Emission Control System), which prevents fuel vapours from the tank from escaping into air, thus helping reduce fuel loss. In terms of safety, ABS is standard here as well.
Unlike its competition, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 does not get the LED treatment, either for the headlight nor the taillamp. What it gets though, is an analogue tachometer, with a small digital console that displays the speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer and clock. The Ninja 300 comes with an assist and slipper clutch, which results in a lighter lever pull while operating the clutch. However, it misses out on ABS, which is offered as standard on its competition.
Along with the engine, TVS has also employed the same trellis frame that is seen on the BMW G 310 R. However, the rear subframe is modified to suit the RR 310's sporty riding posture. The suspension duties here are handled by KYB inverted forks at the front and a preload adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. Braking is taken care of by a 300mm front petal disc and a 240mm rear petal disc. The RR 310's 17-inch alloys are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres (front - 110/70 R17 and rear - 150/60 R17). The saddle of the Apache RR 310 sits at 810mm, with the bike tipping the scale at 169.5kg of kerb weight.
The KTM RC 390 utilises a trellis frame chassis as well, just like its predecessor. The suspension duties here are handled by WP USD forks at the front and WP monoshock at the back. In terms of braking, the RC 390 uses a 320mm front disc brake and a 230mm rear disc. KTM has used (110/70 ZR17 - front and 150/60 ZR17 - back) Metzeler tyres for the RC 390. Due to the side-mounted exhaust, thanks to the BS-IV compliance, the 2017 RC 390 now tips the scale at 170kg (kerb), with a saddle height of 820mm.
Kawasaki has employed a diamond type steel frame for the Ninja 300. It misses out on inverted forks and instead opts for 37mm telescopic front forks and a gas-charged monoshock unit at the back, which is 5-way preload adjustable. The braking here is handled by a 290mm petal disc at the front and a 220mm petal disc at the rear. The wheels of the Ninja are wrapped with IRC tyres (front - 110/70 17, rear - 140/70 17). The saddle of the Ninja 300 sits the lowest at 785mm. Moreover, at 172kg (kerb) the bike is also the heaviest of the lot.
The TVS Apache RR 310 has been priced at Rs 2.05 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), with bookings schedule to start in the next couple of days. The KTM RC 390, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 2.29 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Kawasaki Ninja 300 carries a premium price tag of Rs 3.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). On paper, the KTM RC 390 scores high on the value-for-power front, while the Ninja 300 is the costliest and the Apache offers a plethora of features and is the most affordable too.
However, it still remains to be seen how these three fare against each other on the tarmac? Watch this space to find out.
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