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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Carb: 3,900km Long Term Report


Little Red visits the service centre for periodic maintenance

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TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Carb

After a fair share of road trips, it was time for our long-term Apache RTR 160 4V to visit a service centre for its periodic maintenance. And since ours is a ‘media bike’, it doesn't follow the standard service schedule of getting a free first and second service and so on. Instead, it gets a fix-all-issues service in which the bike gets an oil-change, chain cleaning, etc. and the technicians fix all issues reported by us. If you’ve been following my reports, you'll know by now that the bike had a cold-start issue and was holding higher revs than normal once the engine got up to temperature. Both of these issues were reported to the service centre and here’s what happened.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Carb

It was a little difficult to explain to the technician on how the bike was holding a higher rpm at idle (close to 3000rpm at times). I even tried enquiring as to why this problem was occurring and was met with a standard reply: “We will check and get back to you.” The other issue of cold-starts was reported again too, but we had little hopes of getting it fixed. Additionally, this time around, the battery warning indicator lit up on the instrument console, which they made a note of in the job card as well.

I collected the bike the next day around the same time I dropped it the day before, and it was waiting for me all clean and polished. I took a quick test ride on which it became apparent that the bike was running on new oil. Riding it for a longer duration revealed that the rpm-holding issue was taken care of as well. The battery indicator too seemed to have been fixed and everything looked tip-top again. The cold start issue still bugs me once in a while, but apart from that, I’ve had no complaints.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Carb

What I liked about the whole experience was the constant communication from the service centre. I received text messages when the bike was taken in, one message when the servicing was done, a call for pickup and then a feedback call a day later. The service centre even had a glass partition between the servicing bay and the customer lounge from where one could watch the work being done on their two-wheeler.

TVS Apache RTR 160 4V Carb

Now comes the cost of service. Like I mentioned, this wasn't a standard service and hence, I cannot comment whether it is equivalent to a second or third service for a regular bike. But the total cost for the oil change as well as other periodic maintenance (no replacement) came out to Rs 776. The last time we did an oil and oil filter change and were billed Rs 912.

As of now, the bike is running well but the low-beam filament in the headlight has stopped working. I will be getting that replaced in a couple of days and will mention the cost in the next report. Stay tuned and ride safe!

  • Acquired month: April 2018
  • Acquired km: 600km
  • Km till date: 3,900km

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  • Abhijit Jadhav | 5 months ago My experience with TVS service centre was quite good. They were eager to solve my problems and provided me with good tips. I visited their mumbai (Malad). I guess it depends upon service centre you visit. ...Read More 1 Reply
    abhay | 9 months ago Bike is fabulous but if we talk about service so I don't find good service and gud sense of humour even workers were not paying attention towards customer. Specially rajapuri dynamic service centre it's ...Read More 0 Reply
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