New TVS Apache 160 Review – Does it have enough to be the best?

Disclaimer – The manufacturer (TVS Motor Company) has blacklisted Rushlane from it’s events/rides as a consequence of decisions based on restrictive practices. The review is a firsthand experience report from the ride/study notes of Rushlane contributor/source.



RTR160 – The first RTR that was ever made. How did this come into existence one may ask, it’s fairly simple. TVS Racing took 1st gen Apache 150 and reworked on the engine, chassis, brakes and everything you can think of. What did we gain? The fastest, sportiest and sharpest motorcycle in the 150-160 cc segment. With 15.2 bhp power it was still the most powerful motorcycle in it’s segment until the Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 came out last year in 2017.

But guess what? It had been 10 years or more since it actually got any mechanical updates. Hats off to the engineers who designed this machine which could keep up with the competition for 10 long years, yet still it sells 25,000 units a month on an avg! Isn’t that amazing? During these 10 years though, the competition did mechanically get a lot of updates. Say for example the FZ got a V2 with Fuel Injection, the Gixxer got Fuel Injection with ABS and a lot more.



TVS needed to revive its Apache 160 brand to be the segment leader once again and unsurprisingly we all did know they would bring the 160 4V after the 200 4V, just that we did not know when? Comes March 2018 and TVS decides to unveil the all new RTR 160 4V. Everyone was excited as this was one of the sportiest motorcycles, and the new one obviously had to be better to keep the name up high on top. So did it? Keep reading.


Based on the Draken Concept, TVS lanched the Apache 200. And now based on the same design language, Apache 160 is launched. Compared to the Apache 200, the 160 is a little more subtle and commuter friendly. For example, 160 has a big flat seat, that is really appreciated in this segment. The front resembles the RTR 200 4V, it is only from the side that you start to realize that this is not the Apache 200.

Apache 160 

The rear subframe is lower, however TVS claims this chassis is 27% more rigid than any of the competitors. The lower subframe means lower seat height for the pillion and what a blessing that is! The lights are the same, the cluster as well. The seat and the rear panel are changed on the 160 4v as compared to the 200 4V.

Overall, the bike looks grown up, muscular and edgy. The fat rear tyre, unlike the Pulsar NS160 gives it a macho look. That definitely gives it a big bike feel and a more upmarket look.


The RTR 160 4V has the same bore and stroke (62mm X 52.9mm) as the older RTR 160. However this time the head is a 4V unit and the compression ratio has been bumped upto 10.15:1 now. The air and fuel is fed either with the help of carburetor or a new Bosch sources Fuel injection system. The power has substantially gone up to 16.8 PS for the FI and 16.5 PS for the carb variant, however the torque remains identical on both – 14.8 Nm.


Now one may think the FI unit should be quicker here, right? But that’s not the case. The carb variant is actually faster to 60kmph and even to the 100kmph mark. The power delivery on the carb variant is punchy, while on the FI variant it is very linear. The refinement though is better on the FI variant. The engine also gets an oil cooler this time, which circulates and cools the engine oil. Obviously the cooler the engine runs, the better it performs. TVS claims they got all of these experiences from their racing division.

Speaking about engine refinement – The least refined engine in the segment becomes the most refined engine in the segment now. There is a slight buzz at 9500 RPM but that irons out when the engine revvs beyond that all the way until the 11500 RPM where the limiter finally comes in. The engine is the most powerful in the segment.

Braking and Handling


The RTR has the same setup of brakes carried over from the last generation 160. Same 270mm roto petal disc at the front and 200mm roto petal disc at the rear. The bite is good and so is the feedback, but then it wouldn’t hurt TVS to update this setup to a bigger front disc. It does the job, so that’s absolutely fine. Mind you, there’s no ABS on offer even as an option.The rear disc is the same unit used on the RTR160 Dual Disc variant and there’s nothing new here. It just works, nothing fancy here either.

Coming to the handling department, the RTR160 4V is the new segment benchmark. With the new single piece handlebar which is a nice departure from the low set clip on to the “Showa” made and tuned 33mm forks and monoshock. The handle is lower than that of the RTR200 4V and gives the bike more leverage in corners as well.

The new Showa tuned suspension is just phenomenal. The balance that it strikes is something all manufacturers should learn. The bike tips in the corner and remains really planted now, thanks to the 130 section tyres and the monoshock. The wheelbase also increased by 57mm which now stands at 1357mm. The foorpegs are set high, so they dont scrape either.

Exhaust Note

Tech Specs

EngineSI, 4 stroke, Oil cooled


Cylinder arrangementSingle, Vertical

Power FI16.8 PS @ 8000 rpm

Power Carb16.5 PS @8000 rpm

Torque FI / CARB14.8 Nm @ 6500 rpm

FI UnitBosch- Closed loop

Carb UnitUCAL/ Keihin VE CT6[A]

Power to Weight Ratio0.0843 kW/kg

Cooling systemOil cooler with Ram air assist

MufflerTwin pipe and twin barrel design

Transmission5 Speed

Front SuspensionTelescopic Forks

Rear SuspensionMonoshock

Top Speed FI114 kmph

Top Speed Carb113 kmph

0-60 kmph FI4.8 sec

0-60 kmph Carb4.73 sec

0-100 kmph FI16.6 sec

0-100 kmph Carb15.9 sec

FrameDouble cradle Split Synchro STIFF

Headlamp FIAHO 12V, 60/55W H4 bulb

Headlamp CarbAHO 12V, 35/35W HS1 bulb

TaillampLED – 1W/ 2.5 W

Front Tyre90/90-17 49P Tubeless

Rear Tyre FI130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless

Rear Tyre Carb Drum110/80-17 57P Tubeless

Rear Tyre Carb Disc130/70-17 M/C 62P Tubeless

Front Brake270 mm Petal Disc

Rear BrakeDrum (130 mm)/ Disc (200 mm Petal)

L x W x H FI2035 X 790 X 1050 mm

L x W x H Carb2050 X 790 X 1050 mm

Saddle Height800 mm

Wheelbase1357 mm

Ground Clearance180 mm

Kerb Wt147 kg

Fuel Tank12 liters



The new Apache 160 is an evolution rather than a revolution. The motorcycle lives upto it’s name and also overcomes it’s short comings of the previous generation motorcycle. The motorcycle is refined, easy to ride and mostly amazing to look at. We think these are the ingredients which make or break a motorcycle in this segment and this has definitely ticked the right boxes.

Priced at Rs 81,490 for the base Carb with rear drum brake, Rs 84,500 for the Carb with front rear disc brake and Rs 89,990 for the FI variant with front and rear disc brake, we think it is better than some rivals, but not the best in the segment yet.

Honda Activa 5G


The Honda Activa 5G is the fifth generation model of the super popular automatic scooter in India. The new Activa 5G takes forward the USPs of the previous model with the addition of new features to make it a more desirable offering. One of the most prominent changes on the new Honda Activa 5G is the new LED headlamp that is a segment first feature. The scooter also gets new colour options and hence, the customer now gets more options to choose from when it comes to the choice of shades. The new Activa also gets features like a mobile charger, service reminder and a lot more. The new Honda Activa 5G can be yours in India at a price of Rs 52,460 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Honda Activa 5G Bike Key Features

Full LED headlamp

Digital analog instrument cluster

Generous underseat storage with mobile charger


  • New LED headlamp
  • Mobile charging provision
  • New digital-analog instrument cluster


  • Poor suspension
  • Some rivals offer more features at similar price

Honda Activa 5G Variant Specifications

PowertrainDisplacementPowerTorqueTransmissionGearsCylinderValves Per CylinderFuel TypeFuel Tank CapacityCerified Fuel EfficiencyFuel Delivery SystemClutchFront BrakeRear BrakeTyres SizeWheel SizeFront SuspensionRear Suspension




  • Honda Activa 5G STD 
    Rs 52,460 *109.1989AutomaticN/A12Petrol5.345CarburetorV - MaticDrumDrumN/ASpokeSpring Loaded Hydraulic TypeSpring Loaded Hydraulic Type  
  • Honda Activa 5G DLX 
    Rs 54,325 *109.1989AutomaticN/A12Petrol5.345CarburetorV - MaticDrumDrumN/ASpokeSpring Loaded Hydraulic TypeSpring Loaded Hydraulic Type  



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Honda Activa 5G Design and Build

The new Honda Activa 5G looks essentially the same as its predecessor. The automatic scooter retains its silhouette and there is hardly any change in this regard since the first model that was launched over one and a half decades back. The new model now gets chrome accents on the apron that makes it feel more premium than before. Also, the new LED headlamp not only look good but offer better illumination in the dark.

Honda Activa 5G Riding Ergonomics

The riding position of the new Honda Activa 5G is exactly the same as the previous generation model. The scooter offers an upright posture and hence, you will not feel tired even after spending a considerably longer time on the saddle. There is a decent amount of legroom on the floorboard and hence, you can place your feet comfortably while riding.

Honda Activa 5G Engine

The new 2018 Honda Activa 5G gets the same 109cc, BS-IV compliant engine from the previous generation model. The refined motor is good for delivering 8 hp of power and 9 Nm of torque and it is mated to an automatic gearbox. With this setup, the scooter hits a top speed of 83kmph.

Honda Activa 5G Transmission

The scooter comes mated to an automatic transmission and hence, you do not need to change gears every now and then. This offers convenience to riders especially females.

Honda Activa 5G Braking and Safety

The new 2018 Honda Activa 5G gets 130mm drum brakes at both ends just like the previous generation model. These work fine and have a good feedback.

Honda Activa 5G Mileage

The new 2018 Honda Activa 5G offers a mileage of close to 45 kmpl in real world riding conditions. The scooter gets a 5.3-litre fuel tank and hence, you get a range of 240 km once you top up the tank upto its brim.