TVS have retained the double cradle frame of the old Apache but it’s now a split cradle. TVS also said that they have worked on the already capable chassis to make it stiffer still. Telescopic front forks are 37 mm in diameter and TVS have ditched the twin shock absorbers at the rear in favour of a KYB monoshock. Around the lone long bumpy right hander at the end of the straight on the test track, the bike feels composed and at ease. Tip it in and the bike just tracks your chosen line through the turn. Flick it onto its left for the exit back onto the long straight and again there’s no sensation of being unsettled. Clearly, the new Apache RTR 200 4V retains the old motorcycles’ sweet handling nature. The suspension set up too is rewarding as it is soft enough to cushion the bumps and yet stiff enough to prevent the bike from wallowing all over the place.
The Apache gets two choices for tyres as well. You can of course get a pair of Pirellis (90/90 R17 Speed Demon up front and 130/709 R17 Angel GT at the rear) or you can opt for the specially developed TVS Remora tyres. In terms of outright grip there is of course a difference between the Pirellis and the Remoras but the difference isn’t too stark.