TVS Motors has kept its promise and launched the ABS-enabled version of Apache RTR 180. The bike maker decided to produce it mass scale after the concept (at 2010 Auto Expo) evoked huge response.
The flagship brand of the Chennai based two-wheeler major Apache RTR 180 ABS will take the credit of being first Indian bike to come with the ABS technology.
The company announced that the bike will be offered at select dealerships during initial phase (maybe to check the bikers’ pulse and get reviews of its performance) and comes in one color option of white with orange decals.
The ABS can be switched on and off depending on the requirement (it makes no sense to have it on for bumper-to-bumper traffic when the speed of the bike will be under the 40 kmph mark) through a button mated in the instrument cluster.
TVS have had the ABS system made by Continental AG and the bike comes with another feature called Rear-wheel Lift-off Protection (RLP). The technology prevents rear wheel from lift off the road during sudden braking events and releases the brake pressure in the front when RLP feature senses rear wheel lift off to keep the rear wheel grounded.
Now it is a matter of time and Indian bikers will have to resort to advanced safety technology features and innovations to capture the market share.
The Apache RTR 180 ABS comes with price tag (ex-showroom New Delhi) of Rs.78,880 and it is about Rs. 9k costlier than the Apache non-ABS version.