The TVS Apache RTR180 was developed and engineered under the project name Menace, in a year's time it has become a menace to its competitors.
The basic purpose of the launch of Apache RTR 180cc in 2009 was to start a revolution in the world of racing, and also of course as a competitor to the Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTSi (its known to a baby TVS and Bajaj fight a lot in the market).
The fresh looks and ergonomics of the Menace 180cc got good reviews from experts and critics. There were initial speculations that Apache RTR 180 would give a tough competition to the already existing Yamaha R15. But, fortunately, the Indian bike market has many buyers and each consumer has different requirements, and accordingly the sales of a new entrant will either go up or down, it is but remains neutral or at equilibrium.
A neutral comparative analysis will always help the buyer to pick the right bike, because he not only gets a clear picture of various technicalities such as engine performance, mileage and of course the price differences that will make a huge difference while deciding on which bike to go for.
Most of the times the chances are that the consumer will go by the brand name and ignore the actual facts of the bike or based on some biased opinions he/she would to prefer to buy a particular bike.
Buying a bike is an investment in itself; it is not only about the monetary investment but it is also about time and effort. Here is a brief comparison between Apache RTR 180 and Yamaha R15 that will make your job simpler and easier.
When it comes to looks, the style and designing of both Apache RTR 180 and Yamaha R15 will steal onlooker's hearts. Yes, when the TVS Apache RTR 180 arrived in the markets it truly lived by its name 'Menace'. Although it followed the lines of its predecessors the hi-tech features and super-cool body graphics gives the bike a far superior look.
Yamaha R15 on the other hand has a sporty-model look that is actually a reminiscent of YZF-R series, and the bike was rolled out in all-new colors that set the bike from the usual run of the mill types.
Furthermore, the Yamaha R15 scores better in the graphics department as well. The Yamaha R15 also follows the series' philosophy of highlighting visual performance and the bike truly echoes this visual representation. If one has a keen eye for detail, one can see that if glanced from side the panels and the top surface of the tank will give the looker an idea that the gravity is kind of shifting to the front tyre. TVS Apache RTR although has good looks, poor baby she lags a lot behind in comparison to the Yamaha R15.
A 4 stroke, air-cooled 177.4cc engine will run the TVS Apache RTR 180, and the engine generates a power output of 17.3bhp @ 8500rpm and torque of 15.5Nm @ 6500rpm.
Quite the contrary, a 4 stroke, liquid-cooled 149.8cc engine runs the Yamaha R15 which generates power of 17bhp at 6500rpm and torque of 15Nm at 7500rpm. Actually, there is not much of a difference in their power output except that Yamaha produces extra torque. However one major difference is that with Yamaha there is the DiASil cylinder and the forged piston (that we find in all Yamaha super sport bikes). The aluminium cylinder and the piston enable heat dissipation and reduce the power loss of the engine due to excess heat- not only that, it also makes the bike highly fuel efficient as well. This unique feature in Yamaha R15 sets it apart from the TVS Apache RTR 180, even though the two bikes do not come in same engine capacity category.
Handling and Performance
The TVS Apache 180 RTR boasts of reaching a speed of 60 kmph from standstill in just about 4.15 seconds. It hits a top speed of 125 kmph. There is no doubt that the engine capacity of the RTR 180 is greater and it generates power of 17.3 bhp, and it is a major plus for the bike. Despite being low powered bike the Yamaha R15 still has an upper hand because the top speed recorded by the bike is 135kmph, a 149.8cc engine hitting that speed is commendable.
As coming to the handling of the bike, the Yamaha R15 is adorned with a Deltabox frame and come with monocross suspension which enables the rider great comfort while riding, as well as smooth handling and being easy while turning the vehicle. Whereas, the TVS Apache RTR 180 Menace has a longer wheelbase and the bike will be quite stable on straight roads as well as curvy ones. The aerodynamic design, the forward riding position and the pillion comfortable seating position makes a lot of difference to the riding quality of the bike. In the comfort and handling department the two bikes have their own unique features to give the rider a smooth ride.
The Yamaha R15 is a performance bike with a 150cc engine, the mileage obviously will be less so one expect around 35kmpl-45kmpl. The TVS Apache RTR 180 gives a mileage of around 39-44kmpl in the city and highway you could expect 43-48kmpl. In this regard the two bikes are almost close and there is obviously nothing much to smile about.
Color and price
The Yamaha R15 is available in quite exciting and funky colors such as the Impact Yellow, Midnight Black, Sunset Red and Racing Blue that will come priced at Rs 1,09,500. While the TVS Apache RTR 180 Menace comes in Yellow, Black, Grey and Pearl White colors for about 30k bucks less i.e., around Rs. 74,000. Yamaha seems to rank higher and outscore the TVS Apache RTR180cc in almost all departments, but it comes for a price- the R15 costing about 30,000 higher than its competitor. Well worth the price, the R15 riders will yell.
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