TVS Apache 150 – Review, issues and problems

TVS Apache 150 : A ‘ME TOO’ from TVS Motors

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Apache150 looks like fat red bull! The length is relatively low for 150CC segment. Img cedit: TVS

Apache 150 comes as the successor to Fiero, an established motorbike from TVS Motors for many years. To step in to the shoes of Fiero and take the legacy forward isn’t a small task, but Apache 150 somehow seems to have the stuff to meet the expectations of TVS loyalists.

Fiero being an old lion unable to hunt on its own, TVS Motors had to come out with something really appealing and attractive to woo prospective customers.  Bajaj Pulsar and Honda Unicorn were ruling 150cc premium class, and TVS couldn’t have ignored the tremendous potential in the segment. So born the Apache 150. The Research and Development team must have had a testing time to try and deliver a bike to match up to the standards and performance of these established players in the market. Sorry folks, you guys have missed a few links which we will discuss as we go on. Lets talk about the engine and other stuff now.

Technical Specifications:

Engine & Transmission

  • 4 Stroke  air cooled 147.5cc engine,
  •  Max power        : 13.5bhp@8500rpm
  • Max Torque       : 12.3Nm@6000rpm
  • Bore & Stroke   : 57mm x 57.8 mm
  • Compression    : 9.5:1
  •  Ignition               : Dual mode digital ignition
  • 5speed constant mesh transmission

 Suspension & Brakes

  • Front Suspension : 105 mm stroke Telescopic Forks
  • Rear Suspension   :  Monotube Inverted Gas filled shox (MIG)
  • Front Brake              : 240mm Disc
  • Rear Brake                : 130mm Drum

Road Test Report

I recently happened to go on a 60km stretch on an Apache150. I had given my vehicle for servicing and was told by my boss to hand over a parcel to our esteemed Client who contributes to the majority of Company’s revenues. I borrowed my friend’s Apache150 which is just a month old. Two birds in one shot. Duty and test drive in one go! I took off. Let me share my riding experience here with you guys.

Pickup & Ride Quality

Initial pick up was very impressive as I clocked 60kmph in no time. Smooth gear shifting. But riding wasn’t that comfortable, blame it on the seating position and slightly less height of the bike. Once I crossed the city limits, pulled the accelerator to touch 80kmph. Bike was steady, no sign of any vibes.

Breaking & Control

Breaking was ok. Front Disc and rear drum brakes offer good controlling of the bike. It took about 10 seconds (approximately) in getting the machine to standstill from a speed of 65. Just to check the braking at a higher speed, I dared applying brakes when the speed was 95. Apache 150  doesn’t score great here. A bit messy, and a do not try without experts’ guidance thing. Guess you guys have got what I am trying to say here.

Wobble & Vibration

When I crossed 90 KMPS, the machine hinted a slight vibration. I reckon one should not cross 75kmph on an Apache150 to have a safe ride. I tried crossing 100kmph just to have a feel as to how the bike behaves. Nope. It was not a good idea!

Mileage

Let me not touch the fuel efficiency aspect this time. It would be wrong on my part to give an opinion on this issue since I was riding the bike at a higher speed than one is supposed to do to check the mileage. My friend told me it gives him a mileage around 45kmpl (approximately) in city limits, which is decent considering the traffic conditions and frequent gear changing that takes place.

Verdict

Overall speaking, I feel the bike lacks in a few areas compared to its nearest competition.  Bajaj Pulsar or a CB Honda Unicorn should be a better pick. The design is too simple to stand out.

So I have given my honest opinion about Apache150. Now its your money and your choice. Happy and safe riding. Cheers.

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