Our long-term RTR 160 modified a few fingers earlier than it got here to me. I’m not one who spends his weekends on the saddle of a bike or on any saddle for that matter. I, as an alternative, spend it sat on the ground of my storage in Dahanu, tinkering with a few of my automobiles that want fixing. Whereas my biker colleagues don’t have an issue with that, they do have one with how I select get to my hometown Dahanu from Mumbai – the practice.
I’ve all the time discovered the practice to be extra handy than a two-wheeler. However my two-wheeler again then was a fuel-guzzling, remapped 390 Duke with its suspension adjusted to the stiffest setting. My colleagues, nonetheless, assured me that the RTR 160 4V is a distinct bike altogether. It’s the good mixture of a docile commuter and sporty street-naked, and I’ve achieved sufficient kilometres on it within the metropolis to inform they weren’t mendacity. Understanding this, and the truth that I might find yourself being the butt of all of the ‘faux biker’ jokes, I set out on my first freeway stint on the 160.
A part of my route (from Mumbai to Charoti) features a stretch standard amongst superbike house owners in Mumbai, and is known as the ‘Charoti GP’ due to its extensive, straight and easy roads. What I realised instantly was how this 160 didn’t lose steam accelerating to 105kph, and the way glad it was cruising at that velocity.
The driving place on the RTR was spot-on for the journey. Not as soon as did I discover myself repositioning my physique – one thing I find yourself doing on some bikes with very sporty ergonomics. Relaxation assured, this doesn’t take away from the dealing with capabilities of this machine; it was so confidence-inspiring that I took one of many standard high-speed corners at nearly the identical velocity as I do on my 390 Duke, and that’s excessive reward for a bike that additionally doubles as a commuter. Some credit score additionally goes to the TVS Remora tyres on the bike.
The RTR did all of this whereas returning a gasoline effectivity of 38kpl, and this implies it isn’t much more costly than the first-class practice tickets I purchase. However I didn’t take this trip for the sake of comfort (nothing beats the practice in Mumbai for that). I did this to see if it could be enjoyable, and the bike actually proved itself by placing a smile on my face – one which was sufficiently big to miss all the things else, like giving in and letting my colleagues know they had been proper all alongside. I’m additionally impressed that the bike reveals no indicators of ageing, with even its bare-metal elements remaining shiny as ever.