2020 TVS Apache 2004V Reviewed
Could it get any better?
Apache RTR 2004v was one of the most capable and value for money 200cc street bike in its segment when it was first launched back in 2016
And now after the government imposed the shift to bs6 norms for better emissions just like every other manufacturer TVS had to make their bike bs6 compliant
And in January 2020 so they did
They launched bs6 compliant Apache 2004v
Although unlike other bikes that have gone through bs6 change lost some power and gained a few numbers on their price tag TVS has managed to keep the horsepower numbers intact but did lose some torque, 1 NM's to be exact. But tvs has made sure to make up for this loss by adding a tonne of new features like GTT, RLP, Lean angle mood, Bluetooth connectivity with ride telemetry, navigation, call, and SMS notification
Engine and Gearbox
2004v is powered by a 200cc engine that produces 20hp and 17nm of torque that's mated with a 5-speed race-inspired slipper clutch which is capable of doing 0-60 kph in 4.0 sec and 100 happens under 13 secs .
This bike has a nice low end which really helps in the city conditions couple that with GTT(glide through traffic) riding 2004v in the city is a piece of cake and on the highway, the engine is relaxed and stressfree doing triple digits although it would have been nice if the gearbox had an extra cog for better efficiency and top speed, having 6th gear would have been really beneficial on the highway.
Even though in a straight line it lacks behind Bajaj's ns200 and KTM's Duke 200 but that's not what this bike is good at, It's been tuned and developed by TVS on the track for some serious cornering action.
Man This Bike Devours Corners Like A Hungry Tiger On Its Prey
As cheesy as it sounds and out of context but I just can't help but applaud this bike's cornering abilities it takes a corner without any hesitance with the sharp front end it leans into the corner immediately without losing much speed and holds its line throughout the corner without being nervous which really inspires a lot of confidence in the rider to carry more speed through the corner and the rear offers so much grip that you can exit a corner with full throttle without losing traction and when you're done with your corner craving session and it's time to head back home it's comfortable and easy to maneuver around the city even on a bad road suspension does a great job of dampening huge bumps. Even though the suspension is setup up on the stiffer side ride quality is really compliant in normal riding conditions.
As I have always said in my article looks are subjective and every other human being has a different taste.
But for me, in particular, I really love naked street fighters and I am completely biased when I say I really love the way this bike looks , Maybe I don't really like the new alienesque headlight but its unique and definitely turns head.
Its a bike with very few flaws and does almost everything a street bike does with the handling prowess of a sports bike, right now there aren't many bikes that offer such balance between ride and handling in the same price.