KTM 390 Duke & RC OUTSELL the TVS Apache RR 310 fully-faired motorcycle

TVS launched the much awaited Apache RR 310 in December 2017. The fully-faired motorcycle is the most expensive product from TVS and is priced at Rs. 2.05 lakh. The latest sales data shows that TVS sold only 242 units of the Apache RR 310 in January. The KTM 390 Duke and RC, on the other hand, had 1,041 customers in the same period.

There is no separate data for the RC 390, which is the fully faired version of the 390 Duke and is a direct competitor of the Apache RR310 in India. The KTM 390 Duke is priced at Rs. 2.39 lakh while the RC 390 is priced at Rs. 2.25 lakh in the market. The RC gets a basic console while the 390 Duke gets a full TFT console with Bluetooth support, making it much more expensive than the fully-faired model.

The TVS Apache RR310 is powered by a single-cylinder 310cc engine. It reverses inclined mounted on the bike and gets liquid-cooling and fuel injection. The engine churns out a maximum of 34 Bhp – 28 Nm and it has been co-developed with BMW. The bike gets 6-speed manual transmission but there is no slipper clutch. The ABS is also standard but it cannot be switched off.

The 390 Duke is powered by a 373 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that generates a maximum of 43 Bhp at 9,000 rpm and 37 Nm at 7,000 rpm. It gets a 6-speed gearbox which has a slipper clutch. The also gets full LED headlamps, switchable ABS and a full TFT console that gets Bluetooth connectivity and shows notifications from the smartphone on the display.

TVS plans to sell around 10,000 units of the Apache RR310 annually but the January dispatch figures are way low than planned. It can be because of the low production of the bike. Also, the bike is yet to roll out in many cities in India, which may take some time. So the Apache RR310 is not running at full steam right now. It may take a few months before the Apache RR 310 settles down in the market with a steady sales figure.