TVS Apache RTR 200 4V creates record for reaching the highest altitude
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TVS Motor Company announced that its premium performance commuter, the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V has entered the Limca Book of Records for its ‘Quest for the highest’ campaign.
As a part of the campaign, a six-member team riding on four TVS Apache RTR 200 4V motorcycles scaled 21,524 feet in the Rupshu Valley (Ladakh) to create a new world record of the “Highest Altitude ever reached by a motorcycle.” Santanu Roychowdhury, Subrato Boral, Manas Sen, Achinta Saha, Indradeb Chatterjee and Srikrishna Biswas from North Calcutta Disha Motorcycling Club participated in this feat. They successfully broke the previous world record of 21,233 feet, set in the Atakama range of Mt. Andes.
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The team, onboard the four TVS Apache RTR 200 4V motorcycles, rode through the tricky Himalayan terrain, covering a total of 1,612 km, including Manali; Sarchu (14,700 feet); Tsokar (14860 feet), and Korzok (14836 feet) to set up a base camp in Kyirchu (15110 feet). On August 29, 2016, the team successfully scaled the summit, battling torrid weather, rocky and icy terrain along with the high-altitude. Upon scaling the summit, the team hoisted the Biswa Bangla flag and the Indian tricolour at Chamser Kangri in Ladakh.
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V motorcycles were equipped with special off-road tyres for this mission. The mag wheels were changed to spokes wheel measuring 18 inches at the front; and 16 inches at the rear. TVS says the suspension was also tuned to suit and tackle the harsh terrain of the Himalayas. The submission to Limca Book of Records was made in December 2016; and the jury adjudged them winner of the new world record in April 2018.