Bangalore Police has inducted as many as 911 TVS Apache RTR 160 motorcycles to its fleet to patrol the city. The motorcycles were flagged-off in the presence of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, and Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara. The flag-off ceremony was held at Vidhana Soudha Grand Steps.
All 911 units were in white colour with stock branding and graphics. However, the bikes were customised with Bangalore Police’s badge on the windscreen and ‘Police’ mentioned on the fuel tank. There are no sirens or walkie-talkie set visible on the TVS Apache motorcycles inducted by Bangalore Police. The new fleet replaces the Bajaj Pulsar motorcycles that the Bangalore cops previously used.
The motorcycles continue to feature all the stock features that include conventional halogen headlight with dual LED DRLs, body-coloured headlight mask and a dark windscreen. The graphics on the front fender, fuel tank and rest of the body panels have been retained in stock form. The crash guard, too, is identical to the motorcycle that is sold to regular buyers.
Speaking about the new motorcycles, Dr G Parameshwara wrote on his Twitter wall:
We are offering 911 bikes to patrol @BlrCityPolice, which is constantly working hard to deal with Bangalore's legal system. The police department immediately dispatched these vehicles to its staff to come to the aid of the upcoming New Year.
The TVS Apache RTR 160 inducted by Bangalore Police uses the stock 159.7cc, SI, 4-stroke, 2-valve, air-cooled, carburettor engine that delivers 15.12 PS of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 13.03 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The motorcycle is claimed to achieve a top speed of 110 kmph. The TVS Apache RTR 160 is the older generation model and not the RTR 160 4V that was launched in March 2018.
In other updates, TVS had announced in September that the Apache brand has crossed 3 million unit sales mark. TVS had launched the motorcycle brand in 2005. The TVS Apache range was developed after incorporating learning from TVS Racing. The Apache range includes Apache RR310, Apache RTR 160, Apache RTR 180, Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0, and the Apache RTR 160 4V.