The TVS Apache Rtr has been a favorite amongst bikers in India. TVS has enjoyed massive success in the Indian automotive sector owing to the performance that the motorcycle packs. Weighing in only at 139 Kgs, the bike is very light and nimble. What the bike lacks a little in refinement, makes up in the way the power is delivered to the rider.
It was this quality of the bike that appealed to Jack from Passion for Bikes customs, Bangalore. A Client has been owning the TVS Apache Rtr 180 since 2017 and has been his daily driver since then. To date, we have seen a lot of custom builds based on Royal Enfields, even Bajaj Pulsar, but this would probably be the first of the Apache Rtr 180 that we have heard of.
When Jagadish (Jack) started working on the motorcycle, he had a clear vision in his mind. He wanted the motorcycle to be a scrambler. He began by taking apart everything on the bike. The design of a scrambler is very particular. It’s flat, starting from the front of the motorcycle to the rear end of it. Owing to the shape of the tank and the seat of the Apache Rtr 180, it was a challenge to get the flat line design.
To achieve this, he started by replacing the tank of the bike with a fuel tank of the yamaha RX series. The seats are custom made to match the look. The handlebar are made wide to suit the scrambler stance. The front headlight is replaced with a all round LED with added smoked grille protection. The front fender is custom made high rise. The alloys of the stock bike is retained.
There is no major modification to the chassis, ensuring structural integrity. Only a small section of the rear frame has been modified for shortening of the seat in length, and also to make the seat thin and flat. To top all these extensive modifications, the bike receives a beautiful striking yellow patina finish.
When Jack started the project, his idea was to create and own a bike that is one of a kind. The mod is very quirky and unique, making it very attractive and the bike has turned from a road-going motorcycle to a scrambler in the truest sense. And he has managed to do this within a sum of ₹ 80,000/-.