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TVS Motor launches India's First Motorcycle with ABS Apache RTR 180 ABS


New Delhi, 11 March, 2011: Setting a precedent, for the first time in the history of the Indian two wheeler industry, TVS Motor Company is introducing ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) in its premium segment motorcycle TVS Apache RTR 180, giving the bike formidable stopping power and superior braking control that compliments its high performance capability. Now, Indian bikers can fully enjoy the capabilities of their Apache RTR 180 ABS and at the same time, experience superior levels of safety and stability. TVS Apache RTR 180 ABS can also clip-off a few seconds on a race track, thanks to late braking, faster exits and incredible stability. ABS technology is becoming more common in passenger cars but new to the Indian two wheeler industry.


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Anti-lock Braking System or ABS technology is an integration of a HECU (Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit) and Independent Wheel Speed Sensors which help determine when a wheel is likely to get locked. When the brakes are applied hard, the wheel tends to lock. At this point, the HECU takes over instantaneously and modulates the brake pressure continuously to keep the 'Apache RTR 180 ABS' in the most effective braking zone while ensuring precise maneuvers.

In simple words, sensors on the front and rear wheels independently monitor the speed of rotation at all times and can sense the risk of wheel lock whenever the brakes are applied. If the sensors communicate an impending wheel lock, the HECU modulates the braking pressure and prevents it, therefore reducing the risk of the rider losing control of his Apache. When the ignition is turned 'ON', the Apache RTR 180 ABS does an automatic self-check, which is indicated by the blinking of an LED on the console and the speed sensors monitor the wheel speed and send signals continuously to the HECU.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. H S Goindi, President - Marketing said, "We have been closely working with our technology partner, the international automotive supplier, Continental and what you see is the result of more than a year's collaborative work. Having first showcased ABS technology in a motorcycle in India, as a concept in the Auto-expo in New Delhi last year, we are proud that this concept has become a reality. ABS technology prevents skidding and assists effective braking, especially in wet and muddy road conditions while providing for sharper and shorter cornering."

The Apache RTR ABS, is also equipped with RLP (Rear Wheel Lift-off Protection) system which regulates deceleration when the bike is likely to lift off during emergency braking situations and takes over control, with no loss of stopping distance. With the RLP system continuously monitoring and controlling the braking, the bike gives the best stopping performance.

TVS has however not left the avid 'biker' unsatisfied. The bike comes with an 'ABS-Off' switch, which disables the ABS technology, enabling the rider to showcase his capabilities on the Apache RTR, in controlled conditions. In an effort to enhance the 'thrill of biking' in the TVS Apache RTR 180, the company has fitted the bike with an all-new 3 phase Full DC lighting system and an efficient energy management system.

The Apache RTR 180 ABS, priced at Rs. _________ comes in the spectacular white color with differentiating orange decals and is immediately available at select TVS dealerships across the country.

Statement from Mr. Murali Srinivasan, General Manager - Chassis and Safety Division, Continental :

With this new, compact motorcycle Antilock Braking System (ABS), which has been developed by Continental's Chassis & Safety Division in collaboration with TVS Motor Company, we have further strengthened our presence as a strong international supplier in the Indian automotive industry. ABS for motorcycles emphasizes our philosophy of 'Intelligent mobility and safety for everyone'. It is a vital and decisive step on the road towards "Vision Zero," when safety is evolved to such a level that there are no more serious accidents on the road. In view of globally available technologies, safety is non-negotiable. It is gratifying for Continental that we have associated with an Indian manufacturer to give India her first motorcycle with ABS technology.
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