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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An Indian concept bike

Delhi Auto Expo 2014 which was held a few months ago seemed to be the most sacred place to showcase the latest products of the motorcycle manufacturers in India.

When TVS launched the Apache in 2007, it became an instant hit, replacing the Suzuki Fiero and starting a huge fan base. TVS upgraded the Apache from 150 to 160 and also brought out the 180 but further progress was halted.
TVS Draken Concept. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/QyyetD)
Everyone was expecting more powerful versions of the Apache to come, including a 200 and a 250. That did not happen and every Auto Expo has been disappointing for RTR fans as the company never showcased anything worth a second glance. At the 2014 Auto Expo, things were different, taking centre stage was the TVS Draken Concept.

The TVS Draken Concept (codenamed X21) points to the future direction of the Apache. TVS Motor’s press release clearly states “TVS Draken-X21 is also an indicator of what to expect from the next generation Apache RTRs in terms of form and emotion.”
We all know about TVS’ tie-up with the BMW Motorrad and the first product will be launched in 2015, likely to be a 500 cc bike. TVS can’t rely solely on BMW and the Draken Concept is proof that the Hosur based manufacturer is working hard to re-kindle romance with Apache fans. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR BEAM]
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