TVS Motor Company recently announced that its premium offering, the Apache RTR 200 4V has entered the Limca book of records. The record in discussion here is for the ‘Highest altitude reached by a motorcycle’. A 6 member team rode four RTR 200 4Vs scaling 21,254 feet in Rupushu Valley (Ladakh) to achieve this feat. The team also broke the previous record of 21,233 feet which was set in the Atakama range of Mt. Andes.

The six members of the team are listed below.

  1. Santanu Roychowdhury
  2. Subrato Boral
  3. Manas Sen
  4. Achinta Saha
  5. Indradeb Chatterjee
  6. Srikrishna Biswas

All of the six riders are the members of North Calcutta Disha Motorcycling Club. The team, onboard the four TVS Apache RTR 200 4V motorcycles, rode through the tricky Himalayan terrain, covering a total of 1612 km. This ride included Manali, Sarchu (14,700 feet), Tsokar (14,860 feet) and Korzok (14,836 feet. They finally set up a base camp at Kyirchu (15110 feet). On August 29, 2016, the team successfully scaled the summit. In order to do that the team had to face torrid weather, rocky and icy terrain along with the difficulties of high-altitude. Upon scaling the summit, the team hoisted the Biswa Bangla flag and the Indian Tricolour at Chamser Kangri in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.

The team equipped the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V motorcycles with special off-road tyres for this mission. They also changed the alloy wheels to spokes wheels of 18 inches (front) and 16 inches (rear). The team had the suspension tuned as well so that it can tackle the harsh terrain of the Himalayas. They made the submission to Limca Book of Records in December 2016. A jury adjudged them winners of the new world record in April, 2018.