Yamaha RD 350 — History of an Indian Superbike

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Yamaha RD 350 – History of an Indian

The RD 350 was the very first super offering to the Indian Consumers at a (1983) when the only in India were the Bullet the Jawa (Yezdi) 250 2 … and 175 cc 2 …. The other two wheelers geared scooters like Priya, Chetak, Allwyn Vijay and Lambretta. The original RD 350 had 40 bhp but the Indian Editions were to 31 bhp due to lower fuel quality in and also to increase Mileage.

The RD was from 1983 to 1990 in The first edition was called torque) edition, this had 31 bhp. The first sets of were given to the Indian Police to help them in criminals quickly. The Indian were used to Enfield previously and the RD proved to be a handful for to control.

The result was many accidents by the

The first HT edition of the RD 350 had too much for the average Indian Rider as then our Market was not used to a performance product (and even now). The RD was a crotch capable of hitting 165 KM/HR in 6th The RD used to frequently wheelie at the of inexperienced riders, being a revving 2 … the bike was except a handful of experienced and riders.

This prompted to bring a detuned version of the RD 350 LT torque) which had 27 bhp with pick up and slightly better

The RD used to return a mileage of between 6 to 23 km/ltr depending on how it was The RD was fully imported in earlier but by 1990 the bike was manufactured by Escorts Yamaha in India. The RD stands for “Race Derived” and had technology from the Motogp of the 1970′s. The bike had cult all around the world since it was from the early 70′s in Japan and America.

The bike was stopped production in in early 1980′s due to stricter and sound norms.

The Indian Unfortunately the RD did not enjoy that success in India. The running was the greatest deterrent for the Indian to buy the RD and with the reputation of it being a bike ensured the sales of the RD was Some people thought RD for “Rapid Death”. Yamaha the bike with the line the few who dared to Dream and be different” but what happened literally in

The Hero Honda CD 100 which was in the 1985 further dented the sales figures as it had better Yamaha still continued to the RD LT. The RX100 was later launched in and it continued to sell better the RD. Finally the RD 350 was discontinued by Yamaha in after years of frustration.

The “Fill it, Shut it, Forget it” era the demise of the RD 350.

The RD 350 was a bike way for its time and especially in the Indian the bike was not suited for the Indian The bike though a very and quality product enjoyed success in our country.

Technical The RD was a twin cylinder “Reed air cooled 347 cc engine with cylinder having a displacement of cc. The RD had a slick 6-speed close gearbox with 1 down 5 up The RD also featured “Torque ignition technology of Yamaha. The RD do 0-100 in 7 seconds and a top speed of 165 in its heyday.

The RD could touch 150 in just 16 seconds and was the first to have a tachometer in India.

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The RD had twin exhausts and the Indian had only 150 mm drum brakes at ends. The drum brakes the bite of a disc and the abroad had a front disc brake, was absent in the Indian models. with the skinny tires the RD had high-speed handling and braking characteristics.

The RD is still the performance of any production bike in India and after 25 years no Indian bike has even come to it.

The Race RD’s: The RD 350 was modified for use at the MMSC race track in and ran on Aviation fuel (white The Race RD’s were and had smaller sprockets and wheels, pushed the power upto 85 The top speed was in excess of 220 km/hr.

The had just the chassis, suspension, 25 ltr fuel tank, disc on both ends and a thin cushion for seat as everything was removed to lighten up the bike. The RD was very light and agile and was different from the Stock RD. The RD’s had modified powered up and the sound would be intoxicatingly as well as deafening when would zoom past in the spewing blinding smoke all the track.

I was in complete awe of the action taking on the race track. The Race RD was the King of the MMSC Race before it was discontinued from

Salute the Grand-dad of Indian Bikes: The RD was the first proper Superbike in India and it still cult status in our country. Purists still swear by it and we can many RD clubs all around our The RD had many editions like RD RD 500 LC (liquid cooled) all of which considerable success through out the and attained cult status.

Truly The RD 350 was the Greatest Landmark of India, which paved the way for biking in India and Yamaha’s offering to our country’s performance None of the modern day Indian bikes can even touch 150 Only those who have the raw power and pure adrenalin from the RD will know its and importance.

The Race RD’s in a league of their own. The RD 350 is a and not your everyday bike and driven it few times I can vouch RD is a Legend par Performance Excellence.


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