An Incredible History of Yamaha Rajdoot Bike

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This post has been written by Shrey Mahendra for FinMedium Research Desk.

The History

The Yamaha Rajdoot Bike RD350 — The Motorcycle Which Time Has Forgotten But Lovers Never Will!

The Yamaha Rajdoot bike was the very first performance motorcycle to be sold in India. Rajdoot came into India when Yamaha RD350B stopped selling in Japan in the mid-1970s due to regulatory issues. (Source: Rediff)

It was launched in the Indian market in 1983 when speeding on a motorcycle was still an undiscovered experience for most Indians and hence was regarded as an advanced motorcycle on Indian land.

Its production ranged between 1983 and 1989.

The Yamaha Rajdoot Bike RD350 was made in India by Escorts Group under the association between Rajdoot and Yamaha. It was launched for Rs 18,000, a substantial amount for the time.

Japanese brand in the 20th century was manufacturing performance motorcycles under the name of Yamaha RD models. Though ‘RD’ is widely expanded as ‘race-derived’ or ‘Race-Developed’, it was actually a prefix like the RX (RX100 and RX135).

Yamaha began the performance two-stroke craze in the worldwide market.

Beginning with the Yamaha YR3 (1969), air-cooled equal twin two-stroke motorcycles turned into the thing in racing. The YR3 was later trailed by the Yamaha R5 (1970) which later developed into the RD350 (1973).

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Yamaha Rajdoot Bike | Source: Business Standard

The Introduction of Performance of 2-Strokes in India

The Yamaha Rajdoot Bike RD350 was electrified by a 347cc two-stroke twin-chamber motor.

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In India, the RD350 came in two variations: HT (High Torque) and LT (Low Torque). The HT variation made 31bhp while the LT model generated just 27bhp; still a high figure for the time. The motor came mated to a six-speed gearbox.

On the other hand, the actual Japanese Yamaha RD350 had around 40bhp to release. The principle explanation behind the force decrease in India was the low accessibility of good-quality powers.

Mileage was additionally a worry. The Yamaha RD350 gave mileage figures from 25 km/l to as low as 10 km/l, contingent upon riding conditions.

Indians were not presented to such performance figures on a bike either. The vast majority of the individuals who purchased an RD at that point came to know about its capacity subsequently.

The Prompt Death Machine

The RD350 could without much of a stretch hit 100 km/h in just six seconds. Whenever pushed, the two-stroke powerhouse could go past the 150 km/h mark as well.

Not every person who purchased the 350 could deal with such execution. For a similar explanation, a lot of its owners have met with accidents; giving the ‘RD’, an informal shortening — Rapid Death.

The Rajdoot Bike 350 likewise needed disc brakes, in contrast to its Japanese kin. The bike is managed with 150 mm drum brakes at the front and back. The tires weren’t wide or adequate either to put the power down well. This made its control (particularly at high speeds), a task best to be left to master riders.

The RD350 was likewise a wheelie-favorable bike. You could in a flash bring the front wheel up if you let go of the grip spontaneously. But to keep up the wheelie and not harm yourself, you must have a ton of guts.

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Innovations in Yamaha Rajdoot Bike Ahead of Time

The RD350 was really a motorcycle relatively revolutionary.

The Rajdoot bike accompanied a ton of things that were new to the Indian motoring scene. The RD was outfitted with Yamaha’s Torque Induction technology. Torque Induction ignition system start framework in a two-stroke engine uses a reed valve (check valve) which permits charge (air + fuel combination) to go just one way i.e. to the combustion chamber.

If there is no reed valve, the combination in the ignition chamber will in general stream down to the crankcase during a low-pressure circumstance (when the cylinder climbs).

The consequence of Torque Induction was high low-end force without compromising a lot of top-end power.

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The Racing Heritage

The Yamaha RD 350 is one of the most historic names in Indian two-wheeler motorsports and a decent repairman can tune its motor to more than 65bhp.

The RD 350 was particularly famous in drag strips. The sheer torque would leave a comparably controlled four-stroke bike to smell its white cloud. Uniquely designed RD350s, famously known as Race 350s, was a typical sight on race tracks.

Be it drag or a circuit, all the time there will be a sure gathering of individuals who come exclusively to applaud the RDs. No other motorcycle will bear some significance with them.

After its discontinued manufacturing, most RDs found the remainder of their lives on racetracks.

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Indeed, even today, lovers and racers would go places looking for disregarded and rusted RD350s in the remotest of garages. When they obtain it, they will before long be beginning its restoration and the bike will turn out to be both of the two: Race RD or a bone-stock Rajdoot 350.

All Good Things Come to an End

The Yamaha Rajdoot Bike RD350, although being the best bike of its time, was a market failure. The bike compromised a ton on mileage.

The RD350 was additionally well known for its high servicing and parts cost. Likewise, the repair organization of the Escorts bunch was poor. Most importantly, the number of injury reports connecting an RD qualified it to be a motorcycle, never to be purchased.

At long last, in 1990, the manufacturing of the Yamaha RD350 was halted. The interesting sound, invigorating execution, and the smell of the white 2T oil smoke became relics of times gone by.

The less incredible RX100 and the RX135 just couldn’t supersede it either in the minds of lovers. The Yamaha RD350 had arrived at an amazing finish cycle.

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This post has been written by Shrey Mahendra for FinMedium Research Desk.

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