Yamaha RD350 is the uncrowned king of the retro-modern motorcycles in India. Before being discontinued, the motorcycle was available in two different performance outputs, that too with a huge difference in the Indian version when compared to the one directly imported from Japan. Yamaha RD350 is still regarded as the most valuable motorcycle of its segment. Here are five must-know facts for the powerful motorcycle.
1) Astonishing Power-to-Weight Ratio: Yamaha RD350 is a two-stroke powerhouse with class-leading output for its engine displacement. The Japan version is good for 39 BHP at 7500 rpm and 37.2 Nm at 7000 rpm. The power output is comparable to R3 in 2019 while torque is still the highest possible value for everyday riders. The Indian version is good for 30.5 BHP at 6750 rpm and 32.3 Nm at 6500 rpm. As the R3 weighs over 170 kg in stock condition, legendary RD350 is just 155 kg in weight. The Japan version comes with 251.6 BHP/ton of power to weight ratio while Indian version claims 196.7 BHP/ton.
2) Eye Candy for the Masses: The design lines of Yamaha RD350 are so gentle that time seems to have no impact on its presence. The chrome round headlight, flat seat and fuel tank, chrome-finished exhaust system and spoke wheels are few highlights. The side panels are well-edged while fenders flaunt chrome with pride. As the design part is subjective, those who love faired or modern sportbikes may not feel the same attachment with this design. Still, the classic value of Yamaha RD350 has gone up with every passing day.
3) Twin Cylinder Engine/Twin Exhausts: The 347cc engine is a powerful twin-cylinder unit with two different outputs. The torque and power values are achieved very close to each other, offering an impressive feel once the 5000-rpm mark is achieved in any gear. The engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox and claims top speed in excess of 150 kph. Not just the engine, exhaust system on the Yamaha RD350 comes with twin chrome mufflers that not just add balance to the overall equation, but also improves the design value of the RD350.
4) Instrument Console Details: Yamaha RD350 features a completely analogue console with the tachometer in the right pod and speedometer in the left. The left pod also has a trip meter and odometer in itself. The right pod has a neutral indicator and range of up to 10,000 rpm. The limit is set at 8500 rpm as rest comes under the red section. The centre section has space for the key and indicators like a turn signal, stop lamp and high beam.
5) Price in India: The motorcycle was discontinued a long time back, and it was sold with an approximate ex-showroom price tag of INR 30,000 in the 1980s. These days, the examples that are completely restored can be had for anything above INR 1.50-2.50 lakh. The value for the motorcycle will rise with passing time as Yamaha has no plans of using the same design under any of its modern frame and engine setup. Even the scrap examples that are not operational are sold for a price tag of INR 50,000 and above by the owners.