Yamaha RX 100 is considered nothing less than a legend by its fans around the country. While many out of them are in touch with the lightweight performance offered by the brand, those who have just heard stories are even more interested in experiencing the performance from the two-stroke machine. The RX 100 was launched in 1985 and went out of production in 1996. The on-road price of the legendary motorcycle was around INR 19,700 in 1989. Before riding one example in the real world, here are five must-know facts about the mighty Yamaha RX 100.
5 Must-Know Facts About RX 100
1) Engine & Performance – Yamaha used a 98cc, single cylinder engine with two-stroke construction for the RX 100. The lack of refining components helped the brand achieve 11 BHP of maximum power at 7500 rpm and 10.39 Nm at 6500 rpm. The same sort of output is expected from present-day 125cc bikes, that too with 5-speed gearbox instead of the 4-speed seen on the RX 100. Yamaha RX 100 weighs just 103 kg, making it lighter than almost every possible 100cc rival motorcycle. An average 125cc motorcycle is 20 kg heavier than the given weight and thus, performance jumps right into the 150cc category when experienced on the road.
2) Design & Style – Many brands tried replicating the success of RX 100 with basic round headlight designs and flat seats but failed miserably with none of them getting a niche fan following in India. The charm of Yamaha RX 100 is still on the top and modifiers are using the least innovative ways of restoring the old RX100s to keep originality under check. The chrome fenders, exhaust and headlight casing is as elegant as retro-design lovers of India can imagine something to be for this segment. The decent-looking engine casing is also seen on other two-stroke Yamaha bikes.
3) Instrument Console – Yamaha RX 100 had a three-piece instrument console with a left section for the neutral and high beam light, centre for the speedometer and right for the key section. The indicator lights are divided into the extreme left and right section. Yamaha also mentioned the gear speeds within the speedometer and fourth gear was good for 100 kph of top speed from the motorcycle. The red section is practically not-achievable while slopes can help the needle wander into the forbidden section for a short period of time.
4) Successors – Yamaha RX 100 went out of production and the brand came forward with RX 135 and its variants for the motorcycle fans. The 132cc engine was available with four and five-speed gearbox options under different names. The overall output was improved to touch 14 BHP while torque was even good at 12.25 Nm. The present-day 150cc bikes are not that quick as the motorcycle weighs just 116 kg. The use of catalytic converter made the RX 135 emission norms-friendly and thus, Yamaha was able to retain some of the fans through these new bikes. As of now, Yamaha has no plans to relaunch the RX 100 or the RX 135 with a 4-stroke engine in India.
5) Two-Stroke Ban Report – As most owners were left in a state of confusion after the announcement of a 2-stroke ban from April 2019, the ban is nothing more than a hoax for the fans. As bikes that have already been registered with the authorities cannot be permanently banned from being used on the roads, no further report was received from any government agency regarding the ban. The owners will be able to ride their motorcycles, only if they have registered the same with authorities and got their registration certificates renewed. Yamaha RX 100 owners can read the complete article regarding the two-stroke ban here.