Custom Yamaha RD350 Scrambler by Moto Exotica
Neelanjan Chakraborty, Motorcycle Nut, will ride, preferably race anything on two wheels!
Yamaha RD350 even in 2017 is one of the fastest accelerating motorcycles in the segment.
The Yamaha RD350 was sold in India in two variants, a low torque and a high torque version. The bike has been modified as a scrambler by Moto Exotica.
The Yamaha RD350 Scrambler by Moto Exotica is nicknamed ‘Eight’ and tips the scales at less than 100 kg. The upside down forks up front and monoshock in the rear are by WP and have been sourced from the KTM Duke 200. The latter has a different mounting angle to make off-roading easier to the rider’s spine. The swingarm has been custom made and has been extended by 6 inches.
The 347 cc air-cooled, parallel twin, two-stroke mill is capable of producing 39 bhp (US market). The Indian trims of low torque and high torque produced 27 bhp and 30.5 bhp. The drum brakes have been replaced by the 4 piston disc brake in the front from the Honda CBR250R. The rear brake setup too has been sourced from the same motorcycle.
The engine has been tuned to now peak at 9,500 rpm. While the exact output is not known, the top speed is above 200 km/h. The TKC 80s tyres by Continental are dual sport while the exhaust system has been crafted in-house with stainless steel.
The Yamaha RD350 was the first sports motorcycle built in India and was discontinued in 1990.