Customised Yamaha RD350 by Motoexotica India
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
The Yamaha RD350 was known to be extremely quick and powerful in its time. The bike is treasured by enthusiasts from all over the country, with even a decently maintained example today fetching sellers a six-digit price.
Its retro design and punchy parallel twin two-stroke engine gave rise to a number of custom creations. Motoexotica India, a custom motorcycle house from Dehradun has come up with a tastefully-done scrambler version of the RD350. Motoexotica says the bike has a heavy influence of the SR400, but visually, it is like a smaller brother of the Yamaha SCR950.
The attention to detail is staggering, thanks to the contrasting white-and-red paint scheme with black spoke wheels. The front and rear fenders are carbon fibre. Motoexotica has binned all the unnecessary parts to make this bike feel like a proper scrambler. Faithful to the scrambler tradition, the bike gets dual-purpose tyres which wrap the spoke wheels. The front end gets bigger wheels for better off-road handling.
The folks at Motoexotica have beautifully crafted the dual custom exhaust with the underbelly expansion chamber. The bike gets ample ground clearance. It helps tackle off-road paths easily. The front features a large disc brake with a radially mounted calliper and the rear comes with a disc brake too. The bike also gets upside down forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear.