Prateek Khanna of Bluesmoke Customs has shared the details of another neatly restored Yamaha RD350 with IAB. The latest motorcycle was a wedding gift by the owner to his brother. Thus, with a tight schedule, Bluesmoke Customs revived the bike in less than three weeks. Similar to previous restoration jobs, the latest RD350 to roll out from Bluesmoke Customs gets a comprehensive treatment.
Chrome treated bits shine in all their glory and add a proper retro look to the motorcycle. However, the bling does not overpower the visuals as the red paint on the body, and a black finish to the engine ensures that the looks stay subtle. Chrome parts on the motorcycle include front and rear fender, headlight mask, blinker mounts and housing, crash guards, fuel filler cap, pillion grab rail, exhaust pipes, chain cover and wire-spoke rims.
The red fuel tank and the side panel gets white and black graphics along with the “Yamaha” and “350 Torque Induction” branding. The original cockpit and the chrome fuel-filler cap give it a proper retro look. The stock saddle design has been retained although it now gets an extra cushion to enhance the comfort.
The mechanical specifications have been kept stock. The RD350 came in two power options – 'High Torque (HT)' and 'Low Torque (LT)'. The HT version, which initially produced 39 bhp, was re-tuned to deliver 30.5 bhp. The LT variant, on the other hand, makes 27 bhp. Stopping power comes from a ventilated disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the rear. Suspension setup features conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin sided springs at the back.
Not only did Bluesmoke Customs neatly restore the RD350, but they also ensured that the motorcycle did not suffer any damage during its journey back to the owner. The bike was cocooned in bubble wrap, cardboard and sheets before it was packed inside a wooden box and strapped neatly so that it doesn’t move around.
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