In this week’s restoration news, we are back to R Deena’s garage where we have spotted another retro classic - the Yamaha RX-Z. The RX-Z has gone through a major restoration and has received a second life. R Deena purchased the Yamaha RX-Z for INR 1 lakh while the repairs cost him another INR 40,000.
The motorcycle receives a makeover in the form of a new paint along with chrome treatment to the engine covers, cylinder head, kick-starter, rear suspension and exhaust outlet. The motorcycle retains all the stock parts. Thus, you would find a rectangular headlight with a body coloured mask and a tinted visor at the front. An analogue instrument console, which features speedometer, fuel gauge and a tachometer, follows the screen. Clip-on style handlebars that give the RX-Z a sporty touch perform steering duties.
The fuel tank gets a chrome filler cap on the top and “Yamaha” branding along with graphics on the sides. The side panel continues to use dual-tone graphics along with “RX-Z” logo. The single-piece saddle features a bump in the centre to distinguish the rider part from that of the passenger. The pillion grab rail is a simple, single-piece unit that gets a black finish. The tail section gets blacked-out look to the stop light and blinkers.
Sides reveal a dual tone exhaust with a chrome-finished end. An engine cowl further adds to the sporty look of the RX-Z. The motorcycle rides on mag wheels that are wrapped in tubeless tyres.
Propelling tasks are performed by a 133 cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that is rated to deliver 20 bhp of maximum power at 8,500 rpm and 18.14 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 revs. The motor comes paired to a six-speed gearbox. A disc brake at the front and a drum unit at the rear perform anchoring tasks. Shock absorption hardware is standard and comprises conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin-sided springs at the back.
It’s heartening to see petrolheads investing time and money in reviving retro classics, and R Deena has once again astonished us with a well-executed restoration job. We wish him many happy miles on his Yamaha RX-Z and other motorcycles in his garage.