Yamaha RD350

Yamaha RD350

Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 30,000
* Delhi. May vary.
Discontinued

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Colour Options and Price in India
Bike Variant Yamaha RD350
Availability Status in India Discontinued
2-Wheeler Type Naked
Latest Price in India Yamaha RD350 price was Rs 30,000 before being discontinued in India.
Fuel Type Petrol
Colour Options Silver, Red, Black
India Launch Update RD350 is a discontinued model and as of now, Yamaha has no plans to launch any new model of the 350cc twin-cylinder motorcycle in the Indian markets.
MAXABOUT RATING AND OVERVIEW
Design
Performance
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Features
Build Quality
Value for Money
Vehicle Overview Yamaha RD350 was the most powerful motorcycle of its time, presenting itself as the exact opposite of Royal Enfield Bullet 350. It was known for mad speeds and lightening fast acceleration from its 2-stroke 347cc, twin cylinder engine. It produces 30.5 BHP in the Indian version while the Japan version was good for 39 BHP. Weighing just 155 kg, it was surely the KTM 390 Duke of its time, rivaling none other than RE Bullet 350. The Indian version even came with just 180mm front drum brake, making it the most dangerous package of all time.
ENGINE AND GEARBOX
Engine Details 2-stroke, Twin Cylinder (Parallel), Air-cooled, Torque Induction with Twin Carburettor
Engine cc (Displacement) 347 cc
Maximum Power 30.5 BHP @ 6750 rpm (India), 39 BHP @ 7500 rpm (Japan)
Maximum Torque 32.3 NM @ 6500 rpm (India), 37.2 NM @ 7000 rpm (Japan)
Number of Cylinders 2
Ignition Battery, dual coils, breaker points
Lubrication Autolube
Compression Ratio 6.2 : 1
Bore 64 mm
Stroke 54 mm
Air Filter Type Disposable dry paper
Induction System 2, Mikuni VM28 SC
Primary drive Helical cut gears
Number of Gears 6
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gear Ratios 1st - 19.86:1, 2nd - 12.74:1, 3rd - 9.45:1, 4th - 7.46:1, 5th - 6.37:1, 6th - 6.63:1
Final Drive Chain
MILEAGE AND TOP SPEED
Mileage Yamaha RD350 mileage is 20-30 kmpl (approximate).
Performance In terms of performance, the 350cc 2-cylinder motorcycle can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in around 7 seconds.
Top Speed Yamaha RD350 top speed is 150-170 kmph (approximate).
BRAKES AND TYRES
Front Brake 180mm Drum (India), Single 267mm disc 2 piston caliper (Japan)
Rear Brake 180mm Drum (India), 180mm Drum (Japan)
Front Tyre 3.00 x18" - 4PR
Rear Tyre 3.50 x18" - 4PR
Front Wheel 18-inch
Rear Wheel 18-inch
Wheel Type Spoke Wired Wheels
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
PERFORMANCE FIGURES
0-100 kmph 7.0 secs
0-150 kmph 16.0 secs
KEY FEATURES AND COMPETITORS
Key Features Twin Carburetor, Torque Induction, Disc Brake, High Top Speed, 0-100 kmph in 7 Seconds, Six Speed Gearbox
Similar Bikes Bajaj Dominar 400, Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa Classic 300, Mahindra Mojo 300, Honda Highness CB350, Royal Enfield Bullet 350
SUSPENSION AND CHASSIS
Front Suspension Telescopic fork oil-damped
Rear Suspension Swing arm Coil spring with air damped
Frame (Chassis) Tubular, double cradle
Exhaust/Muffler Twin Chrome Exhausts
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Overall Length 2040 mm
Overall Width 835 mm
Overall Height 1110 mm
Ground Clearance 155 mm
Seat Height 800 mm
Wheelbase 1320 mm
Dry Weight 143 kg
Kerb Weight 155 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 16 litres
Engine Oil Capacity 2 litres
Turning Circle 2300 mm
Handlebar Width 990 mm
INSTRUMENT CONSOLE FEATURES
Speedometer Analog
Tachometer Analog
Odometer Analog
BATTERY AND LIGHTING
Capacity 5.5AH
Voltage 12V
COMFORT FEATURES
Electric Start
Step-up Seat/Split Seat
Pillion Footrest
Miscellaneous Information
Climbing Ability 28 degree
Rake 27.5 degree
Trail 104 mm

Yamaha RD350 Review

23 May, 2022 10:20 AM

Detailed Review by Maxabout Team

Overview

Yamaha RD350 is one of the bikes which you can call a classic in a genuine sense. Coming to India in 1983, it set its name in the minds of all performance-oriented people of that era and even today. RD350, nicknamed the ‘Racing Death’, built its cult following not only in India but in the entire world. People have different meanings for the prefix RD, some believe it to be ‘Rajdoot’, a few say it is ‘Race Derived’ and a handful will tell you its ‘Road Developed’, whatever meaning the prefix holds for different people but there is one thing everyone can agree on and that is the Yamaha RD 350 was the first bike take the title of performance racer and it was way ahead of its time.

Yamaha RD 350 Design and Style

Yamaha RD was already available in Japan before it came to India with the collaboration between Yamaha and Escorts Group. Yamaha RD350 had a retro-modern design and high-speed style, people today are customising the bike to their likes and needs. It had chrome round headlamps, a single flat seat unit, chrome-finished twin exhaust, spoke wheels and well-edged side panels with a chrome finish which was eye candy for its lovers and the value for this bike is just going up every day even after its discontinuation.

Yamaha RD350 Engine and Gearbox

RD 350 had two variants, High Torque and Low Torque, as it was detuned for the Indian market and some other changes were also made like the braking system was changed as well. Yamaha RD350 was offered with a 347cc 2-stroke, twin parallel cylinder, air-cooled, torque induction with twin carburettor which produced a maximum power of 39 HP @ 7500 rpm for the Japanese version and 30.5 HP @ 6750 rpm for the Indian version. The peak torque produced was 37.2 Nm @ 7000 rpm for the Japanese version and 32.3 Nm @ 6500 rpm for the Indian version. The RD350 was offered with a 6-speed Helical cut (primary drive) manual transmission with a wet multi-plate clutch system.

Yamaha RD350 Suspension, Brakes and Tyres

Yamaha RD 350 was suspended on a tubular double cradle chassis with the oil-damped front telescopic forks and air-damped swing-arm coil spring for the rear suspension. The brakes were also altered for the Indian release as the Japanese version had a 267mm 2-piston calliper disc in the front and 180mm drum brakes in the rear, whereas the Indian version had a 180mm drum for both ends. The RD350 had 18-inch spoke-wire wheels with a front tyre section of 3.00*18” - 4PR and a 3.50*18” - 4PR rear tyre section.

Instrument Console of Yamaha RD 350

The Instrument cluster of the Yamaha RD 350 was an analogue system that displayed a tachometer in the right pod and the left pod hosted the speedometer, trip meter and odometer. The tachometer had a neutral indicator and a range of 10,000 rpm with a limit of 8500 rpm. The central section contained the ignition, turn indicators, stop lamp and high beam.

Key Features of Yamaha RD 350

Key features included Twin Carburetor, Torque Induction, Disc Brakes for the Japanese version, High Performance, 6-speed Gearbox and a pillion footrest.

Top Speed and Mileage of Yamaha RD350

Nicknamed the Racing Death for a reason, the RD350 could top the claimed top speed of 120 kmph by the company easily and the recorded top speed in the real world for this naked giant was approximately around 160 kmph. As for the mileage, this bike was definitely the fuel guzzler and you could say that was one of the very reasons the bike failed in the Indian market. The average mileage of the bike was approximately around 20 kmpl, but there had been reports suggesting that it was even lower sometimes. The RD350 was a speed demon that could reach 0-100 kmph in mere 7 seconds and in just 16-17 seconds it would clock the maximum speed it had reached 150-160 kmph in race-derived scenarios.

Yamaha RD350 Colour Options

The Yamaha RD350 was sold in two variants HT and LT and it was available in 3 different shades which were Silver, Red and Black.

Yamaha RD350 Price

At the time of its release, the Yamaha RD350 was offered at INR 18,000 which was a lot at that time and because of the lack of impactful fuel economy and rider skills, it was not a very successful bike according to the sales. But before the discontinuation of the bike, the price was recorded to be around INR 30,000. The Yamaha RD350, although discontinued, can still be bought on alternative markets and some mods are selling it with some new tweaks the price could easily reach around INR 2 lakh in these markets.

Yamaha RD350 Competitors

During its launch in India, RD350 had to go against Yezdi Roadking, Jawa 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet. Even though it was a revolutionary bike in the performance section throughout the world but in the Indian market, it was unsuccessful.

Final Words

Yamaha RD350 is an iconic name in the Indian 2-wheeler motorsports and drag strips, clocking up to 65 bhp under a well-experienced hand. Custom made racers were such a common sight on tracks, be that drag or circuit. And there was a rule set up for the RD350, the bike could not compete with bigger 4-stroke bikes and the sole reason for this rule was to avoid the embarrassment of losing to a 30+-year-old machine. It definitely is the bike to be revered as the game-changer for future generations of bikes, but it had its own cons, including the low fuel economy and high maintenance and part cost. The legacy and the tale still live among the masses and RD350 lovers can still be seen across the country looking for this Giant-Killer.

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Yamaha RD350 is treated as the Bullet motorcycle in its time. Even I selected second hand Yamaha instead of Bullet when my other friends bought "Royal Enfield Bullet". ... read more

Best Features: Performance and Looks

Pros: Comfort, Price, Ride Quality

Cons: Nothing

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Love you my YAMAHA RD 350.............. ... read more

Best Features: Indian super power bike..

Pros: From top to bottom a very unique bike

Cons: Poor trained mechanic and hard to find spare parts.

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