Yamaha RD350

Ex-Showroom Price

₹ 30,000
* Delhi. May vary.
Discontinued

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QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
Mileage 20-30 kmpl (approx.)
Type Cruiser
Shades Silver, Red, Black
Current Status Discontinued
Summary 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 180 mm front drum brake, making it the most dangerous package of all time.
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Design
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Features
Build Quality
Value for Money
Standout Features Twin Carburetor, Torque Induction, Disc Brake, High Top Speed, 0-100 kmph in 7 Seconds, Six Speed Gearbox
ENGINE & GEARBOX
Displacement 347 cc
No. of Cylinders 2
No. of Gears 6
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)
Engine Description 2-stroke, Twin Cylinder (Parallel), Air-cooled, Torque Induction with Twin Carburettor
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
Fuel Type Petrol
Induction System 2, Mikuni VM28 SC
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
Primary drive Helical cut gears
Final Drive Chain
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
Front Brake 180mm Drum (India), Single 267mm disc 2 piston caliper (Japan)
Rear Brake 180mm Drum (India), 180mm Drum (Japan)
Front Suspension Telescopic fork oil-damped
Rear Suspension Swing arm Coil spring with air damped
WHEELS & TYRES
Front Tyre 3.00 x18" - 4PR
Rear Tyre 3.50 x18" - 4PR
Wheel Type Spoke Wired Wheels
Tubeless Tyres
Alloy Wheels
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
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/Wet Weight 155 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 16 litres
Oil tank capacity 2 litres
Turning Circle 2300 mm
Handlebar Width 990 mm
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
0-100 kmph 7.0 secs
0-150 kmph 16.0 secs
Top Speed 150-170 kmph
Mileage (City) 20 kmpl
Mileage (Highway) 30 kmpl
Mileage (Combined) 25 kmpl
INSTRUMENT CONSOLE
Speedometer Analog
Tachometer Analog
Odometer Analog
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Electric Start
Step-up Seat/Split Seat
Pillion Footrest
BATTERY
Capacity 5.5AH
Voltage 12V
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS
Climbing Ability 28 degree
Exhaust/Muffler Twin Chrome Exhausts
Frame/Chassis Tubular, double cradle
Rake 27.5 degree
Trail 104 mm

Yamaha RD350 Review

11 Dec, 2015 10:52 AM

Overview

Performance has always been a key factor in the Yamaha portfolio from a long period of time. The bikes developed at Yamaha always have something special in them. Decades back, Yamaha was known for its heavily accelerated bikes, which were much ahead of their time. One of them was the Yamaha RD350.

Style & Design

The iconic classic appeal of the RD 350 is an endless era of style, which won't change even after a long period of time. The time it was launched, it was a style icon. A naked racer of its time, it uses a lot of chrome. Chrome rims, chrome mudguards and chrome silencer's were the main features of attention and they are still on their duty.

Instrument Console

The RD 350 was quiet ahead of its time and featured an analogue tachometer, making it feel more like a race bike of the time. Use of chrome was absent on the console, but it has the necessary indications of neutral, high beam and the indicator lights nicely place on it.

Engine & Performance

The RD350 gets a 347cc, 2 stroke, parallel twin cylinder, air-cooled engine. It also features torque induction with twin carburettor. The engine produces 30.5 BHP @ 6750 rpm and 32.3 NM @ 6500 rpm. Being the first twin cylinder sports bike of India, it was a rock star of its time. In the slow era of 80's, it could easily cross the 100 kmph mark in 8 seconds, making it easily up to 130-150 kmph.

Braking & Suspension

The braking was handled by 180 mm drum braking unit, both for the front as well as rear tyre. Achieving such high speeds with drum brakes was the most risky part of the RD 350 as at that time disc brake was considered deadly by misconceptions and old school thoughts in India. The suspension was telescopic forks for the front and swing arm, coil spring with air damping at the rear.

Ride & Comfort

The RD350 provides considerably lower seat height, making it easy to control and not just that, the handle bar positioning has also been kept standard, resulting into a comfortable position for every ride. The large 18 inch tyre size is dominating on every road type, making it an all-rounder by nature.

Shades & Price

The Yamaha RD 350 was available in Silver, Red and Black colors and those chrome fitting were standard on all the options. Back in the 80's, it was priced around INR 30,000 in 1983.

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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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