Yamaha RD350 Photographs

Recently, I got to photograph a wonderfully restored Yamaha RD350 which a friend owns, and is crazy about. For the uninitiated, the RD350 is a motorcycle that was produced by Yamaha. It evolved from the piston port, front drum-braked, 5 speed Yamaha 350cc, the R5.

A licensed version of the RD350B was assembled in India between 1983-1990 by Escorts group under the brand name Rajdoot 350. It did not repeat the success of the RD350B in the Indian market, which some attribute to a high purchase price and poor fuel efficiency. However, it established Rajdoot/Yamaha as a performance bike manufacturer in India. There were two models for the Rajdoot 350 – High Torque and Low Torque.

Compared to the Yamaha RD350B that made 39 crankshaft bhp, the ‘High Torque’ version made 30.5 bhp (22.7 kW) and the later ‘Low Torque’ made only 27 bhp (20 kW), the engine being detuned in the quest for better fuel economy. By the time the production ended in 1990, the bike was nearly 100% sourced in India, with very little Japanese parts content.

The RD350 was the first sporting motorcycle built in India, and it still enjoys cult status, with many RD clubs around the country. Enjoy the pictures. πŸ™‚














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