The Yamaha RD350 is a legendary motorcycle. The bike is often referred to as the “King” of the two-stroke era in India, and there are many well-maintained examples of the bike. Many of these immaculately restored bikes are modified. Here is a RD 350 that 36 Moto Customs, Hyderabad, has modified from a naked street bike into a cafe racer.
The bike has been christened Arrow, as it derives inspiration from an arrow. It gets a customised half fairing at the front that gets a sharp design with a LED projector head lamp set-up. The bike also won the Bike Build Off Challenge at the India Bike Week at Goa. As per 36 Moto Customs, the bike was built in just 23 days and that is phenomenal, especially when you see the results.
The 1985 RD 350 gets many changes that give a different identity to the bike. With the LED head lamp at the front, the modder has also added an LED tail lamp at the rear under the seat. It gets inverted forks and a mono suspension at the rear. Many people complained about the brakes of the RD350 and that has been addressed with a new disc brake setup. The bike gets a 300-mm disc brakes at the front and 240-mm disc brakes at the rear.
To get the cafe racer look, the bike gets the stock chassis but the swing-arm has been replaced with a new custom made one. The new swing-arm increases the wheelbase of the bike, making it stable on the straight lines. The Arrow also gets a new custom-made 36 piece exhaust, made by welding different pieces, which gives it a very unique look.
To top it all, the bike gets a custom two-tone silver and gold paint job that makes it stand out. Bits like a gold boundary on the spoked rims and all-black paint job on the lower part further increases the bike’s visibility in the crowd.