Some like to keep their Yamaha RD350 motorcycles stock. Some are happy with a few important tweaks, like adding disc brakes. And there are those who charge ahead with hardcore modifications, such as the ones here. Remember, these are all a couple years old, at least. They may not exist in the same form anymore. However, they are still some of our favourite modified Yamaha RD350 bikes.
MotoExotica’s RD350 StreetTracker
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The RD350 StreetTracker was Arjun Raina’s first big RD350 build that got him noticed. Dubbed the RD350 StreetTracker, this mean looking Yamaha made its show debut at the India Biker Week of 2013. Inspired by street trackers, this RD350 features top drawer parts.
From upside down front suspension to custom rear monoshock suspension; to custom body work and brakes, this motorcycle is heavily customised. And like all builds from MotoExotica, the StreetTracker 350 looks drop-dead gorgeous.
Joshua Crasto’s Cafe Racer RD350
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Much before Joshua Crasto of JC Moto started his motorcycle shop, and the Garage52 motorcycle collective, the man worked as a motoring journalist. And then he also happened to earn a pilot license. The Cafe Racer RD350 happened just after Joshua came back to India from the United States. This backyard build has now led to its maker becoming a reputed custom bike builder and restorer. Joshua Crasto now runs a motorcycle garage called JC Moto in Mumbai. The Cafe Racer 350 was the lean, lithe motorcycle that started it all.
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What’s the Flying Sikh? No, it’s not Milkha Singh but it’s what you get when a Yamaha RD350 meets a KTM Duke 390, or in other words, when old meets new. The Flying Sikh is a young design graduate, Aseem Singh Pawar’s creation.
The motorcycle is essentially a high performance US-spec Yamaha RD350 engine in a KTM Duke 390’s rolling chassis, with a bundle of custom build parts for aesthetics. The motorcycle is Aseem Singh Pawar’s first, which he plans to use as a launchpad for establishing a custom motorcycle design outfit.
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Nortorious is the name of a famous Norton Manx based cafe racer custom created by legendary custom bike builder Roger Goldammer. In India though, the Nortorious is an beautiful Cafe Racer RD350 that pays an ode to the original Nortorious. A man from Mizoram called Hima put together this RD350 custom cafe racer.
From the headlamp scavenged from a Royal Enfield Thunderbird to the exhaust from the Bullet Std 350, the Nortorious manages to come across as a beautiful specimen of bike building, more so for a home brew.
Bulleteer Customs’ RDX350
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This motorcycle build started out as a budget cafe racer based on the Yamaha RD350. In line with that, this custom motorcycle retains a minimalist look, making do with off the shelf parts rather than taking an exotic route. A nice paint job wraps things up and Bulleteer Customs’ RDX350 comes across as a tasty looking Cafe Racer. The RDX350 wears better suspension and features better braking. The motorcycle is a single seater that features expansion chambers and a rebuilt RD350 two stroke engine.