Rare video of the iconic Yamaha RX100 motorcycle being built at the factory

Yamaha RX100 is one of the most iconic motorcycles of the 90s era. It might be the first motorcycle that comes to mind when someone talks about two-stroke motorcycles. It was one of the most fun to ride motorcycles. Now, it has a cult following, some people have maintained them very well and such RX100s can sell for a lot of money. Here, we have a video in which we can see the motorcycle being assembled at the production plant back when the motorcycle was still on sale.

The video is shared on YouTube by WildFilmsIndia. In the video, we can see various different phases of motorcycles being assembled at the factory. The production of the RX100 was done at the Escorts Yamaha factory. RX100 was discontinued in 1996.

In the first shot of the video, we can see several workers working on assembling the motorcycle. Then we can see a person testing the engine of the motorcycle. We can see that the RX100 gets up to 80 kmph fairly quickly considering the time when it was on sale. The person hits a top speed of 89 kmph on the speedometer.

Rare video of the iconic Yamaha RX100 motorcycle being built at the factory

It was 1983 when Yamaha Motor Corp and Escorts Limited came into partnership and started manufacturing RD350. It was basically an Indian version of the RD 350B which was sold in the foreign market. This was the time when IND-Suzuki’s AX100 grabbed a lot of attention from the Indian buyers. Yamaha studied the success of the AX100 and brought in their RX100. They launched the motorcycle in 1983.

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The RX100 was more powerful than IND-Suzuki’s AX100. Where the AX100 produced 8.25 bhp the RX100 produced 11 bhp. Moreover, the RX100 was affordable. The manufacturer never made any significant updates or changes throughout the life of RX100. It was on sale for more than a decade.

However, there were some minor upgrades. For instance, new paint scheme options and pinstriping. The 6V electrical system was replaced with a better 12V system. The rest of the elements stayed the same. So, the round headlamp, round turn indicators, flat seat, long and rectangular fuel tank did not get any changes. Moreover, the two-stroke engine and the exhaust note was never changed.

RX100 was brought to India as CKD or Completely Knocked Down Units and then it was assembled at the plant. A “Made in Japan” tag was placed on the motorcycle. It was initially offered in three paint schemes. There was Black, Cherry Red and Peacock blue-green. The initial lot of the RX100’s speedometer had a branding of Rajdoot. Then the Rajdoot tag was replaced with Escorts.

You can still see some of the well maintained or restored RX100 that is running on Indian roads. If you want to buy one, you would have to shell out a good amount of money. Moreover, you would also have to spend money on fitness tests and maintaining them. RX100 came with a two-stroke engine which is no longer used now because of the high pollution levels they cause. So, unfortunately, Yamaha won’t be able to bring the iconic Yamaha RX100 back.