The Yamaha RX100 is among the most iconic motorcycles of our country. The RX100 was sold in India for over a decade and enthralled the previous generation of motorcycle aficionados with its zippy performance. The RX100 was the obvious choice of every motorcycle buyer who wanted an affordable commuter that was fun to ride. The RX100 is really the motorcycle that changed everybody’s perception of small displacement motorcycles. Sadly, the RX100 has been out of production for over two decades now. However, there are some connoisseurs who have restored the incredible li’l motorcycle to its former glory. One such motorcycle is the gunmetal grey RX100 you see below.
While this Yamaha RX100 looks almost like a brand-new machine that has just rolled off the production line, it carries a handful of modifications to look more upmarket and even a bit modern. The motorcycle has been painted in gunmetal grey. The tank gets black pinstriping. At its launch, the RX100 was available only in Cherry red, Peacock blue-green and Black. The tank had golden pinstriping. Even the engine of this RX100 sports a grey finish. Other than this, the front forks have been given a dark grey colour.
The original spoke wheels have been replaced with multi-spoke alloys. The chrome-finished front fender has made way for a body-coloured plastic unit. There’s also a body-coloured engine cowl with Yamaha decals. The biggest highlight, however, is the custom headlamp that carries LED DRLs and projector units. Other than these modifications, this RX100 remains true to the original motorcycle. We feel that these changes come together pretty well to infuse a touch of modern-ness to the ageing design.
The Yamaha RX100 was powered by a 98-cc, single-cylinder, two-stroke engine that produced a maximum power of 11 bhp at 7,500 RPM and a peak torque of 10.39 Nm at 6,500 RPM. The engine came mated to a four-speed transmission. The RX100 has a kerb weight of just 103 KGs. The low weight plays a key role in the strong acceleration that this motorcycle offers. We don’t know if the RX100 you see in the video carries any performance updates. However, we must say that it’s the most well restored Yamaha RX100 we’ve ever seen.
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