Yamaha Motor Company is one of the oldest two-wheeler manufacturer in India and has been around since 1985. The Japanese company has always given enthusiasts something to rejoice about and has launched several successful models in past. Bikes like the RD350, RX100 and more recently the R15 are focused on providing fun while riding and nothing else. However, not all motorcycles that Yamaha launched in India shared the same success. So today, let’s take a look at t 10 Yamaha motorcycles that everyone has totally forgotten about
The iconic RX100 was succeeded by the Yamaha RX-Z in 1997 and was basically a more stylish version of the RX 135 with fairings and coloured decals. The RX-Z was powered by a 132cc, 2-stroke, air-cooled engine that was also found on the RX 135 and the RX-G. In the RX-Z though, this engine churned out a higher power of 16 bhp at 8,500 RPM along with a peak torque of 12 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The motorcycle had a top speed of 120 km/h and came with a low resonating exhaust muffler along with disc brakes on the front wheel.
The YD125 was Yamaha’s attempt to capture the four-stroke commuter market after the end of the two-stroke era. This motorcycle was powered by a 123.7cc four-stroke engine that pumped out a good 10.85 bhp of maximum power. It featured a disc brake on the front wheel but didn’t make it big in terms of sales.
The Yamaha Libero had an attractive design for that time and was targeted at young buyers who were looking for a stylish entry-level motorcycle. The bike featured trendy graphics, alloy wheels and a bikini fairing. Powering the Libero was a 105.6cc four-stroke engine that churned out 7.6 Bhp of power and 7.8 Nm. The engine came mated to a 4-speed transmission and offered a peak mileage of 65 km/l.
Aimed squarely at the commuter motorcycle segment, the Yamaha Crux chiefly rivalled the likes of Bajaj CT100. The Crux had a 105.6 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke engine powering it which pumped out a maximum of 7.6 bhp of power along with 7.5 Nm of peak torque. Yamaha claimed that the Crux had an impressive mileage of 80 km/l and a top speed of 93 km/h.
After the Crux, Yamaha launched the Crux R which was a slightly premium variant of the Crux. The major additions here were a headlamp fairing and stylish body graphics. Since the Crux had performed reasonably well in terms of sales, Yamaha wanted to cash in the success by bringing in a more stylish variant in the form of the Crux R. Hence, there was no change in the specifications of the bike and the Crux R came with the same 105.6 cc engine that powered the regular Crux.
The Yamaha RD 350 needs no introduction since it’s an icon in itself. The legendary motorcycle shared its launch year with a car that later became an icon itself. We are talking about the Maruti 800 and both of these vehicles were launched back in 1983. The bike was sold as the Rajdoot 350 and the ‘RD’ in its name stands for Race Developed series. The RD 350 was powered by a 347cc, air-cooled, torque induction parallel twin motor that offered a maximum power of 30.5 Bhp along with a peak torque of 32Nm. The motorcycle could hit 100 km/h from standstill in less than 7 seconds and had a top speed of 150 km/h. The India-spec RD 350 was a licensed copy of the RD 350B that was tuned to suit the Indian conditions.
The Yamaha Enticer, in a way, introduced us Indians to the world of affordable and practical cruiser motorcycles. Launched back in the 2000s, the Enticer quickly gained a good fan following due to its stylish looks and an affordable price tag. Powering the bike was a 123.7cc engine that also powered the YC125. It produced a maximum power of 11 bhp along with a peak torque of 10.4 Nm.
That’s right, the semi-faired Fazer we see today was not the one to start this nameplate in India. The Fazer nameplate first made it to India in the form of an executive commuter motorcycle and the key distinguishing point in its design was the rather unique looking headlamps it came with. The bike was powered by a 123.7cc, 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine that also powered many other Yamaha motorcycles. It produced a maximum power of 10.8 bhp along with a peak torque of 10.4 Nm.
Brought as a commuter motorcycle, the Yamaha Alba was targeted at the entry-level models from Hero and Bajaj among others. The Alba had a stylish body design and was powered by a 106cc engine that pumped out a decent 7.6 bhp of power along with 7.85 Nm of torque. It offered features like alloy wheels, bikini fairing, and electric start.
Last on the list is the Yamaha YBX a premium commuter motorcycle launched back in 1998. The YBX was powered by a 123.7cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled 4-stroke engine that pumped out a maximum power output of 11 Bhp along with a peak torque of 10.4 Nm. The motor came mated to a 4-speed transmission.