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Back on the Road: Yamaha RX100s Beautifully Restored! Prove They Are Timeless

The iconic retro motorcycle Yamaha RX100 isn't just a memory. A recent YouTube video showcases two beautifully restored RX100s, proving this legendary machine's timeless appeal. Dive in to see these pocket rockets brought back to life and learn why the RX100 continues to win hearts across generations

Edited By : Auto Desk | Updated: Apr 6, 2024 12:03 IST
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The iconic Yamaha RX100 is one of the gems from the past that once ruled the Indian roads as well as many hearts. While this beloved retro motorcycle evokes nostalgia in the kids from the 90s, even younger generations find it quite appealing. Don’t get fooled by its small-sized 98cc engine, the RX100 was a true ‘pocket rocket’. What made this two-stroke machine the best 100cc bike ever built for mass production was its power-to-weight ratio, thanks to its high power output and lightweight body.

Unearthing Gems: Two Restored RX100s Take Center Stage

We often across several restored versions of this legendary masterpiece, but an old video posted on YouTube caught our attention. A Vlogger named Rammy Wanderer posted a video showing not one but two beautifully restored Yamaha RX100 motorcycles. 

Although the video doesn’t reveal the restoration process of the bikes, the YouTuber nicely explains most of the details. The vlogger goes on to say that the red-coloured bike featured in the video is a Japanese version imported to India, while the chameleon-coloured one was manufactured in India. He says that both these bikes have been restored by one of his friends named Dinesh.

He also took a quick test ride on one of the motorcycles and shared some information about owning retro motorcycles of this type. As he takes it on a ride, you can hear the sound of its exhaust and can still feel that thrill.

Escorts Yamaha’s Masterpiece: The Iconic RX100

Escorts Yamaha manufactured the Yamaha RX100 motorcycle back then. Unfortunately, it was the end of the road for the motorcycle in 1996. It was a quick motorcycle, thanks to its lightweight body. 

The Yamaha RX100’s engine churned out a maximum power of 11bhp and a peak torque of 10.39Nm, which certainly matched the performance figures of a 125 or 135 cc motorcycle. The bike was quick, thanks to its 95 kg weight, allowing it to manage 0 to 400 meters in 14 seconds.

Some even say that the 100 kmph top speed of the RX100 made some authorities fear that Yamaha had installed a large displacement engine (more than 100 cc). It was then inspected but found to be a 98cc engine. Since then, Yamaha’s legacy has continued.

Also Read: Why Was Yamaha RX100 Discontinued In India?

Yamaha RX100: Quick specs (original model)

  • Engine: 98cc, 2-stroke, air-cooled
  • Maximum power: 11 BHP @ 7500 RPM
  • Maximum torque: 10.39 Nm @ 6500 rpm
  • Transmission: 4-speed
  • Top speed: 100 kmph
  • Acceleration: 0-60 kmph in 7.5 seconds
  • Dry weight: 95 Kg

Yamaha RX100 FAQs

Q. What maintenance tips should be followed to preserve the legacy of a Yamaha RX100?

A. Regular maintenance, including proper care, lubrication, and rust prevention of the two-stroke engine in important. It is also recommended to contact experienced mechanics familiar with retro two-stroke motorcycles for maintenance.

Q. What was the engine capacity of the Yamaha RX100?

A. A 98cc air-cooled, two-stroke engine powered the Yamaha RX100.

Q. Why was the Yamaha RX100 discontinued in India?

A. The RX100 was discontinued in India mainly due to the shift to four-stroke engines. Two-stroke engines were less eco-friendly.

Q. Is the Yamaha RX100 suitable for long trips?

A. Yes, you can use your RX100 for long trips provided it is in a sound condition. However, if it breaks down time and again and even has engine heating problems, then it is recommended to keep it for normal commutes in the city. And even for city rides, make sure to keep all the necessary documents up-to-date to avoid any legal hurdles. 

Also Read: Fastest Yamaha Bikes Of All Time – Blazing A Trail Of Speed

First published on: Apr 06, 2024 12:03 PM IST

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