@Yamaha XSR300 & Yamaha RD350
Yamaha Motocorp is planning an all-new bike to resurrect the legacy created by the RD350. According to a Japanese motorcycle magazine, YoungMachine the successor to the RD350 will be named XSR300, deriving classifications from the company’s retro sports bike range, the XSR900. The XSR900 is not offered in the country yet, although last year, Yamaha launched the XSR 900 in the UK market. Going by the cult following of the RD350, Yamaha might offer the XSR300 here.
Most Indian biking enthusiasts have heard about the RD350. The bike made it to India in 1983 only and was first produced in 1973 in Japan and was discontinued in 1975 due to its poor emission levels. In India, it was launched by Rajdoot. Due to a 7-port twin-cylinder two-stroke engine, the RD is competent of doing 0-60kmph in under 4 seconds and hit a top speed of 169kmph (This is fast by even today’s standards, let alone 1983). The bike was very technologically ahead of time, thanks to Yamaha’s Torque Induction System with reed valves, auto lube system, 6-speed transmission, etc.
Can the XSR300 match the legacy of the RD? To begin with, it’s motor is rumoured to power the bike is of the similar make. We can deduce that it is a parallel-twin, liquid-cooled, judging by the radiator and a stubby exhaust unit. However, there could be a difference in the capacity of the beater, as it could be either a 249cc motor or a 321cc. If it’s the latter, then the power and torque figures could be 42 PS and 29.6Nm, respectively, similar to those of the Yamaha R3. The bike may also retain the diamond frame of the R3. As for the 249cc parallel-twin unit, using it to power the XSR300 will make it less significant since the RD350 back in the day produced 39PS of power, which is 3bhp more than the power produced by the 250cc engine. Nonetheless, Yamaha can still offer the 249cc version in the Indonesian markets.
Yamaha XSR300 SPECIFICATIONS:
- Displacement: 321cc.
- Maximum Power: 42 PS (Expected).
- Maximum Torque: 29.6 Nm (Expected).
- Engine Description: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves, liquid-cooled.
- Cooling: Liquid Cooling.
- Fuel System: Fuel Injection.
- No. of Gears: 6-Speed.
There is no concrete information on the launch or the production dates of the bike as of now. However, more information could come up in due time.