YAMAHA RD 350
ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW.....!
This bike was first
launched on Indian soil in 1983.The flagship model was a top of the
line High torque road ripper, in other words a true mean machine.
Capable of speeds up to 160 kmph and with an acceleration of 0-60
kmph in 4 secs, this bike is easily the fastest bike ever to be
launched in India. However extremely high fuel consumption made this
bike very unpopular amongst the common masses or the "Janta" which
formed about 80% of the population, as a result the sales dropped
drastically. In 1985, to make amends Escorts came out with the
second flagship model, which was a toned down version of the first
model. Although this bike had enough power to lick any other bike on
the street, it was no match to the powerful bikes launched in '83
and '84.This model was clearly aimed at the more economy conscious
segment of the population. However around that time came about the
advent of the sub-100 cc 2 stroke and 4 stroke motorcycles. These
bikes were not only economic in terms of fuel consumption, but were
peppy enough to satisfy the needs of the average speed-freak. As a
result the RD 350 sales nearly came to a stand-still and soon the
production of the bike had to be discontinued.
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