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Old 13-01-09   #1
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A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350


As far as I remember, I saw the mighty Yamaha RD350 when my dad used to own it. I was in 5th Standard at that time. It was red in color. But he sold it to a guy who came himself asking for it. When I grew up and passed my 10th with good marks I wanted RD350 as my first college bike. But luck was not with me that time. I searched for the beast at every corner of my city. Mr. Abhijat Kurhekar, a RD geek from my city helped me. I even asked every mechanic in my city every one said a big NO or comments would be “Why are u taking a bike that consumes so much petrol?” or “There is so much shortage of its spare parts” etc. But still quest to lay hands on the mighty beast did not end. I completed my 10+2 on RX100 instead. After joining an engineering college I was used to surf internet many times. Then on xBHP I saw Mr. Rajat’s thread of rebuilding a RD. After so many years I was seeing the beast. I contacted him on Yahoo! and seeked help! He convinced me to go for a rebuild instead going for a already rebuilded bike. Then after few months I met Dr. Tanjot Ahuja on Orkut, I gave him Mr. Rajat’s reference. I told him that I wanted a scrap bike. Next day it was like magic his reply was “Yes there is one scrap LT which available with complete papers”. Actually he had arranged this bike for himself, but he decided to me gave it to me. Mr. Sumeet Mehdiratta was going to rebuild the whole bike. His work as usual was marvelous everything he did on bike is just superb. I would like to thank all three of em’ because of whom I am a proud owner of the RD. The specs of my bike are

November 1985’ LT
Front Apache Disk, Rear OE Drum.
STD Pistons.
Rest all is OEM
It is running on GENUINE Yamaha CDI which was made for the RD itself.

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After Pics ie After Rebuild















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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

wow man
this is more than ur dream come true
dude is it double silencer ? or u have just weld it ?

CONGRATS
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Wow man... after so many years... the bike still reeks of power

The black finish looks daunting and sexy. I wish I could ride this beast even once.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

congos man my uncle used to have one of these .......he sold it for 8000rs .. really nice to see this again ... i've few memorable experiences on this
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Congrats man ... the beast lives again
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Wow.. man this is great. And the bike looks amazing after rebuild!
Congrats mate.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Wow.
JD is gonna cry when he sees this

That thing is BEAUTIFUL.
OMFG If there was one bike for me, it's be the R6 or this baby.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

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dude is it double silencer ? or u have just weld it ?

CONGRATS
there we go. m8 RD350 is Twin Cylinder Bike, there r 2 cylinders tht is 2pistons, two spark plugs, two carbs, so it has 2 silencers. Im not done any welding lol
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Nice Bike.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Why do you have rajdoot meters?
change them n get some cool chrome ones... IMO.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Congrats bro...I had seen one years back in Chandigarh while visiting a cousin.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

Originally Posted by stonedsurd View Post
Wow.
JD is gonna cry when he sees this

That thing is BEAUTIFUL.
OMFG If there was one bike for me, it's be the R6 or this baby.
For sure... very nice restore... very nice.. man if only i could get my bike up and running.. but sadly thats another story...

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Why do you have rajdoot meters?
change them n get some cool chrome ones... IMO.
they are the meters that came on the indian RD.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

The Beast is unleashed again! Congo! ride on!
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

I have one question.. maybe someone here can answer..
How much do these bikes cost now.. the RD 350/ Rajdoot and yezdi roadking.. restored/untouched.
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Re: A Dream Come True: My Yamaha RD350

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I have one question.. maybe someone here can answer..
How much do these bikes cost now.. the RD 350/ Rajdoot and yezdi roadking.. restored/untouched.
Restored - a RD350 can be anything between 45k to around 80k even. Some people have put up fully stock bikes for sale for even 1Lac.

- Rajdoot dont have any pricing as such, but there are some classic rajdoots, that sell for a lot, these ones were the first models, ~ 1960 based on a polish manufacturer WFM, those can get you anything between 20-30k.

Yezdi 350 if you meant is a rarity and would depend purely on the seller, but around 30-40 can be easily expected. Other yezdis, the 250s etc can be bought for about 6-10k.

The jawa, predecessor to the yezdi is a classic actually, and those bikes are between 10-45k depending on condition of bike, and restoration work carried out. I personally invested nearly 1lac for the stuff and restoration of my bike... and its barely started...
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