The Yamaha RD350 is genuinely a legend we have all grown up with and has been setting the bar high for the bikes from yesteryears and is standing its ground against the newer ones with similar engine capacities. A benchmark, even today, for bikes in the 300-500cc section, the RD350 is a genuine symbol for the Indian biking enthusiast. A comparable kind of consideration is gotten by the KTM Duke 390 for the incensing impression of increasing speed that the 375cc single barrel motor conveys.
Presently envision what could be the capability of a bike that joins these two force mongers. The last result would unquestionably be an item that would display adrenaline stuffed rides for a ridiculously long time before one plans to upgrade
Meet Aseem Singh Pawar’s brainchild, a potent mixture of the defiant past and the precisive future – the RD-DUKE. Affectionately called the “Flying Sikh”, it is basically is an adjusted KTM Duke 390 trellis casing, supporting a US-spec Yamaha RD350 heart, helped by KTM cycle parts.
The body panels have been totally outlined without any preparation with a bikini fairing remaining at the fore of the bike. It is joined in by the fuel tank that likewise bends over as the instrument cluster. The clip-on handlebars offer a lively riding position while the split, stride up seat set-up has been supplanted by a cafe racer style unit for a retro look.
The stock trellis outline from KTM Duke 390 has been adjusted to hold the Yamaha RD350’s motor, which is presently appraised at around 40-45 bhp. The exhaust has a pleasant note too. The heaviness of both the fumes funnels adds a simple five kilograms to the bike. The stock Metzeler tires from the Duke have additionally been supplanted by a couple of Michelins.
Aseem has worked quite hard on this project and every bit of his determination shows in the final one.
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GALLERY: Customized RD350 called ‘Flying Sikh’