Remember the Yamaha RD350? Unarguably India’s first performance machine may have a successor, according to Young Machine. The Japanese motorcycle magazine reported that Yamaha is planning an all-new bike to revive the legacy created by the RD350.
It is likely to be named ‘XSR 300’ deriving the nomenclature from the company’s latest range of models started by the XSR 700 in 2015, and followed by the XSR 900 in 2016. For now the XSR 300 is still on paper, if things work-out has Yamaha calculated the motorcycle will see the light of the day by 2018-2019.
In terms of design, the XSR 300 draws styling cues from the original RD350 as well as the current XSR range of modern classics. It will be interesting to see how Yamaha tries to replicate an iconic machine in the modern world.
The XSR 300 is expected to source its engine from the same 321cc, parallel twin engine that runs the YZF-R3 and MT-03, cranking out 42 PS and 29.6 Nm. The motorcycle will be based on a diamond frame and has been equipped the same suspension and braking set up as the MT-03.
Although, Yamaha is yet to sanction the project but considering the demand for the XSR700 and XSR900 in Europe, a smaller Yamaha XSR 300 or Yamaha XSR250 will be given the green light for production. If the Yamaha XSR 300 lands into reality, the legacy of the RD350 will be carried forward in this form!
To read more on Yamaha RD350, Click here
Source: Young Machine via TMCBlog