5 Motorcycles from the past we totally miss today
Snapshot: 5 legends from the past that built standards for other bikes to follow
Today Indian Motorcycle market is flooding with brilliant machines and motorheads like us, we love it. With brands like Benelli, KTM and Harley Davidson making their presence in India now. once There was a time when there were very few manufacturers and it was the time when some legend motorcycles were born, and today’s motorcycles are carrying their legacy in one way or another. We bring to you 5 Motorcycle from the past which are none less than legends in themselves.
1)Yamaha RD350 (1973)
RD350 was the leader of hooligans in the past time; It featured a reliable air cooled, parallel twin, six-speed, two-stroke engine that produced massive 39bhp that was like triple of the power produced by motorcycles in the 90’s. RD350 was called as a sports bike at that time, and no wonder why not. The brakes this bike featured were huge drum brake units at the front and the back, a combination described by Cycle Magazine as the best in its class. Country still have many active RD clubs here and this signifies the cult status this bike still carries as it was the first sporting motorcycle ever built in India.
2)Yamaha RX100 (1985)
It was launched in mid 80's and was produced until 1996. It was a reliable and an insanely fun to ride machine at the same time, the bike was so good for those times that it proved to be the tough competitor to all the bikes in its segment. Soon after Yamaha removed RD350 from shelf's owing to a low demand and the success of Ind-Suzuki's AX-100 Yamaha realized that smaller displacement bikes has a huge potential in India. RX100’s performed superbly on Dirt & Drag Races. Many couldn’t believe that the power this bike delivered was from a 100cc engine, it is even said that many race conductors & authorities double checked by opening the engine to make sure it was a 100cc engine. You wouldn’t believe that Tuned RX-100's has done Quarter Miles in About 14 Seconds! For Instance BMW-S1000RR 4-Cylinder 1000CC bike went down Quarter mile in 10.2 Seconds. RX100 was produced from Nov 1985 to March 1996, when the ever growing stringent emission norms forced Yamaha to pull the plug on the manufacturing of one of the best 100cc motorcycles ever built. RX100 was then followed by motorcycles like 132cc RXG which produced 11.8bhp and RX135 which made near 14bhp. There are people who are still looking for this motorcycle today as this was the meanest machine in 100cc segment that proved that its way ahead of other 100cc’s.
3)TVS Shogun (1996)
Shogun was famous for the name “The Boss” in those days. Why? Because it delivered power equivalent to getting a hard punch in the nose and it looked like its on stealth mode decals of a shade that only, a Shogun has been able to pull off. Shogun was a super loud machine; some of the reviews explain Shogun as “the boss will come to life shouting out loud, making sure no one misses its entry. The throttle ‘feels’ hair-trigger and nudges you to snick it into first and “get on with it already”. This sure was a real rowdy motorcycle, made for the sole purpose of having fun.
4)Bajaj Pulsar 180 (2001)
Bajaj made a motorcycle that was not just light on pocket but at the same time Pulsar was the first bike by Bajaj that performed dastardly on roads. The 1st gen Pulsar 180 made near 15bhp after that the power output were steadily increased in the next Pulsars. Bajaj upgraded the new Pulsars with the wider tires, more power and much more stuff that made Pulsars faster and stronger. The muscular tank of Pulsar, the growling voice and the over-all styling gave Pulsar a buffed up look. No doubt Pulsar changed the standards, on which Indian bikes were made at that time. The first Pulsar ever built by Bajaj is currently known to be worth about 17,000 dollars, and is owned by Sir Ramansh Bhardwaj.
5)Hero-Honda Karizma (2003)
Karizma came out to be one of the best looking bikes Hero-Honda ever built. It carried a slightly detuned version of 223cc SOHC air-cooled engine from the CRF230 series of enduro/MX/supermoto bikes. Karizma carried the styling inspired by Honda VFR800 and it was designed specifically for the Indian market. Engine of the Karizma produced 17bhp at 7000rpm and a prodigious 1.87kgm of torque at 6000rpm. It was capable of doing a healthy top-speed of 125 km/hr and did 0-100 in near 3.9seconds. Karizma proved to be a superb handler as well, reviews praised the bike saying "being easy for novice", "impeccable on straights and cornering" and as an "accomplished bike" in ride and handling. The successor of Karizma, the Karizma R was a visual upgrade to the old. It was also used in MTV’s famous reality show “Roadies” for almost 8 seasons of the show. It is still considered to be a much better looking Karizma than its present successors that are currently selling in the Indian market today.
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