Yamaha RX 100 is a legend. Earlier back then, it was the king of the Indian roads. With its sporty styling and quick acceleration, every other Indian was drooling over the bike. It was 98 Kgs, which is very light, thus making it quick and agile. Recently, some rumours about RX 100 coming in a 4-stroke engine came out.
Yamaha has stopped production of its famous RX 100 and RX135 long back. It was one of the best sellers and most famous Motorbikes of its time. Recently, there were some rumours abound that Yamaha is working on a 4-stroke low pollution engine for new Yamaha RX 100 Bike. The styling of the bike will be similar to the original RX 100 styling. However, the bike might not make a comeback anytime soon, as confirmed by Yamaha. Old and modified RX 100 are sold varying from Rs 40,000 to whopping Rs 2 Lakhs. The love for this bike is infinite and this one put Yamaha as one of the top bike makers in India in the 1980s.
The rumours started somewhere around 2016. It emerged that a custom Yamaha RX-135 has been exhibited at a motor show in Malaysia. The legendary two-stroke motorcycle has got a purple chrome paint finish and golden highlights. The RX 135 has been known as the RX-K 135 in some markets where the K stands for King. RX 135 was RX 100’s older brother, which was available in the market till 2005. In the late 1990s, the emission norms grew stricter and were directed towards 4-stroke engine bikes. So, RX 100 shut and the RX 135 was launched with a 4-stroke engine. Following which, RX-Z, a typical old-school sports bike was also launched. The RX-Z was a huge hit amongst the youth. However, RX 135 did not have the same chutzpah as the RX 100 and it was not much successful.
The 1985 RX 136 that was on sale in some international markets got a bikini fairing and a tailpiece. In the custom bike here, things like the handlebar, grabrail, mud-guards, crankcase, front forks and the exhaust have been chrome-plated. The custom RX 135 here sports Showa front fork and Ohlins gas-charged rear shock-absorbers. The modified RX-135 you see here also sports Binter AR125 mag wheels and a disc brake at front with a Nissin calipers. The speedo console and the Rear View Mirrors have been carried over from the stock bike.
Highlighting the popularity of the Yamaha RX 135 amongst enthusiasts, in 2016, a news had emerged that a dealer in Bengaluru has auctioned off seven units of the iconic motorcycle for five figure sums. Rahul S Dhojanna, who owns Pace Motors, claims that enthusiasts at the auction shelled out around INR 1.5-165 lacs for the RX135 models. The dealer had been trying to sell these units for quite some time now, but had to wait in order to obtain necessary permissions from the RTO as registration of two-stroke bikes had been stopped.
The RX135 had been in production until 2005 and was a hit amongst biker thanks to its affordable price, easy maintenance, and good performance. Popularity of the model fueled rumours of Yamaha resurrecting the RX brand by launching an all-new version of the RX 100 with a 4-stroke engine. However, since then, Yamaha has denied reports regarding the re-launch of the Yamaha RX 100 in India.
Yamaha India currently has no presence in the 100-110 cc segment with their lowest capacity motorcycle being the Saluto. Currently, Yamaha says that it is focused on developing entry level 100-110 CC bikes. It had earlier planned of relaunching the legend, but the production costs and a 4-stroke engine led down the decision. We’ll be keeping a close eye on any further developments regarding the re-launch of the Yamaha RX 100 with a 4-stroke engine so make sure you stay tuned to Car Blog India for all the updates.
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