The modification took more than a year to complete but the owner still has plans to make more upgrades in the near future
Yamaha RD350 is one such motorcycle which will always remain close to our heart. The iconic motorcycle was an engineering marvel back in its time and it still garners the same amount of interest even now. Recently a 1983 Yamaha RD350 owned by motorcycle enthusiasts Jassiji from Delhi received small but important safety update of its own.
The motorcycle which was imported from Japan in India in the year 1983 received twin disc brakes setup towards the front and a single disc brake at the rear which replaced the stock drum brakes. The entire braking setup has been sourced from the finest in the industry.
The front disc brake setup has been sourced from Brembo while the callipers are from Nissin which belonged to the Honda CBR650F. The brake cylinder and clutch master cylinder has been taken from the Yamaha V-Max while the slave cylinder is sourced from Suzuki Hayabusa.
Towards the rear, the disc brakes have been taken from Honda and are also Nissin units. Besides getting duel disc brakes the motorcycle also has received a single channel ABS setup from Suzuki Intruder 150. The single ABS unit is working fine with the combined disc setup but the owner has plans to upgrade it to dual channel ABS setup.
Besides the brakes, the motorcycle has also received few restorations work as well but it still retains its iconic styling. Towards the front, the motorcycle features the same spherical headlamps with chrome rings, conventional blinkers positioned in chrome housing. It even retains the original chrome fenders and twin analogue instrument cluster which helps maintain the retro styling.
The fuel tank gets a dual tone finish to it with Yamaha branding on its side. The motorcycle also retains the stock seats. Besides just the cosmetic updates the motorcycle also gets few noticeable mechanical updates as well. The modified RD350 gets a US spec cylinder kit. As a result, the motorcycle now makes 39 Bhp of peak power. To synchronize the cylinders the mechanic used a Yamaha RZ350 sourced carburettor.
Lastly, the motorcycle uses a Made-in-Japan Kokusan Denki CDI on his RD350. This is perhaps the only Yamaha RD350 to feature disc brakes on both ends along with ABS. All these modifications took the owner about a year but he will still make more changes to the motorcycle in the near future.
1983 Modified Yamaha RD350