Romancing the Yamaha RD350 in Meghalaya

#1 Sep 1st, 2014, 00:44
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This is for all of you who grew up in India in the 80's and 90's , who would have experienced, seen or atleast have heard of the iconic Yamaha RD 350. It was way ahead of its time, atleast for India. Only a few were ever sold ( legend goes that only 300 units were delivered in India). I was fortunate to be living in a city (town back then), who enjoyed their motorcycling. A city who gave more respect to its motorcycles and not treat it just as a regular tool to commute. The thrills in which a rider derives while riding this iconic cult of a motorcycle in the narrow twisting roads of Meghalaya can be briefly felt in the article below. I remember there were about 6-7 such motorcycles just in my locality alone. Sadly, for some weird coincidence, with the rising of militancy in my state in the mid-90s, these beauties began to disappear (some were shipped out of the state, some were confiscated by cops from militants and many died a slow death due to lack of spares). Now only a few can be seen in the Shillong roads. This is for all those people who have been associated with this classic at some point of their lives and stands as a tribute to a legend whose thump resonated across these hills. Happy reading.

http://www.zigwheels.com/news-featur...ghalaya/18826/
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Great story, the aircooled RD's were fabulous bikes. In my younger days i was lucky enough to own quite a few -- a 74 model 350, and three RD 400's a 76 and two 79 models, and also a 1976 TZ 250, which were the must have Grand Prix bikes of the day. Quite regularly i see a RD 350 lurking on Marina Drive Madras in the early mornings, i have given chase a few times on my bullet, but he always blows me away in a cloud of poor quality 2 stroke smoke. The RD's were the original crazy boy's street racer, i lost my licence 4 times, and was fined for speeding countless times, on those mad rice burners.
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Redninja,

I am envious of you. I can only imagine the beauties in your garage. Some guys just have all the luck.

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