Before anything, we like to thank Mahindra for reviving the Classic Legends company, which owns the Jawa, Yezdi and BSA motorcycle manufacturers. Yesterday was D-Day for the Yezdi motorcycle brand as they revealed all three motorcycles. All three of them cater to different audiences, and the expectations on some of their products are sky-high. Read on to know more about Yezdi India’s exciting lineup.

Engine

Jawa Perak Bobber
Jawa Perak Bobber

You might be wondering why there is an image of a Jawa Perak while the article is about the Yezdi(s). This is because all three bikes from Yezdi India’s lineup borrow the same engine from the Jawa Perak, albeit with a different state of tune. This means they will be powered by a 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine that churns out 30.64 bhp of power and 30Nm of peak torque. We have taken the Jawa for several test rides and were mighty impressed with the engine. It has good low-end torque and a punchy mid-range in which you can cruise all day long without an ounce of stress on the engine. The cherry on top is the liquid cooling that ensures the engine is running at its optimum temperature.

Yezdi Roadster

Yezdi Roadster
Yezdi Roadster

First, we have the most simple of the lot, which is the Yezdi Roadster. It has several cruiser styling bits and definitely looks the part. With the backrest being a default accessory, it is guaranteed to be a comfortable mile muncher for both the rider and the pillion.

  1. Design

    Yezdi Roadster
    Yezdi Roadster

    The Yezdi Roadster gets the neo-retro aspect of the design spot-on. It gets different windscreen options, a tear-drop shaped fuel tank, wide and comfortable seats, wide handlebars, and split seats with a backrest for the pillion. One look at the bike, and irrespective of the manufacturer, it is enough to understand that this motorcycle means business, and it will take you to the length and breadth of the country in comfort. It may have the least ground clearance of the three with 175mm but still is good enough to tackle our Indian roads.

  2. Hardware

    Yezdi Roadster
    Yezdi Roadster

    The Roadster gets telescopic forks with 135mm of travel at the front and a gas-charged dual rear shock with 100mm of travel. The rear shocks can be adjusted for preload. It also gets LED lights, a fully digital instrument console, liquid cooling, and alloy wheels. This is the only Yezdi that gets alloy wheels that are 18-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear. It gets discs at both ends and also has dual-channel ABS.

  3. Rivals

    Royal Enfield Meteor 350
    Royal Enfield Meteor 350| Image Credits: iamabiker.com

    The Yezdi Roadster’s primary target will be the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, while it is possible that if the Roadster sells well, then it may eat into the sales of the Classic 350 as well. The Meteor 350 is the only other bike in the market with a roadster design and tailor-made for touring with all the equipment and features it gets.

  4. Price

    Yezdi Roadster
    Yezdi Roadster

    Yezdi India has priced each variant as shown below:

    Variant and Colour Ex-Showroom Prices (in Lakhs)
    Roadster Dark – Smoke Grey 1.98
    Roadster Dark – Steel Blue 2.02
    Roadster Dark – Hunter Green 2.02
    Roadster Chrome – Galant Grey 2.06
    Roadster Chrome – Sin Silver 2.06

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Yezdi Scrambler

Next up is probably the most important bike of the lot, the Yezdi Scrambler. This is the most important bike because the Yezdi Scrambler is the first scrambler themed bike developed and made in India. We are most excited to swing our legs over this mean machine and explore it to the fullest.

  1. Design

    Yezdi Scrambler
    Yezdi Scrambler

    Yezdi has hit the bull’s eye when it comes to the bike’s design. The ribbed single-seat layout, a flying beak-like fender that is mounted higher up just below the headlight while the rear fender is short and minimal. The minimal design extends to the other parts of the bike with round headlamps, a high raised handlebar, a tiny windscreen above the headlamp, knuckle guards, dual exhausts, circular-shaped rear-view mirrors and a 12.5-litre fuel tank. True to the Scrambler nature, it gets a worry-free 200mm of ground clearance.

  2. Hardware

    Yezdi Scrambler
    Yezdi Scrambler

    The Scrambler variant is not all show and no go because it gets the proper hardware to support its looks and hence does its duty as a scrambler with style. It gets telescopic forks with 150mm of travel at the front and gas-charged twin shocks with 130mm of travel at the rear. It gets a dual cradle chassis engineered to take a beating when you want it to and at the same time stay composed and inspire confidence while riding it on the road. This is the dual-purpose bike that Indians have been waiting for, and it can only get better from here. The Scrambler runs on 17-inch wheels at the rear and 19-inch wheels at the front, which helps it conquer those off-road terrains with ease. It also gets dual-channel ABS with different modes: Road, Off-Road and Rain. Last but not least, it gets spoked wheels that not only help to complete the retro scrambler design but can also handle some serious off-road bashing.

  3. Rivals

    Honda CB350 RS
    Honda CB350 RS

     

    As of now, there are no direct competitors in this segment in India. The Honda CB350 RS does come close to Scrambler territory, but at heart, it still is more of a cruiser than a scrambler. Its main rival will be the Royal Enfield’s Scram 411, which is just around the corner. Till then, if anybody wants to own a single bike for every purpose, be it for touring, city commutes, off-roading and to a certain extent, even corner carving, then the Yezdi Scrambler will be happy to do it, no questions asked.

  4. Price

    Yezdi Scrambler
    Yezdi Scrambler

    The pricing of each variant is as shown below :

    Colour Ex-Showroom Prices (in Lakhs)
    Fire Orange 2.05
    Yelling Yellow 2.07
    Outlaw Olive 2.07
    Rebel Red 2.11
    Mean Green 2.11
    Midnight Blue 2.11

Yezdi Adventure

The Yezdi Scrambler might be the most important bike of the three, but the Yezdi Adventure is the one that many enthusiasts are waiting for with bated breath. Ever since the launch of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, our country has gone berserk and has gotten a pleasant taste of the adventure category. So now, just like SUVs, any number of adventure motorcycles is not enough, and we can expect at least one model from every manufacturer within a few years.

  1. Design

    Yezdi Adventure
    Yezdi Adventure

    One quick look at the Yezdi Adventure, and anybody can mistake it for the Himalayan. We don’t blame Yezdi for that since it’s the safest approach in designing an off-road adventure motorcycle, and whether it is copied or not, it hits the right chords. The design is minimal and has a rugged look which shows that it is confident to take on anything you throw at it. The round headlamp has a beak just below it, a tall windscreen, split seats, a large fuel tank, guards for the knuckle, fuel tank, engine and a high raised handlebar. The Yezdi Adventure is the only bike here that has a single upswept exhaust on one side. It even has spoke wheels to complete the design of a hardcore off-roader that is ready to conquer every terrain.

  2. Hardware

    Yezdi Adventure
    Yezdi Adventure

    It gets the same engine as the other motorcycles in Yezdi India’s lineup, but Yezdi says that the tuning is different to suit the bike’s character, and we hope it does not disappoint us (looking at you, KTM). It gets a well-deserved 21-inch spoke wheel at the front, while the rear gets a 17-inch spoke wheel. It is the only bike that gets an LCD console with standard functionalities along with an ABS mode indicator and a gear position indicator. The LCD can be tilted to suit the rider, which is a neat touch. The Yezdi Adventure has Bluetooth connectivity and turn by turn navigation as standard. It has hooks and mounts for mounting your luggage or panniers, and it also gets mounts at the front for jerry cans, which also acts as protection for the fuel tank and engine. The suspension duties are carried over by telescopic forks with a massive 200mm of travel at the front and a mono-shock suspension with 180mm of travel at the back. If this list does not suit your off-road requirement, we’re not sure what else will.

  3. Rivals

    Royal Enfield Himalayan
    Royal Enfield Himalayan

    Without a second thought, we can concur that the Royal Enfield Himalayan is the nemesis of the Yezdi Adventure, and it is true both in function as well as looks. Apart from the Himalayan, you have the Hero Xpulse 200, KTM Adventure 250 and 390, and the BMW G310 GS. Right now, the Adventure category in India is broken down into two divisions. The Himalayan and the Xpluse on one side, where these bikes are capable of hardcore off-roading but are not suited for highway touring, while on the other end, you have the KTM Adventure series and the Beemer, which are outstanding on highways but can only be called as soft-roaders as they are not suited for hardcore off-roading. We believe bikes like the Yezdi Adventure will bridge the gap between them with adequate power for touring while having the kit to go anywhere the heart decides to. Is the Yezdi Adventure everything that it claims? We will have to wait until we swing our legs over it.

  4. Price

    Yezdi Adventure
    Yezdi Adventure

    The pricing of the Yezdi Adventure is as shown below:

    Colour Ex-Showroom Prices (in Lakhs)
    Slick Silver 2.10
    Mambo Black 2.12
    Ranger Camo 2.19

Yezdi India has outdone itself when it comes to the looks, the design and specifications on paper, but will it transfer this performance out in the real world is something we will have to wait and watch. If the hardware of each of these bikes meets the expectations, then Yezdi does have the ability to show up on the top of the sales charts in a few months.

This, according to us, is the right way of reviving forgotten legends: keeping the old school design combined with modern equipment and voila, you have the perfect mix. We like the design, the specifications and most importantly, the decision that Yezdi India took to decide the category they are being introduced in.

Now that you have seen all three models of Yezdi India’s lineup, what do you think about each of them and if given a chance which would be your weapon of choice and why?

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