Classic Legends, which is responsible for bringing back the Jawa brand in India in 2018, has resurrected yet another iconic motorcycle brand in the Indian two-wheeler market, Yezdi. A popular brand from the bygone era, Yezdi has made a comeback in India with three new motorcycles – Roadster, Scrambler and Adventure.
What’s common between all the three motorcycles from Yezdi?
All the three motorcycles launched by Yezdi – Roadster, Scrambler and Adventure – have completely different designs and appeal to entirely different sets of buyers. However, one thing has been kept common in all three motorcycles – their engine.
All three motorcycles are powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 334cc engine, which has been shared with the Jawa Perak. However, the engine is offered in different states of tune in all three motorcycles, as a result of which all of them offer different power and torque figures.
All three motorcycles also share the dual-channel ABS and the headlamp, turn indicators and tail lamp, all of which are rounded and are all-LED units. Another feature shared by the three motorcycles is the round-shaped fully digital instrument console, which gets a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meters, gear indicator and clock. In the Yezdi Adventure, this instrument console is kept in a rectangular housing and is accompanied by a small rounded navigation display, which supports Bluetooth connectivity.
The Yezdi Roadster is the most affordable model from the lineup of Yezdi and is offered in four colour options – Smoke Grey, Steel Blue, Hunter Green, Gallant Grey and Sin Silver. While the Smoke Grey is priced at Rs 1.98 lakh, all the other colour options are available for Rs 2.06 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, India).
The Yezdi Roadster has a dual-appeal of a naked roadster and a cruiser, much like its two direct rivals, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and Jawa 42. It is the only motorcycle from Yezdi to get alloy wheels as standard. The 334cc engine in this motorcycle produces 29.7 bhp @ 7,300 rpm of power and 29 Nm @ 6,500 rpm of torque.
While the motorcycle gets a suspension combination of conventional telescopic forks at the front and twin hydraulic coil springs at the rear, the braking combination includes 320mm front disc and 240mm rear disc. The motorcycle rides on a 110/90-19 tyre at the front and a 130/80-17 tyre at the rear.
Apart from the Meteor 350 and Jawa 42, the Yezdi Roadster will also compete with Royal Enfield Classic 350, Jawa 300, Honda H’ness CB350 and Benelli Imperiale 400.
The Yezdi Scrambler sit above the Roadster as a model more focused on spirited riding with an additional off-road appeal. The motorcycle is offered in six colour options. The base-spec Fire Orange is priced at Rs 2.05 lakh, while the mid-spec Yelling Yellow and Outlaw Olive are priced at Rs 2.07 lakh each. The top-spec Rebel Red, Mean Green and Midnight Blue colour options are priced at Rs 2.11 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India).
As evident by its name, the Yezdi Scrambler has an added dose of off-road appeal in its design and mechanicals under the skin. Compared to the Roadster, it has a slightly higher ground clearance of 200mm and different design highlights such as a high-mounted front fender, upswept exhaust pipes, chrome-finished fuel tank lid, gas-charged rear coil springs, ribbed design for the seat, spoke wheels and a tyre hugger on the rear wheel on which the license plate is mounted. In addition, it also gets three modes for ABS (road, rain and off-road) and handlebar-mounted USB charging sockets.
In the Yezdi Scrambler, the 334cc engine pumps out 28.7 bhp @ 8,000 rpm of maximum power and 28.2 Nm @ 6,750 rpm of maximum torque. The motorcycle rides on a 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel, which are spoke units and come wrapped with off-road spec tyres.
The Yezdi Scrambler currently has no direct rivals in India. However, it will get one soon when Royal Enfield decides to launch the much-anticipated Scram 411.
Aimed squarely at the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the Yezdi Adventure is being offered in three different colour options – Slick Silver (Rs 2.10 lakh), Mambo Black (Rs 2.12 lakh) and Ranger Camo (Rs 2.19 lakh).
The overall design of the Yezdi Adventure looks very much like its direct rival, with the motorcycle getting rounded lights at front and rear, a high-mounted transparent windscreen and front fender, split seats, upswept single-sided exhaust, tubular sub-frame around the fuel tank and spoke wheels. In terms of features, the Yezdi Adventure gets Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation along with the fully-digital instrument console in a tilt-adjustable rectangular housing, USB charging sockets and saddle strays.
The performance numbers posted by the 334cc engine of the Yezdi Adventure are a power output of 29.8 bhp @ 8,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 29.9 Nm @ 6,500 rpm. While the 17-inch spoke wheel is similar to that of the Scrambler, the Adventure gets a bigger 21-inch spoke wheel at the front. The Adventure gets a higher ground clearance of 220mm and longer travels for its suspension setup – 200mm for the telescopic front forks and 180mm for the mono-shock.