New Yezdi motorcycle being readied for India launch

It will rival bikes like Royal Enfield Hunter 350, Hero Mavrick 440.

By Rishaad Mody, Autocar India calendar 15 Mar 2024 Views icon4056 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp
New Yezdi motorcycle being readied for India launch

A video that appears to have emerged from a Classic Legends dealer event shows a brand new Yezdi motorcycle that looks ready for an imminent India launch.

New Yezdi bike: what could it be?

The bike seen in the video appears to be a new motorcycle that follows a modern retro design theme. The fuel tank looks similar to the Yezdi Adventure, but could well be a new unit and it follows the trademark angular Yezdi design philosophy. 

The headlamp is a simple round unit and the instrument cluster is also equally simple with what appears to be two small round analogue units. However, there are likely to be one or two small digital displays in there.

The bike gets a single piece flat seat while the rear section has a very clean look with an extended rear fender. It’s worth noting that the bike seen here has no brake lamp, indicators or number plate. Whether those items will be added on in a similar fashion to the Yezdi Scrambler or on a separate rear tyre hugger remains to be seen.

Speaking of the Scrambler, this bike does get a sizeable engine bash guard at the bottom, but the rest of the design seems more road oriented. This can be seen in the use of alloy wheels, retro-style Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres and a low front mudguard.  

Unlike the Yezdi Scrambler, this engine has a single exhaust on the right side instead of dual exhaust pipes, so this engine could be based on the liquid cooled, 334cc unit from the Yezdi Adventure.

Considering that a conventional modern retro roadster is missing from the existing Yezdi line-up, this bike will fill that space well. Whether it will carry the hallowed Yezdi Road King name remains to be seen. This is a good opportunity to revive that much-loved moniker, although there was no branding visible anywhere on the bike.

While this bike would make for a good rival to the popular Royal Enfield Hunter 350, it is unlikely that Yezdi will be able to keep the price as low as the Hunter’s Rs 1.50 lakh-1.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai) asking price, and it will probably be around or slightly above the Rs 2 lakh price point.

Interestingly, there were also very small glimpses of two other bikes in the background in the same video. One was what appeared to be an updated version of the Yezdi Scrambler. This bike used spoked wheels, but had a stacked double exhaust on the right side. It also had a new, Yezdi-esque boxy shaped fuel tank. 

The other bike appears to be a traditional cruiser with a long, raked-out front end and a tall handlebar. This could be a refreshed version of Classic Legend’s Royal Enfield Meteor rival, the Yezdi Roadster. From what little could be seen, the bike gets a dual-pod instrument console unlike the single pod unit on the current Roadster.



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