The Yezdi Roadster is the new Yezdi motorcycle‘s entry-level model. It also resembles the Jawa Forty-Two and the early Yezdi bikes from the 1970s in terms of design.
The Yezdi Roadster is the new Yezdi motorcycle’s modern-classic roadster, with a design that is evocative of the original Yezdi bikes from the 1970s. It’s made for everyday use, such as the daily commute and quick dashes around town. The Roadster is, in some ways, the genuine modern “classic” of the new Yezdi family, with all the modern trappings and equipment, such as an LCD instrument dashboard, LED lighting, a liquid-cooled DOHC engine, and anti-lock brake system (ABS). Is it, however, any good? We spent a few hours with the Yezdi Roadster to obtain a better understanding of it.
Features & Design
The Yezdi Roadster’s silhouette and attitude are most similar to the original Yezdis, yet it’s closer to the modern Jawas than any of the other Yezdi bikes. It has a single round LCD display, as well as round LED headlights, taillights, and indicator lights. ABS is standard and not switchable, and it only has one degree of ABS, unlike the more purpose-built Yezdi Scrambler and Yezdi Adventure variants.
The Roadster appears like a cross between a historical roadster and a cruiser, thanks to its long wheelbase (1,440 mm) and slanted out steering. From some angles, it appears to function, yet from others, it appears to be out of place.
However, aesthetics is a subjective topic, and while its styling may not appeal to some, it may appeal to others. The Roadster’s design has a more practical flaw in the company it maintains to its potential buyers. The Roadster’s biggest flaw is that it will share showroom space with not only the more attractive Yezdi Scrambler and the rather purposeful-looking Yezdi Adventure siblings, but also its good-looking Jawa cousins, with a design that is closer to the Jawa Forty-Two than the older Yezdis of the 1970s. However, it outperforms the Jawa models in the spec sheet, at least when compared to the Jawa Classic and Jawa Forty-Two.
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Performance & Engine
The engine of the Yezdi Roadster has been adjusted for everyday use and has the smallest powerband of the three new Yezdi bikes. At 7,300 rpm, the 334 cc engine produces 29.3 horsepower and 29 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine has a comparable sound and performance to the Jawa Perak from which it is developed.
It’ll happily rev all the way to redline and accept a smidgeon of throttle as you move through the gears. The gears slide into place with pinpoint accuracy, and triple digit speeds are attained with ease. In a straight line, the Roadster looks and rides like an old Yezdis, with a similar riding position and the dynamism you’d expect from a long-wheelbase roadster.
Handling & Riding
The suspension is firm; it isn’t unpleasant, but it isn’t the softest either. The Roadster’s ride quality isn’t the best, and it makes you feel road imperfections over broken areas. It’s not painful, but it’s also not the most comfortable in this portion. The seat, on the other hand, is well-padded and provides a pleasant place to sit, at least during our brief test ride. The stiff suspension, on the other hand, often draws similarities to its Jawa cousins. That’s where the Roadster’s dynamics are expected to play a role.
The Roadster’s handling fall short of expectations, despite a rev-happy engine that can easily exceed 90 kmph and even comfortably sit at over 100 kmph. The Roadster never gave me the confidence to go harder around a winding route with an appealing sequence of turns. In fact, on the right-handed corners, the chassis felt a little shaky, so I made a mental note to try out a different test unit later that day. Even in the left-handed corners, it lacked the natural crispness with which the Jawa Forty-Two had impressed me when I first rode it, just over a year earlier.
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Competition & Prices
The Yezdi Roadster is priced from 1.98 lakh (Ex-showroom) to 2.06 lakh (Ex-showroom), and at those pricing, the Roadster faces competition from the Jawa relatives as well as the Royal Enfield Meteor 350 and the Royal Enfield Classic 350.
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The Yezdi Roadster’s engine has been optimised for everyday use, with short sprints around town and the occasional longer-ish journey thrown in for good measure. Among the three new Yezdi models, it also has the least suspension travel and ground clearance. It is, however, the only variant with alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.
The Yezdi Roadster’s posture and overall design are hit-or-miss for me, and even in terms of dynamics, I’d say the Jawa Forty-Two seems more agile and planted in contrast. However, if you’re searching for a true-blue nostalgia-filled Yezdi, the Yezdi Roadster still looks the most like the classic 250cc two-stroke Yezdi bikes from the 1970s.
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Specifications for the Yezdi Roadster
- DOHC single-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine
- 334 cc displacement
- @ 7,300 rpm, max power is 29.3 bhp.
- At 6,500 rpm, peak torque is 29 Nm.
- Front Tyre 100/90-18″ Tubeless
- 130/80-17 rear tyre “There are no tubes.
- Front Suspension 135 mm travel Telescopic fork and coil spring
- Rear Suspension 100 mm travel; twin shock absorbers with gas canister
- Front 320 mm disc brakes with floating calliper, ABS
- 240 mm disc brakes with floating calliper, ABS
- 1440 mm wheelbase
- 175 mm of ground clearance
- 790 mm Seat Height
- 184 kg in weight (without fuel)
- 12.5 litre fuel tank capacity
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