Yamaha RX 100 to Make a Comeback in India with a Bigger Engine: Everything You Need to Know The RX 100 is one of the most recognisable Yamaha motorcycles in India. The bike, which was manufactured from 1985 to 1996, was phased out nearly 25 years ago. However, it remains popular among motorcycle enthusiasts in the country. It is still in high demand in the used two-wheeler market.
Yamaha had previously ignored the RX 100’s resurgence in India. However, the Japanese bikemaker is now planning to release a modernised version of the bike while keeping the classic design. Eishin Chihana, Chairman of Yamaha India, recently informed Zigwheels that the company will soon release a new motorcycle bearing the RX 100 nameplate.
The Yamaha RX 100 has received high praise for its compact design, outstanding performance, and value for money. The RX100s that are currently in use or have previously been used have been known to have undergone numerous modifications by their owners, ranging from engine tuning to faster throttle.
According to Chihana, Yamaha is considering several options for a new motorcycle with the RX 100 nameplate. Despite this, he confirmed that the new motorcycle will be a performance machine, given the RX100’s cult status as a fast commuter. Given the stricter BS6 emission standards, which prohibit the use of a two-stroke motorcycle on public roads, the new motorcycle would not have a two-stroke engine like the original RX 100.
The Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has confirmed that the RX 100 will be available in India in July of next year. It will be a modernised version of the original bike, with a more modern aesthetic and a larger displacement engine.
ishin Chihana had previously stated that the new RX 100 “should be an impactful package with a powerful engine and design.”
The Japanese manufacturer may also opt for a contemporary neo-retro design aesthetic for the new Yamaha RX 100 to complement the vintage vibe of the original styling. Furthermore, to maintain its reputation as a fast motorcycle, Yamaha may opt to launch the new RX100 with a larger four-stroke engine instead of the 100cc one that was previously on the iconic bike.