We recently tested the all-new Yezdi Roadster, one of three motorcycles from the resurrected brand. While you can read our experience with the engine HERE. In this article we bring you all the details you need to know about the Roadster with images from the first ride review.
Well, the Yezdi Roadster is heavily based on the Jawa 42 2.1, although with design tweaks that set it apart. For that, it gets Yezdi branding on the fuel tank, tank grips, a wide split-seat setup and a slightly thick rear fender. However, the rest of the Roadster is known for its darkened components, pea-shooter exhaust and small headlight. While the design is noticeable, the build quality is not. The fit and finish of components here and there are sloppy and raise a question about the bike’s reliability.
Nevertheless, under his clothes he carries a 334cc, single that has been picked up from the Perak and adapted to the Roadster. So it gets an updated crankshaft, different connecting rods and a pinched cylinder head. This engine produces 29.29 hp at 7,300 rpm and 29 Nm at 6,500 rpm.
The bike parts the Yezdi Roadster uses are simple with an 18-17-inch spoked wheel combination, telescopic forks up front and dual shock absorbers for the rear. Meanwhile, it uses a single disc at both ends for braking, along with dual-channel ABS.
As for features, it is quite equipped with. It gets a full-LED headlight and taillight, hazard lights and a full digital instrument panel. This retro-looking, single-pod LCD display shows a generous amount of data, but is difficult to view in direct sunlight.
The Yezdi Roadster is light at 184kg and also offers a low seat height of 790mm which increases accessibility for a wider range of riders. And while the engine is potent after 4,000 rpm and comes with a smooth-shifting gearbox, the vibrations after 5,000 rpm are a detriment to the experience.
Nevertheless, if you want a bike that is faster than the Royal Enfield Meteor 350, but with a cool, modern-classic look, the Yezdi Roadster is the way to go.