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|27th August 2009, 08:19||#31|
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Yamaha RX Series Time Line
RX100 Produced Nov 1985 - Mar 1996
RX125 Production Unknown (15 bhp 5 speed)
RXG Produced Mar 1996 - c. 1997
RX135 Produced 1997-98 till 2003
RXZ Produced 1997-98 till 2000
RX135 & RXZ (Both 5-speed with Cat Con) 2000 - 2001
RX135 4-speed (with cat con & white dial speedo & Tacho) till 2003 ....
Thats the end of the line ...
|27th August 2009, 10:17||#33|
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Yamaha on the other hand took up the performance platform and introduced RX 100. But it never was a threat to the HH bikes, the target customers were different. Even in it's hey days, I don't think the RX 100 or any other bike ever out sold the Hero Hondas. The only reason for it's withdrawal was emission norms and nothing else. As the norms got tighter and tighter, they kept on tweaking it for compliance but could not , beyond a point. Performance became miserable. And Shogun was giving it a run for it's money. So they went on to RX 135, RXG etc but these bikes did not catch on. Even the Shogun was modified with a cat con , but performance and sound suffered. A stage was reached where only 4 strokes could meet the tighter and tighter emission norms and slowly all companies switched over and discontinued 2 strokes. In fact the lobbying was from the other side - the two stroke makers - to soft pedal the tighter emission norms, so that they had the time to introduce 4 strokers in the market well before doing away with the two strokes.
That they were discontinued due to chain snatching etc were just stories. If that were true, then IND-SUZUKI and LML Vespa should have been discontinued before that - because they were used for the assasination of General Vaidya and the assassins made a clean get away too! But the RX 100s were the most likely to be stolen if left unguarded, not just due to their popularity. Their engines,with some modifications, were rumoured to make the best outboard motors for the boats used by Sri Lankan militants, their gun runners and suppliers. A stolen RX 100 was almost never recovered!
An aside: If you guys think stricter emission norms were brought in at the behest of some manufacturers, why do you think two stroke screamers were done away with and four strokes introduced in Moto GP?
|27th August 2009, 19:51||#34|
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The RX 100 however stole the thunder in all motocross, motorbike rally and several other bike events occupying all the top 10 positions in most charts.The Suzuki Shogun came and competed with the RX 100. The RX 100 was unbeatable and is one of the best performance bikes built in India till date apart from the Yamaha RD 350 (Rajdoot RD 350 to some). The fuel economy factor took its toll on the RX 100 when fuel prices rose from some Rs 12 to Rs 15 in the late 1980's to Rs 40 plus in the late 1990's. then came the Euro I norms that made Escorts Ltd its manufacturer SOS Yamaha Motor Corpn and then the RXG (G for Green though its conjectural how green the bike was?) came along.RXG was a dodo and soon the goodwill bequeathed by the ebullient RX 100 was lost and diehard Yamaha fans took U turns away from the RXG. Very soon the RX 135 was launched but that failed to rev up the Escorts sales charts. The catalytic convertors played truant with the performance of these Yamaha bikes. Meanwhile the four stroke Yamahas were being launched and were falling down like nine pins on the sales sweepstakes. The Euro II norms saw the end of the RX 135 and thats how the RX Yamahas faded out.
I was surprised to again see a Yamaha RX 100 scoring the first position in the Bike Section (100cc class)Vidarbha Automotive Racing Association 2009 sponsored August 15th rally that saw the cars and bikes do a gruelling some 400 kms run.
Thats my 1990 RX 100 in 2009 with its original paint chrome and everything !!
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