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Old 9th July 2008, 19:17   #1
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Can anyone provide the pictures and Tech. Info of the "Yezdi Oilking" ...

I've heard that its the previous version of the Roadking...But I couldn't find any pics of the bike with Oil pump..
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Are you sure there was such a version?

Here is the list of Variants that the company had in India

Yezdi
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India's Fastest single cylinder bike ever built was launched as "Oilking" in 1975 the model 'A' was a failure, but they re-introduced it as Yezdi Roadking in 1978.I have Never seen this Bike..But i saw the Manual which had no Image of the Bike..
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Don't recall ever hearing of an OilKing.

Whoa, Yezdi (as a company) seem to be such an exception.
Today when we have so many in-business companies that do not even have a proper website, here is a company that is no longer selling its products, but has a nice-n-proper website in place.

Now, how about rolling out some bikes ?
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Are you sure there was such a version?

Here is the list of Variants that the company had in India

Yezdi


Check This out:

Yezdi Roadking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Are you sure there was such a version?
Yes, there was an Oilking. It is basically the roadking with a separate oil pump. You dont need to mix 2T oil and fill petrol. This bike was way ahead of its time and hence a failure.

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India's Fastest single cylinder bike ever built was launched as "Oilking" in 1975 the model 'A' was a failure, but they re-introduced it as Yezdi Roadking in 1978.I have Never seen this Bike..But i saw the Manual which had no Image of the Bike..
There is only a footnote which states the difference between the roadking and the oilking - no pictures to show the same.

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Don't recall ever hearing of an OilKing.

Whoa, Yezdi (as a company) seem to be such an exception.

Now, how about rolling out some bikes ?
These bikes were pretty advanced for its time, thats why they didnt sell. In addition, the company changed hands multiple times and finally went into liquidty.

The Jawa / Yezdis was a classic bike of the 60s and 70s that had an automatic clutch - What i meant was there was a cam operated clutch in the gear lever and hence once could ride the bike without issues even if the clutch wire snapped.

Also, the bike came with a 50:50 weight bias and quarter steering [local lingo]. This made the bike safe on the highways as well as in town too. Because of the steering limitations, even if one managed to get into a skid, one could prevent a fall and control the bike.

THis is a great bike for going sideways


Having owned a roadking between 94 and 96 and driven it for almost 25000 kms, I can definitely vouch for that!

Shame that it could not withstand the onslaught of modern bikes. The bullet has managed to survive though.

A little OT: Had the opportunity to sample our member "trooper" s Bullet and it was such an improvement over the previous generation ones. Felt sad that Yezdi could not live the life!
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I have a pic of the bike but no info on it

Note: Oil Pump not Visible here.
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Wow that something new I learned today. Thanks for sharing this info vinzrox & headers

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here is a company that is no longer selling its products, but has a nice-n-proper website in place.
Exactly my thoughts & I wonder who maintains it? This site is known to me since atleast past 4 years. It has all the possible(almost) details about the company & the products it sold.
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Here's a pic in which the place where the oil pump was located can be seen. its the Square portion which potrudes out of the side cover.

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The Oilking Failed, but the side cover continued on the roadking albeit without the oilpump.

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Cool! I have seen an Yezdi with an oilpump in my mech's garage. he pump was visible since he had the left side cover off. But the side badging was "Roadking" that is because probably the Side panels or badging must've been lost. Thanks for the picture and the thread vinzrox, i now know the existence of "Oilking" model!
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The Oilking is a Roadking with an oilpump on it, it failed cause many then ran the buke without oil in the oiltank, the pumps were good enuff and the initial lot were all Imported frm JAWA and could be only bought in Foreign Currency. Also wud like to add here that the Yezdi Co dident close cause it changed hands but it had to close due to labour problems and due to difference in thoughts between the 2 Patner Owners of the Co. Yezdi was preparing itself for the Jap onslaught with Imported 250 Jawas and 350 Jawa Twins in the 90s but had to sadly close due to the Ownership problems. Me had a pleasure of owning a Brand New Yezdi Roadking 1994 Model churning out a healthy 16bhp costing those days a mere 32k while the Yamaha RX100 was priced at abt 41k those days.
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The Oilking is a Roadking with an oilpump on it, it failed cause many then ran the buke without oil in the oiltank, the pumps were good enuff and the initial lot were all Imported frm JAWA and could be only bought in Foreign Currency. Also wud like to add here that the Yezdi Co dident close cause it changed hands but it had to close due to labour problems and due to difference in thoughts between the 2 Patner Owners of the Co. Yezdi was preparing itself for the Jap onslaught with Imported 250 Jawas and 350 Jawa Twins in the 90s but had to sadly close due to the Ownership problems. Me had a pleasure of owning a Brand New Yezdi Roadking 1994 Model churning out a healthy 16bhp costing those days a mere 32k while the Yamaha RX100 was priced at abt 41k those days.
Agreed, but the company had not only labour problems, but also other issues. They were financially in the dumps and thats what made them change hands.

Even then, they could not rise.

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I knew the Oilking existed, but didnt know that the OilKing was the radial head Yezdi. I always thought that a few RoadKings came with the radial fin head design.
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The ownership of the Ideal Jawa India Ltd (Yezdi) never changed hands. The Co was founded by Mr Irani in the 60s then after he passed away it was run by Mr Tempton Irani and Mr Boman Irani till it closed down, i have known a family member of the Iranis for long hence this Input. Btw now the Factory place has been sold off and a big residential complex is gonna take its place. Sad real Sad.
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The story of Yezdi in Indian Motorcycle history is indeed a sad one.
Few months back an Auto Magazine rated 4 all time classic bikes in Indian History and they were :
BMW F60
Yamaha RD 350
Rajddot Bobby GTS
Yezdi Roadking

One helluva a list.Out of this I have 2 of them !!!!! Waiting to lay my hands on a good Yezdi.
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