The one motorcycle that can be accused of igniting passion of riding among teenagers and youths in the 90’s has to be the Yamaha RX 100. This was every budding biker’s dream then. While there were other performance bikes available then such as the Kawasaki Bajaj KB 100 RTZ, Suzuki Shogun and Yezdi Roadking, the Yamaha RX100 was always special. It was power packed, small, easy to flick around and was a trouble-free machine. Launched in the year 1985, the Yamaha RX 100 has done what the Bajaj Pulsars have been doing recently, and more recently the KTM Duke and RC range – attracting biker enthusiasts who look for performance at an affordable price. There has been a rumour that the famous Yamaha RX 100 relaunch date is near and that this bike will be returning. Is this true? Will it come in again and make the difference? We try to find out.
Yamaha RX 100 Relaunch Date
The Yamaha RX 100 will not be relaunched. It was rumoured to be launching by the end of this year, however, this is not true. If Yamaha has to launch a performance bike, it will do that in a higher capacity. The company already has the R15 in the 150cc category, which is quite a favourite bike as well. Then, there is the FZ25 and Fazer 25 available in the 250cc category. It makes little sense to bring in a 100cc motorcycle under the performance garb.
Yamaha RX 100 relaunch Engine
The original RX 100 came with a 98cc, two-stroke engine which had 11bhp of power and 10.4 Nm of torque. The engine was fitted with reed valves that reduce wastage of gases and help in better combustion. Yamaha was known to be the best in two stroke performance machines, in the world. The Yamaha RX100 was a glimpse of what bigger two-strokes machines from Yamaha were capable of doing. Being a small 100cc engine, the kind of performance it delivered, had everybody wonder. It had the potential to beat many bigger bikes.
It was rumored the Yamaha RX 100 will be launched with a 4-stroke engine and will try to regain its title, it once enjoyed in the 90’s. But this is not true. Yamaha already has the Saluto in the 100cc space, which is a economy conscious segment now. Enthusiasts are generally found in the 150cc segment and above, hence Yamaha is catering to them with the R15 and the FZ25.
Also two stroke engines are banned and the bike will lose some of it’s charm with a four stroke engine.
Yamaha RX 100 relaunch – Why the rumor?
The rumours of the Yamaha RX 100 relaunch, surfaced around two years back, when some pictures of a customized RX 135, in an auto show at Malaysia. The pictures were circulated and it was believed that the bike will relaunch with a 4-stroke engine. So, the fact of the Yamaha RX 100 relaunch is not true. Though, we would love to see it hit the roads again, it is not possible in today’s era. Motorcycles have evolved a lot and the RX 100 belongs to an era that does not exist. It is best to leave it to that era and evoke that nostalgia whenever the Yamaha RX 100 is a topic of discussion.
Yamaha RX100 Evolution
The Yamaha RX 100 later evolved in to the RXG in 1996, which had a more powerful 132cc engine with 11.8bhp. This launch had become imperative due to stricter emission control norms that had come in. The RXG was aimed at higher fuel efficiency. The RXG later evolved in to the RX 135 and simultaneously a sporty looking version – RX-Z was launched. There was also a 5-speed gearbox offer in these bikes later. However this had its own set of issues and it failed due to poor fuel efficiency. The last of the RX-135s was sold with a 4-speed gearbox.
The successors of the Yamaha RX100 could never repeat the success of the the original bike. After ruling the motorcycle market for over a decade, the Yamaha RX 100 (RX135) was laid to rest in 2005. The RX 100 badge should come back? We think the Yamaha RX 100 relaunch should have original bike, body and engine make a comeback with modern touches like disc brakes and ABS. But the problem with this whole idea would be that two stroke engines are banned?
Yamaha RX 100
The RX 100 was great bike that not only was a commuter and transportation automobile for many, but was also a tipping point in the country that changed the performance game. The market now looks at performance as a very important segment and it’s all down to the Yamaha RX 100 in India.