The Yamaha RX 100 is one of the most iconic two-wheelers to grace India roads. It had a production run spanning from last to first half of the 80’s and 90’s respectively. However even after 20 years of its demise, the bike continues to be very popular in the country. Infact, this is the main reason why we are receiving a number of emails on whether new models will be launched.
First of all, let me make it clear that even if a new ‘Yamaha RX 100’ is launched, it will just barely qualify as a shadow of the bike we have come to love so dearly. Most Yamaha will probably do is retain the aesthetics and the bike will surely be a 4 stroke. It will not sound the same either, meaning, almost everything that we love about the bike is lost.
Arguably, the biggest thing going for the existing RX-100s are their exclusivity, which neither the owners nor Yamaha would want to take away.
So will Yamaha make a new RX 100? The short answer is no. They could revive the ‘RX’ brand in the future, but from what we know, this seems unlikely. Even if a new RX comes along, it will have changes in-tune with the present norms. Last we have heard about such a news was way back in 2010 which has since completely died down.
For those of you who don’t know, the Yamaha RX 100 is powered by a 98 cc, 2-stroke, reed valve, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine producing 11HP at 7500 RPM and 10.39 at 6500 RPM. The mill is mated to a 4-speed gearbox. But of course wide range modifications can be done which makes it popular on Dirt & Drag circuits, even completing the quarter mile in 14 seconds.