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The middleweight segment in India is growing at a great pace. This trend is expected to continue in the coming times as well. Most dominant in this segment Royal Enfield Of bikes. The Chennai-based two-wheeler company controls three-fourths of the market. Now Yamaha is also eyeing this segment. Currently, the Japanese two-wheeler company sells the FZ25 and the FZS25 in the 250cc segment. However, now the company is preparing to bring a new bike to compete with Royal Enfield.
Hero-Harley and Bajaj-Trump are also preparing to introduce new bikes in the middleweight segment. The demand for retro-styled bikes is increasing in the global market including India. Two-wheeler companies have also introduced completely new models. At the same time, some companies are introducing old popular bikes in a new avatar.
This bike can be launched
Yamaha is also trying to follow in the same footsteps. The company has recently filed a trademark for the RZ350 and RZ250 in Japan. Looking at the retro-bike craze, it is possible that the company might launch the RZ350 and RZ250 in India as well.
The RD350 was sold in India during the 1980s and 90s. The bike was very popular due to its classic design and powerful performance. Even today some of its models are present in running condition.
Royal Enfield will get competition
The RD350 enjoys a huge fan following in India. It will not be surprising if this bike is relaunched in India. It is also true that Yamaha will have to come up with a high capacity retro bike to compete with Royal Enfield.
Yamaha RD350 can be launched as a modern classic bike. In the 350cc segment, the bike will compete against Royal Enfield bikes, Honda Hness CB350, Jawa, Yezdi, upcoming Bajaj-Triumph and Hero-Harley.
Yamaha RD350: Expected Specifications
It can be given 347cc air cool engine with 6 speed gearbox. It is expected to get a four-stroke engine for its performance. Talking about the features, the new bike may include LED headlamp with DRL, digital instrument console, dual-channel ABS, Bluetooth connectivity, traction control system and assist and slipper clutch.