• 2022 Yezdi Adventure, Roadster and Scrambler: First Look Review

Another classic reborn with modern day relevance

When Yezdi shut shop in 1996, it made an entire generation of petrol heads feeling a little blue. Understandably so because since 1973, it hit the floor running as a total thriller for the enthusiasts. Based on the CZ 250, a Cezch motocross bike, it was light, quick and capable of both on and off-road adventures. But after nearly three decades of closing curtains, Mahindra owned Classic Legends is back with another classic resurrection and the Yezdi returns to the Indian market. And to make things more interesting, the new Yezdi will now be offered in three variants, each specialising in a unique craft that aims at adding new adventure stories to an already rich legacy.    

All three models feature most modern basics like LED headlamps and tail lamps along with retro-styled turn indicators. They also get an LCD display console with all the basic readings, but the Adventure gets a neat little trick with a viewing angle tilt feature for off-road use and Bluetooth connectivity for turn-by-turn navigation.

While Bluetooth connectivity is made available as standard on the Adventure, we are yet to find if the other two models will get it as an optional extra. All three motorcycles will have the same braking setup too, with a 320mm disc at the front and a 240mm disc at the rear. They even get three ABS modes- road, off-road and rain (application on rear brake only).

The first model on offer is the Yezdi Roadster and as the name suggests. it will be a road-focused variant. In terms of design, this is the closest iteration to the iconic Yezdi Roadking. The motorcycle styling has a healthy balance of retro and modern with little hints and flavours of the past. Be it the engine casing or the retro styled gear and foot brake levers or the twin chrome exhausts, this is a nice throwback to the old Roadking. It will be available in five colour options with the base variant starting at Rs 1.98 lakh ex-showroom, making it the most affordable Yezdi you can buy today.

The Roadster is a long motorcycle with a wheelbase of 1440mm and ground clearance of 175mm. That’s both longer and taller than say, the Royal Enfield Meteor 350. You even get a wide and comfortable touring styled rider seat. However, you only get a 12.5-litre fuel tank.

Also kitted are tubeless tyres with alloy wheels and gas-charged twin rear shocks with preload adjustability. Like the other two variants, it will be powered by a 334cc, single-cylinder, liquid cooled engine. However, the Roadster’s state of tune makes 29.7PS and 29Nm. All variants get a six-speed gearbox.

If the full retro Roadster isn’t to your taste, the second variant, the Yezdi Scrambler should make a stronger case for itself. Honestly, this is a style that’s rare in the sub-500cc segment today and I’m glad we now have one with some serious dual-purpose credentials.

The compact design and upswept ribbed seat really echo the dual-sport off-road design of the 70s and 80s. You get a tall handlebar, a 19-inch wire-spoke front rim, 200mm of ground clearance, a shorter 1403mm wheelbase and 800mm seat height.

Ready with dual-purpose tyres, this motorcycle should be a hoot around corners and tight trail rides. It will feature a 12.5-litre fuel tank and  wears the dual exhaust look as the roadster and gets the same 334cc engine that makes 29.1PS and 28.2Nm. The base variant starts at Rs 2.04 lakh ex-showroom.

Finally, we have the Yezdi Adventure. In form and function, it’s here to take on the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a motorcycle that has carved its own niche in the off-road and adventure touring world. The Adventure like the Himalayan sits on 21-inch/17-inch wire-spoke rims and has 220mm tall ground clearance that’s ideal for adventure riding.

It even gets a large 15.5-litre fuel tank and touring accessories like hard luggage panniers and too-box and jerry can mounting points. What’s interesting though is the instrument cluster features a 15-degree tilt angle for viewing the LCD console while standing up.

However, the large touring screen is not adjustable. The Adventure makes 30.2PS and 29.9Nm, which is more than the competition and the base variant starts at Rs 2.09 lakh ex-showroom.

Classic Legends has managed to not only revive the Yezdi moniker with a fresh appeal but also stay relevant with the kind of offerings it is bringing to the table. That said, these bikes still have to prove that they are every bit of fun as the original Yezdi has been known for. Something we will soon find out when we review them. 

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