If nostalgia could leave you teary eyed with happiness, this is that moment. While most of us pre-millenials grew up looking and hearing at the Yezdi motorcycles zoom past us, the brand is set to make a comeback in India. Currently under the wing of Classic Legends, a Mahindra owned subsidiary, social media pages and the official website for Yezdi has been activated in India. Point to note, Classic Legends also retails the Jawa range of motorcycles in India and the new Yezdi will share the same underpinnings.
Back in the day, Yezdi had multiple variants on sale which included the Classic, CL II, Deluxe, 175 and Monarch. In 2020, when the new generation Yezdi will be introduced we are expecting 1 or maximum of two variants to be on offer. One which we can be sure of will be the new Yezdi Classic 300, similar to the Jawa 300. With modern classic design language which will be reminiscent of the past, we can be sure there will be a huge uproar when the bikes hit the showrooms.
Powering the new generation modern Yezdi will be a 4-stroke engine, unlike the radical 2-stroke motor from the past which had a top whack of 110 kmph, superior for those days. The new motor will be the same derivative of the Mahindra Mojo family, similar to what we see on the Jawa range of bikes. We’re expecting reworked engine casing for styling differences. This would be a single-cylinder, 293cc, liquid-cooled engine with DOHC producing 27 BHP of power and 28 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. Yes there would be a dual exhaust system from this single-cylinder, but time will tell if it will match the iconic sound of a Yezdi along with meeting the modern emission standards.
If pricing reference is needed, expect the 2020 Yezdi motorcycle with a dual-channel ABS system to cost just a little under INR 2 lakh. This would make it rival the new-generation Royal Enfield Classic 350 & Bullet 350 along with giving a nostalgic fight to the sibling Jawa as well.