Two Stroke Bikes

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  • 05/12/2023

Motorcycles are a common mode of transportation in India. There are two main categories of bikes: two-stroke bikes and four-stroke bikes. While both contribute to the functioning of the motorcycle, there are key differences between the two in terms of their engines.

The two-stroke engine bikes are lighter and simpler than the four-stroke engine bikes. They have fewer parts and demand less maintenance, making them pocket-friendly. Two-stroke engines produce power with each piston movement, allowing them to generate more power with a smaller engine capacity.

However, a 2-stroke bicycle engine comes with its disadvantages. These bikes use more oil and are not fuel-efficient, leading to increased pollution. Additionally, they have a shorter lifespan compared to four-stroke engines.  Two-stroke engine bikes in India were popular until the early 2000s due to their high power output and affordability. In 2005, the government prohibited the production of two-stroke bikes in India due to their high pollution levels. Therefore, these bikes have become less common.

Renowned Two Stroke Bikes

Yamaha RD350

The Yamaha RD350 is one of the most renowned Yamaha 2-stroke bikes that predates the RX 100. It entered the Indian market in 1983 and became popular with the term Rajdoot 350.

The bike had a 350cc, two-stroke, two-cylinder engine that produced 28 Bhp in low torque mode and 31 Bhp in high torque mode. This made the RD350 the most desired performance bike in the country.

Unfortunately, the RD350 could not compete with the fuel efficiency of 100cc bikes, causing lower sales. Resultantly, it faced discontinuation in 1989.

Bajaj Chetak

The Bajaj Chetak two-stroke scooter was a revolutionary vehicle in India. It was a favourite among middle-class families for its utility.

The Chetak, with its side engine, was powerful and dependable. Its 145cc two-stroke engine produced 10.8 Nm of torque and had four gears.

Bajaj Auto's dominance in the 1970s, 80s, and mid-90s can be tagged as one of the major reasons for the success of the Chetak.

Yezdi 350

While not as powerful as the Yamaha RD350, the Yezdi was still a remarkable motorcycle with reduced power and torque compared to the Yamaha.

The less advanced Yezdi 350 came at a lower cost, which the manufacturers aimed to capitalise on. The Yezdi 350, equipped with a 2-stroke parallel engine, never gained significant popularity.

However, it has gathered a dedicated fan base as an iconic motorcycle from the 1980s.

Kinetic Honda

The Kinetic Honda was a joint venture between India's Kinetic Engineering Limited and Japan's Honda Motor Company. They combined to provide India with its first two-stroke automatic scooter.

The Kinetic Honda scooter revolutionised commuting with its comfort and style. For many young riders, the Kinetic Honda was marked to be the first motorised two-wheeler for young riders.

Yamaha RX100

The Yamaha RX100, a popular choice among two-wheeler fans in the 80s and early 90s, held its iconic status until March 1996, after which it was discontinued on government orders.

Launched in November 1985, the Yamaha RX100, with its 11 Bhp power from a 100cc two-stroke engine weighing 100 kg, became a symbol of affordable and accessible performance.

Despite its discontinuation, the legacy of the Yamaha RX100 lives on as one of the most influential motorcycles of the 1980s. It still symbolises speed and affordability for the masses.

Yamaha RX135/RX-Z

The Yamaha RX100 was soon replaced by the Yamaha RXG, which later took a better version in the form of the Yamaha RX135. The Yamaha RX135 is a motorcycle equipped with 4 and 5-speed gearboxes, providing a power output of 14 Bhp.

In the 1990s, having 14 Bhp in a 100 kg motorcycle was significant, and removing the stock exhaust added two more horsepower. Reaching 16 Bhp in a 100-kg motorcycle was exceptional.

The RX135 reached its peak with the RX-Z, a sharply styled model that quickly became a success.

The Suzuki Shogun

The Suzuki Shogun was one of the most powerful sub-250cc bicycles in its generation, producing 14 Bhp from a 108cc engine. It quickly gained popularity among biking enthusiasts.

Derived from TVS Motors' racing endeavours with the Supra, the Shogun featured intense acceleration, exceeding the Yamaha RX-G and RX135 in overall performance.

To Conclude

Road accidents are common in India, and unexpected incidents can occur when you least expect them. These can result in damage to the vehicle and injuries to the rider. Dealing with such situations can be distressing, particularly if you lack financial protection in the form of insurance.

As a motorcycle owner, it is essential to invest in bike insurance to shield yourself from potential financial and mental stress in the future. Comprehensive two-wheeler insurance offers extensive coverage, providing peace of mind as you navigate the roads in your day-to-day life.

If you are looking for a bike insurance policy, you can explore the diverse options for two-wheeler insurance available at Tata AIG. We offer a wide range of insurance for 2-wheelers. You can compare two-wheeler insurance plans with the online insurance calculator and secure yourself from financial strain.

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Why are two-stroke bikes in India banned?

The Indian government banned the production of two-stroke bikes in 2005 due to high pollution levels. As a result, manufacturers now make four-stroke engine motorcycles.

How long can the 2-stroke bike engines last?

For recreational trail riding, 2-stroke engines can bear up to 100 hours before demanding significant maintenance. Beyond the 100–200-hour mark, you may need a new bike or significant repairs.

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