Yezdi Roadking

The very mention of Yezdi Roadking might bring nostalgic memories for many of our fathers and elder brothers, although we didn’t have had so much riding pleasure as they experienced; remember my uncle saying that the sound or the ride experience both unique with the Yezdi. When I was a child I used to see a few marketing reps in our lane vroom on those Yezdis, and remember watching them in awe as they try and ride them without having to use the clutch but managing with the gears, I still harbor so much fascination for these 2 stroke machines.

And the reason why I started remembering my first love? Bangalore witnessed many Roadkings cruise on Sunday July 11 2010 as people celebrated 8th International Jawa Yezdi Day in Bangalore.

Now listen here, the second Sunday of every July will be the International Jawa Yezdi Day. A day simply dedicated to the vintage 175cc, 250cc and 350cc machines sold from up to 1996 is just so refreshing to eyes.

The event felicitated Jawa and Yezdi mechanics (believe me, you wont find them as many as repairing Pulsars or Karizmas) and the bikers who brought their beloved Yezdis rode to Channapatna on Mysore for a lunch there.

How I appreciate the event organizers and all Yezdi lovers for their solidarity and I felt it is time to write about Yezdi and keep eyes of the young generation open to the vintage beauty.

For the Pulsar or Fazer-loving young college going generation the Yezdi may sound an all-new name, little do they know the sound this 2 stroke Roadking can emit.

First off, the Yezdi bikes were the make of Ideal Jawa Ltd (India), which was based in Mysore that sold, licensed Jawa and CZ motorbikes way back in 1960. Originally, the bikes were sold under the brand name of Jawa but were later re-christened as Yezdi.

Yezdi Roadking

The company shut shop in during 1996 had many models ruling the roads during its being and the company exported various models to around 61 countries. One model that is worth mentioning and will be the topic of my experience- the Roadking; Ideal Jawa supplied custom-made white colored Yezdi Roadking bikes for the Police force of Guatemala.

Brief history of the Yezdi Roadking
The Yezdi Roadking was manufactured between 1978-1996 and the model was particularly based on its predecessor CZ 250, which booked the runner-up place in 1974 Motocross World Championship and the bike was rode by Jaroslav Falta. And the Roadking too made a mark for itself in most of the rallies held in India. Here is a small trivia about the Roadking- Riders from Bangalore Deepak Kamath and G.H Basavaraj covered 42,038 km around six continents in a motorcycle expedition called the “The Yezdi Castrol Continental Ride’. Now that should say a lot about the bike.

The bike features solid look, and to warn you here- no, there will be no attractive plastic around, no digital tacho-wackos, no double tones or graphics no stylized blinkers as well, still, Yezdi screams a lot of masculinity by every sense of the word. The bare look of the Roadking was enough to turn heads around for the second glance, maybe even today.

The black fuel tank featured the brand name Yezdi in the striped background of red and gold, which follows under the seat area featuring ‘Roadking’, is very much eye catching.

Engine and Handling
The Yezdi Roadking comes powered by a 250cc, air-cooled, two-stroke cycle, single cylinder, twin exhaust and a kick-start engine. The power output is 16 bhp with a top speed 125 km/h and the bike also featured an unique semi-automatic clutch. The cylinder block was actually kept unchanged that was taken from CZ and had an over square bore x stroke. The kick-starter and the gear had a same rod, which was a unique feature then and was characteristic of all Yezdi models. Until 1989, there was an optional feature of adjusting the front fork dampers.

The single-frame chassis that originated from the motocross was designed out of a square tube. The fork was more prominent that was enabled with high rake angle along with shock absorbers that were adjustable. These features of the Roadking ensured ideal weight balance and made the handling of the bike easy and comfortable. I can identify the sound of Yezdi among a 10s or 20s of bikes

Price
The Yezdi Roadking was the only motorbike in India that would sell on premium foreign currency and the price was $300. You could not exchange that for Indian rupees! Bike riders at present would have loved to own a Roadking with a mouth-watering price and they can still buy one if they are lucky as there are quite a few sellers of this bike. The bike fits the catchphrase “The Forever bike, forever value.”
Who said the Lord/s are given the old King a beating? Guys wake up this King will live for long really long.

The event, 8th International Jawa Yezdi Day will have definitely added few more lovers to this Vintage beauty and something special Yezdi. I appreciate the organizers for such an event to bring back the glory to the rugged machine. Finally, my salute to the mechanics for keeping them in ship shape to date.

But seriously friends, isn’t it time for the Jawa Yezdi to bring in some retro flavour again?

31 Responses to Yezdi Roadking

  1. K.P.Bopaiah

    I appreciate you on your enthusiasm taking time to write about such wonderful treasure. I own a 1987 Road King it is in very good condition & being treated as my kid. Thanks for the info on the international day of show casing the old beauties. Will sure take part .

  2. Anand Dorai

    A nice read , nothing like owning one and maintaining it like a king . I recently restored a Yezdi Classic which was thrown to scrap . I managed to find the owners transfered the papers to my name . It was a great effort . I am proud of my Bike and nothing compares to it . Apart from the Yezdi I own a bullent , but Yezdi is a far better bike .

    Keep it up .

    Anand Dorai

    CHENNAI

  3. arun

    i love those classic kings….

    • anirudha

      i also love’s thes old qeen’s

  4. l.K.lakshmi narayana

    i need a price

  5. anirudha

    I love the old qeen’s bike

  6. JAYAKUMAR.R.

    I own a 1995 Yezdi Roadking the FOR-EVER BIKE – Spare are very hard to get but you can patently hunt for them.after days and even months of search if you can get the spares , boy there is nothing like the joy you get.
    I you own a jawa or yezdi join the ROARING RIDERS GROUP-CHENNAI CHAPTER. They will help you out on where to locate spares. The club meet on the first sunday of every month at about 7.30AM in Besant Nagar beach.I am a member, my mobile 9444612119

  7. KHAN

    We need one yezdi roadkingmy no09591918055

  8. Amit_namdeo

    I’m a newest fan of yezdi motor bikes……..

  9. Amit_namdeo

    I’m a newest fan of yezdi motor bikes……. I was purchased my yezdi yesterday……….

  10. Aida Brush

    Good and informative article. i liked it

  11. Aida Brush

    Informative and good article. Liked it

  12. Shankar

    I own a Jawa or Yezdi Roadking since 1995 when i bought my 1973 Jawa. I sold it to get myself a secdond hand Roadking in 1998. And after that its been a love affair with the brand. started collecting Yezdis and have a CZ 150 (1938 model) and a Jawa Perak (1954 model). Also own a couple of Jawa 350s now. Sexiest all man bikes possible.

    • Emmanuel

      Hi Shankar, that is really awesome to hear that you own so many of these beauties, well I have a Roadking and a Monarch, I would love to have a Jawa 350, could you please help me get one, I am tired of searching, I would be thankful & indebted to you, my contact # 9949126355 from Hyderabad

  13. arun

    This is arun from kolar gold fields, I have yezdi classic 1991 model for sale it is in good condition, contact arun 9986840530

  14. vasanth

    i like people who keeps yezdi bike, b’coz i love yezdi bike

  15. Vignesh.G

    We need one yezdi roadking my no..09751789415

  16. Harikrishna.suresh

    Hi true yezdi lover please listen my sentence .iam a big lover of yezdi bike since 5th standard my dad had two yezdi bike but it was sold dad business was lost. Then we are gone to poor condition .but i dont left my love about yezdi bikes…i have no money to buy yezdi so plzzz buy one bike for me very club was try to do for a lover………its not fun its real loveeeee…….

  17. Harikrishna.suresh

    Hi true yezdi lover please listen my sentence .iam a big lover of yezdi bike since 5th standard my dad had two yezdi bike but it was sold.when dad business was lost. Then we are gone to poor condition .but i dont left my love about yezdi bikes…i have no money to buy yezdi so plzzz buy one bike for me very club was try to do for a lover………its not fun its real loveeeee…….

  18. Amit Sarkar

    Hi, I am Amit from Ahmedabad, Gujarat and would love to purchase a Yezdi…. Please, guys help me out with this

  19. sajeev

    hai friends anybody can interested to sail Yezdy Rodking please contact this mobile no 93121966019 my budget is 30 to 35000/-

  20. Sellakumar

    I have a yezdi Roadking 1995 Model. I need a mechanic to repair.Can you help or guide me ?

  21. manoj

    want a yezdi with clear papers in pune!

  22. Lokesh

    YEZDI Now, Then, Forever …..! I’m gonna own yu soon my baby….! :)
    yu can count on me!.. :) love yu yezdi !..

  23. Dillip Kumar

    Hi,
    I need Yezdi RoadKing /YAMAHA RX100 bike in Bangalore with cleare papers and Karnatak registration. If you ve the same please do drop a mail to me
    bdillipkumar@rediffmail.com
    Thanks
    Dillip Kumar

  24. Dillip Kumar

    Hi,
    I need Yezdi RoadKing /YAMAHA RX100 bike in Bangalore with cleare papers and Karnatak registration.

    Callme@9620212062
    If you ve the same please do drop a mail to me
    bdillipkumar@rediffmail.com
    Thanks
    Dillip Kumar

  25. Jijith

    I like to purchase a Yezdi bike (anymodel), anyone like to sell please let me know. My mobile no. 00966583567674 (saudi).

    • steven massey

      i have tow yezdi bike . one for (yezdi roadking in cherry colour )sale if you intrested then reply me ……….

  26. sharath

    I need yesdi roadking.

  27. dina

    i own a 1979 yezdi 3 months back , gifted by my wife , while riding i really got back my childhood days of 1980, that time i was in my 2ns standard the feelings are great now by giving the same enjoyment with my dad in 1980 s . Thank god for giving me once more a blessed un -comparable machine on road – yezdi . 9443304339 Madurai .

  28. OMAL

    Hi Guys I want an yezdi byke immediately those who need to sell one in good condition pls contact me my no 9747324977

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