The Royal Enfield and the Yezdi rivalry from the 1980s has been reignited with the launch of the new Yezdi motorcycles; however, it is set to become more aggressive as Yezdi plans on eating into the Interceptor’s market share.
Yezdi has made a comeback as a motorcycle maker and the brand has introduced three products. The three motorcycles are the Roadster, Scrambler and Adventure which are effectively positioned in the 300-350cc segment. Now, Yezdi has confirmed that they will step into the middle-weight segment as well.
Yezdi plans to introduce a 650cc modern-classic motorcycle which will be called the ‘Roadking’; yes, the name harks back to the Roadking which was on sale in India during the 1970-80s. Interestingly, the upcoming Roadking will be based on the recently revealed BSA Gold Star 650. Yezdi, Jawa and BSA are operating under the Classic Legend’s umbrella, hence, it will be a cost-effective route for Yezdi to produce their version of the Gold Star 650.
However, the platform and the engine will be the same as the international spec Gold Star. Expect a 652cc single-cylinder engine and the power figures will be close to 45bhp and 55Nm.
More importantly, the styling of the new-age Yezdi Road King is likely to be similar to that of the older motorcycle to spark some nostalgia. The pricing will be very aggressive as well, and the launch could happen by the end of this year, so stay tuned.