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    Cool RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    I'm back with another Yamaha RX thread, but this time not a complete restoration.

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    RX craziness and madness started way back in my school days, but till 2010 I wasn't lucky enough to own one. But once I got a chance, I started living my dream. From 2010 I'm a proud owner of Yamaha RX(s)
    1994 RX100 (Sold)
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    1998 RX135 4s
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/thumpers...-page-3-a.html
    Before Restoration
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    After Restoration


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    1997 RXG
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/thumpers...cs-pg-5-a.htmlBefore Restoration


    After Restoration


    1998 RX135 4s (Sold)
    http://www.xbhp.com/talkies/thumpers...-rx135-4s.htmlBefore Restoration


    After Restoration
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Madness acknowledged!

    What a lovely garage you have! Please share pics of all beauties (RXs and others if available/possible) together.

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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    A little background behind this purchase
    I had 98 RX135 4s and 97 RXG in hand and purchased another 98 RX135 4s without a proper intention. Later I decided to convert one of the 4 speed gearbox to 5 speed and started restoring the latest acquisition. Bike is completely restored to stock 4 speed spec except for the 5 speed sticker theme but I couldn't get a 5s GB or conversion kit. One fine day I came across an ad for used 5s GB. After few chats and calls seller shred the snaps of GB and promised it is very less used and in pristine condition. Transferred the amount and in a weeks time the piece of metal reached me. To my horror it wasn't an 'used' GB, it is 'abused' one and it is no where close to the one in snaps. Called the seller back and got all those non-sense replies claiming that it is still a good one and what he sent is same as what he clicked. I knew it is of no use and sold the GB after losing few bucks. I decided against 5s conversion and started looking for a stock 5s bike and ended up buying this bike


    About the machine
    Make : Yamaha
    Model : RX135
    Variant : 5 speed
    Year : 2000
    No. of Owners : 2
    RC Validity : FC done and valid till 2020
    Insurance : Valid till Feb 2017

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    More about the bike


    - Bike is said to be completely restored, but I knew it wasn't (Complete restoration in my dictionary sometimes don't match with others )


    - RD350 Paint / Sticker theme


    - Yamaha Gladiator Alloy wheels + Front disc assembly


    - Stock 5s bike
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    1L7xxxxxx Engine number
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    4TL10 Block, Running on 3OS piston
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    RX135 Tiger Speedo assy (replica) & Lock set (Speedo wasn't working due to failed cable)
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    Speedo mounted with spacers to accommodate the bigger Headlamp
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    Regular side lock is still functional (with another set of keys)
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    3.00 x 18 in Front
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    2.75 x 18 in Rear
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    Almost new
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    Stock cat-con silencer replaced with Chrome silencer + Fully open RX100 core
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    Pillion holder with luggage carrier (from an 1986 RX100, as per the seller)
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    Endurance Rear shocks
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    Rajdoot mudflap in rear
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    Yezdi / RD350 replica headlamp
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    Custom made brackets for front reg plate
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    Damaged 2T Oil hose (Currently running on pre-mix)
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    Missing rear foot rest rubber
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Fabulous Collection !!!!
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Quick Review

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    Completed over 500km in a week with below observations


    Cold Start:
    Cold start requires choke and a couple of kicks. On day 2 I tried starting without choke and I was successful only after 10 kicks. I knew this is quite normal, but just FYI


    Engine & Transmission:
    As per the previous owner he covered 1.5k km after restoration, I hope the run-in should be good. Engine is healthy with no abnormal noise. But I miss the initial acceleration (I doubt the carb tuning) Once she hits the power band, that's a different story altogether. With a higher final drive ratio city driving is effortless.


    Braking:
    Front disc brake does the job pretty well but the bite isn't that inspiring (at least when compared with my other RX with Pulsar disc setup) Rear brake is nearing the end of life but never let me down in last 500km.


    Ride & Handling:
    I must accept the ride is pretty balanced with Gladiator forks in front and Endurance shocks in rear. Rear end is softer than all my other bikes. With wider front tire cornering is good but on the other hand steering effort is higher.


    Seating:
    Old seat foam wrapped with new cover. Neither hard nor too soft


    Electricals:
    All electricals working except the turn & High beam indicators on speedo console. Maintenance free 2.5LB does the duty pretty well.


    Fuel Efficiency:
    36kmpl average with a lot of spirited driving & traffic. I will post the detailed FE against different conditions later

    Likes:
    Another RX
    Craziness for RX is never ending and almost each of us wanted one, at least. This smoking noisy machine holds a special place in my heart always.


    Higher overall drive ratio
    3rd gear cruising is possible in normal city traffic (at least the one I'm travelling)


    Ride Comfort
    Comparatively this bike is softer than all my other RX. For solo riding I feel very much comfortable with the existing setup and yet to check the comfort level with a pillion.


    Dislikes:
    Exhaust Beat -Specific to this bike
    I love the exhaust note of RX and I'm a die hard fan for the same. But this particular bike spoils the fun. Fully open RX100 core creates much of noise than beat.


    Alloy Wheels
    Somehow the spokes wheel maintains the character of RX. Though the looks are subjective I still love the spokes wheel than alloy wheels


    Initial Acceleration
    I'm not satisfied with the current level of acceleration. I doubt the carb tuning and let me update once tuning is done.


    Wider Front Tire
    Looks little awkward and steering is heavier.


    Narrow Rear Tire
    Stock spec of RX135 5s is 3.00 x 18 and this bike came with 2.75 x 18. All my other RX are with 3.00 x 18 profile at rear. Though 2.75 is sufficient for this bike, 3.00 gives more confidence at cornering and braking.


    Future Upgrades & Modifications:
    Phase 1:
    - Carb cleaning & Tuning
    - Replace 2T oil hoses & check the pump condition
    - Front brake pads and rear shoe replace
    - *Optional* Replace the tank & shield from my other RX (Blue Color with RXZ sticker theme)
    - Replace the current speedo assembly with stock speedo + tacho (from RXZ)
    - Headlamp reflector swap from Ambassador (Hella) Current beam throw is not satisfactory
    - RD350 Handle bar
    - Minda Twin horns


    Phase 2:
    - Spokes Wheel <-- Alloy wheel
    - Better Rubbers, 2.75 x 18 in Front & 3.00 x 17 or 3.25 x 16 in rear
    - Cat-con silencer <-- Chrome silencer


    Phase 3:
    - Tank & Shield swap with OE 5 Speed black paint & Sticker theme.
    - HL swap to match the looks

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    Phase 1 upgrade is already completed, let me share the details and snaps tonight
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Congrats On the latest addition to your RX collection...
    Last edited by vimalnair4u; 09-27-2016 at 06:57 PM.
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Madness acknowledged! What a lovely garage you have!
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    Fabulous Collection !!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by vimalnair4u View Post
    Congrats On the latest addition to your RX collection...
    Thank you guys

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Please share pics of all beauties (RXs and others if available/possible) together.
    Awaiting a proper photo shoot, I hope to make it happen before the monsoon.
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Boss View Post

    Cold Start:
    Cold start requires choke and a couple of kicks. On day 2 I tried starting without choke and I was successful only after 10 kicks. I knew this is quite normal, but just FYI



    10 Kicks is too much. After your carb tuning and plug cleaning, it might be good. max 3 kicks is enough for a cold start on the 2nd day.



    Ride & Handling:
    I must accept the ride is pretty balanced with Gladiator forks in front and Endurance shocks in rear. Rear end is softer than all my other bikes. With wider front tire cornering is good but on the other hand steering effort is higher.

    Softer means did you tried with pillion? Please let me know the performance with pillion. Am planning to change for my Z also.

    Exhaust Beat -Specific to this bike
    I love the exhaust note of RX and I'm a die hard fan for the same. But this particular bike spoils the fun. Fully open RX100 core creates much of noise than beat.

    Put a Tiger muffler with cores removed. You will get the typical crispy note

    Alloy Wheels
    Somehow the spokes wheel maintains the character of RX. Though the looks are subjective I still love the spokes wheel than alloy wheels

    Even I like spoke wheels on RX. Alloys looks awkward. Anyways depends on personal choice.

    Initial Acceleration
    I'm not satisfied with the current level of acceleration. I doubt the carb tuning and let me update once tuning is done.

    Initial pickup for 5S is not as good as 4S. Its because of the sprocket difference.


    Narrow Rear Tire
    Stock spec of RX135 5s is 3.00 x 18 and this bike came with 2.75 x 18. All my other RX are with 3.00 x 18 profile at rear. Though 2.75 is sufficient for this bike, 3.00 gives more confidence at cornering and braking.

    I feel 3.00x18 is good at rear. 17 or 16 might bring down the mileage.


    Phase 1 upgrade is already completed, let me share the details and snaps tonight


    Did you felt difference after carb tuning? Also check the plug and Airfilter.
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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Quote Originally Posted by vimalnair4u View Post
    Did you felt difference after carb tuning? Also check the plug and Airfilter.
    Improved a bit after carb tuning. Plug is healthy, yet to check the Filter.
    I'll keep you posted.

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    Default Re: RX madness continues: My Yamaha RX135 5-Speed

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Please share pics of all beauties (RXs and others if available/possible) together.
    Managed to click only these 2 bikes together. Right now the other bike is at my friend's home.
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