Bangalore Yamaha RD 350 Club

DROP A GEAR N DISAPPEAR

Exclusive Riding Group For Yamaha RD 350

Yamaha RD 350 was the most powerful motorcycle of its time, presenting itself as the exact opposite of Royal Enfield Bullet 350. It was known for mad speeds and lightening fast acceleration from its 2-stroke twin cylinder engine. Weighing just 155 kg, it was surely the KTM 390 Duke of its time, rivalling none other than RE Bullet 350 1. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s no evidence supporting the idea that the “RD” in the Yamaha RD 350 model designation stands for “Race Derived” — but race derived it certainly was2.

Though the bike has been discontinued, admirers and zealous riders of this bike are numerous. Uniting such enthusiasts is the aim of this group. The ‘Bangalore RD 350 Club’ is one of the most active riding groups for the  ‘Yamaha RD 350’ in Bangalore. This club is exclusive for owners of the Yamaha RD 350, who share similar interests and liking for the model.

bangalore yamaha rd 350 club

About the Club: Inception & Journey

The Bangalore RD 350 Club was founded in early 2009 by Vishal Agarwal . The initial days, witnessed the club as a mere group of friends and RD owners who would get together to ride the bike. Over the years, the idea of a club or group, inspired friends and owners to join the band wagon and today, the club has over 500+ members from Bangalore. We are also glad to have the veteran member R Chakravarthy in our group.

The club has a tagline which is well engraved into their logo:

“DROP A GEAR N DISAPPEAR”

The group boasts of having some women RD owners and riders as well. It is surprising to know that the age group of the members of this club range from 18yrs to 86yrs!

Club Activities

The club organizes rides – both short distance and long distance to cater to all riders and their preferences. The long distance rides are usually over a weekend and have a destination to explore. In the recent past, the riders have explored places like Coorg, Hampi, Chikmagalur, SakleshpurYercaud, Kodagu within Karnataka.  The Club has also organised rides to Goa, Kerala , Ooty, Gandikota, Yelagiri and Wayanad among others. The club has its share of fun and frolic by assigning a different colour of T-shirt for every ride: for Goa – Yellow, for Ooty – Red, for Coorg – Orange and so on.
The club and its members are very active and are diligent in organising Weekend stay ride every quarter and a Early morning ride twice in a month to nearby localities for breakfast or to view Sunset. The club also has a monthly meet every first Sunday of the month at Konark Hotel in Kanteerva Stadium in Bangalore.

Social Responsibility & Safety Awareness

Apart from the long distance weekend rides and the short distance fun rides, the club and its members have been socially responsible and extended support to many social causes and promotion of Road Safety and Awareness.

“We have organised rides for a cause supporting ‘T20 Words Cup for the Blind’ and also organized many Rallies supporting Conservation of wildlife, preservation of Cubbon Park, Safety of women, helmet safety awareness ride and many other events.”

Also, the RD350 Club has been organizing Independence Day Ride for the past 7 years that pulls a crowd of over 1000+bikers at Nandi hills to mark and celebrate our day of freedom.

To know more about the club and their activities, you can access their website here and Follow their activities by liking their Facebook page here.

1      http://autos.maxabout.com/bikes/yamaha/rd/rd350
2       http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/yamaha-rd350

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