Necessary Tips: Buying and Using a 30-Year-Old Yezdi Motorcycle Everyday
I would buy a bike that is at best 30 years old. It would be hard to find reliable replacement parts and mechanics that won’t rip me off.
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Since I can understand what surrounds me, I love cars. I am fascinated by machines in general; therefore, my tastes go to cars that rely more on mechanical than electrical aspects. Therefore, I prefer cars with internal combustion rather than electricity. As these are the last decades of internal combustion, I wish to enjoy them not only as an admirer, but as an active participant.
I was never into bikes until a few months ago when I first noticed the bike my neighbor owned. This bike was in perfect condition but has never been parked on the street. The owner rarely used the bike except for short weekend trips. I had never noticed or paid attention to this bike but one day I saw him start the bike and heard the glorious sound that followed. My dad then told me the bike was a Yezdi and he had owned one during his college days. My fascination with the bike quickly turned into an obsession and I started to learn as much as I could about these bikes and the Ideal Jawa brand. Since I had to focus on my studies, I decided that I would buy a bike once I finished my exams and got my license. I used to read the articles on Team BHP regarding Yezdis and check used bike websites for examples.
But I had to face reality. I would buy a bike that was at best 30 years old. It would be hard to find reliable replacement parts and mechanics that won’t rip me off. I tried to reason with myself and those who talked me out of it by saying things like “This bike doesn’t have a lot of parts that can go bad” and “Oh, I can buy a replacement carburetor from Pacco”. After a while I started to realize the problems of owning a bike like this and the idea of owning a Yezdi and riding it to college doesn’t seem to be so problem free after all . (Poor gas mileage, scarcity of spares, rudimentary lighting systems, difficulty finding non-abused examples with valid registration, lack of tubeless tires, etc.)
So I decided to seek advice from members of this esteemed forum on whether I should pursue the idea of buying a Yezdi or acquiring a more modern motorcycle. If the latter is the best option, please offer suggestions for a good bike with a classic look for less than Rs 1.5 lakh.
Here is what GTO should say about it:
As a 25-year-old Jeep owner, I would say a resounding NO. Their makers designed these machines to last 10-12 years, not 30. Build quality even when new was pathetic (by 2022 standards), reliability even when new was spotty, parts of spare parts will be difficult to find, the mechanic will become your best friend and you will miss a lot of comfort and modern equipment.
Safety is especially important because if something breaks on a bike, your body meets the tarmac!
Keeping such an old vehicle as a weekend toy is what my 1997 Jeep is all about. For everything else, get a modern motorcycle.
Here is what Boniver BHPian should say about it:
Since you are in Bangalore, the 2-stroke mecca in the country, my answer is a resounding YES! Go ahead and realize your dream, the parts are always available and the mechanics too. Try to find a model with a CDI if possible, and I promise you’ll have the best years of your life with the bike. These bikes work best when used daily, so your use case is perfect. Go while you still have the chance!
Here is what BHPian Gypsy should say about it:
As a former owner of Yezdi, I advise you not to go for old Jawa or Yezdi if you don’t know the basics or can’t handle the issues yourself. Especially when you go for a model that has a pointer ignition system it’s more than certain to cause problems, you must be lucky to find one with a CDI ignition type that came in very limited models. As GTO rightly said, these machines are for the weekend. Coincidentally, even my thread on two shots was posted today. Cheers
Read BHPian’s comments for more ideas and information.