This RX100 is like few I’ve seen before – no expansion chamber, no MX mudguard and no trail of blue smoke that reduces visibility to the tip of your nose. Soft and crisp, the only note from the bike was that of the exhaust. The RX is so stock that it still runs the original tyres! And talking about stock RXs brings up visions of that unlikely but gorgeous cherry red colour that charmed the girls and attracted probably the biggest female fan following back in the day. Or was it the 2T stains on the Haras?
The Pulsar, on the other hand, is more familiar to my generation. We’ve seen it evolve and get more ‘Japanese’ by the day, yet retaining that unstickered musculature that has become its hallmark. The electric blue paint is just something else, and it is a real pity there aren’t too many around in this brilliant colour. The Pulsar, like the RX100, is the chick magnet of its time. It draws women like an electromagnet powered by a 2000 watt power plant. I should know, I rode one to college.
When I finally get on board the Yamaha, I begin to realise just how special the RX must have felt. The Yammie is as smooth as a baby’s buttocks – and don’t be fooled by her diminutive looks because she means business. She’s missing the coolness of modern bits, but that doesn’t detract anything at all. A go at the throttle and the revs rise instantly. When the powerband arrives, you can feel the spike in power and the 11 bhp mind-altering rush that comes with it. The RX’s famously skinny rubber and agile cornering can add a scary/thrilling feel to it. Riding it feels like taking your college crush on her first date again, if you know what I mean. It’s an experience that somehow made me want to be 20 years older than I am, and then travel back in time with it, so I could go to college again. The RX100 is a fundamental motorcycle with a cult status in India that makes the Beatles look overrated. Now, it’s sad that the cult of the RX foundered in the model updates until the last ones were mere shadows of the original, both in reputation and in their following.