Yezdi Adventure review, test drive
Yezdi’s answer to the Royal Enfield Himalayan promises the same visual theme, but a greater level of capability.
One month after the new range of Yezdis was launched, Classic Legends finally gave us the opportunity to test these machines. We’ve only had a few hours with each bike, so we can’t tell you about performance, highway manners, city comfort and fuel efficiency. All of that will have to wait for another day, but, for now, we can tell you what each bike has to offer in terms of riding experience. This article is about the Yezdi Adventure.
It only takes a few minutes on the Adventure to tell that this bike rides differently, compared to the other two Yezdis. That should come as no surprise, considering the Adventure has a completely different chassis and is the only one with a rear monoshock.
Yezdi Adventure: design and specifications
What is also not long to discover is that Classic Legends seems to have compared the Royal Enfield Himalayan extensively, because from a distance the Adventure looks a little too much like the Enfield for comfort. The rectangular fuel tank and stock Yezdi-style engine design help this bike stand out a bit, but a little more originality in the design would have been welcome. As with the other two Yezdis, the general finish and the quality of the materials used must be improved.
The spec sheet is also quite similar, with 220mm ground clearance equivalent to that of the Himalaya; the same 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel sizes and the same front and rear suspension travel (200mm and 180mm, respectively). Yezdi quotes a weight of 188kg – but that’s without fuel – so with the 15.5 liter fuel tank overflowing, the Yezdi will likely weigh around the same as the Himalayan too, at 199kg.
Yezdi Adventure: engine
The big difference, of course, is Yezdi’s 30.2hp, 29.9Nm, 334cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. The power delivered by the engine is similar to that Yezdi Roadsterwith a more pointed upper end than the Yezdi Jammer. Like the other two, the refinement could improve – the engine gets noisy at low revs and hums if you get it closer to the 8,000 rpm redline. Off-road there is a lot of low end, but you have to be careful not to let the revs drop too low in second gear, as the engine can stall a little easily in those conditions.
Yezdi Adventure: dynamic
In the dirt, the Yezdi feels easier and more capable to ride than the Scrambler, thanks to its larger front wheel, more off-road-oriented tires and more comfortable suspension setup. In fact, it feels like it could perform as well as the Himalayan, if not better, and that’s something we’re keen to review one after the other.
On the road, that plush suspension feel continues here and the Adventure simply floats. On bumpy surfaces, the rear shock feels a little too soft and under-damped, and it can create a bit of a pogo-ing effect. Considering the suspension and tire setup of this bike, the handling is pretty decent and there’s not much to complain about. The same goes for the brakes on all three bikes – they’re perfectly adequate, but they do require some effort for powerful braking.
Yezdi Adventure: features and accessories
Like the Yezdi Scrambler, the Adventure has three modes for dual-channel ABS, including an off-road mode that lets you turn off rear ABS. Both bikes also get a pretty tough metal skid plate, but you’ll probably still want to be a little careful with the coolant reservoir which is positioned under the engine.
The Adventure is positioned as Yezdi’s top-of-the-line model and benefits from a few additional features, including a tilt-adjustable rectangular instrument console. The circular LCD screen inside this console is the same as on the other two bikes, but the Adventure also has some small TFT screens to show Bluetooth features such as calls and navigation aids – l ‘Adventure is the only Yezdi that supports Bluetooth connectivity. .
Like the Scrambler, the Adventure you see here also wears optional accessories, including the headlight grille, handguards and lower engine guards. Strangely, the upper metal frame that fits around the fuel tank isn’t sold with the bike, but Yezdi calls it a mandatory accessory. Apparently, when you buy the bike, you also have to buy it for an additional fee.
Nonetheless, this Yezdi is priced competitively between Rs 2.1 lakh to 2.19 lakh depending on the color scheme you choose. This positions it almost exactly on par with the Royal Enfield Himalayan.
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