The Yamaha RX-135 (also popularly known under the name RX-King or RX-K or simply RX in Southeast Asia, especially India & Indonesia) is a motorcycle with a two-stroke produced by Yamaha since the 1990s.
The RX-135 was released around the end of the 1990s and in selected India cities, you could get a factory-shipped RX-135 until August 2005. There were two versions of this bike sold in India – the four-speed and the five-speed. The 5 speed version produced 14 horsepower.
In Indonesia the RX-135, firstly called as RX-K, produced in 1981–82, the in 1983 new model in cubical tank design and new more modern seat model, was released called the RX King – claiming 18.5hp. Was still being produced until late 2007, but production was halted by the requirements of the EURO3 regulation. The late model RX-135 in Indonesia used a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust, which made it pass EURO2 regulations.
RX-135 also had been initially introduced as RXG with similar engine capacity but with numerous changes with bottom-end gearing (primary ratio), sprockets and cylinder design, stickering, ignition system and looks..
Started by RX-K
Yes, still few know, RX-King began its work in Indonesia through the RX-K. Imported directly from Japan in 1980 as a more powerful version of the RX 100 and RX 125 in the 1970s. 135 cc engine (132 cc to be exact) used by the RX-K makes it quite glimpsed. But not much, especially at that time, he was still in the status of a CBU motorcycle (completely built up). His fate only lasted for about three years.
Yamaha RX-King Journey
During the circulation of the RX-K, 3 drafter from Japan; Nobuo Aoshima, Chikao Kimata and Motoaki Hyodo received pretty basic input. Indonesian people want a motor that is manly, not wasteful of fuel and powerful in low speed.
Based on this input, the RX-King was released in 1983 with Yamaha Energy Induction System (YEIS) technology. A more handsome look was realized with a more modern design. Angled tank, with light boxes, and high handlebar nicknamed cobra because of its shape.
135 cc engine with 2-step configuration (2-stroke) is made as a mainstay. Although at that time, competitors, Honda championed the GL-Series with a 4-stroke runway, Yamaha successfully made the RX-King character. The process of creating energy is faster because it only requires 2 steps to make the power graph easily peaked.
The runway kitchen still survives, the exhaust character is noisy and smoky until the turn of the millennium. Issues of emissions and regulation in 2006 made Yamaha release the New RX-King. The engine remains the same, only the exhaust gas treatment process is improved. The muffler has been given a catalytic converter to reduce emissions.
Even the smoke in that era has decreased. Not a few audiences who insinuated him as the RX-King 4 did. Moreover, the physical is also different. Round lights become the main lighting house, replacing the accompanying light box for more than 20 years.
Unfortunately the fate of the RX-King must end in 2009. The trend of consumers who prefer scooter motorcycles, more or less influential on this. Yamaha also must think strategically and put out the RX-King’s gait. Now the RX-King is just being hunted fans. The motorbike is in poorly maintained condition and just complete complete paperwork is valuable. While the original version, which still uses all original devices, is hunted by collectors. Price? Really dark Intrinsic value does not seem to be able to pay the sentimental value that possessed the owner.
Successor, Yamaha Scorpio Z
Actually there is no relationship between Scorpio Z and RX-King. When King entered the end of his time, the manufacturer of the fork symbol has begun releasing a sport bike without fairing with a 4-stroke engine. The purpose of the presence of the Scorpio Z is more appropriate to tackle the Honda Tiger. However, the DNA of the ‘male motor’ at that time remained only in Scorpio.
From Scorpio, the touring-style male DNA of the motor continues. Now Yamaha has a naked bike in Vixion, Byson, and Xabre models. All of those male motorbikes still ran a bit of male DNA from the RX-King.