2022 Yezdi Adventure First Ride Review

We spend some time with the new Yezdi Adventure to see if it lives up to its promise of purpose-built adventure capability.

By Preetam Bora


1 mins read


11-Feb-22 04:30 PM IST



  • Yezdi Adventure is the most-expensive model in the new Yezdi range
  • The 334 cc engine makes 29.8 bhp @ 8,000 rpm, 29.9 Nm @ 6,500 rpm
  • 220 mm ground clearance, 200 mm front suspension travel, 180 mm rear
The sandy gravel and rocky trail of the specially curated adventure test track threw up more than a few surprises. I soon found myself alone, heading downhill into the trees, the shadows throwing up a somewhat unclear view of the terrain ahead. The surface changed from loose gravel to rocks, and then onto bigger rocks, and then to a long, rocky downhill stretch, which tested both the bike and the rider's nerves. But the Adventure trudged on; bouncing over the rocks and the rough terrain. Should have lowered the air pressure on the tyres, I thought, but it took me through the trail and back up the hill on the far side.

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The trail certainly tested both the Adventure's capability and the nerves of the rider. But the Yezdi Adventure managed to sail through; something which was a pleasant surprise.

The trail is familiar from another ride a few years ago on a different adventure bike; only that time I was doing it the other way round, and surface conditions were slightly different than what it is now. But it seemed never ending on this day. At the bottom is a rocky steam, with a few puddles and then a rocky uphill climb which tested the suspension and the capabilities of the bike, as well as the rider.

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If it's true-blue off-road capability one is looking for, the Adventure didn't fail to impress. It can take a beating, and that's saying something for Yezdi's first attempt at introducing an ADV.

And then it struck me; the Yezdi Adventure I'm astride took everything in its stride, and if it's true-blue off-road capability one is looking for, this one has it all; well, almost. The Adventure is one of the three new Yezdi bikes launched last month and marks the revival of the legendary Yezdi motorcycle brand from the 1970s and '80s. As the name suggests, the Yezdi Adventure is designed to be an entry-level adventure bike, for covering long distances, as well as take on tough terrain effortlessly when the tarmac ends. How it behaves when the road ends, I got a taste of in the afternoon heat, and the results didn't fail to impress.

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The Yezdi Adventure is the top-spec model in the new Yezdi motorcycle range with typical ADV styling and decent off-road capability.

Design & Features

The Yezdi Adventure has typical ADV styling, promising purpose-built adventure capability. It has a tall stance, a round headlamp, short windshield, tall and wide handlebars, and additional frame brackets on the fuel tank and tail section to carry luggage or extra fuel cans. It's a design which is traditional ADV, with a front "beak" and stepped seat promising comfort over long hours in the saddle. The seating position is upright, and should


The circular LCD console is the same for all three Yezdi bikes, but it's housed in a rectangular panel on the Adventure, and also gets a smaller circular panel on the right, which displays turn-by-turn navigation if you connect it through Bluetooth with the Yezdi mobile app.

The Adventure also comes with a rectangular instrument console, tilt adjustable, with two circular LCD screens, the bigger one showing the rev counter, speedometer, odometer and trip meters, as well as a clock and ABS settings, which gets three modes, Road, Rain and Off-Road, with Off-Road ABS offering rear wheel lock-up.


The left handlebar features two charging ports, useful features for the modern-day two-wheeled adventurer to charge gadgets on the go.

A smaller LCD screen offers turn-by-turn navigation with Bluetooth connectivity via the Yezdi mobile app, which also brings features like call and message alerts. There are also two ports to charge your electronics on the go, with a standard USB port, as well as a USB c-type port.


The six-speed gearbox is slick, and all the gears slot into place with precision, and the engine doesn't shy from being revved.

Engine & Performance

On tarmac, the Yezdi Adventure's engine does offer a wide rev range. The six-speed gearbox is slick, and all the gears slot into place with precision, and the engine doesn't shy from being revved. Acceleration isn't brisk, but didn't feel lethargic either, as long as you worked the gears. The Adventure is up for accelerating through the gears, and the wide rev range offers decent acceleration, with good mid-range performance and some go at the top end as well.


The 334 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine has been tuned to make 29.8 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 29.9 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.

The 334 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine has been derived from the same unit as the Jawa Perak's, but gets different engine internals, including pistons, cylinder head, crankshaft, connecting rod, balancer shaft and updated valvetrain. The double overhead cam (DOHC), liquid-cooled engine has been tuned to make 29.8 bhp at 8,000 rpm and 29.9 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.


As long as you keep it in the right gear, and the engine spooled up in the mid-range, the Adventure will oblige you with your every prod. But at the wrong gear, and at the wrong revs, it will stall. Not something of a deal-breaker, but it does take some getting used to.

The mid-range is strong, and there's power at the top-end as well, but to get tractability, the engine needs to be spooled up and revving; at the wrong gear, and at the wrong revs, the Yezdi Adventure is prone to stalling, and that's when things can go quickly from being entertaining to a struggle when you're venturing out to trails which require both skill and experience.


The suspension set-up has travel, but makes the Adventure feel a little bouncy, even over the odd pothole or broken patch of road. It isn't uncomfortable, but ride quality isn't exactly smooth sailing. But the slightly firm set-up makes for taut handling, even with the large 21-inch front wheel.

Ride & Handling

Our tarmac test route didn't include long, open highways, but during the brief outing on tarmac, the Adventure provided a comfortable perch, although actual long-distance comfort can only be judged by spending a longer time on the saddle. The suspension has travel, but isn't too soft either, so the Adventure doesn't mind being thrown around corners. But show it some rough, broken patches, and it isn't all smooth sailing either. Yes, it soaks up road imperfections, but the suspension set-up also makes the Adventure feel a little bouncy, even over the odd pothole, or speed breaker that we encountered.


Rough terrain is where the Yezdi Adventure scores. The engine has slightly peaky power, but so long as you're in the right gear, in the right revs, the Adventure was up to taking on most of the obstacles offered by the terrain of our test trail.

The 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wire spoked wheels with long travel suspension, and 220 mm ground clearance, par for the course for any purpose-built adventure bike designed to take on rough terrain. And rough terrain is where the Yezdi Adventure scores. The engine has slightly peaky power, so you need to be in the right gear, and at the right revs.


When the trail disappeared from gravel, to rocks to rocky river bed, the Adventure sailed through, and that's quite commendable as far as off-road capability is concerned.

But when the trail went from being gravel to rocks, and rocky stream bed, the Adventure managed to sail through, and that's something quite commendable! Even when climbing inclines, any lack of power wasn't felt, although a downshift from second to first was needed to feel confident of the powerband.


The Yezdi Adventure rides on a 21-inch front wheel, and 17-inch rear wheel combination of wire spoked wheels with long travel suspension and 220 mm ground clearance. The suspension travel, ground clearance, design and price pits it squarely against the Royal Enfield Himalayan.

Price & Competition

The Yezdi Adventure is the most expensive model in the Yezdi motorcycle range, with prices beginning at Rs. 2.10 lakh (Ex-showroom), going up to Rs. 2.19 lakh (Ex-showroom), depending on choice of colour. At those prices, the closest competitor of the Yezdi Adventure is the Royal Enfield Himalayan, with prices beginning at Rs. 2.15 lakh (Ex-showroom).


The Yezdi Adventure certainly makes for a commendable product in the entry-level adventure segment. With a little smoothening of the edges, both in performance, ride and design, it has a lot of potential. Even now, it offers good off-road capability, and decent all-round performance.


As an off-road bike, the Yezdi Adventure can certainly take on rough terrain. Our off-road test route included some gnarly and technical trails over loose gravel, rocks and boulders, and I'm happy to report that the Yezdi Adventure didn't miss a beat tackling such terrain. The engine has been tuned for the most power, and it comes at a relatively higher 8,000 rpm. Peak torque is also respectable, with just under 30 Nm, kicking in at 6,500 rpm. But the Yezdi Adventure needed a flatter torque curve, with more low-end torque and more punch lower in the revs.


The Yezdi Adventure has a weight of 188 kg, without fuel, so fully-fuelled it will go closer to the 200 kg mark, and that makes it a little on the heavier side. Less weight, and more low-end punch would have definitely made the Yezdi Adventure that much better.

At over 190 kg fully-fuelled weight, it also feels a little on the heavier side, particularly when you're trying to jump over obstacles off-road. Claimed weight of the Adventure is 188 kg, but that is without fuel, so with fuel in the 15.5 litre tank, it still is a heavy-ish bike for entry-level off-road adventures, and will nudge close to 200 kg, and that is still heavy for an ADV with that much power. Around 10 kg less, and with better low-end tractability, the Yezdi Adventure could have been a different animal altogether.


Our first ride impressions of the Yezdi Adventure are positive. Better low-end torque, lighter weight, and perhaps a slightly more innovative design would certainly have been more welcome. In terms of just off-road capability though, the Yezdi Adventure certainly makes a positive first impression.

As a touring bike, we'll reserve our judgement till we actually get to cover some distance on it. Overall, the Yezdi Adventure certainly ticks all the right boxes, in the entry-level adventure bike segment. Better low-end torque, lighter weight, and perhaps a slightly more innovative design would certainly have been more welcome. Our first ride impressions are positive, but we will look forward to spending some more time with the Yezdi Adventure to get a sense of how good it is as an all-round adventure touring bike.

(Photography: Pawan Dagia)

Yezdi Adventure Specifications
Engine Type Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC
Displacement 334 cc
Max Power 29.8 bhp @ 8,000 rpm
Peak Torque 29.9 Nm @ 6,750 rpm
Front Tyre 90/90-21"
Rear Tyre 130/80-17"
Front Suspension Telescopic fork & coil spring; 200 mm travel
Rear Suspension Monoshock with coil spring & linkage mechanism; 180 mm travel
Front Brakes 320 mm disc with floating caliper, ABS
Rear Brakes 240 mm disc with floating caliper, ABS
Wheelbase 1465 mm
Ground Clearance 220 mm
Seat Height 815 mm
Weight 188 kg (without fuel)
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.5 litres

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