Yamaha XSR 155 is a bike that we have been expecting to come in India. There has been a lot of discussion about this bike in the industry. The bike is seen in the Indonesian market and we expect that after the MT-15 this might be something that might launch soon. We will take a look at what we have been expecting on this bike. Also, the main question that if this bike will come to India or not? Read the article as we break down why we are expecting this bike in India?
Is it Profitable for Yamaha?
This bike is based on the same platform as on the Yamaha MT-15 and R15. The underpinnings of this XSR 155 will be same as that of those two bikes. So homologating the bike will be easy for Yamaha. The question about being profitable is debatable but selling more bikes on the same platform will never be a loss. Also, the bike looks a bit retro with the round headlamps and the complete neo-classic theme. This might bring back the nostalgia that Yamaha has associated with the RX 100. There is a chance that Yamaha Might face a lashback if they sell it as a comeback of the Yamaha RX100.
The RX100 was a legendary bike in the Indian biking history. It has its images like the dream teen bike of its time. The XSR 155 might give Yamaha that same kind of response if its introduced at a reasonable price. If you want to know more about the RX series click here!
Modern Retro Demand
Currently, the sports bike market in India is growing a rapid speed. The 150 cc segment is no longer a sports bike segment rather its now become a sports commuter segment. We can see the increase in demand for 200 cc and 250 cc bikes. The recently launched Husqvarna 250 twins are a hit, even in lockdown it managed to sell 410 units. This is quite an achievement for a new brand with a 250 cc motorcycle. This shows that people are appreciating unusual styling and specifically the modern retro design.
Yamaha is a good follower of the trend and we might see the introduction of the Yamaha XSR 155 for India. As for the pricing of the XSR 155, there is no clarity. The company has overpriced the Yamaha MT 15 and the Yamaha XSR 155 won’t be placed below it. The pricing of the bike will decide its success in India but for that, we will have to wait for an official announcement from the company.
The Yamaha MT-15 BS6 comes with a 155 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine. It produces about 17.9 bhp max power and 13.9 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes paired with a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch. The interesting thing about the engine is that it comes with Yamaha’s VVA system which helps the bike to get a better initial punch. So the engine is a really good unit.
Launch details and other details are far off from being predictive. The company hasn’t shown any signs of them testing this bike. Also, there have been reports of Yamaha to be working on a bigger VVA engine of about 250 or 300cc. For now, we will have to wait for the company to show some signs of a them working on a new project. Let us know in the comments if you think that this bike will have the DNA of the RX100!