BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: After serving the domestic market with trendy street and touring machines, Yamaha India plans to give this market a taste of retro soon. The model that is expected to serve the purpose is MT-15 based motorcycle called the XSR155.
According to Yamaha, the XSR155 follows the brand’s ‘Sport Heritage’ design similar to the larger XSR 700 and XSR 900 models that are in its global portfolio.
Mechanical components will be sourced from the R15 V3 including the Deltabox frame and 155cc engine mated to six-speed gearbox along with an assist and slipper clutch. Output is 19bhp and 14.7Nm in the R15 V3 and could be similar in the XSR155.
Styling is best described as a no-frills, however, there’s a tear-drop shaped tank, full-LED headlamp and tail lamp along a single-piece seat which aids in its retro looks.
A single-pod instrument cluster will display all vital information and gets a distinctive, semi-circle tachometer. Globally, the XSR155 is offered in four paint schemes- Premium Grey, White/Red Sports Heritage, Black Elegance and Green Wanderlust.
For the suspension, a combination of upside-down front forks and monoshock at the rear is available for overseas models, but the India-version will probably get conventional shocks to keep prices in target range. Dual disc brakes and single-channel ABS will assist in braking duties.
Kerb weight of the XSR155 is 134kg and since it is based on the Delta box frame, the bike is 805mm in width, 2000mm in length and 1,080mm in height.
Pricing and positioning will play an important role and what is known so far is the XSR 155 is priced lower than the R15 V3.0 and the MT-15 in South Asian markets. This suggests that the retro-styled motorcycle could be priced under Rs 1.30 lakh when it is launched in India.