A new option in under 1.5 lakh category to be added soon, Yamaha XSR155 will be a retro-modern street bike
Yamaha XSR 700 and XSR 900 are sports heritage motorcycles in the company’s portfolio. At present, none of these bikes are on sale in India. However, the company is planning to bring Yamaha XSR155 in the country to add more buying option to the customers. XSR 155 to fall in under Rs 1.5 lakh bike segment which currently has – Pulsar RS200, FZ25, Fazer 25, Yamaha R15 V3, MT-15, Duke 125, KTM RC125 and more.
Design of the bike is what looks striking to us. The barrel-shaped headlight and tail light powered with LED tech. Only part which is painted in the fuel tank and rest of the bike is painted black. There is no other body panel apart from the fuel tank. The instrument cluster is a circular fully digital unit with all the information you can think of. Indian version could make use of instrument console of R15 and MT-15 to keep cost down.
There is no doubt that Yamaha will use the same 155cc liquid-cooled engine as in R15-V3 and MT-15. Even the frame, drivetrain as well as tyres fill also be a straight lift from these bikes. What I personally do not want in XSR155 is the same state of tune as we find in MT-15. XSR155 should have a higher top end to counter the highways too. Another requirement is the addition of dual-channel ABS on upcoming Yamaha XSR155.
If Yamaha XSR155 is launched in the Indian market, it must be very well engraved in our minds that it will not get USD forks and that awesome looking Aluminum swingarm. The pricing is MT-15 was awful. A naked bike with single-channel ABS is priced just Rs 3000 less than the R15-V3.0 and it doesn’t make sense. With XSR155, Yamaha should do the pricing justice with a price tag of around Rs 1.3 lakh ex-showroom.
It is now seen that when a bike is priced higher than usual, the sales will fall done just after a month or two. This is what happened with the MT-15. Had the bike been priced at under Rs 1.3 lakh mark, it could have garner more sales.
However, the motorcycle is currently under development and will launch soon in the international market. There is a possibility that Yamaha will never launch this bike in India in a bid to avoid customer confusion. Let’s see what Yamaha plans with XSR155 as it is potentially a promising product for the Indian market.
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