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Yamaha XSR155 is a retro YZF-R15 V3.0

Written by Parichay Malvankar

Yamaha has been working on various motorcycles based on the same platform, and now, in Thailand, the brand has revealed the XSR155. Dubbed as ‘Sport Heritage’, the Yamaha XSR155 is a sibling to the YZF-R15 V3.0 and MT-15. So it gets all the modern bits and pieces in terms of equipment, along with holding on to the old school design charm. We are not expecting the XSR155 to debut soon in India, but it could possibly be kept on display at the 2020 Auto Expo in India.

The Yamaha XSR155 comes with a round LED headlamp with LED DRLs, LED tail lamp, full digital round speedometer console, long contoured seat, alloy wheels, engine underbelly cowl, exposed engine & chassis components without any shrouds, old school fuel tank, single-piece handlebar, full size exhaust, rear monoshock, old school side panels and short fenders.

Powering the bike is the same engine as the YZF-R15 V3.0 and MT-15. You get a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder petrol motor with variable valve actuation producing 19.3 PS of power and 14.7 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper-assist clutch. The bike if at all launched in India will get a single-channel ABS setup.

The XSR155 has the handlebar raised and is wider, giving it a good commuter riding position. The wheelbase is smaller and rated at 1330mm compared to siblings while the ground clearance is higher at 170mm compared to the MT-15 which has it at 155mm. The XSR155 weighs 134 kg wet, which is light enough to zip through traffic.

Modern classic motorcycles have been gaining popularity worldwide and the XSR155 fits the bill for many commuters. While the MT-15 might be too young and urban to look at and the YZF-R15 V3.0 is just too sporty for daily needs; the XSR155 might hit the right balance for commuter audience. The XSR155 is the most affordable model in Yamaha’s Sport Heritage line-up.