Up until early 2019, Yamaha only had the XSR700 and the XSR900 under the Sport Heritage lineup of motorcycles. But things changed for the better when it launched the smallest neo-retro bike, the XSR155, back in August 2019 in Thailand. It was a very logical business move as the brand wanted to make inroads into the highly lucrative small capacity retro segment that has been dominated so far by Royal Enfield motorcycles.
Yamaha also announced last year that it will concentrate only on premium motorcycles and not commuter ones in India. While we have already received the R15 V3.0 and the MT-15, the Yamaha WR 155 R and XSR 155 are the only ones that are yet to be launched in India. A week ago, the XSR 155 was launched in the Philippines, rekindling speculations about its launch in this country. Here’s what we think:
One size fits all platform:
If Yamaha were to launch the bike in India, the biggest advantage would be the part sharing. That’s because the Yamaha XSR 155 is based on the same versatile platform that gave birth to the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 faired bike, the MT-15 streetfighter and even the WR 155 R dual-purpose motorcycle. Sure, the WR 155 R may use a different frame to suit its off-road credentials but the R15 V3.0, MT-15 as well as the XSR155 share the same Deltabox frame.
But more importantly, all the three motorcycles share the same 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. In the India-spec Yamaha R15 and the MT-15, this motor churns out 18.6PS and