Yamaha has freshly added another promising motorcycle to its 155cc line-up and that is none other than the Yamaha WR155. This is a dual-purpose motorcycle and is a brethren to the YZF-R15, MT-15 and the XSR155 in the Yamaha family.
Although Yamaha has housed the same power plant as the aforementioned models, the WR 155R will run on a different state of tune, to suffice the off-road character. The 155 cc single-cylinder motor will have a liquid cooling system, SOHC and 4-valves with Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation. Mated to this motor is a 6-speed transmission. The power output from the WR 155R is 16.7 PS at 10,000 rpm and the torque output is as good as 14.3 Nm at 6500 rpm. Considering that the bike weighs only 134 kg, the performance should be rather impressive.
All of this is mounted on a double-cradle frame suitable for dual-purpose riding, unlike the road-biased delta-box frame. Going with the frame are minimum body panels with a halogen headlight unit instead of LED with a dual-tone design. Other features like the tachometer are similar to the road-going bikes. The fuel gauge, speedometer, average fuel economy, clock, etc are all present on the Yamaha WR 155R.
Adding up to the off-road character is the high-set front fender, off-road styled narrow seat extending towards the 8.1litre fuel-tank. Other essential off-road elements are, a tall-set rear fender, an up-swept exhaust canister, and the wide footpegs to enhance the rugged look. The WR 155R is comparatively longer and wider in dimensions. It boasts a ground clearance of 245mm and a seat height of 888mm. Anyone below the average height might end-up tip-toeing on the bike.
Yamaha WR155 suspensions duties are performed by conventional telescopic forks at the front and a pre-load adjustable mono-shock at the rear. Brakes on front and rear are wave-type discs, 240mm for front and 220mm at the rear. The Yamaha WR 155R sits on a 21-inch front and an 18-inch rear wire-spoke wheel shoed to the dual-purpose rubber.
Does Yamaha plan to bring the WR 155R to India? Well, no concrete news on that yet, but if it does come to the Indian market, Hero’s Xpulse 200 will have its newfound rival.