Adventure motorcycles were not a thing in Indian market a few years ago. Now things have changed and we have a number of adventure motorcycles on offer. The trend for adventure motorcycle has been steadily growing over the years. We now have motorcycles like Hero Xpulse 200, Royal Enfield Himalayan, KTM 390 Adventure and BMW G 310 GS motorcycles in the affordable adventure motorcycle segment. Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Yamaha is now planning to launch their WR 155R adventure motorcycle in India.
As per the report from Zig Wheels Yamaha is currently considering all the factors and is analysing the market. If everything goes well and they get a positive response then only they will launch the motorcycle in India. Another factor is the pricing which is very crucial for a price sensitive market like ours. If Yamaha can price it competitively, then we expect it to be launched in the market next year.
Yamaha is likely to place it between the Hero Xpulse 200 and the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The expected price of the WR 15R is almost Rs 1.5 lakh. The upcoming WR 155R is a nimble off-road motorcycle and is powered by the same engine that we have seen in Yamaha R15. The only difference is that the engine is in a different state of tune in the WR 155R. The engine in the adventure motorcycle generates less power in comparison to the sportier R15.
The WR 155R’s single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel injected engine generates 16.7 PS and 14.3 Nm of torque which is less than the R15. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Talking about the looks of the 155R, it looks like a purpose built machine with minimalist design, spoke wheels and knobby tyres. The bike does not come with whole lot of panels on the body. It gets a long travel suspension, ample ground clearance and a fairly high seating position. Coming to the safety part, international version of the WR 155R does not get the ABS whereas if they bring it to the Indian market, the motorcycle will have at least a single channel ABS due to the new safety norms. The motorcycle is likely to be pricier than the R15 Version 3.0 given the higher spec suspension and limited sales numbers that are expected for an off-road dedicated bike. Expect the bike to bs priced at around Rs. 1.5 lakh, making it pricier than the Hero XPulse 200 but cheaper than the Royal Enfield Himalayan 400. Interested to bring one home?
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