The Indian Yamaha XSR150 is NOT based on the international version that shares its engine and platform with the versatile R15!
In what comes as a big surprise, Yamaha has been caught testing a mysterious motorcycle at the Yamuna Expressway. Upon careful observation, the tank and other styling bits suggest that it adorns the XSR design theme.
Many portals are telling you that it is the 250cc version but it is NOT! This is NOT the FZ25’s oil cooled motor. So, is it the XSR 155 that is sold in various markets like Indonesia, Thailand, etc? Again NO! Because this does NOT carry the R15’s motor. So, what is it?
Though the engine area is not very clear but from whatever I can decipher this is the FZ-S’ 150cc engine that this mule is running on. Further bits help us to understand Yamaha’s plan. This motorcycle is based on the 150cc FZ platform. Right from the tyres, brakes, rear tyre hugger and many other parts are directly lifted. The rear part of the frame also appears to be similar and so, chances are high that this could be carrying the same chassis as well.
However, there are many Indianized bits on this test mule. For one, the upside down front forks of the international XSR are replaced by conventional telescopics. The rear seat appears to be thicker and more padded and the seating posture is a wee bit more commuterish. The instrument cluster also appears to be a flatter, rectangular shaped unit – a deviation from the XSR’s small, circular cluster. So, let us, for an instant, call it the Indian XSR150.
The front headlamp of the mule is hidden but it is expected to be a round LED headlamp, similar to the international XSR. So, there we go with the big update of the month – Yamaha’s plans of a new entrant in the 150cc segment. Do you like the idea of XSR150…?
Source – Rushlane