Earlier this year, the news of a new Yamaha Dual-Sport bike powered by a 155cc engine similar to the R15, MT-15 and XSR155 started early first quarter after Indonesia released the WR155R model.
However, the pandemic pushed back all of Yamaha Motor Philippines’ plans and all the official launches. But now that things are slowly getting back to operations, the hype is again alive. We believe that the model will be launched possibly next month in September at the latest.
The 2020 WR155R is a new sport-enduro motorcycle, a step up from its baby brother, the XTZ 125. This one has a more sophisticated and powerful engine, a more capable chassis and suspension but is more comfortable to use daily on the road.
It has dual-purpose styling derived from its WR series and features a motocross seat design, upswept exhaust system, a mudguard placed at a higher position, a slim fuel tank design and a large 21-inch front wheel setup.
It is powered by the same 155 cc liquid-cooled, fuel -injected engine as found in the company’s MT-15. For the WR155R it received some ECU tweaks for dual-sport use. It makes 16 hp and 14.4 Nm of torque.
Already, we have seen one dealer post announcing that the price of the WR155R will be P169,000! It slots between the XTZ125 at P84,900 and the Serrow 250 at P229,000.
If this is true, then it will be higher than Honda’s CRF150L priced at P134,000 and Kawasaki’s KLX150 priced at P150,000.
However, we feel the P169,000 is reasonable considering it has a bigger engine, 6-speed transmission, liquid cooling and Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology.
With the right accessories, can this be the ideal Philippine Loop motorcycle?
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