In the market for an off-road machine you can use on the street? Yamaha’s WR155R is right up your alley. This entry level dual-sport motorcycle is both usable and capable. If you need convincing, check out these 10 things that make the WR155R potent on and off road:
1) The punchy engine
The WR155R is powered by a 155cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with 16hp and 14.4Nm. While having a bit less power than the XSR155 and the MT-15 it shares an engine with, the WR has more than enough grunt to tear up the trail and have fun on the street.
2) The suspension
Absorbing the impact from rocks and jumps is a telescopic KYB fork up front and a preload-adjustable mono-shock in the rear. This dirt-ready combo provides 41mm of travel.
3) The rubber
The tires on the WR155R are semi-knobby, striking a balance between street and off-road capability. The size of these tires are the real deal: 21 inches in front and 18 inches in the back, giving the bike a motocross stance.
4) Fuel capacity
Off-road bikes don’t usually have huge fuel tanks, and the 8.1L tank on the WR155R is no exception. However, the WR does carry more than other competitors in the segment, meaning the WR155R is less likely to leave you stranded without gas.
5) The exhaust
When riding over rocks and through rivers, debris/water getting into the end of the exhaust pipe is a very real possibility. This problem is mitigated by the WR155R’s high mounted exhaust tip, which looks cool and protects the exhaust.
6) The multifunction instrument panel
Whether it’s on the trail or in traffic, riders appreciate a good instrument panel. The WR155R’s display is a simple yet rugged LCD panel, and includes a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, digital clock, fuel gauge, and gear indicator.
7) The low weight
At 134kg, the WR155R is ready to be thrashed around dirt roads, deftly maneuvered through tight spots, and easily picked up when inevitably dropped off road. With its dizzyingly tall 34.9 inch seat height, it only makes sense that the WR155R is light.
8) The dashing looks
Off-road-ready bikes are typically good-looking, and few can deny the cool factor of what is essentially a dirt bike made street-legal. The WR155R gives off a sharp, agile, and capable aura, and comes in blue or black.
9) That thing called VVA
Thanks to VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) the WR155R has a usable amount of power throughout the rev range, making it more capable on the street, and easier to use overall.
10) Its pedigree
Yamaha’s line of off-road bikes have proven themselves to be capable and dependable, and have led many racers to glory. Being part of this lineup, Yamaha puts their trust and confidence into the WR155R, making it a worthy contender for your hard-earned cash.
Priced at P169,000, this promising dual-sport is available at Yamaha's flagship YZone store, as well as Yamaha Rev Zones nationwide.