In Malaysia, the 150 cc motorcycle segment is extremely popular, as can be seen by the demand for the Yamaha Y15ZR and Honda RS150R supercubs. But one model that 150 fans have been waiting for is the 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz, and we speculate it will be in Malaysia around the middle of this year.

During several visits to the Yamaha plant, as well as conversations with industry insiders, it can be surmised the replacement for the long-serving FZ150i will be launched “sometime this year, probably before mid-year.” The M-Slaz was launched in Thailand and Indonesia in 2016 and targeted at the beginner rider as well as the commuter.

Carrying a 149 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant that is claimed to produce 16 hp at 8,500 rpm and 14.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm, the M-Slaz gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox. Rolling on 17-inch wheels, fuel is carried in a 10.2-litre tank, and weight is listed as 135 kg.

Inside the cockpit, the M-Slaz carries a multi-function LCD instrument panel, with digital speedometer and bar tachometer. Non-adjustable upside-down forks are fitted in front, with a monoshock adjustable for pre-load mounted on an aluminium swing arm in the back.

LED lighting is used for the headlight and tail light, and the rider is placed 805 mm above the ground, with seating is a two-piece affair. Yamaha Indonesia‘s website shows three colour choices for the M-Slaz – Army Green, Matte Red and Silver White.

While Malaysian riders await the impending launch of the 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz – it might get a different name for this market as it is known as the Xabre in Indonesia – no details have been given on pricing. From the Yamaha Indonesia website, retail price is listed at 30.3 million rupiah (RM8,990).

In other news, it appears like the very popular Yamaha YZF R-25 250 cc sports bike will be getting a mid-model update for the Malaysia market. During conversation, was told the R-25 might see a launch during the latter part of 2018, with perhaps the inclusion of ABS.