2016 Yamaha Xabre Indonesia (1)

Yamaha Indonesia launched the Xabre naked sport motorcycle in the resort island of Bali yesterday, officiated by none other than “The Doctor”, multiple MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi. This single-cylinder brings the number of Yamaha offerings in the 150 cc market segment in Indonesia to three, the other two being the V-Ixion and the R15.

This fuel-injected 149 cc single is liquid-cooled, and drives a six-speed gearbox, all housed in the Yamaha ‘Deltabox’ frame. This is the same engine as used in the R15. Of note are the 37 mm USD forks, a rarity in this market level and price point.

The Indonesian Xabre is almost identical to the Thailand-model MSlaz, save for the different paint and graphics. The humped 10.5 litre tank gives the Xabre a hulking look, in keeping with its motard styling and the headlight is an LED unit..

According to reports, the Bali event was a pre-launch teaser for Yamaha Indonesia Racing, with the official public launch a few weeks away yet. No official word on pricing, but rumours have it at around 28 million rupiah (RM8,600).