Underbone motorcycles have long been extremely popular in the local market. However, these affordable, do-anything machines have evolved quite a bit. Starting out as no-frills, low-powered commuters, today’s underbone segment consists of tech-laden offerings chock full of premium features. In the local market, the Yamaha Sniper 150 had long been considered as the most performance-oriented underbone in the market. Well, as it would turn out, Yamaha has made it even better.
The all-new Yamaha Sniper gives the Japanese manufacturer’s flagship underbone a much-needed redesign. With most of Yamaha’s 150-class machines taking on its popular 155cc engine, the Sniper is now the newest bike to feature this punchy engine. Similar to what we find on the YZF-R15, the Sniper 155 gets a 155cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which has been optimized to pump out around 18 horsepower. It gets Yamaha’s Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, which maximizes efficiency at low rpms, while unleashing just a bit more power at the upper reaches of the rev range.
On the feature front, the Sniper 155 makes use of the same underbone chassis as the previous model. That said it continues to boast comfortable, upright ergonomics, and the ability to carry small luggage in between the rider's legs. The bike’s redesigned bodywork gives at a slightly more muscular and athletic stance, with a sporty front fascia accented with a full suite of LED lighting. Instrumentation gets an overhaul, too, with a new fully digital LCD dashboard displaying an abundance of information.
Now, the all new Yamaha Sniper is available in two variants, the standard option fetches P114,900, while the Sniper 155 R with its special colorway, improved brakes, and built-in USB charger fetches P128,900. We got the chance to get up close and personal with the all-new Sniper in Yamaha’s press event held at their manufacturing facility in LIMA Technology Center in Batangas. Needless to say, we were very impressed with the bike’s overall performance, as well as its revised styling. We’ll be releasing a first ride review on this bike soon, so be sure to stay tuned.