Just in time for its 64th anniversary, Yamaha has recently released its newest motorcycle, the Sniper 150cc during a recent event held at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan. The unveiling of the newest Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi took place hours before the start of the second race of the Asia Road Racing Championship. The occasion also marks the 15th anniversary of the Sniper, with the latest model packing new features.
This motorcycle retains its 149.7cc SOHC four-valve, single-cylinder engine, with the bulk of the changes focusing on improved features and better aerodynamics. The LED headlight has been upgraded to have a sportier look. There are also new racing decals that complement the new re-engineered look.
Another new feature is the fully digital LCD panel that allows riders to check their speed and other vital information. The wheels used for this new model are from the previous model and features disc brakes on the front and rear wheels. Take note though that this doesn't feature anti-lock braking system, so users will need extra caution when applying the brakes. Speaking of safety, also included are an engine kill switch and hazard lamps that help boost visibility during emergencies.
Underbone racers will be glad to know that the suspension for the new Sniper 150 MXi has been redesigned and combined with wide tires, the handling has been greatly improved compared to the previous model Sniper, which had some issues where the wheels were making contact with the fender during hard braking. Some observers say that the new model is better looking compared to the previous model, with the professional racer McKinley Paz saying that he's looking forward to racing with the new model Sniper.
Dubbed as the Exciter, Spark, Jupiter, and Crypton in other markets, the Sniper is one of Yamaha's best-selling motorcycles, consisting of 70 percent of all the underbone motorcycles on the road today.
Yamaha Motor Philippines announced that the new Snipers will be available starting this month and that it has a suggested retail price of PHP 102,900. With the start of the local launching, be sure to stay tuned here as we will provide more details about the latest Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi.