Trail models, or mixed-use models, represent around 20% of the Brazilian motorcycle market. They are only behind the street models, responsible for almost half of the registrations, and have attracted the attention of manufacturers.
Recently, Haojue presented its trail NK 150 to fight with the segment-leading Honda NXR 160 Bros. Now it’s time for Yamaha to renew its urban trail, the XTZ 150 Crosser, to remain the brand’s best-selling motorcycle, a position reached in 2021 by the model.
With 32,258 units registered last year, the XTZ 150 Crosser was Yamaha’s best-selling motorcycle and the sixth best-selling in Brazil in 2021. The trail has evolved to try to repeat the feat this year and, who knows, steal a slice from Bros.
Like Honda, Yamaha did not make any major mechanical or cycling changes to the new Crosser. The main change, by the way, is of an aesthetic and practical nature.
The 150 cc trail got a new optical set. With position lights and an LED projector in the center, it follows the visual identity of other models of the brand and improves the visibility of the rider. After all, the previous headlight, with a halogen lamp, was not the most efficient.
The taillight has also changed. It gained a rectangular shape, which better matches the design of the bike, and also uses LEDs.
Another novelty is the panel, which is now fully digital, with a blackout background. Quite complete, it even has a gear indicator and the Eco function, which warns when the driver is driving economically.
But the big difference compared to competitors is the installation of a 12V socket as standard, to charge the smartphone. The accessory is popular with model owners and quite useful, especially for couriers who work with Crosser.
comfort and robustness
In fact, mixed-use models, such as the Crosser, have won over many professional motorcyclists for their comfort and robustness.
The upright riding position of the trail models and the Crosser’s wide seat are more comfortable for those who spend all day on the bike – and also for those who want to travel around.
Longer travel suspensions than on street models – 180 mm at the front and 160 mm at the rear in the case of the Crosser – better absorb asphalt imperfections and “preserve” the rider’s back. They work both to face the potholes of our streets, and to make an adventure on a dirt road, as was the case with this evaluation of the new Crosser.
We leave São José dos Campos (SP), at the foot of the Serra da Mantiqueira, towards the district of São Francisco Xavier, a popular mountain destination in the interior of São Paulo. It is possible to go on asphalt, but the route opted for dirt roads, maintained by the city hall.
Thus reproducing a common scenario in Brazil, where more than 80% of the road network is not paved, and the reason for the success of urban trails.
Agile on the asphalt, brave on the ground
The urban trail recipe, created by Honda Bros and followed by Yamaha Crosser, uses a 19-inch wheel at the front, instead of the 21-wheel of thoroughbred trails. In addition to reducing seat height, the configuration seeks a balance between agility on asphalt and robustness on land. And it does it very well.
It might not be ideal for a heavy trail, but on a dirt side road it’s enough to overcome potholes and rocks with more ease than the 17 rim wheels of street models. Mixed-use tires help in this task.
In the case of the new Crosser, Yamaha adopted the Levorin Dual Sport which surprised me – in the 90/90-19 (D) and 110/90-17 (T) measurements. Even on a muddy stretch, it maintained grip and conveyed confidence in cornering and braking.
In fact, it is precisely in the braking system that the Crosser stands out. In addition to using disc on both wheels, like the Bros, it has an ABS system in the front. And there’s no question: ABS guarantees more safety than CBS, combined that brakes the front when you step on the rear brake pedal.
Another positive point of Yamaha’s urban trail is its engine. Despite the cubic capacity and the numbers lower than the Bros 160, the 149 cm³ single-cylinder seems not to lose in performance to the Honda model.
The well-placed five-speed gearbox contributes to the feeling that the Crosser’s engine is always full and offers good throttle response. You know when you don’t even have to downshift, to face a slope, just accelerate? Well, that’s how Crosser behaves.
But, it is worth saying, that on the road the little engine disappoints a little and its maximum speed is around 115 km/h. It also struggles to maintain speeds above 100 km/h uphill.
On the other hand, Yamaha’s single-cylinder “drinks little”. Although I didn’t measure the consumption in this first contact, in the last evaluation I made, I ran 38 km/liter with gasoline, in the city, and 35 km/liter, on the highway.
As the tank has a capacity of 12 liters, it is possible to travel more than 400 kilometers without refueling. Again, good autonomy for those who work with Crosser and also for those who want to travel.
After more than 100 kilometers with the XTZ 150 Crosser, much of it on dirt roads, but also on highways and in the city, the Yamaha trail proved that it maintained its qualities and even gained equipment that can weigh in on the consumer’s purchase decision.
On the face of it, the more efficient LED headlight is a point in Crosser’s favor. The 12V socket, in addition to saving money, since the owner will not need to install the accessory after buying the motorcycle, is very useful and practical. But between the two of us, it could be a USB socket, eliminating the need for an adapter.
As for price, we’re back to the old problem of the discrepancy between the manufacturer’s suggested price and the price charged by dealers, which includes shipping, insurance and the stores’ profit margin.
As the production of Yamaha and almost all factories is less than ideal to meet the demand, there is a shortage of motorcycles and the stores charge what they want.
Yamaha announced that the suggested price of the new Crosser 150 is R$ 16,590, for the S version, and R$ 16,790, for the Z. The value does not include shipping. But, to give you an idea, in the state of São Paulo, the price jumps to R$ 17,160, in the S, and R$ 17,368, in the Z. As the model only arrives, in fact, in stores at the end of April, It is not possible to know how much they will charge for it.
Honda announces the suggested price of R$ 15,790, also without shipping, for the Honda NXR 160 Bros ESDD. But a quick phone or internet search is enough to find out that it’s impossible to buy a Bros for less than R$18,400.
We can’t forget about the new Haojue NK 150. Produced by the Chinese company, a former partner of Suzuki, the trail starts to hit stores, with a suggested price of R$ 17,597. Its engine, however, is not flex and, although it has ABS in the front, like the Crosser, the rear brake is drum.
In short, the fight in the urban trail segment is going to be good. With more models, the options for consumers who are looking for a motorcycle that is agile on the asphalt, but comfortable and brave to ride on land, increase.