Back to the 80s: Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

Vintage Style, Modern Tech: Yamaha “Retromod” from West Java… 

The Yamaha WR155R is one of the most advanced small-displacement dual-sports currently in production. A smaller sibling to the WR250R, the bike features a 155cc four-stroke engine with liquid-cooling, fuel-injection, and VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) — a system that changes the cam profile at different speeds, optimizing power delivery throughout the rev range.

The engine, also used in the XSR155 street bike, makes 16.5 hp and 10.5 ft-lb of torque — solid numbers for such a small-displacement machine. The WR also features a 21/18″ wheelset, front / rear disc brakes, a six-speed transmission, and is said to hit 75 mph with ease. It isn’t the most affordable dual-sport in its class, but one of the best:

“Inspired by the bigger and more advanced dual-sport Yamaha WR250R, the WR155R offers beginner riders modest dirt bike performance without the speed and complexity of a much bigger machine.” –Wheel 2 Wheel

The WR155R in stock trim

While today’s dirt bikes and dual-sports have certainly taken performance to new levels, many of us miss the style of their air-cooled ancestors — machines like the Yamaha XT, DT, and IT series.

Recently, we talked to Maulana Sandi of West Java’s Barokah Djaya Sukabumi — a workshop that specializes in vintage off-road, motocross, and enduro bikes. While the machine you see here may appear vintage at first glance, it’s actually a 2021 Yamaha WR155R built in collaboration with Yamaha Jabar — Yamaha’s official West Java division.

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

The concept was “Back to the 80s.” Maulana and crew sought to turn back the clock on a brand-new dual-sport, taking inspiration from the Yamaha XT500 and other “vinduros” of 70s and 80s. The result is what we’ve come to call a “retromod” — a modern bike with the style of a vintage machine. (In contrast to a restomod — a vintage bike with modern performance upgrades.)

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

The result is a bike that harks back to the iconic Yamaha XT500 of yesteryear, yet retains the modern performance and reliability of a 2021 model. Below, we talk to Maulana for the full story on the build and share more photos courtesy of photographer Yulian Abdul Sidiq (@_yulianass).

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler: Builder Interview

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

I’m Maulana Sandi (@maulanasandi99), the owner of Barokah Djaya Sukabumi — a workshop in West Java that builds and works on vintage off-road / vintage mx motocross bikes.

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

Yamaha WR155R, 2021.

Taking delivery!
• Why was this bike built?

This was collaboration project between our workshop Barokah Djaya and Yamaha Jabar, the official Yamaha of West Java.

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

The concept was “Back to 80’s.”

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

• What custom work was done to the bike?

Mostly body work, including the tank, fenders, headlight, saddle, and more.

Yamaha WR155R Scrambler

The engine and suspension are original manufacturer equipment.

Follow the Builder

Workshop: @barokahdjaya
Yamaha Jabar: @yamaha.jabar
Photos by Yulian Abdul Sidiq (@_yulianass)



  1. Elam Blacktree

    Love it! Nicely done.

  2. Much preferable to the stock configuration – but then again, I grew up on the 1970s Yamahas and Hondas (and still ride a 1972 Yamaha that I have owned from new.)

  3. very nice. i wish something like this was actually for sale by a OEM in the usa.

  4. Yamaha really needs this guy on their design team tthey would make a killing too bad the big four deem small displacement not profitable… This hits so many boxes.

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