Yamaha R15 Review
Refreshing & StylishSaturday, August 3, 2013
Design and Style
Yamaha's YZF-R15 was the 1st Indian bike designed in the true supersport image. Yamaha India has now took a step further with the launch of all-new model of Yamaha YZF-R15, which has been priced at Rs. 1.12 lakhs. This price is ex-showroom price in New Delhi. The technical specifications are exactly the same in comparison to 2010 model of YZF-R15, only the kerb weight of bike has increased from 131 kgs to 136 kgs.
According to Yamaha India while maintaining the proven ease of handling of the YZF-R15 version 1.0, the YZF-R15 boasts of spruced up looks and better performance in circuit riding. The design elements have been borrowed from the supersport model YZF-R1 that is adapted from YZR-M1 MotoGP race machine. The YZF-R15 has undergone changes as compared to the 2010 model of YZF-R15 in the specs of the Engine Control unit (ECU), drivetrain unit, a long aluminum swing arm, wider front and rear tires (radial tire for the rear), split seat, LED taillights and new-design middle cowl & tail cowl.
149.8cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine
Maximum power is 16.8 bhp (17 PS)
Maximum torque is 15 nm at 7500 rpm
Seat height is now 790mm from 800mm
Wheelbase is now 1290mm from 1345mm
First 150cc Indian bike to feature aluminium swingarm
Price is Rs. 1,12,000 (Ex-showroom New Delhi)
Engine and Gearbox
Yamaha YZF-R15 features the 149.8cc engine which generates maximum power of 16.8 bhp (17 PS) at 8500 rpm with maximum torque of 15 nm at 7500 rpm. This is really sad because Yamaha fans were waiting for this bike from almost 10-12 months and it was expected that it will generate maximum power of 20-22 bhp but Yamaha Motor India has kept the specs same in comparison to 2010 model of YZF-R15.
Design and Styling of Yamaha YZF-R15
Viewed from the side, the shape of Yamaha YZF-R15 created by the side panel and the upper surface of the tank creates an impression of the center of gravity shifting to the front tyre. A characteristic of the R-series is that, when you view the machine, you get a sense of its concept and performance. For example, Yamaha YZF-R1 shows a strong body line that springs up in a single line from the rear axle to the pivot and then to the head pipe. This is a visual expression of the straight shape of the Deltabox frame. These elements are a visual expression of “frame rigidity.” This philosophy has been fully transmitted to Yamaha YZF-R15. It features all-new LED tail light cluster, new engine cowl, new step-up seat, all-new black finish alloy wheels and new rear fender and tyre hugger. All design changes looks very cool except the ugly looking rear mud guard and saree guard.
Instrument Cluster of Yamaha YZF-R15
It was expected that changes will be made to the instrument cluster and more modern and better looking console will be introduced with the launch of YZF-R15 but company has made no changes to it. It is same analogue-digital combo. The digital screen is white backlit which looks very cool especially at night, it is flanked by a analogue tachometer on the right side.
Price and Shades
Yamaha YZF-R15 is priced at Rs. 1.12 lakhs. This price is ex-showroom price in New Delhi, which is a little bit on the higher side in comparison to YZF-R15 Version 1.0. New Yamaha R15 is available in 4 shades: Racing Blue (MotoGP Edition), Thundering Green (Special Edition), Invincible Black and Raring Red.