Yamaha YZF R15
Yamaha YZF R15
The R15 was a very bold move by Yamaha, during its launch. It started a segment of its own and somewhat still rules over its faired competitors like Honda CBR 150R. Sure, at the price of INR 1,17,000, the Yamaha YZF R15 may seem a pricey and impractical deal for a 150cc machine, but given the tech-package of this bike and adding the Yamaha build quality, even this expensive deal is a value-for-money affair for the purists. There is almost nothing to complain about this outstanding track beauty, except the bit underpowered engine. But even the rev-hunger urgency nature of this mill compensates the shortage of those missing bhps. This motorcycle showed that you don’t need horsepowers to have fun around the corners of a race track, provided you have a fantastic packaging of the engine, chassis and suspension. The amalgamation of looks, performance and handling are spot on, which makes it love at first sight. And which is why, this bike still holds a sweet spot even in the face of rising competition.
Yamaha YZF R15 Bikes
149.8 cc, Petrol, 45 kmplRs 1,14,130*
Review of Yamaha YZF R15
Yamaha YZF R15 OverView
Back in 2008, Yamaha created a wave of astonishment when it launched India’s first full-sized sportsbike in the form of YZF-R15. It created a segment of its own in no time, as Indian bikers had never seen such a scale model version of their dream superbike in a quite affordable price range and giving the oodles of adrenaline in a practical sense. No wonder then, it became an instant hit among youngsters and college goers and at the same time, providing an ideal tool for race track riders to start with. And most importantly, it is this motorcycle which helped Yamaha Motor India to come out of troubling waters and give a fresh lease of life as it successfully managed in bringing back the performance-bred glory of Yamaha initiated by RDs and RXs, but somewhat lost in the middle of this whole period of two-stroke to four-stroke transformation. Nothing is perfect, and the Yamaha YZF R15 too wasn’t, with some grouses like uninspiring tail section and thin profile tires. Yamaha, in no time, took the customer feedback seriously and launched the so-called version 2.0 with a much lustrous rear end look. So, is it still a hot cake to be desired for, even with negligible mechanical change in the facelift or just an averagely improved contender in the face of growing stiff competition? Let’s find out.
Yamaha YZF R15 Designing
Have a short glimpse of Yamaha YZF R15 v2.0 and you will find how tasty this mini R1 is. It looks extremely sharper and meaner from nose to tail, with a proportional silhouette. The front, though unchanged from the previous generation model, still looks fresh with a pointier nose and a darker visor, with the menacing arrangement of dual headlamps with pilot lamps at corners persisting in this version too. Though some more noticeable changes would have been welcomed, with almost no point-able difference, once you see the two versions back to back. But once you move towards the side profile of the bike and the game changes. The R15 was the first Indian bike to come up with a full size fairing, and now with the middle cowl been redesigned to improve the sharp aerodynamics of the bike, it has managed to push up the ante, enhancing the visual appeal. This version too can be given the credit of “first-to-introduce” something, with a massive chunky aluminium swingarm seen at the back for the first time in any Indian bike, giving it a real sense to its ‘R’ family prefix. The bike now gets a better-styled silencer with a matt black carbon finishing and a small nameplate with ‘R15’ printed on it, a unique feature never seen before. But it is the rear end of this bike which deserve some spotlights, with a pointier and very high-raised tail section, giving it the feel of a high-end liter class superbike. The tail-light is also a triangular LED unit which goes well with the design of the fully split-seat aided tail cowl, which though aerodynamically superior, misses out on practicality, with the absence of grab rail. Thus, the pillion has to show some trust on the rider as there is nothing to hold him/her at the seat except the rider himself. This fabulous rear section is complemented by the desperately wished fatty rear tyre (130/70 rubber). Though the saree guard and extra mud flap over the rear tyre look a bit ugly. The hardcore seating posture is also left intact, with the fully rear-set footpegs and low-set forward clip-on handlebars, pushing the rider forward, but with the knee recesses coming a bit early on the fuel tank, the taller rides may find it cramped. The build quality is top-notch and typically Yamaha, with a crisp switchgear and meatier palm grips. The minimalistic, but fantastic instrument console of the outgoing version finds its way in the new model too. It has big circular analogue tachometer with a small LCD unit displaying the speedometer, odometer, two tripmeters and fuel gauge in a digital fashion and the other LED indicators arranged in a linear manner below the LCD unit. We wish the blue back light of the LCD had a darker display.
Yamaha YZF R15 Engine And Performance
There was a lot of gaga over the newer version to possess a more powerful mill as found in other international Yamaha YZF R15s. But unfortunately, there are almost no change in the engine. This means it is the same rev-hunger unit which is a liquid-cooled 4-stroke, single-cylinder 150cc which pumps out a healthy power output of 17.2 bhp at 8500 rpm and produces a torque output of 15 Nm available at 7500 rpm. On the papers as well as roads, the wild throttle response of this mill pips out any regular entry level 150cc machine in the performance stakes, with the 0-60 kmph sprint covered up in just 5.2 seconds and 0-100 kmph run in 13.6 seconds. The extra add-on equipments to enhance the rear appeal of the bike has resulted in a weight gain of around 4 kilos, which Yamaha has neutralized by slightly tweaking the engine. This engine is equipped with a six speed gearbox with one gear down and five gears up- shift pattern. The gears are set on the shorter side, which means the performance is very responsive on each gear, begging you to push the throttle even further more than its credentials, with the initial gear ratios providing ample low and mid-range performance for stress-free daily city commuting. But once you set out on the highway, after 6000 rpm, the engine begins to remind you that no matter how advancely powerful it is, it’s still a 150cc unit, with the high-end performance being a bit on the slow side as compared to its equally priced competitors like KTM Duke 200 and Bajaj Pulsar 220 DTS-i. But the urgency of power delivery ensures you a top speed of 132 kmph, with the refinement levels being smoother and composed even at such peaky rpms. The clutch shaft is also redesigned for better life and feel.
Yamaha YZF R15 Mileage
The fuel efficiency figures are also respectable, with an expected mileage of 35-38 kmpl in the city conditions and 42-45 kmpl on highways.
Yamaha YZF R15 Braking And Handling
If the super-powered 150cc engine of the Yamaha YZF R15 is a cake, then the handling is surely an icing on it. R15 is a true handling gem, with the credits of the agile and accurate handling given to the suspension setup of hydraulic telescopic forks at front and a linked type monoshock at the rear. Being a track-tool, this setup works as a wonder, but unexpectedly, this is equally capable over speed breakers and potholes too, thus ending up in a stress free comfortable ride. The combination of fatter rubbers at both front and rear and a robust aluminium swingarm, alongwith an extended wheelbase of 1345mm ensures you a planted and confident feel at straight roads as well as sharp corners. The raised ground clearance of 160 mm offers a very pleasant ride as well. The sporty seating stance of R15 was also the first of its kind, with the aggressive aerodynamic arrangement of low seating, fully rear-set foot pegs and clip-on handlebars allowing the rider to bend forward with knees rolled back in perfect confidence aspiring position. Though the high set pillion seat loses out some points on practical aspects. The brakes too have been upgraded over the outgoing model, with discs at both front and rear bigger than before. This improvement results in much more precise and safe braking, though the absence of ABS is still missed out on the bike and once introduced, may double up the bite of already fabulous stopping power of the disc brakes.
Yamaha YZF R15 Safety Features
The Yamaha YZF R15 has an extensive array of sensors all over its profile. The bigger disc brakes do ensure shorter stopping distances. Though, the grouse of the absence of ABS still cannot be ignored.
Yamaha YZF R15 Colors
Yamaha YZF R15 Version 2.0 is available in four shades: Racing Blue, Thundering Green (Special Edition), Invincible Black and Raring Red.
Yamaha YZF R15 Pros
Killer looks, Performance, Handling, Tech-laden features
Yamaha YZF R15 Cons
Too pricey for a 150cc, fuel efficiency
Yamaha YZF R15 Review
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04 Oct, 2013 | 777 views
It is the fourth season of Yamaha YZF-R15 One Make Race Championship, and after successfully completing the 3 rounds this season, the 4th round of the championship will commence today at the Madras Motor Race Track, Chennai. This championship will be followed by one more round and will conclude on 15th December 2013. The racing event is being organized in association with ...Read More
03 Sep, 2013 | 1265 views
Racing season has been started with the biggest racing event, Yamaha YZF R-15 One Make Race Championship-2013. Round 1 and Round 2 of the championship concluded successfully with an outstanding performance of the racers and a huge response from the audience. Now, the third round of the championship awai...Read More
08 Jul, 2013 | 2398 views
Yamaha Motors conducted the first round of the 4th 2013 YZF-R15 One Make Race Championship here at the Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore after a brilliant start. There was a huge crowd of racing aficionados at the Kari Motor Speedway to cheer the racers. The champion...Read More
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