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Yamaha R15 V4 vs R3: Features Compared

Modified On Feb 9, 2024 12:22 PM By Nishaad Joshi for Yamaha R15 V4

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Funnily enough, the R15 V4 has pretty much everything you would want from a bike in its segment, while the R3 has pretty much nothing…

Yamaha launched the R3 (and MT-03) in India a while ago and while their prices were widely talked about, another discussion was about just how bare-bones they are in terms of features. And that’s funny because the R3’s smaller sibling, the R15 V4 is absolutely packed with features. So we thought it’d be interesting to put the two Yamaha bikes against each other to see just how different they are: 

Yamaha R15 V4 Features

As we mentioned, the R15 V4 has features that put bikes a segment above it to shame. Its fully digital LCD console has two display modes – Street and Race – and it also gets Bluetooth connectivity which enables the rider to receive call alerts and SMS and e-mail notifications along with phone battery levels, and readouts for the fuel consumption tracker, last parked location and malfunction notification. Additionally, the console even shows a lap timer and a shift timing indicator. Segment-first features for the R15 V4 include traction control as standard and an optional quickshifter. And that quickshifter is truly a piece of art. It’s incredibly smooth and has a sense of finesse that you’d never think you’d find on a 150cc bike. The R15 V4 also gets a slip-and-assist clutch, which makes for an extremely light clutch action and ensures that the rear tyre doesn’t lock up or step out in case of hard downshifting. 

And if you thought that was feature-loaded, wait till you hear about the R15M, which gets the quickshifter as standard along with a neat colour TFT console! Phew… up until a couple of years ago, who would’ve thought about putting so much kit on what is, at the end of the day, a 150cc bike?

Yamaha R3 Features

Now, we realise the R15 V4’s list was long and exhausting. So, we assure you that the R3 won’t keep you for long. And that’s because it has an LCD console that shows the speed, revs, and tripmeters and in terms of safety, there’s dual-channel ABS. That’s it! 

Granted, the focus here is the motorcycle's 'raw’  riding experience, and to ensure that the rider doesn’t get distracted with fancy features and complicated consoles. But we reckon the addition of a quickshifter and a slip-and-assist clutch would’ve definitely made the riding experience a whole lot better.

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