Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0: Colours To Choose From
Which one of these colours does the R15 V3 look the best in?
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is a proper supersport for the masses. In its first avatar, the bike made fully faired bikes accessible to Indians. It introduced the budding Indian enthusiast to sport riding with a capable chassis as its backbone. With the V3, the R15 has become a well-rounded motorcycle. In 2018, Yamaha India introduced a limited run series of the R15 V3 with the then MotoGP-inspired livery. While we were sad that its run was limited, we knew that Yamaha would be back for 2019. And thankfully it has, with the launch of the YZF-R15 Version 3.0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Limited Edition 2019. Yup, it is quite a mouthful. With four colours to choose from, here’s a know-how of all the colours of the R15 V3.
At the time of its launch in 2018, Yamaha brought the R15 V3 in just two colours: Thunder Grey and Racing Blue. The traditional Yamaha blue shade has been getting darker with every passing model generation. Hence, this Racing Blue is from the MY17 of Yamaha’s R series of motorcycles. The same blue black combo is seen on the R1, R6 and even the new R3. The gloss paint scheme does lend in a premium feel to the R15 V3.
However, the Thunder Grey feels better put together. The matte colour scheme might look a bit uninspiring but it is definitely not a colour scheme that we have seen before on a Yamaha. The grey and red combo do work quite well.
With the arrival of dual-channel ABS on the R15 earlier this year, Yamaha also introduced a new Darknight colour for the supersport. As the name suggests, nearly everything found on the bike is black. The fairings bear a unique grey decal set but to our eyes they look a bit tacky. Also, you would have to shell out an extra Rs 2000 over the standard colours to get this colour scheme.
Our pick of the lot has to be the new 2019 MotoGP-liveried limited edition theme. It costs Rs 500 more than the Darknight but the graphics are a near replica of Valentino Rossi’s current YZR-M1. We just wish Yamaha would have sweetened the deal by giving the bike the Indian tricolour decal that both Rossi and Maverick Vinales ran with at the pre-season tests in Qatar.