Yamaha R15 needs no introduction! When it was first launched in 2008, the R15 captured the imagination of a whole new generation of bikers in India. With racy, sporty looks, a committed riding position and excellent dynamics, the R15 has made the R15 a favorite of young Indian riders over the years. This is probably one of the most iconic models in the history of Indian motorcycles, and now in its fourth generation model, the Yamaha YZF-R15 gets a significant update with a new look and improved equipment. Does it still have the magic to attract the masses? We spent some time with the new R15 V4 to see what it really offers.
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Case in point, the new Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 looks even better and looks like a proper mid-sized sportbike. And that’s because its design takes inspiration from the bigger Yamaha YZF-R7. The face is sharp and aggressive, with the bi-functional LED headlight sitting in the center with new LED running lights. The new windscreen above the lights is also new and offers better airflow and aids in improved aerodynamics. The other visible change is the gold-finished upside-down forks, which give the R15 V4 premium appeal and are said to offer a better front end feel as well.
In the cockpit, the LCD instrument console is also new, and offers a long list of features including a read-out for battery voltage, trip meter, fuel efficiency and a clock, in addition to the regular tachometer, speedometer and fuel gauge. And now, the R15 also has a traction control system, which is switchable. Apart from Street Mode, there is also a Track Mode, which offers a lap timer. The clip-on handlebars are also new and wider for better leverage, but still provide a committed and sporty riding position.
At the rear, the panels are of a floating design, sitting atop a reinforced rear sub-frame, though the main delta box frame remains the same as the outgoing model. The taillight is also LED, although the indicators are not. Overall, this entry-level sportbike has no flaws in its looks, but the improved clutch and brake levers (with span adjustability), and LED turn indicators would certainly make it look even better! But take a second look, and the R15 V4 looks like a proper sportbike despite its small-ish engine.
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engine and performance
Speaking of which, the 155 cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve engine has been retained, but in meeting the new emissions regulations, it loses power marginally, but is not really noticeable. Maximum power is now 18.1 bhp at 10,000 rpm while peak torque is down 0.1 Nm at 7,500 rpm to 14.2 Nm. But the single-cylinder engine still delivers very attractive performance; It’s free-reveling and a joy to experience as you fire it up and start accelerating through the gears.
Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) provides a wide powerband, and even with limited displacement, the rev range has ample shoved. The six-speed gearbox is slick-shifting, and the slip and assist clutch makes light work of any lever effort. Slicing through traffic is what the R15 is best for; It won’t blow you away with its performance, but at the same time it is an entertaining and involved unit. And when the corners come up, he stays engaged and makes the ride feel like always being in control.
ride and handling
The R15, with its sporty personality, is firmly established. The new upside-down fork has been installed to provide greater stability under braking while improving comfort and cornering performance, and it delivers in every sense! The ride quality is good enough to absorb all kinds of bumps, without any jerky jolts feeling down your spine, and the Deltabox frame and suspension really do provide a stable and balanced feel when tackling corners or making quick direction changes. to work together.
There is dual-channel ABS on offer, and it works well under hard braking. But a bit more bite from the front brake could have been better. The ABS also interferes a little bit, so it’s felt, a little too early. Still, it is a very good package, and probably the best dynamically sorted motorcycle in the 150-160 cc segment.
Variants and Pricing
With the update, the fourth generation Yamaha R15 has become costlier, with the price going up from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 as compared to the version 3.0, depending on the color option. Price of Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 in Metallic Red ₹ 1,70,800 (ex-showroom, Delhi), Dark Knight ₹ 1,71,800 (ex-showroom) and Racing Blue (with standard quickshifter) ₹ ₹. 1,75,800 (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Yamaha YZF-R15M in Metallic Gray is priced at ₹ 1,80,800 (ex-showroom), while the R15M in the Monster Yamaha MotoGP Edition colors is priced at ₹ 1,82,800 (ex-showroom). The only thing here is that at those prices, the 155 cc R15 V4 is on par with a 250 cc full-faired bike like the Suzuki GIxxer SF 250, but still offers better value than the KTM RC 125, and less than the KTM RC is expensive. 200. But the price of the Yamaha R15 justifies the package, especially with the new equipment and its great dynamics.
The new Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 is certainly an impressive package. Even with the hike in prices, it gets better equipment and features, so it covers almost all the bases as a well-rounded product. Even though it has Bluetooth connectivity, the turn-by-turn navigation would have added more value. And with that committed and inclined riding position, the R15 V4 may not be a comfortable bike for long periods of time in the saddle, especially if a long ride is put in the picture. The rear seat is still tall, and this can be a cause for concern for those looking to ride frequently.
Still, the Yamaha YZF-R15 V4 has a lot going for it, and there’s no doubt that it’s still a high quality package, offering a level of performance and maneuverability that seems worth the relatively high sticker price. Is. Overall, it’s a great bike, but with a slightly bigger engine, something like that, maybe a new Yamaha YZF-R25 would be something worth wanting. Now that would be something!
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