The Yamaha YZF-R15 was a game changer for Yamaha when it was launched. Enthusiasts took a liking to the R-15 thanks to peppy performance from its 150cc motor and built-to-last quality. Since then, the bike has become one of Yamaha’s bestseller. The original R-15 was updated in 2011 with split seats, fatter tyres and minor cosmetic updates like LED tail lamps and re-profiled headlamp units.
The fully-faired motorbike, however, has started to show its age. Yamaha has realised this and is developing the next-gem R15. The bike is currently undergoing development and will be launched in the later part of 2016.
The newer version will have more power, sharper handling and a better design. The current Yamaha YZF-R15 v2.0 is powered by a single cylinder, liquid cooled, four-stroke 150cc engine that puts out 16.7bhp and 15Nm of torque. The bike comes equipped with single discs with a 267 mm unit at the front and a 220 mm at the rear. The newer version should have more performance to stave off fierce competition.
The current R15 v2.0 starts at Rs 1.14 lakh. Expect the new bike to cost a little more.
Motoblast has once again created a rendering of the new Yamaha R15 v3.0, that is expected to enter showrooms next year. The R15 v3.0 in this rendering is a purely imagined one with sharply-cut dual headlight elements, an aggressively styled fairing and a squat visor. According to some reports, the new R15 v3.0 will feature a fresh new design, taking some design cues from its elder sibling, the R25. Other reports also state that the R15 v3.0 is currently in development in japan while some other reports state the prototype is being tested in Indonesia. A top official of Yamaha Motors India also stated that the next generation model will be a huge step up in terms of performance and safety from the current generation model. Once launched in India in the next year, the R15 v3.0 will sport ABS as well as CBS as part of its standard equipment and should see a slight increase in its price. Image: Indian Auto Blog.
A new version of the R15 has been spotted in an Indonesian dealership. It is unclear whether the bike is a limited edition or the version 3.0. Here are the pictures from macantua.com:
Going by the pictures, there seem to be more curved elements than outright slashes and cuts and this design makes the bike look even more aggressive. The pulled-back headlamps remind me of the R3. The front forks, tyres and the exhaust look similar to the current gen R15, though. Now, we're not sure whether this particular bike is coming to India or not, but I feel Yamaha needs to do a lot more than just emission compliance and facelift. The next-gen R15 needs to be more powerful and more tech-laden if Yamaha wants to stay in the budget performance market here in India.
The bike shown in the above post is apparently a one-off custom build for a customer. The bike was made by customizer called 'Elshop Modified' who also has bunch of custom parts like front cowl, rear view mirrors, fuel tank, engine cowl in store. From the looks of it, I think the modifications are bolt-on and won't require making major changes.
Yamaha Unveils R15 Version 3 in Indonesia: Yamaha's budget sports bike, the R15 has gone under the knife and has received a host of updates in both design and technology in its 'Version 3' guise. The new bike has been unveiled in Indonesia and the best part is, MotoGP legends Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales themselves rode the bikes on the stage. Here are some pics:
As you can see, the most visible change is the body fairing. The bike gets a design overhaul and the overall angular sporty lines have been maintained. The headlamps now are smaller and are reminiscent of the ones in the legendary Ducati 916, especially when illuminated. The headlamps are full LED units and the tail lights follow suit as well. More importantly, the engine is now bigger, at 155 cc. The overbored engine is liquid cooled and fuel injected as usual. The engine now makes 2.3 PS more than the previous version. Power figures now stand at 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm at 8,500 rpm. Transmission duties are taken care by the same six-speed gearbox but it now gets slipper clutch as well. Slipper clutch helps eliminate engine back-torque while downshifting aggressively- a valuable addition, especially for this track tamer. The new R15 also gets a front Up Side Down fork and a rear monoshock. The new USD fork, coupled with the reduced wheelbase make the bike even more agile. The saddle height has also been increased. The bike weighs a kilo more than the current generation R15 and it sports a 100 section tyre at the front and a fat 140 section at the rear. Sadly, the new R15 does not get ABS due to cost constraints. Expect the bike to be launched in India by the end of this year and the expected pricing is rather on the higher side, around INR 1.5 Lacs ex-showroom, to be precise. If this pricing is true, then I just hope the new R15 Version 3 does not end up like the R3 when it comes to sales figures.
Specifications of the new Yamaha R15 Version 3 are as follows: * Length X Width X height: 1990 X 725 X 1135 mm * Seat Height: 815 mm * Wheelbase: 1,325 mm * Wet Weight: 137 kg * Engine Type: Liquid Cooled 4-stroke, SOHC * Cylinder Arrangement: Single Cylinder * Cylinder Volume: 155.1 cc * Bore x Stroke: 58 X 58.7 mm * Compression Ratio: 11.6: 1 * Maximum Power: 14.2 kW (19.3 HP) @ 10,000 rpm * Maximum Torque: 14.7 Nm @ 8,500 rpm * Starting System: Electric * Fuel Tank Capacity: 11 Liters * Fuelling Type: Fuel Injection * Clutch Type: Wet Multi-Plate * Tire Size (front): 100 / 80-17 M / C 52P * Tire Size (rear): 140 / 70-17 M / C 66S
The Yamaha YZF R15 V3 which is yet to be launched in the Indian market has been rumored to have some cost cutting cheap changes for the Indian market. The USD forks are being replaced with normal, they are also putting those MRF tyres insted of the IRC Road Winner. Its just sad to know that they have are planning to ruin what could be a great bike which could perform the way it was supposed to.