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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Latest Updates

Yamaha has hiked prices for its BS6 R15 V3 range. Depending on the colour variant, the price hike ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000. Know the updated prices of the R15 V3 BS6 and Yamaha's other BS6 models here.

Aside from the chunky cat-con, the R15 v3 BS6 now gets side-stand engine cut-off switch, dual horns, blue rims on the Racing Blue trim and a radial rear tyre.

YZF R15 V3 Specifications

Powering the R15 v3 is the same 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled 4-valve motor with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). Power output of 18.6PS and 14.1Nm are 0.7PS and 0.6Nm less than its BS4 counterpart. But it continues to remain the most powerful 150cc motorcycle in India. You find the trademark Deltabox frame on the R15 v3 which had to be tweaked slightly for its third generation. The India-spec motorcycle employs 41mm conventional telescopic fork and an aluminium swingarm with a monoshock unit. Braking duties are taken care of by a 282mm disc with a twin piston caliper on the front wheel while the rear wheel gets a single-piston caliper acting on a 220mm rear disc. While tyre sizes haven’t changed, Yamaha is now offering a radial tyre on the rear wheel. While it is still a weird combination of a cross-ply front and radial rear tyre, we are sure that grip levels are bound to be better with the new offered rubber.

YZF R15 V3 Design

Yamaha hasn’t tinkered around with the styling of the new R15, and it remains the same sharp looking motorcycle that it was since 2018. While the graphics on the grey and Dark Knight colours look similar to the BS4 bike, the Racing Blue gets refreshed graphics with a silver strip bearing the R15 logo plastered across the fairing.

YZF R15 V3 Features

The Yamaha R15 features sleek twin LED headlights and LED tail-light. It gets a full digital dash with a plethora of information on offer like two trip meters, average fuel efficiency indicator, gear position indicator and a bar-type tachometer. Dual-channel ABS comes as standard. The R15 v3 also gets Variable Valve Actuation, which is Yamaha lingo for variable valve timing. Thanks to the presence of this tech, the R15 is able to eke out maximum top end performance without sacrificing on low-end grunt. This tech is usually found on big capacity motorcycles, so kudos to Yamaha for kitting the small R15 with this feature.

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Competitors

The Yamaha R15 v3 has no direct rivals. The Suzuki Gixxer SF has similar displacement to the R15 but the motor used isn’t as sophisticated or as powerful. The KTM RC 125 matches, or in some accounts even surpasses, the R15 in the kit offered. Still it is freakishly expensive, nearly Rs 10,000 more than the R15, and lacks performance.

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Price

The price of Yamaha YZF R15 V3 starts at Rs. 1.46 Lakh and goes upto Rs. 1.47 Lakh. Yamaha YZF R15 V3 is offered in 2 variants - BS6 and the top variant R15 V3 Dark Night BS6 which comes at a price tag of Rs. 1.47 Lakh.

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Price List in India

Variants Ex-Showroom Price
YZF R15 V3 BS6
155 cc | 40 kmpl
Rs. 1.46 Lakh
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YZF R15 V3 Dark Night BS6
155 cc | 40 kmpl
Rs. 1.47 Lakh
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Editor's View of Yamaha YZF R15 V3

  • Upside

    Perfect track tool for those who are beginning sport riding.Variable Valve Actuation makes the R15 a lot more usable in everyday situations.Rear radial tyre is standard and you get the option to fit grippy Metzeler rubber.

  • Downside

    Riding posture is on the committed side.Build quality and fit and finish levels have dipped massively.LED headlight fails to light up the road.

  • Our Verdict

    The R15 v3 remains one potent small-capacity supersport for beginners. In its version 3.0 guise, it has become sharper and more focused, making it great for sport riding or trac enthusiasts. However, the aggressive riding stance could cause discomfort if you intend to use the bike for daily commuting and quality of components have also gone down.


YZF R15 V3 Detailed Review

Back in 2008, the newly launched R15 was a game changer. It played with a philosophy that traded engine capacity and outright performance for dynamic ability. Despite going up against the established Hero Karizma and Bajaj Pulsar 220, the R15 managed to garner a cult following of serious riders and college goers alike. Ten years down the line, we have the new Yamaha R15 v3.0 that features a complete redesign, but carries forward the same mantra of dynamics over outright performance. Here’s the thing though. The game has moved on and gotten a lot more competitive. You now have the highly capable all-rounders in the form of KTMs, while Bajaj and TVS offer similar performance at more affordable price points. So, where does the new R15 v3.0 sit? And more importantly, does it manage to stay relevant?

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

We did have a go at the new R15 v3.0 a couple of months ago at the MMRT race track (read first ride review here). As a track weapon, it impressed us, but the actual test lies in the real world, and that's where the bike needs to shine; in the city, on the highway, your nearby twisties, all while delivering a respectable fuel efficiency. Let's start with the city first.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

Traffic test:
The R15 has always had a singular focus. Performance. That leads to compromise in other aspects like ergonomics. Its sporty riding position comes courtesy an 815mm high rider seat (up by 15mm over the v2). Despite the taller seat, we did not have an issue placing both feet on the ground. Riding position has become more aggressive and while it worked well on the track, riding in the city for an extended period did leave a minor discomfort in our wrists and upper back. Other than the clip-ons, which now feel lower, the low-set footpegs are comfortable and the rest of the bike too didn't give us any reason to complain. You do need to be careful while taking U-turns though as the bars come pretty close to the fuel tank, and your hand getting too close to your knee during full lock does cause some issues. Especially on right hand U-turns, it’s rather difficult to open the throttle as your wrist is resting on the tank at full lock.

The pillion seat is still quite tall and climbing aboard isn’t the easiest task. Plus, the seat itself is quite small and firm, and making matters worse is the fact that there’s nothing for the pillion to grab on to. Thankfully though, the rear footpegs aren’t very high, so you don’t sit too knees-up.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

The rider and pillion ergonomics were the only real negatives we found during our city tests. The previous-gen R15 was a bit down on low-rev grunt. This new and slightly larger 155cc liquid-cooled four-valve motor, though, comes with more juice in the low range. While it still remains a high-revving engine, it comes with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) that changes valve lift post 7400rpm for better top-end grunt. This allows engineers to run two valve timings: one for better low-speed grunt and one for better top-end. It runs a larger sprocket which further boosts in-gear acceleration times. In out tests, the R15 clocked 30-70kmph in third gear in 5.71 seconds. On the other hand, 40-80kmph in fourth gear was covered in 6.65 seconds. These figures are at par with other 200cc motorcycles we have tested.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

The six-speed gearbox features short gearing that helps the engine reach higher revs faster and also trot around the city in higher gears. In the city, the bike can pull from speeds as low as 20kmph in 4th gear, but what’s more shocking is that in 6th gear, it can do the same from 35kmph. We were literally riding the bike in fourth, fifth and sixth gears the whole time in the city, shifting below that only while coming to a stop. So, in the process, we got fantastic fuel efficiency. In the city cycle, the Yamaha R15 v3.0 managed 48.75kmpl. That's better than most of the 160 and even 150cc bikes we have tested. The clutch lever feel is light and positive, thanks to the slipper clutch, and the gearbox too is smooth and precise as expected of a Japanese unit.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

The lightweight nature and light front end make manoeuvring in city traffic an easy affair. The mirrors too offer good visibility. Now, you’d expect the liquid-cooled motor to heat up in extended city use but the Yamaha R15 v3.0 doesn’t do that at all. Even after a couple of hours in traffic, all you feel is a bit warm around the knees. Overall, the R15 v3.0 is easy to ride fast in city conditions, just not for extended durations.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

Highway manners?
While other 200s focus on low- to mid-range grunt, the Yamaha R15 v3.0 is designed for heady top-end power. It makes 19.3PS at 10,000rpm, up from 17Ps at 8500rpm and 15Nm of torque at 8500rpm. In our tests, the R15 v3.0 accelerated from 0-60kmph in 3.4 seconds and 0-100kmph in 11.42 seconds. That's faster than the TVS RTR 200 twins and the Pulsar NS 200! In fact, the 0-60kmph time is faster than even the Yamaha FZ 25, KTM 250 Duke and even the larger Versys-X 300. It’s only in the run to 100kmph where this R15 starts to fall behind, but not by much.

On the highway, at speeds of around 85-90kmph, the R15 v3.0 returned a fuel economy of 47.92kmpl. This figure is better than other 200cc bikes we have tested and at par with the 160cc bikes.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

At speeds of around 100kmph in sixth gear, the R15 feels relaxed with the tachometer showing 7000rpm. There’s, however, a buzz coming through the handlebars at around 5000rpm and again at around 8000rpm which can be a bother over long distances. But aside from those two points, refinement is pretty good for the most part. The fairing is large enough to tuck behind at speeds and the tank has a flatter top to rest your body against. While the low-set clip-ons have you stretching forward, straining your neck, the seat has enough space for you to find a comfortable spot to relieve some of the strain. Also, holding the throttle open for extended periods results in an unnatural position of the wrist and is painful after a while. Ultimately, the R15 v3.0, like its predecessors, has supersport ergonomics and takes some getting used to.

The front suspension features a softer setup which soaks up bad road surfaces well. The rear suspension seems to be a bit too reactive and bouncy over bumps and potholes. The R15 v3.0 does not glide over potholes, but it tackles them well, though the rear transmits some of the shocks to the rider.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

The soft front is also prone to diving under hard braking which makes the rear end light enough to elicit an unintentional stoppie. It's a good thing then that the front Bybre (Brakes by Brembo) unit consisting of 282mm front disc clamped to two-piston calipers and a rear 220mm disc provides good feedback for you to modulate the right amount of brake pressure required. Braking is adequate for most occasions, but could do with more bite. In our braking tests, the Yamaha R15 v3.0 came to a dead stop from 100kmph in 51.67 metres and from 80kmph in 34.15 metres. The numbers could have been better if we didn't have to modulate braking to prevent the rear wheel from lifting. The front brake has a sharp initial bite so you do have to be a bit careful while riding on wet or gravel surfaces. ABS would’ve helped a lot here and it's a shame Yamaha does not even offer it as an option despite the international-spec bike getting it.

Also Read: Yamaha Bikes To Get ABS In February 2018

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

Dynamics?
The R15 was known for its dynamics and the new v3.0 does not disappoint either. It features a sharper rake and shorter trail which makes the front end sharper than before. Turn ins are quick and effortless and overall stability through smooth corners is excellent. The optional rear Metzeler Sportec M7 radial tyre offers fantastic grip in all conditions and is worth the premium. While the front MRF Zapper offers decent grip on smooth roads, it feels jiggly on mid-corner bumps. This trait is not very confidence inspiring. So, while the R15 v3.0 feels fantastic in smooth road conditions as demonstrated during our track test, it does disappoint a bit when shown an uneven twisty. This is one bike that desperately needs a front radial.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

Thoughts
Ten years back, the Yamaha R15 was a revolution in a nation starved of accessible performance bikes. Cut to the present, is the R15 still a revolution in the face of the competition? The answer is no. The game has moved on and has gone farther and wider. You have the 200cc segment that may be down on features but offers similar performance, value and dynamics that should keep you satiated. With a slightly higher budget, you are looking at even better performance and dynamics, courtesy KTM. Ten years back, the R15 catered to a specific audience who valued dynamics over performance and the feel of a supersport on a budget. Ten years on, it has grown larger, more powerful with even better dynamics but the niche has become narrower.

2018 Yamaha R15 v3.0 road test review

If you are looking for a dynamically competent bike that you’d like to hone your riding skills on, don't mind the committed riding position and feel that KTMs are too aggressive for you, the Yamaha R15 v 3.0 is the one to go for. Personally, we’d love to have a Yamaha R15 v3.0 in our garage. It’s that good. But it’s highly focussed nature means it can not be our primary everyday bike.

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Must Read Questions & Answers Before Buying YZF R15 V3

Q. For daily commuting with Pillion, which is better choice, YZF R15 V3 or MT15?
  • For daily commuting with a pillion, Yamaha MT 15 would be a better choice. Moreover, we would suggest you to have a test ride of both the bikes by visiting the nearest dealership so that you check their comfort and performance. You can click on the following link to see the details of the nearest dealership and selecting your city accordingly - Bike Showrooms.
Q. Will R15 V3 get USD forks in India? If yes, when it may get? Is it right time to buy R15 V3 BSVI now or wait for the USD forks version?
  • R15 V3 with USD FORKS in INDIA !!! Are you dreaming with open eyes ??? Hahahahahahahaha.... FORGET IT BOSS !!!I have been waiting for the same for the last 3.5 years and have written to YAMAHA about the same but they respond with their typical ROBOTIC COPY PASTE REPLY that WE HAVE NO IDEA. They behave as if they are working at NASA.L M F A O !!!Bro, listen, YAMAHA will NEVER launch USD FORKS with its R15 series whether it is V2, V3 or V4 (somewhere 15 years later on MARS).You should thank to God that Yamaha gave R15 V3 to India after two years of its actual launch date across the planet.MANDIR me BOONDI KE LADDU CHADHAAO BHAI aur shukr manaao ki YAMAHA NE R15 V3 DE TO DI INDIA ME varna MUJHE TO USKI BHI UMMEED NAHI THI. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.That too after REMOVING & CHANGING a lot of things from its actual version on the name of COST CUTTING (Such a beggar company) like:1. Hazard Switch2. Alloy Rear Foot Pegs3. Key & Ignition Switch4. Speedometer5. Exhaust System6. Telescopic Front Forks (V2)7. Mudguard (V2) and8. COLORS too.Think, YAMAHA DID NOT EVEN GIVE US INTERNATIONAL COLORS !!!WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THEM???THEY CHANGED THE COLORS FOR INDIA BUT THEY NEVER GAVE INTERNATIONAL COLORS TO US.THEY LAUNCHED DIFFERENT COLORS IN INDIA.ARE WE INDIAN ALIENS FOR YAMAHA??? SURPRISINGLY, YAMAHA gave the R15 V3s most wanted INDONESIAN VERSION to BANGLADESH but NOT TO INDIA because whenever they think about India, their thinking change. THEY FEEL AS IF WE ARE BEGGARS.AREY BHAI, USD FORKS KITNA MEHENGA HAI BHAI??? LOL !!!Life is not so long to wait for 3 years and that too ONLY for USD FORKS.TRUST ME, YAMAHA WILL NEVER GIVE USD FORKS TO INDIANS BECAUSE IF THEY DO IT, THEY WILL BE BANKRUPT. YAMAHA KANGAAL HO JAAYEGI BHAI. MAAF KARDO YAMAHA KO. BOHOT GAREEB COMPANY HAI BHAI. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.L M F A OYAMAHA MOTOR INDIA, SHAME ON YOU !!!WRAP UP YOUR BUSINESS AND GET OUT OF OUR COUNTRY. WE do not WANT YOUR KIND OF POOR PEOPLE ON OUR LAND. GO BACK TO JAPAN.Other companies are giving USD FORKS to India but YAMAHA is not giving. Why? Actually they can not afford. They are born beggars you see!!
  • As of now, the brand has not given any update on the launch of R15 V3 with USD forks.
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Q. When Yamaha R15 V4 will be launched in India? Will it have ABS? What would be the price?
  • There is no chance that Yamaha would launch r15 v4 for the next few years . Soon yamaha will upgrade R15 V3 and it will come with ABS as standard . This might increase the price with an additional tag of 10,000-15,000 INR.
  • Must launch soon with required improvement
  • Maybe launched no announced prizes
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Q. My height is 5.4ft, is R15 V3 comfortable for me??
  • Seating position of R15 V3 is slightly more aggressive.It can be ridden comfortably at sporty seating angles but you have to get used to that.It will be difficult for your ride height to manage in city especially in Traffic, Your shoulder Starts paining after a few minutes of ride better go for naked motorcycle if you are in city
  • Go for r15 as mileage is best ,also maintainence is affordable ,specs are awesome .. if you are a beginner and also if you are pro r15 is best you can go for rr310 but depends upon the budget ,also mileage is less and maintenance is high, of course due to the bigger engine..it's your choice at last..
  • Asking about Comfort in a sports bike is like asking for seven seater in a lumborgni.Height is not a matter if you know how to control the bike.You can buy riding shoes customised will definitely increase your comfort.Avoid hectic traffic until you get used to the bike .Thanks.
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Q. Suggest me a bike under 1.5 lakh I am 6 feet and I am collage boy.
  • Honda hornet/honda xblade/ honda unicorn/Hero xtreme 200s/ Pulsar150/ pulsar220/ ns 160/ns200/apache1604v/apache 200 4v/RE std 350/xpulse 200/yamaha fzsv3...all under 1.5L on road and suits tall persons...my personal choice would be RE 350Std and pulsar 220 big bike feel...
  • Bro close your eyes and go for R15 V3 Best performance with best mileage and low maintenance...and even it's looks are also amazing
  • Always rs 200...u can compare ..RS 200 with other bikes...it have higher top speed..greater acceleration with dynamic looks
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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 User Reviews

4.3 /5
2098 reviews & ratings
  • Performance
    4.6/5
  • Comfort
    3.9/5
  • Features & Styling
    4.6/5
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  • Mileage
    4.3/5

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  • 4.6

    actually idont have this bike my friend has one I really loved that is why iam giving my review and I will be booking bs6 model on September plzz make some discounts for me iam from a poor family plzz

  • 4.6

    price is becoming high, need to make a slight adjustment in price please

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  • 5.0

    awesome bike...! For styling And Look osm...

  • 4.6

    To keep safe n drive slowly in the highway or any other place which is rough

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  • 4.2

    Since its launch in 2008, I became a BIG fan of this bike in my childhood. After watching it evolving through time to time, as I got my license, I decided to buy this 150cc maniac.There's no denying fact that this 150cc perfoms just like a 200cc machine. It's screaming power output and aerodynamics, it made me reach over 150kms of top speed, just like a moderate 200cc bikes did.There's no word 'comfort' in it. It's aggressively positioned, which I prefer for the best handling at corners and speed. Console and engine are two precious gems embedded on it.Mileage is bonkers! Once I got 52kmpl, can't believe this!? Pillion seat height is not that high and refinement is still there as it used to have since 2008.I prefer this 150cc machine over 200cc because you get more mileage, which is the strongest issue in the motorcycle market of India, and its refined, its friendly natured..... Until you go past 9k RPM

  • 4.6

    I bought my FAVOURITE R15 V3 in May 2019 from a showroom located in Sohna Road, Gurgaon. It is a comfortable ride for sports bike enthusiasts. Unfortunately, it lags comfort and the co-passenger might feel discomfort during long rides. It is not suitable for a common man looking for a family two-wheeler.Nonetheless, it is an apt riding motorcycle for a single rider. One of the key advantages that one can benefit from riding this motorcycle is that it corrects the posture of the rider. So, a ride won't face back issues. Although, long rides are still not suitable for this motorbike. You can ride it comfortably by slightly bending elbows and bending the back like a sports rider.

  • 4.6

    Powerful bike in 150 segment, full feature loded in this low price segment, feel like a mini super bike, awesum designed body, great pickup with good balance and no vibration on full speed, aggrasive riding poisture may feel uncomfortable for mid age person but youngstar fall in love, redial tyre for sharp cornering. Assist and slipper clutch gives more smoothness to gear downshift, cherming led headlight good but could have been better. Abs offers you better security for sudden breaking. Worth for money....

  • 4.6

    Yamaha r15 v3 has the best performance within the 150cc segment. Though the price is a bit high, its worth it. Performance and handling is great. I am getting 50 kmpl milage on highways. It has a committed riding posture but you"ll get used to it. If you know how to ride a bike like this, you wont get any wrist or back pain. Service and maintenance cost is low compared to other brands. I use her for daily commutes and long tours and with its racing posture, you"ll ride like a breeze with ease.

  • 4.2

    Great bike to ride for fun but mileage I got 38/litre on some speed and normal ride both together and performance is beast..best..long drives..no backpain I am 6 ft and I have a implant in my right hand so only right hand had some pain which is usual.first two days was not comfortable to drive but later had great experience.gear seems have some problem when I try to put it in neutral it goes directly to 1 or 2 might be need of practice because the showroom guy did it correctly.

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 FAQs

What is the price of Yamaha R15 V3?

The ex-showroom price of Yamaha R15 V3 is 1.47 Lakh. Check On Road Price of R15 V3. .

What is the Tyre and Wheel type of Yamaha R15 V3?

Yamaha R15 V3 has Tubeless tyre and Alloy wheels.

Does the Yamaha R15 V3 have ABS?

Yes, ABS feature is available in Yamaha R15 V3. View full specification of R15 V3.

Which is better Yamaha R15 V3 or Yamaha MT 15?

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Price starts at Rs. 1.46 Lakh which is Rs. 8,000 costlier than base model of Yamaha MT 15 priced at Rs. 1.38 Lakh. Compare Yamaha YZF R15 V3 vs Yamaha MT 15 on the basis of price, specs, features, reviews.

What is the EMI of Yamaha R15 V3 in Delhi?

The EMI for the base variant of Yamaha R15 V3 in Delhi is Rs. 4,232 per month @ 9.45% for a tenure of 36 months.

What are the colours available in Yamaha R15 V3?

Yamaha R15 V3 is available in 3 colours : Dark Night, Racing Blue and Thunder Grey. View colour images of R15 V3.