We expect great things from the new R15 V3.0. But what direction is the third gen of this Yamaha taking? Racier, friendlier, or both?
Racetrack-worthy chassis and hi-tech engine packaged into a racy-looking motorcycle that’s dished out at a price just within reach of college goers -- this has been the Yamaha R15’s golden formula. The third generation R15 is now here and it is very familiar in many ways, but it is also promising to move the goalposts forward too in many ways. Which goalposts? And by how much? We listed our expectations and then hopped aboard the R15 V3.0 at the Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai to see if they turn out to be True or False.
Assumption: It is good value.
Value rating: 4/5
Why: You don’t need to ride the V3.0 to understand this. Yes, at Rs 1.25 lakh the R15 is pushing the boundaries of “sensible” pricing for a 150cc motorcycle; however, the Rs 7000 premium paid over the V2.0 is money well spent. From a swag standpoint, you get variable valve timing, hi-tech hardware that is rare even on proper litre-class motorcycles.
Yes, there is 2.5PS of additional power, and that’s without the displacement increasing dramatically. To go along with that the R15 offers a slipper clutch too! And if you are the kind who likes his bikes racy,...read more »
March 14, 2018 By Team ZigWheels
Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Highlights
In terms of design, the R15 version 3.0 is in line with the previous generation Yamaha R6. The motorcycle continues to feature a split headlamp setup, along with LED units. The fairing now sports a sharper look though. The shape of the fuel tank has also been revised. In fact, the tank’s capacity has gone down by a litre and now stands at 11 litres. Unlike the previous versions, the version 3.0 now gets a fully digital instrument cluster.
Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Specifications
The engine on the India-bound v3.0 is carried over from the international bike. This 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine produces 19.5PS of power and 14.7Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission. It also features Yamaha's Variable Valve Actuation system. Unlike the international bike, however, the India-bound V3.0 gets telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock unit at the rear. The motorcycle also gets MRF tyres, instead of IRC ones seen on the international model. Braking duties are handled by disc brakes on both ends. The Yamaha R15 version 3.0 tips the scale at 137kg (kerb).
Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Competitors
Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi ABS: The Suzuki Gixxer SF Fi is certainly a value for money motorcycle. It has a good balance of attractive design and amazing engine refinement, which offers good performance, while being comparatively frugal in terms of fuel consumption. And now, with the addition of ABS for a premium of Rs 6,000 over the standard bike, the Gixxer SF Fi certainly makes a strong case for itself.
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 ABS: The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 certainly scores a few brownie points when it comes to engine refinement and performance. It is also well loaded with nifty features such as projector headlamps with LED DRLs, a backlit semi-digital instrument console and ABS. All in all, those looking for an affordable, fully-faired bike with sporty characteristics, the RS200 is certainly an attractive buy.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 lacks the quality seen in the earlier versions. Also, the lack of ABS is quite saddening for such a worthy track tool. That aside, the engine is a lot smoother, with crisp responses at low speeds. The pillion seat is more welcoming and improved ground clearance make it a more practical motorcycle now. However, the rider seating posture is more aggressive now. But what you get in return for that is higher levels of performance and a more committed riding posture. Overall, the Yamaha’s R15 V3.0 looks hotter than ever. A genuine supersport you can live with.
Recently Asked User Questions and FAQs about Yamaha YZF R15 V3
User Questions and Answers
mr_perfect_1 asked a question on 18 April 2018
Q.What is the mileage of bike?What is the mileage of bike?
The mileage of this bike is 35.40 kmplThe mileage of this bike is 35.40 kmpl
answered by Iftikhar_Aalam on 20 April 2018
Cliffard_Smith asked a question on 18 April 2018
Q.My height is 5.1 I will able to ride this bike?My height is 5.1 I will able to ride this bike?
Yes you can ride the bike.Yes you can ride the bike.
answered by Mohamed_Ismail_1 on 20 April 2018
Vatchan_Makinz asked a question on 13 April 2018
Q.Is this bike suitable for tall people ?Is this bike suitable for tall people ?
Yes suitable for tall peopleYes suitable for tall people
answered by Mohamed_Ismail_1 on 20 April 2018
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Q.What is the price of Yamaha YZF R15 V3?
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