Yamaha R15 v3.0 Road Test Review
- Jun 23, 2018
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Performance is among the most important factors in this segment of motorcycles. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 leads the charge in terms of power output owing to its displacement benefit. Powering the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will be a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected powerplant producing 24.4 PS of power at 9,500rpm and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8,000rpm. Power is transmitted to the rear-wheel via a six-speed gearbox on all the three motorcycles. The Honda CBR 150R comes second in terms of power output as the liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor churns out 18.3PS of peak power and 12.6Nm of maximum torque. The Yamaha R15 version 2.0 is the least powerful among the trio as the 149.8cc, single-cylinder and fuel injected mill produces 17PS but it has higher torque rating than the Honda offering at 15Nm. Given the fact that the Pulsar RS200’s motor will be based on the 200NS we can assume that refinement levels of the Honda and Yamaha offering would be better than it.
The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the most loaded motorcycle with respect to features in comparison to the Honda CBR 150R and Yamaha R15 version 2.0. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will be offered with twin projector lamps that are much superior to the standard headlamps as seen on the Japanese duo. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will also be equipped with ABS as an option making it the only Bajaj offering to offer the above as an option. Instrument console on all the three motorcycles is a part-analogue-part-digital instrument console with an analogue tachometer. Switch gear quality on all the above bikes are good but the Pulsar offering gets backlit switches. The Honda CBR 150R loses out on an engine kill switch which is unacceptable at this pricing. In terms of build quality, the Yamaha R15 version 2.0 seems to be the most well put together bike among the trio along with fit and finish.
Dimensions and cycle parts:
All the motorcycles employ telescopic front forks and a monoshock setup at the rear to handle suspension duties. Braking is provided by disc brakes at front and rear on the trio while the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 will be the only bike to offer ABS as an option. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 employs a steel perimeter frame while the Honda CBR 150R uses a diamond type frame while the R15 version 2.0 features a Delta box frame. The Honda CBR 150R has the shortest wheelbase at 1,305 followed by the Yamaha offering at 1,345mm whereas the Pulsar RS200 is the longest at 1,363mm. The Yamaha R15 is the lightest motorcycle at 136kg whereas the Honda CBR150R comes a close second at 138kg and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the heaviest as t tips the scale at 151kg almost 6kg more than the 200NS.
Pricing and fuel efficiency:
If ridden sedately all the three motorcycles are good enough to return a fuel efficiency figure of around 40kmpl in real world conditions. The Honda CBR 150R has the highest fuel tank capacity at 13 litres whereas the Pulsar RS200 and Yamaha R15 version 2.0 have a 12 litre fuel tank. Bajaj is renowned for their cut-throat and aggressive pricing so expect the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 to be priced around Rs 1.15 lakh. The Yamaha R15 version 2.0 is the cheapest of the lot with a sticker price of Rs 1.10 lakh and the Honda CBR 150R is the most expensive offering among the trio at Rs 1.22 lakh.
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