With the new safety rule that makes ABS mandatory for every two-wheeler with engine capacity of 125cc and above around the corner. Manufacturers have started launching new, updated products in the market. Yamaha launched the all-new R15 in the Indian market in 2018 Auto Expo without the ABS. It was quite criticised for the absence of the feature by the enthusiasts. But with the new ruling around, Yamaha has now launched the all-new R15 V3.0 with the dual-channel ABS.
The 2019 version of the bike comes with many other changes. Majorly, there four highlighted changes in the newly launched bike. First is the dual-channel ABS system, addition of a new colour called the Darknight, increase in overall by 3kg due to the addition of the ABS and Warning light on the digital console that gets LED warning light for the ABS. The new Dark Knight colour joins the other two colours in the Indian market – Thunder Grey and Racing Blue.
There are no other changes in the bike visually or mechanically. It still looks exactly the same as the non-ABS version and the engine produces the exact same power of 19.3 Bhp at 10,000 rpm. The Yamaha R15 V3.0 is powered by an all-new 155.1cc engine that generates a maximum torque of 15.0 Nm. It gets a six-speed manual transmission and slipper clutch. The engine is fuel injected and gets a liquid-cooling system. The all-new Yamaha R15 also gets a slipper clutch, which enhances the track performance for the bike. The slipper clutch makes the gear changing operation much smoother. It also reduces the engine braking. The slipper clutch is also safer and reduces the jerks caused when the rear wheel tries the push the engine over its limit. It mostly happens on the race tracks.
The engine is quite advanced and gets VVA technology. The Variable Valve Actuation can vary the speed of the cams depending on the engine speed. The VVA helps in efficient fuel burning and providing optimum power to the rider. The R15 also features an all-LED set-up. The headlamps have also become sleeker and retain their twin-pod set-up. It gives a very aggressive look to the bike. Other features include telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear suspension. The YZF-R15 rides on a deltabox chassis that makes it extremely well-balanced. It is a great first choice for many track enthusiasts and people who want a litre-class bike posture on a mass-segment bike.
There are no direct rivals of the YZF-R15 in the Indian market. However, it competes indirectly with the likes of Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and the KTM RC 200 in the market. Yamaha plans to launch the naked version of the Yamaha R15 in the Indian market and its launch may happen later this month.