The all-new Yamaha R15, christened as Yamaha R15 Version 3.0 was recently unveiled in Indonesia. Now the motorcycle has been launched in the Thailand market. Yamaha will launch his motorcycle in India later this year. The Version 3.0 of the R15 is likely to replace the Version 2.0 model that’s currently on sale here. Meanwhile, here’s all you need to know about the brand new sports bike.
Why should you look forward to the 2017 Yamaha R15?
For starters, it’s an all-new bike we’re talking about here. The Version 3.0 of the R15 will receive a host of new features. While the highly acclaimed Deltabox chassis will stay on, new features include upside down front forks, LED headlamps, a RAM air intake, and a fully digital instrument console. ABS is likely to be offered, too.
A key new component of the R15 Version 3.0 will be a 155 cc motor (58 mm bore and 58.7 mm stroke), which gains both cubic capacity, power/torque, a slipper clutch and Variable Valve Actuation (variable valve technology like Honda’s VTEC).
The fuel injected SOHC motor now makes 19.31 PS at 10,000 rpm while torque is 14.7 Nm, produced at 8,500 rpm. This makes the R15 Version 2.0 the most powerful, four-stroke 150 cc sports bike in the world. Liquid cooling, the DiaSIL engine bore, front and rear disc brakes, and the 6-speed manual gearbox are standard.
Compression ratio has been bumped up to 11.6:1, from 10.4:1. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with tubeless tyres with a profile of 100/80 up front, and 140/70 at the rear. The bike’s a kilo heavier than the Version 2.0 model, at 137 kilograms wet, while the wheelbase has reduced by 20 mm, to stand at 1,325 mm.
The new bike’s 1,990 mm long, 725 mm wide and 1,135 mm tall. The saddle height has increased marginally, from 800 mm to 815 mm. In terms of styling, the new bike gets a revamped front end while the rear is not as tall as the Version 2.0. This design change should make carrying a pillion easier. Three colours – Racing Blue, Matte Black and Matte Red, are on offer.
The prices have not been revealed yet in the Thailand market. The price of the motorcycle in the Indonesian market will be revealed tomorrow. In India, the Version 2.0 R15 sells at 1.18 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi. The new bike could cost about 1.3-1.4 lakh rupees. The new bike’s likely to debut in India by the end of this year.