The Yamaha R15 V3 is by far the sportiest and even the most advanced 150cc motorcycle in the country. It’s high on performance and delivers in spades. On the other hand, there’s the Royal Enfield Bullet 350, which is easily the most dated motorcycle on sale in India. However, it enjoys a cult status owing to its old-school design and a grunty motor. Thanks to the highly contrasting nature of these motorcycles, the two aren’t even direct rivals. However, here’s what happens when a Bullet 350 and an R15 V3 are pitted against each other in a drag race –
As can be seen in the above video, the Yamaha R15 V3 is the quicker one right from the beginning of the race. While the RE is hardly half a bike-length behind in the initial few seconds of the race, the R15 expands this lead by a huge margin by the time the race ends. A total of three rounds of drag races were conducted. Every time, the R15 quickly established a huge lead over the RE and maintained it till the finish line.
It’s easy to note how easily the R15 outclasses the Bullet 350 in a drag race. The R15 V3 is powered by a 155.1 cc, single-cylinder engine that outputs 19.3 bhp and 15 Nm. It weighs 139 KGs. The Royal Enfield Bullet 350, on the other hand, is powered by a 346cc, single-cylinder engine that outputs 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm. The Bullet 350 tips the scales at 183 KGs. Hence, in spite of having higher power and torque outputs, the higher kerb weight makes the Bullet 350 really slow in comparison to the Yamaha R15 V3.
That said, we need to mention here that the Bullet 350 is NOT the kind of motorcycle that you would take to a drag racing event. Its engine, in spite of being more powerful than that of the R15, is a slow revving unit that takes time to come into its own.
While the Yamaha R15 V3 is an accomplished performance-oriented tool, the Bullet 350 is known for being a relaxed cruiser. Racing a Bullet 350 against an R15 is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Hence, the two shouldn’t be compared solely on the basis of the results of this drag race. What do you think?
Video courtesy – 24/7 2 Wheels on Youtube