The Yamaha R15 is a revolutionary motorcycle, one that changed the market here when it was launched way back in 2008. Three years hence, Yamaha introduced the second generation version that looked even sharper. A new version of the R15 is now overdue. The bike’s already under development, and will soon be launched in India. The 3rd generation R15 promises to be the sharpest looking one of them all. Here’s a render.
The next-generation R15, as depicted in the render, is likely to be inspired by the M-Slaz sports naked (shown below). Upside down front forks, a more usable pillion seat, a stubbier exhaust, redesigned fairing and revised alloy wheels are the new features that the all-new bike could pack in. LED headlamps and tail lamps, a fully digital instrument console and a re-sculpted fuel tank are the other likely changes on the new bike.
Also, it’s likely to become more compact than before, making it an excellent track tool. It remains to be seen if Yamaha retains the 150 cc, liquid cooled-single cylinder engine as is. If so, output could remain constant at 16.7 Bhp-15 Nm. The 6 speed manual gearbox is expected to be carried over. The current R15 is already a light bike, at 136 Kg. Further lightening could make it even better, especially if Yamaha decides to retain the current motor.
The current R15 sells for about 1.2 lakh rupees in most parts of India. The new bike could be about 10 % pricier given all the changes and additional features.
Render courtesy MotoBlast