Yamaha R15 V2.0 sportsbike: Bye-bye India?

Still fancy a Yamaha R15 V2.0? This could be the last chance to grab yours. Looks like India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. has discontinued the Yamaha R15 V2.0 in India. The R15 V2.0 has been removed from the models list from its official Indian website. The Japanese bike giant launched an updated model of the R15 officially as Yamaha R15 V3.0 at the Delhi Auto Expo 2018, in February 2018. Launched at a price of Rs. 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the R15 V3.0 has been selling like hot cakes ever since. However, till now the company has been selling the Yamaha R15 V2.0 despite the launch of Version 3.0. Not anymore, if the official Yamaha website is anything to go by.

Yamaha R15 V2.0 sportsbike: Bye-bye India?

The earlier Yamaha R15 V2.0 was powered by a 149-cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injection unit, which was good for producing 16.8 bhp at 8500 rpm and peak torque figures were rated at 15 Nm at 7500 rpm. All of that power was sent to rear tyres via a 6-speed gearbox. The bike came with a fuel-tank capacity of 12 litres and weights on the scales at 136 kg (kerb weight). With the launch of the more updated Yamaha R15 V3.0, demand for the R15 V2.0 dipped. The R15 V3.0 is successfully accepted by youngsters and data shows the same as the company has shipped around 7,847 units of the R15 V3.0 in June 2018 alone.

Later last week, the company launched the theme-based Yamaha R15 V3.0 Moto-GP Edition. The R15 V3.0 Moto-GP only comes with Moto-GP livery without any significant changes to the engine or chassis. The 2018 Yamaha R15 V3.0 is powered by an all-new 155-cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine that is capable of churning out a maximum power of 19 Bhp at 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 14.8 nm is produced at 8,500 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with a first-in-segment standard slip-and-assist clutch unit.

The R15 V3.0 is the first motorcycle in its segment to feature Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). The Yamaha R15 V3.0 takes design inspiration from its bigger brother, the Yamaha YZF-R1, with the faux RAM air intake, full-LED headlamps and a sleek tail section. The motorcycle comes with a sporty fuel tank, all-digital instrument cluster and LED taillight. The R15 V3.0 uses a Delta-box frame technology continued from V2.0 to place the engine, and  suspension at the front includes 41-mm telescopic forks and an adjustable rear mono-shock. The braking section is handled by the 280-mm discs at front and 230-mm rear disc brakes. ABS is standard across the range. The bike is available in two paint schemes – Thunder Red and Racing Blue.