Yamaha Motor India has just launched the dual channel ABS equipped R15 sportsbike in the Indian market. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 1.39 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, and is also available in a Dark Night edition, which is priced at Rs. 2,000 higher. Here is a web commercial of the new R15 ABS.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 is the only 150cc motorcycle sold in India to offer dual channel ABS. By law, two wheeler makers are required to offer only single channel ABS as a minimum requirement. However, Yamaha has gone the extra mile to offer a dual channel ABS on the R15 V3.0. This move from Yamaha underscores the R15 V3.0’s position as a no-compromise 150cc motorcycle, means to offer the best of sportsbike performance. Notably, the R15 is also the most expensive 150cc motorcycle on sale in India.
The bike is positioned as an everyday motorcycle for track enthusiasts who want to hone their riding skills both on the race track as well as on twisty roads. The riding position of the R15 V3.0 is quite aggressive, and though the motorcycle does offer a pillion seat, it’s meant only for short distance rides. The Yamaha R15 V3.0 sold in India is slightly different from the South East Asian version. Yamaha has swapped some parts out to make the motorcycle more affordable for the Indian market.
For instance, the upside down front forks on the South East Asian version makes way for conventional telescopicfront
forks on the India-spec bike. Similarly, steel footpegs replace the more expensive aluminium footpegs on the Indian version. However, the engine has been untouched. The India-spec model gets the same, 155cc four stroke motor that’s offered on the global version. This motor makes more power and torque than the older R15’s engine, and also features variable camshaft timing, which is a first-in-segment feature.
The 155cc motor of the R15 makes 18.7 Bhp of peak power at 10,000 rpm, and the engine loves to be revved to bring out its best performance. 15 Nm of peak torque also comes at pretty high in the rev range, at 8,000 rpm. The engine is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox, which also offers a slipper clutch for rapid downshifting. The engine gets liquid cooling, fuel injection and a four valve head. However, Yamaha’s stuck to a single overhead camshaft to drive the valves rather than opt for a twin cam layout.
The cylinder is DiaSIL coated for better heat management, but this also means that re-boring is not a possibility. When it’s time for a rebuild, the cylinder has to be simply replaced as a whole. The R15 is 10 years and 3 generations old in the Indian market. While most other bikes have gained a lot of weight across multiple generations, the R15 has stayed pretty light despite major feature additions. With a kerb weight of 139 kilos, the Yamaha R15 V3 is a perfect beginner bike for those who want to ride sportily.