The Yamaha R15 V3 is arguably the best performance oriented 150 cc bike on sale in the country right now. It rivals and even beats several 200 cc motorcycles in terms of performance due to its light weight and high output engine. Of late, there have been talks about the launching of the Monster Energy MotoGP special edition R15 in the country. This edition will add a cool paint and livery job to the regular R15 in order to give it a MotoGP bike inspired look. While there is still some time in the launch of the Monster Energy MotoGP edition R15 in India, the video here by MotoMahal shows a customised R15 that has been given a similar treatment.
The whole bike has been covered with MotoGP inspired livery and paint job which makes it look cool. Before you jump on to a conclusion, let us tell you that this whole customization job has been done by the dealership itself. It gets the typical Monster logo and branding of various Yamaha sponsors like Fiat, Motul and Eneos among others. The front fairing, centre fuel tank piece and several other bits have been painted in a yellowish-green shade while the rim line has been given a similar treatment. The bike was originally blue and the dealer has charged a small amount to make these customizations.
However, it looks quite different from the upcoming Monster Energy MotoGP edition motorcycle. This is because it carries more black paint shade with hints of blue rather than the loud shades used on the bike in the video. But if you are more a fan of bright shades rather than dark ones, getting a similar theme for your R15 can be a good idea.
Talking about the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0, it gets powered by a liquid cooled 155 cc engine that puts out 18.7 Bhp of power along with 15 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox and gets a slipper clutch as well. It comes equipped with a dual-channel ABS, VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) and weighs 139 kg, which is pretty light. This is one of the major factors why this bike rides and handles so well.
As for the MotoGP edition, it will be launched during the Diwali festive season in India. It will feature Monster Energy graphics and lot more black instead of blue in order to look similar to the UK-spec R125 and MotoGP bikes of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. The 2019 Yamaha R15 V3 Monster Energy MotoGP Edition has already been launched in Indonesia at Rp 36,360,000 (approximately Rs 1.78 lakh). Expect the price of this special edition to be around Rs. 3,000 to Ra. 5,000 extra over the regular bike. Also, it will be a limited edition bike as was the scene with the 2018 MotoGP edition R15.