The Government of India has made it compulsory for all motorcycles of 125 cc and to be equipped with ABS, which is quite a wise move. Now since the date of April 2019, which is the deadline for following the mandate is inching closer, most of the manufacturers are equipping their bikes with ABS.
A new report says that Yamaha is equipping their much loved R15 with a dual channel ABS. Unlike most of the manufacturers who are opting for more profitable single channel, this comes as a good news.
The R15 has always been among the best performance oriented bikes in its segment. Even though it only has a 150 cc engine, the bike can outrun many higher power bikes when it comes to performance. Therefore, Yamaha has done a good job by maintaining the standard of the R15 name and equipping it with a dual channel ABS system. Though single channel ABS system is quite cost effective, most of the companies still charge dual channel ABS equivalent money for it. Reports suggest that Yamaha will increase the pricing by around Rs. 12,000 for the dual channel equipped R15. The bike will retain all the specifications as on the current model and the only change will be inclusion of ABS system.
Most of the other bikes in its segment like the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 come with a single channel ABS system. While it is better to at least have ABS than not having it, a dual channel system is much better in terms of safety. The company has also planned to equip the FZ with ABS and the company has sent invites for an event to be held on 21st of January. Most probably, this is where the company will reveal the ABS equipped version of its bikes.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V3 gets powered by a 155 cc liquid cooled engine that produces 18.7 Bhp of power at 10,000 RPM along with 15 N of torque at 8,500 RPM. The engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission along with a slipper clutch. Talking of which, it is the first bike in its segment to come with a slipper clutch as standard. Combined with a weight of just 139 kg, the R15 V3 is capable of achieving speeds in excess on 150 km/h and gets from 0-100 in about 12 seconds. At 1.27 lakh, it is not exactly cheap for a 150 cc bike, but going by the impressive spec sheet, the price is quite justified. The inclusion of dual channel ABS is a further right tick in the bike spec sheet.
ABS is a very important safety feature which has been proved to be life saving in many situations. A lot of bike accidents happen because of slipping and skidding of motorcycles during intense braking and that’s where the ABS comes as a blessing. Therefore, if you are looking forward to get a bike soon, make sure it has a ABS system equipped on it. It would be even better if the ABS is dual channel system.