Recently, a camouflaged test mule of a new Yamaha motorcycle was spotted. It was being assumed that it could be the new R3 or the R15 V4. Well, now it has been revealed that the new motorcycle would be called R15M. The motorcycle has been showcased to dealers and the dealerships have also started to receive it. Here, are some of the first pictures of the motorcycle.
The design of the R15M is radically different from the R15 that we have seen in the Indian market. It is inspired by the much bigger YZF R7. The front of the motorcycle is all-new. It gets very sleek LED Daytime Running Lamps and there is a new single LED projector headlamp that sits right in between the headlamp.
The motorcycle looks a lot more aggressive than the R15 V3. Two paint shades of the R15 had been spotted at the dealership. One is finished in Racing Blue while the other one is finished in silver with back fairing. Both the colours get alloy wheels finished in Racing Blue. Interestingly, the dealers were shown the R15M in a Monster livery paint scheme which has not yet been spotted at the dealership. Maybe this paint scheme would be launched once the motorcycle is officially launched.
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The homologation document revealed that the R15M would produce slightly less power than the R15. It will produce 18.1 bhp of max power instead of the 18.3 bhp that the R15 V3 produces. The drop in power output is not yet known. The same goes for the torque output.
What we do know is that the R15M would get up-side-down front forks instead of conventional forks. People have been demanding for them but Yamaha could not offer them in India because it would have increased the price. They do offer USD forks in the international markets with the R15. The USD forks on R15M are finished in golden colour which does enhance the appeal of the motorcycle. They should also help in improving the handling of the motorcycle.
The engine would be the same 155 cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected engine that comes with liquid cooling. The engine will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The dimensions of the motorcycle will also stay the same. So, it will weigh 292 kgs, have a wheelbase of 1325 mm, a width of 725 mm, a length of 1990 mm and a height of 1135 mm.
There are chances that Yamaha offers the R15M with a new instrument console that supports Bluetooth connectivity. We have seen Bluetooth connectivity on recently launched FZ-X, FZS-Fi and Fascino. Yamaha offers two types of Bluetooth connectivity. There is Motorcycle Connect X and Yamaha Y Connect. It is not known which Bluetooth Yamaha will be offering with the R15M.
With the additional equipment and more aggressive styling, the R15M would be priced higher than the current R15 V3. The R15M could be priced at Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 higher than the R15 V3. The R15M does give a more big bike feel and looks more modern too.