Yamaha has launched the 3rd generation R15 sportsbike in the Indian market. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 1.25 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi, and bookings are now open. The R15 Version 3.0 is the most powerful iteration of this motorcycle, and features a new 155cc, four stroke engine.
The engine produces 19.3 PS of peak power at 10,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The gain in power has to do with the slightly increased engine capacity – from 149cc to 155cc, and also a bump up in compression ratio to 11.6:1. Beware of bad petrol, for this engine may not tolerate it.
The engine is fuel injected, gets liquid cooling, variable valve timing (called VVA by Yamaha), four valves, DiASIL cylinder coating, and a single overhead camshaft. A 6 speed gearbox is standard, with a slipper clutch that also gets an assist feature to make clutch operation smoother and easier.
The R15 Version 3.0 gains a new Deltabox frame that’s stiffer for better handling. While the international version of the bike gets upside down front forks, they’ve been given a miss for India to keep costs low, and conventional telescopic front forks are standard. Rear suspension is taken care of by a monoshock.
Apart from these changes, the bike gets brand new styling. The twin headlamps are LED units, with a brand new fairing. The bike also gets a revised rear end. The bike runs on tubeless tyres, shod on 17 inch alloy wheels. These rear tyre’s width has increased, to a 140 section. There’s a new tyre hugger as well.
The new bike also gets an fully digital LCD display that offers a range of information including gear shift indicator and lap times. Deliveries of the all-new, R15 Version 3.0 will start soon. Yamaha will soon organize a one-make racing series with the R15 V3.0. A race-spec bike will be offered for this one-make series.