Yamaha Corporation [jamaha]) is a Japanese multinational corporation and conglomerate with a very wide range of products and services, predominantly musical instruments, electronics and power sports equipment.
It is one of the constituents of Nikkei 225 and is the world’s largest piano manufacturing company. The former motorcycle division became independent from the main company in 1955, forming Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, although Yamaha Corporation is still the largest shareholder.
Yamaha R15 V2 Review
Yamaha R15 was the first affordable sports bike in India which shared most of the styling bits with Yamaha’s much expensive bikes from R series. The looks and performance of this bike made it famous instantly and looking at its popularity and rising competition, Yamaha launched the second version of this bike – R15 V2.
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Variant Name||Yamaha R15 V2|
|Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)||INR 1.19 Lakh|
|On-Road Price (Delhi)||INR 1.32 lakh (Approx.)|
|Mileage||35-45 kmpl (Approx.)|
|Shades||Revving Blue, Adrenaline Red, Sparky Green|
|Official Tagline||Racing Instinct|
|Warranty||For 2 years or 30000 kms from the date of purchase (whichever is earlier)|
For 2017 Yamaha has introduced 3 new shades for the R15 V2.0 – Revving Blue, Adrenaline Red, Sparky Green. The company has discontinued the GP Blue Edition, Streaking Cyan Special Edition, Grid Gold Edition and Racing Blue Edition and they are no longer available in the showrooms.
Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 features all-new design for engine fairing, new design for alloy wheels, split seat which is now better cushioned, new graphics and decals, fatter rear tyre – 130/70 – R17, bigger 220mm rear disc for better braking, all-new LED tail lamp which looks much better than 2010 model of YZF-R15, new ECU mapping for better pick-up and fuel efficiency, weight increased by 5kgs (now it weighs 136kgs), new design for saree guard and mudguard plus new design for the silencer/exhaust pipe.
Design & Style
Yes, Yamaha has made some noticeable changes in R15 Version 2.0 but if you are searching for them at its front then you will be disappointed. Apart from the wider front tyre and darker visor, there is nothing else which differentiates it from the earlier version.
Only when you move to the side of this bike then you can notice the major changes which make this bike look extremely cool and sporty than before. The middle cowl in the full-size fairing has been redesigned to improve the aerodynamics of this bike which also manages to impress you visually.
Moreover, you can notice the aluminium swing arm at the back which is first on any Indian bike. The bike also gets new silencer with carbon finishing and a nameplate on it. The rear section of the bike is much improved and looks much sporty than any of its competitor.
The fatty rear tyre (130/70) is a welcome feature which was needed desperately on this bike. It features new split seat, saree guard and mudguard. However, the triangular LED tail light could have been better. The new tail cowl is also appealing and comes without any kind of grab rail.
Technical Specification Of Yamaha R15 V2
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Maximum Power||16.8 Bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||15 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
|Engine Description||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injection|
|Bharat Stage IV (BS4)||
|Gearbox Type||Return Type, Chain Drive|
|Gear Ratios||1st=2.833, 2nd=1.875, 3rd=1.364, 4th=1.143, 5th=0.957, 6th=0.84|
|Primary Reduction Ratio||3.042|
|Secondary Reduction Ratio||3.133|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||267mm Hydraulic Single Disc|
|Rear Brake||220mm Hydraulic Single Disc|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)||
|Rear Suspension||Linked Type Monocross|
WHEELS & TYRES
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||1970 mm|
|Overall Width||670 mm|
|Overall Height||1070 mm|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||136 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12 litres|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||1.2 litres|
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|0-60 kmph||4.89 secs|
|0-100 kmph||13.07 secs|
|60-0 kmph||18.25 mtrs|
|Top Speed||131 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||35 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||45 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||40 kmpl|
|Low Fuel Warning Light||
|Distance To Empty Indicator||
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||
|Engine Kill Switch||
|Battery Type||Maintenance Free|
|Head Light||Lo beam12V/35W X1, Hi beam12V/35W X2|
|Tail Light||LED Tail Light|
|Turn Signal Light (Front)||Crystal|
|Turn Signal Light (Rear)||Crystal|
|Head Light Type||Dual|
|Projector Head Light||
|Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)||
|Handle Bar||Clip On Handle Bar|
|Caster Angle||26 Degree|
Engine & Gearbox
Sadly, there are no changes in this department which mean the bike is still powered by the liquid cooled 4-stroke 149.8cc engine. It’s a mono cylinder, 4-Valve; SOHC engine which is designed to pump out a power of 16.8 bhp at 8500 rpm with utmost torque production of 15 Nm available at 7500 rpm. This engine is equipped with a six-speed gearbox with one gear down and five gears up-shift pattern.
Acceleration and Performance
More or less, the feel and throttle response of this engine are same to that of the outgoing model. Yamaha has slightly tweaked the engine which is hardly noticeable due to its additional weight of around 4kgs. The initial gear ratios make it perfect for daily usage. It is only when you go pass 6000rpm then you can notice the slow behaviour of this engine.
However, there are no vibrations till 8500rpm and the refinement level is also very satisfactory but the high-end performance of the engine indicates at its lower displacement. The bike has become faster than before and does 0-100km/hour in just above 13 seconds. One can reach the top speed of 130km/hour with this bike but while doing so, it may not feel as eager as most of its competitors. The high-end performance is nowhere near to Bajaj Pulsar 220 and Honda CBR 250R.
In city conditions, the mileage of R15 ranges from 30-35 kmpl while on highways one can expect anything around 40-45 kmpl.
It shares its instrument console with the outgoing version. It has a round pod for its analogue tachometer while it features a digital speedometer, fuel gauge and odometer with other LED indicators. The blue backlight looks funky at night but could have been darker in colour.
Comfort While Riding
Yamaha R15 is known for its sporty stance which was never offered before in any premium bike in India. The aerodynamic design of the bike allows the rider to bend forward with knees rolled back in perfect position. With its low seating, one can easily find a firm hold on this bike which gives you the confidence to rule the road which is absent on bikes like Pulsar and Hero Karizma ZMR. The new seat is also very comfortable with foot pegs being placed much behind than normal. The clips on the handle are nice and convenient to hold and the overall feel, while you drive this bike, is magnificent.
The dual headlights of R15 Version 2.0 allow you to get a clear view of roads at night and confirms you safe driving.
Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 has the same telescopic forks at its front with linked type mono-shocker at its back. The bike takes most of the bumps with ease and feels free to cross most of the speed breakers and potholes without any complaint. The suspension system confirms that the high seated pillion rider also get stress free and comfortable ride.
The braking system of this bike has been upgraded with bigger discs on its both wheels. The bike has a 267mm disc brake on its front while the rear disc brake is of 220mm. The bigger discs have resulted into more precise and safe barking which confirms you a safe ride.
Ride & Handling
With extended wheelbase (1345mm), fatty tyres and aluminium swing arm at the back, the new R15 Version 2.0 feels more confident and eager to go. The bike now holds the road firmly and with its flawless suspension and ground clearance of 160mm, the bike offers you a very pleasant ride. Light and accurate handling of this bike have been the biggest USP of it and the new bike retains this quality. The bike feels sharp and fast around corners.
2016 model of Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 2.0 is available in three new shades: Revving Blue, Adrenaline Red, Sparky Green.
Source: autos.max about, And wikipedia.org.