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 R15S Review
The all-time favorite Indian sports bike finally gets the missing charm (read single seat), Yamaha R15 V1 is now back in a new avatar, bringing the best of version 2.0 and comfort of version 1.0 under a single name, R15S (Single Seat).
The company has re-launched the Version 1.0 with minor tweaks + upgrades and it is priced at Rs. 1,15,241 (ex-showroom Delhi). The changes to the motorcycle are mere cosmetic when compared to version 2.0 as the underpinnings are said to be the same. As Yamaha said, the launch has been in response to the customer feedback, raising the respect graph of the company in the eyes of riders.
QUICK FACTS & OVERVIEW
|Variant Name||Yamaha R15 S|
|Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)||INR 1.16 Lakh|
|On-Road Price (Delhi)||INR 1.29 Lakh (Approx.)|
|Mileage||35-45 kmpl (approx.)|
|Shades||Track White, Adrenalin Red, Spark Green|
|Official Tagline||Enjoy SuperSport with Ease|
|Warranty||For 2 years or 30000 kms from the date of purchase (whichever is earlier)|
Design and Style
The Yamaha R15 S with unibody seat looks exactly the same as Version 2.0 from the front view. The major difference is the availability of shades and placement of stickers on the body of the motorcycle. It comes with the rear end of the version 1.0, providing a long single seat unlike the version 2.0.
The exhaust has been taken from the newer version whereas the tire hugger has gone missing from the R15-S. The grab rails are finally back on the R15, giving peace of mind to the pillion rider. Everything looks perfectly placed and the new version will definitely fulfill the dreams of those who were sitting back because of the non-practical pillion seat height of the version 2.0.
The perfect looking instrument console of R15 has been kept the same as the version 2.0. It gets the same left-sided digital display for speed, fuel, switchable odometer and twin trip distance. On its top, the LED indications of neutral, turn indicator, high beam and engine warning lights are placed. On the right is an analog tachometer, perfectly placed in a circular pod.
Engine and Gearbox
The engine on the R15-S is the same 1-cylinder, 149 cc liquid cooled and fuel injected 4-valve unit but as per the Yamaha India’s official website, surprisingly the R15S generates maximum power output of 16.36 BHP @ 8,500 rpm and a peak torque of 15 NM @ 7,500 rpm.
The R15 V2.0 develops max power & torque of 16.8 BHP & 15 NM respectively. But R15S will definitely get a benefit from the reduced weight. The gearbox has also been kept the same as version 2.0, keeping the ratios of the 6-speed unit same as the on-going model.
Dimensions and Weight
The overall changes include an increase in length from the on-going model by 90 mm, making it 2060 mm for the R15S. The overall width and height has been kept the same at 670 mm and 1070 mm respectively.
The ground clearance again remains the same at 160 mm while the seat height is also same at 800 mm. The weight is said to be down by 2 kg, making the new model more responsive and performance oriented. The changes are very impressive as it allows more practical riding as well as performance experiences.
Performance and Mileage
The new R15 S would definitely excel in its performance values. It will take less time than a version 2.0 R15 to reach 100 kmph as it gets a 2 kg reduction in its overall weight. The mileage would also increase partially, making it good for an average fuel efficiency of 35-45 kmpl.
Technical Specification Of Yamaha R15S
PERFORMANCE & MILEAGE
|Top Speed||131 kmph|
|Mileage (City)||35 kmpl|
|Mileage (Highway)||45 kmpl|
|Mileage (Combined)||40 kmpl|
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
|Step-up Seat/Split Seat||
|Engine Kill Switch||
|Battery Type||Maintenance free, sealed type|
|Head Light||12V, 35.0W / 35.0 W x 2|
|Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)||
ENGINE & GEARBOX
|No. of Cylinders||1|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Maximum Power||16.36 Bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||15 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
|Engine Description||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection|
|Bharat Stage IV (BS4)||
|Gearbox Type||Constant Mesh|
|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||3.000|
BRAKES & SUSPENSION
|Front Brake||Hydraulic, single disc (267mm)|
|Rear Brake||Hydraulic, single disc (220mm)|
|Rear Suspension||Linked type Monocross|
WHEELS & TYRES
|Rear Tyre||130/70 R17|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheels|
DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT & CAPACITIES
|Overall Length||2060 mm|
|Overall Width||670 mm|
|Overall Height||1070 mm|
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Seat Height||800 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||134 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12 litres|
|Oil tank capacity||1.0 litres|
Safety and Comfort
The R15S gets the updated disc brakes from the version 2.0. The front brake measures 267 mm whereas the rear is a 220 mm hydraulic unit. The tyres would also get an update from the version 1.0, making it 90/80-17 for the front and 130/70-17 for the rear. The comfort on the R15 would be relived with a single, long comfortable seat. The Delta box frame does its duty firmly on this version also and provides a hassle-free ride experience throughout the journey.
Yamaha R15 S is available in 3 new shades namely Track White, Adrenalin Red and Spark Green shade. The new shades are again looking fantastic on the sharp edges of the R15-S as all the other currently available shades of the version 2.0. Yamaha has always been ahead in terms of providing distinct and impressive color selection to its little track racer.
Source: autos.maxabout, And wikipedia.org.