The Yamaha R15 is a bike that has single-handedly revolutionized the Indian performance biking segment. It has been providing bike enthusiasts in India a taste of what it feels like to ride a fully-faired sport bike, albeit at a fraction of the cost. Six years have gone-by since its launch, and the R15 now has a lot more competition than before.
Does the current R15 2.0 have what it takes to stand out from the crowd? Let us take a closer look and find out!
Design & Build Quality
Starting with the design department - the R15 is a stunning bike to behold. The R1-inspired full fairing and the slim tail section makes it look like a 1000cc superbike from a distance! The fairing isn’t there just for show – it keeps wind blast at bay quite effectively at high speed.
Yamaha bikes are known for their exceptional build quality, and the R15 is no different. All the materials used exude a premium feel, and the bike seems like it is built to last
Being the focussed sport bike that it is, the R15 seats its rider in a forward-biased posture. The clip-on handlebars are set low, and the foot pegs are set towards the rear. The position will feel cramped for riders over 5’10”. The pillion seat is really small, and is best used only for short rides.
Engine & Performance
The R15’s engine is a smooth and powerful unit. Yamaha has loaded it with clever technology to help it produce 17bhp from a low 150cc displacement. Power delivery is linear, and while there is sufficient low-end torque for riding in town, the engine has to be revved to get the most out of it.
Handling is the R15’s defining characteristic. The Deltabox chassis and the linked-type rear suspension, aided by a pair of sticky MRF tyres, help the R15 tackle corners with agility, precision and finesse. The wheelbase is slightly longer than the first-generation, which helps in improving stability at high speed.
The R15’s front and rear disc brakes may seem to be sharp at first, but once you get used to them, they can be modulated to offer progressive but strong deceleration. The setup helps get the bike to a stop from 60 kmph in 11.83m.
The R15’s digital readout displays speed and other essential information in an easy to read format, even at speed. The bike comes with a pass-light switch and an engine kill-switch as standard
At Rs 1,25,000, the Yamaha R15 is good value for money, considering the performance and quality that the bike offers.
As an everyday bike, the Yamaha R15 isn’t going to be great. The engine has little power at low revs, the cramped ergonomics will make you cringe every time you have to ride through traffic, and the pillion seat isn’t really useable. However, on the open road, the R15 is a different bike altogether. It can cruise at 100 kmph peacefully, and can tackle corners with grace and alacrity. It’s a bike that you can ride to the track, do a few laps and ride back home with a big smile plastered on your face. Looking for a fun-to-ride but affordable sport bike? The Yamaha R15 is the one for you.
Special thanks to Bikerz Yamaha, Chennai, who provided us a Yamaha R15 for the review.
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|Engine||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC|
|Power||17 bhp @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||15 Nm @ 7500 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Delta box|
|Brakes||Front:Disc, dia. 270 mm
Rear:Disc, dia. 220 mm
Rear:Linked type Monocross
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12|