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Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 – All updates explained

Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 – All updates explained

Snapshot: The older YZF-R15 was an epitome in the motorcycle world, is the new any good?

If there is one thing that the automaker from Japan certainly did right was to bring the YZF R15 to the Indian motorcycle market a long time back. In no time, YZF R15 became hugely famous and why not, it was a fully faired sports bike and yet affordable. It cost a little over a lakh and was yet a level above its bigger displacement competitors like the Karizma and Pulsars 220. It was an epitome of what a really good motorcycle should be, and was a much-needed product for an entire generation that had nothing more than a couple of Bajaj and Hondas in the name of sports bikes.

With time, Yamaha introduced major upgrades and improved the overall motorcycle. The bike was in such a demand that the company had both its versions on sale in India side by side for a brief period of time. And now, it has brought the third major update to the bike in the form of YZF-R15 version 3.

The latest avatar is obviously the most technically sound and modern R15 made to date. And in terms of updates, the bike has been revamped from head to toe. At the front, sits a sleeker twin headlamp that is freshly designed, the windscreen is more aerodynamic and longer than before, the tank gets a center strip which is just a cosmetic update, the tail design including the light is new which draws inspiration from the current YZF-R6 and YZF-R1. Also, other bits like alloys, exhaust, tank and everything else that remains, is all new.

It now packs an all-digital instrument panel and the older semi-digital unit has been chucked off. The new meter provides an array of information including a speedometer, odometer, tachometer, shift light, VVA indicator and much more. Additionally, it also has a USB charging socket which is a new thing in motorcycles of its class.  

What are mechanical updates?

The upgrades are not merely cosmetics as the company made sure that the third generation YZF-R15 should improve in all possible areas, including performance. And hence its 155cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine delivers a greater output in the form of 14.2kW(19.3PS) @ 10,000 rpm, and 15N.m(1.5kgf.m) @ 8500 rpm. The power figure is up by almost 3PS as a result of higher compression ratio of 11.6:1 which makes the fuel burn more efficiently and hence more power. Also, the Bore has been increased by 1mm which has resulted in a bigger displacement engine from 149cc to 155cc. The bike comes with a constant mesh, 6-speed transmission and is also offered with slip-assist clutch for maximum safety during rapid abrupt downshifts and easy clutch operations.

The bike is built on an updated delta box frame. Its wheelbase has been reduced by 20mm, which now sits at 1,325mm. Apart from the reduced wheelbase, the bike also stands higher with improved ground clearance, and the seat height that is expected to further improve its riding dynamics. It weighs a bit more at 139kgs (curb weight), which was earlier 136kgs. But the fuel tank has been downsized to 11ltrs.

The tire size has been upgraded to 140/70-17 from 130/70-R17 at the rear and 100/80-17 from 90/80-17 at the front. The wider profile tire is expected to provide a more planted ride, and grip in corners, while adding to the looks factor of the bike.

Is it worth the price?

The bike has clearly grown into a more mature overall product, it looks more complete and contemporary. It is still priced very similarly compared to the older product and is available at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is Rs 7,000 costlier, and yet comes packed with a number of major upgrades making it a majorly improved motorcycle over its predecessor.  

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