Yamaha has finally launched the much awaited motorcycle for the Indian two-wheeler enthusiast – the YZF-R15 V3.0. This bike as of now is co-existing with the other two R15 V2.0 & R15-S variants, but expect this one to replace the 2011 version. Yamaha has priced the new YZF-R15 V3.0 at INR 1,25,000 ex-showroom. At this price, the R15 continues to remain a steal deal for all that it offers.
However, the sore point will remain, there is no option of ABS still on the R15. Yamaha revealed that by 2019 for sure, the YZF-R15 V3.0 will come with ABS. But that is not the brands initiative, but the government rules which will be enforced.
Powering the Yamaha R15 V3.0 is a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve petrol motor producing 19.3 PS of power @ 10000 RPM and 15 Nm of torque @ 8500 RPM matched to a 6-speed gearbox. This time, apart from fuel-injection which it already had, Yamaha has also introduced Variable Valves Actuation (VVA) in the motorcycle for optimum performance.
Yamaha is also offering a slipper assist clutch on the R15 V3. This will not only make the clutch operation lighter, but even help you attack corners with ease and not feeling nervous while downshifting.
Other features include a sharp & edgy styling, LED headlamp, LED tail lamp, short muffler, full digital instrument console, AHO, LED DRL, rear tyre hugger, front & rear disc brake, bubble effect windscreen, sporty fins on the fuel tank, etc. Yamaha will offer the YZF-R15 V3.0 only in two colour options – Racing Blue & Thunder Grey.
The highlight of the bike remains its deltabox chassis which gives it razor sharp dynamics. Coupled to an aluminium swing arm, wider tyres, and a wheelbase of 1,325mm; the R15 V3 is going to gain popularity very soon. The bike now weighs 139 kg, has a ground clearance of 170, seat height of 815mm and has a 11L fuel tank.
So, are you going to buy one?