Yamaha R15 Review
Yamaha R15 is the most attractive entry-level sports bike by the Japanese manufacturer. The designing of the bike is inspired from the big sports bike of its series. It was first introduced in 2008 and it's 2.0 face-lift version was brought up in 2011. This little sports bike contains a 150cc refined engine of Yamaha with liquid cool technology and fuel injection system. This bike scores really well when it come to dynamics, power pack performance high technology along with handling.
Yamaha R15 is a perfect combination of smart body language with practicality. It the best high-performance bike in the 150cc segment of the bike due to its astounding sharp looks, and high technology and fuel-efficient powertrain.
The facelift lift version of R15 2.0 has gone through dense transformation mainly from the back portion. Its tail portion has been redesigned, which includes split seats, cable knit swingarm and refurbished broad tyres. Overall the bike looks more proportionate than its previous version and makes strong appearance in the crowd.
From the side portion it looks dashing due to its sharp cutting body cover along with the dark black exhaust. At the rear there is an aluminum bar fitted below the tail lamp, which hold the number plate and side indicator. For the riders information, it has an analog meter and the LCD which includes speedometer, RPM meter, fuel gauge etc. The bike head to toe measures 1970 mm X 670 mm X 1070 mm (L X W X H), and provides minimum ground clearance 160 mm.
Engine, Economy & Performance
It houses a 150cc power mill and this unit is probably best in its segment. The mill is capable of generating 17 PS @8500 rpm of power and peak torque of 15 Nm at 7500 rpm. Its powertrain is mated with six-speed transmission system with the wet multiple discs. As it has Yamaha's high performance engine, which is able to carry the bike from naught to 60 kmph in just 4.89 seconds and can hit the top speed of 130 kmph. It is a brilliant outcome from the engine of this capacity.
Yamaha is always known for its high-performance powertrain and confidence inspiring handling. The brand has fitted ten spoke alloy wheel of size 90/80-17 at the front portion and 130/70-R17 of tyre size at the rear portion, and at both the ends tubeless tyres are used to enhance the handling. The new split seat is fitted on appropriate height, which provides perfect riding position.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
In terms of braking and safety, this little sports bike holds a 267mm Hydraulic single disc brake at the front fascia and 220mm Hydraulic single disc at the rear profile. This disc braking setup provides adequate bite and feedback while hard braking, though the absence of Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) limits emergency stopping capabilities.
This tiny beast is the best motorcycle of its segment and also one of the most selling bikes of the Yamaha. R15 2.0 is a splendid package of power styling and fuel efficiency, which makes this bike gain stronger position in the market.