Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 Review

Style of Yamaha R15

Yamaha has made a number of visible changes in R15 Version 2.0. The wider front tyre and darker visor are the important changes that differentiate R15 V 2.0 with its earlier version. Either side of the bike give the impression of being tremendously cool and sporty. The middle cowl has been redesigned to improve the aerodynamics and overall look of the bike.

For the first time Yamaha has given the aluminium swing arms at the back of the bike along with the features like new silencer with carbon finishing. The rear segment of the bike is enhanced and to a great extent it gives sportier look than any of its competitor. The fatty back tyre of the bike is a welcome feature which was needed desperately in this bike. A combination of the LED taillights, new split seat, mud guard are sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Instrument Console of Yamaha R15 Version 2.0

The console has two distinct divisions. The right side houses a circular analogue tachometer with black on white fonts that look beautiful when lit. The left side has a rectangular digital display with snitch lights and also features the odometer, twin trip meters and the fuel level indicator. Like all modern bikes, all the lights blink once and the tacho needle does a full swipe when the ignition is turned ‘ON’. The blue back light looks stunning at night. The switchgear is similar to all other bikes out there in the market.

Engine and Gearbox of Yamaha R15 :

There are no changes in this department which means the bike is powered by a 149.8 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke engine the R15 V2.0 has a maximum power of 17 PS at 8500 rpm and a maximum torque of 15 Nm at 7500 rpm, figures that stacks up well with other bikes of similar engine capacity. This engine is equipped with a six speed gearbox with one gear down and five gears up- shift pattern. The only factor of concern was the excessive engine heat that could be felt in our legs.

Acceleration Performance and Mileage:

Yamaha has faintly tweaked the engine, the gear-ratios are well spaced out and the shifts are faultless. What is noteworthy is the fact that the R15 V2.0 is as comfortable trundling along in second or third gear in congested city traffic as it is cruising all day long at 100 kph in sixth gear. The drive-ability inside the city is significantly improved over the previous version courtesy the strong low and mid range and that could well be because of the remapped ECU and the tweaked ratios. One can reach the top speed of 130km/hour with this bike .However the high end performance is nowhere near to Bajaj Pulsar 220 and Honda CBR 250R.After 6000rpm you can notice the slow behavior of the engine. In city conditions, the mileage of R15 ranges from 35-40km/ltr while on highways one can expect anything around 45-50km/ltr.

Comfort and safety features

The aerodynamic design of the bike allows the rider to bend forward with knees rolled back in perfect position. With its low seating, one can easily find a firm hold on this bike. There is no storage space in this bike. New seat is also very comfortable with foot pegs being placed much behind than normal. But if you are not used to the sporty seating posture could make you feel tired after just a couple of hours of driving. The dual headlights of R15 Version 2.0 allow you to get a clear view of roads at night and confirms you safe driving.

Suspension Braking and Handling

Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 has the same telescopic forks at its front with linked type mono-shocker at its back. The bike takes most of the bumps with ease and feels free to cross most of the speed breakers and potholes without any complain. The suspension system confirms that the high seated rider get stress free and comfortable ride. The braking system of this bike has been up-graded with bigger discs on its both wheels. The bike has a disk brake at its front while the rear disc brake is of 220mm. Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 now holds the road firmly and with its flawless suspension and ground clearance of 160mm, the bike offers you a very pleasant ride. Light and accurate handling of this bike has been the biggest USP of it and the new bike retains this quality.

Price of Yamaha R15 Version 2.0

Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 is priced at Rs. 1.07 lakhs (ex-showroom price in New Delhi), which is little higher in comparison to 2010 model of YZF-R15.

Important features of Yamaha R15 V2.0 :

  • 149.8cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine
  • Maximum power is 16.8 bhp (17 PS)
  • Maximum torque is 15 nm at 7500 rpm
  • All-new LED tail lamp which looks much better than 2010 model of YZF-R15
  • Fat rear tyre 130/70 R17, 4% less aerodynamic drag
  • Split seat which is now better cushioned, new graphics and decals
  • Seat height is now 790mm from 800mm
  • New ECU mapping for better pick-up and fuel efficiency
  • Wheelbase is now 1290mm from 1345mm
  • First 150cc Indian bike to feature aluminium swing arm
  • Price is Rs. 1,07,000 (Ex-showroom New Delhi)

Yamaha R15 Shades :

  • Racing Blue
  • Thundering Green
  • Invincible Black
  • Raring Red

Anju Singh