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The most powerful 150cc is finally off the wraps and is heading our way

Finally, it is here folks. Giving an end to all the renderings, spy shots and speculations, Yamaha launched the latest edition of the famed R15 globally in Indonesia and called it the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0.

The launch happened at the Sentul Circuit and the bike was revealed amidst the brand’s WSBK 9-time world champion Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales and the CEO Yamaha Motor Corp Japan, Yanagi.

When the YZF - R15 rolled in 2008, Yamaha gathered enough success as it managed to capture the market leader boards. It gave us a product that was like a gateway for riders to get into the motorsport arena with this fully faired motorcycle having a powerful 150 cc mill. A lot of young riders opted for this superbike looker having a decent engine with high levels of refinement Yamaha is known for.

It received a facelift in 2011 and the R15 V2.0 received a lot of pomp and fair due to its striking design which now looked even sharper with very acute angles from every corner of the motorcycle. Off late, the R15 lost its lustre because of the insane amount of competition but that is about to change.

Some, including myself, were not very impressed with the V2.0. Yamaha somehow managed to screw up the maturity with regards to visuals on the V2.0 to make it look more toy-like. Luckily, the launch has the answer and we couldn’t have been much happier.

  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-1
  • Displacement:
    155 cc
  • Top Speed:
    87 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    INR 130000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • Overall:
    8.5/10

STYLING

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With the V3.0, the engineers at the Japanese Blue team have literally started off with an empty canvas and created a machine that looks sharper and grown up. The visual cues have been taken over from other siblings including the YZF R125 and the YZF R6, the V3.0 is surely one of the bikes to look out for in 2017.

Yamaha wants to bring in a lot of segment first including LED lighting, digital blue-lit instrumentation and fully faired new body panels including a faux air intake in between the headlight unit. This is the first time the R15 moniker receives thin eyes in the form of an all-LED headlamp cluster. The bike comes equipped with the Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) as required by the regulations.

The huge air scoop in between the headlamps is not for any kind of performance issues but only as an aesthetic element. And I personally think it was a good call taken by Yamaha. Wide rear view mirrors prove efficient and the windshield should deflect air around the rider’s face. The all new side fairings are designed to improve the thermal efficiency of the engine and at the same time look striking enough to kill by the looks. That is killing two birds with one stone.

The V3.0 is blessed with an all-digital blue-lit instrument panel that gives the rider all the information under the sun including an odometer, trip meter, fuel trip meter, instant and average fuel economy, speedometer and tachometer. Along with all this, the R15 has a segment first Shift Timing Indicator, a VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) indicator (that indicates the rider after engine operates above 7400 rpm), a greeting in the form of “Hi Buddy” which can be customised by the rider, gear position and temperature indicators.

All new fuel tank design has a split feature with a plastic insert running the entire length of the tank at the centre. R1 inspired fins on the tank look absolutely stunning. The split two-up seat configuration is an improved version of the outgoing model and is well padded to give ample amount of comfort levels. Only the Racing Blue version gets the alloys also coloured in the blue hue.

At the rear, brand new LED taillight cluster is seen, taken over from the R26 and the R6 line-up. The exhaust muffler, borrowed from the M-Slaz, carries a simple straightforward design with carbon-fibre finishing touches on it apart from the ones on the side panel.

Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Length 1990mm 1970mm 2050mm 2000mm
Width 725mm 670mm 785mm 825mm
Height 1135mm 1070mm 1085mm 1120mm
Wheelbase 1325mm 1345mm 1330mm 1305mm
Seat height 815mm 800mm 780mm 785mm
Wet weight 137kg 136kg 139kg 138kg

POWERTRAIN

The outgoing model had an engine that has proven its mettle all these years as an excellent tractable mill, but in today’s age, the bike felt a bit underpowered, especially when the competitors are moving up in the game of horsepower. Nevertheless, the blokes at Yamaha have heard us and have updated the moniker with a bigger engine.

The power mill is getting a major overhaul and will feature a brand new 155cc mill that will pump out more power and torque than the V2.0. Obviously. It is said to give out a healthy 20 bhp @10000 rpm while the peak torque could be bumped up to 15 Nm @8500 rpm. This is a 3 bhp bump from the outgoing model making this the most powerful motorcycle in the segment.

Inspired by the R25, this engine has a new symmetry which is an over square version of the outgoing model. Moreover, the piston position is at a slight offset and because of this, the Tinggi piston will have low sliding resistance. This will also affect the forces on the connecting rod being much more linear than the conventional cylinder design. This also reduces engine noise and minimises engine vibrations. All of this will improve rider comfort levels and lesser maintenance issues.

The Variable Valve actuates outside the 7400 rpm range and the throttle response is sharper than ever. All this power is transmitted through a 6-speed gearbox via a chain link. What is also new is that the bike is equipped with assist slipper clutch to prevent wheel hopping and lock during aggressive engine braking conditions.

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Capacity cc 155.1 149 154.9 149.4
Bore/ Stroke mm 58/58.7 57/58.7 56/62.9 63.5/47.2
Output 20 bhp @ 10000 rpm 18 bhp @ 8500 rpm 16 Bhp @ 8000 rpm 18 bhp @ 10500 rpm
Torque 15 Nm @ 8500 rpm 15 Nm @7500 rpm 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm 13 Nm @ 8500 rpm
Type single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 2 valve single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4 valve
Clutch type Wet- Multiplate with slipper Wet Multiple-disc Multi-plate wet Multi-plate wet
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

This latest iteration of the R15 series continues to use the Deltabox frame. The clip-on handlebar and the footpeg position command a sporty riding position. The V3.0 comes fitted with the aluminium swingarm and linked mono shock rear suspension, which together form the best hardware for an entry level performance motorcycle. The motorcycle feels stable in all the conditions and can be regarded as the best handler in its class.

At the front, the bike makes use of a 37mm Upside-Down fork connected to a meaty 17” wheels that carry a 100/80 rubber. At the rear, we have a 140/70 tyre. The 2017 edition still misses on the ABS feature, and we hope it comes on it once the regulations make it mandatory. A 282mm front and 240mm rear discs have ample catch to get this R15 to a halt.

Although it is difficult to judge the handling prowess of this bike, yet, it is not so for us to give it to the motorcycle for being the sportiest version available under the 150cc belt. And at a low 137 kilos, it is not going to be tough to flick this around winding roads or crunching apexes.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 Suzuki Gixxer SF FI Honda CBR 150r
Suspesion / Front 37mm Upside-Down fork Telescopic Telescopic Telescopic
Suspension / Rear Monoshcok Swing Arm, Mono Suspension Linked type Monocross Spring Loaded Hydraulic Type (Monoshock)
Brakes / Front 282mm Single disc 282mm Single disc 282mm Single disc 276mm Single disc
Brakes / Rear 240mm Single disc 240mm Single disc 240mm Single disc 276mm Single disc
Tyres / Front 100/80-17M/C 52P 90/80-17 100/80 - 17 100/80-17M
Tyres / Rear 140/70-17M/C 66S 130/70-R17 140/60R - 17 140/70-17M

PRICE

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No official announcements have been made regarding the price or India launch dates. But as speculations run high, we believe that the motorcycle will be priced at ₹1.3-1.4 lakh and will hit our showrooms at the end of February. We hope Yamaha can price it aggressively to throw the entire segment out of gear.

The bike will come with three colour options: Matte Black, Yamaha Racing Blue and Matte Red.

COMPETITION

Coming from the same country are two other 150s’. One is another 150 cc motorcycle that recently made its entry into the country. The Suzuki Gixxer SF FI was the first hit for this Japanese after the Acess 125. It was the most affordable fully faired motorcycle in the country and eventually became a sure shot hit too.

The other is Honda’s attempt at meeting all the demands by launching a performance oriented motorcycle in the premium end of the 150cc segment with the CBR 150R. The motorcycle was launched on the lines of the higher positioned CBR 250R, sharing the overall design language and several components.

Suzuki Gixxer SF FI

The Gixxer SF has already received a number of accolades and compliments owing to its sharp and brawny design, with the beautifully added front full fairing. The full fairing at the front does its job of upsizing the Gixxer SF FI as a supersport motorcycle effectively, though the curvaceous design of the fairing looks a bit pale in comparison to the rest of the bike’s design.

On the Gixxer SF FI, Suzuki has a powerful single cylinder, air cooled, 155cc engine, which has been shared with the naked version, the Gixxer. Suzuki has introduced fuel injection system on this engine for the Gixxer SF FI, which makes it the first mass-market fuel injected motorcycle from Suzuki in India. It produces 16 bhp of power and 14 Nm of torque. However, as with other fuel injected engines, then powertrain here definitely feels more responsive in the entire rev range, with crisper throttle responses and better fuel economy over the carbureted version of the same. The mill is coupled to the same 5-speed gearbox of the Gixxer, with no changes to the gear ratios.

Honda CBR 150R

The original CBR 150R was launched in 2012 and was designed completely on the lines of the quarter litre Honda, CBR 250R. It looks purposeful and has a good stance. From the sides, the inspiration from the CBR 250R continues to exist, with the design of the full fairing, fuel tank and side panels being exactly the same as that of the CBR 250R.

The Honda CBR 150R is powered by a new liquid-cooled 149.4cc liquid motor with a 4-valve head, the engine has been programmed with Honda’s fuel injection (PGM-FI) which has improved the overall fuel efficiency of the motorcycle and also enhanced the overall performance and power delivery of the motorcycle. The 150 cc engine generates 18 bhp @ 10500rpm and 12.66 Nm @8500rpm. The engine has been mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with shorter gear ratios to enhance the fun quotient of this baby CBR.

VERDICT

Yamaha wants to show everyone that they are still in the 150cc game with the launch of the V3.0. And by the looks of it, we have no reason to believe otherwise. This motorcycle, when launched, single handed got Yamaha up and running in the Indian two-wheeler segment after the stint from the RX series.

There is no other motorcycle in the segment that looks as grown-up as the V3.0 and it leaves the rest of its contenders high and dry. This will surely make them run back to their drawing boards and amp up the tempo in the entry-level sportbike segment.

With the stylish, chiselled looks and bigger, refined engine, this bike makes the perfect formula for success and will not falter at bringing a wide grin on the rider’s face.

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Source: TMC blog

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