|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||155cc||Manual||19.3PS @ 10000RPM||15NM @ 5500RPM||37kmpl|
Since from the kick-start of R15 in the year of 2008, it has been the best beginner sport motorcycle over the years still now in its segment. After much anticipation over the years, the Tuning Fork logo brand has launched the next iteration of its beginner’s sportbike the R15 V3.0. The new version is also a complete track machine like the previous generation models and it is now meaner, faster and sexier than the old ones. While compared to the older version, Version 3.0 is completely new in both design and mechanical aspects. The design cues are taken from its flagship model the Yamaha R1 which competes in the WSBK Racing, the highest level of road racing with the factory bikes with the customized racing kit. The only thing that the newcomer withholds is the same Deltabox frame which has also been made some geometrical changes for improved stability in high speeds and also in the corners.
There’s no doubt that R15 V3.0 is the best looking motorcycle in its segment. Compared to its older siblings, the new vehicle is given a complete retreat in aesthetic appeal. Starting off from the front end, the V3.0 gets a split headlight set up with full LED headlamps in which the R1/R6 inspired air duct sits perfectly in the centre. The shape of the windshield is bent more aerodynamically than before and gives a clear vision when tucked ourselves onto the bike. The dual-tone paint job on the fuel tank and the side fairing looks more appealing and the gills on both sides of the tank are taken straight from its litre-class model. The analogue tacho and digital speedometer combo have been now replaced with a fully digital instrument cluster that provides all the basic details. The height of the pillion seat is also lowered as compared to the height of its older version whereas the rear section along with the tail light assembly looks more similar to that of its flagship model.
The R15 V3.0 gets a feature-rich fully digital instrument cluster with the rpm level indicator raises from the left lower part of the cluster to the right top of the cluster and the maximum rev limiter goes up to 13000rpm. Odometer reading, Dual trip meters, and an additional reserve trip meter (which replaces the trip 2 when the fuel reaches below the reserve level) are displayed on the bottom left side whereas the speed and fuel are indicated on the right side of the cluster. There is a gear position indicator on the top left of the cluster that shows up in which gear we’re riding the bike. Apart from all these features, the V3.0 gets a segment-first gear shift indicator which is placed on top of the cluster that blinks when the rpm level is reached to its higher limit. The upside-down fork has been replaced with the traditional telescopic fork to keep up the price competitively in its segment.
The third-generation R15 comes with dual discs with the stopping power at the front comes from the 282mm disc with two-piston floating calliper whereas the rear disc 220mm operated by a single-piston floating calliper. The newer version is equipped with dual-channel ABS as a standard option which is a mandatory safety feature in India for the two-wheelers above 125cc.
The updated model not only gets its revision on aesthetic design but also mechanically the engine is completely redesigned to meet more power values. The new plant is a 155cc engine that produces 19.3PS of power at 10000rpm and 15Nm of torque at 8500rpm. The new engine also comes with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) to delivery maximum mileage in the low and mid-end speeds and extract maximum power output in the higher revs. The power from the engine is transferred to the transmission unit through a wet multi-plate clutch that is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Along with this, Yamaha has also given an Assist and Slipper clutch that helps in reducing the wheel slip while downshifting the gears hard. The punchy power comes while in the initial revs and at the higher rpm where the power delivery very fast and the mid-range is soft and smooth. The exhaust has also been re-tuned to a softer voice and the early grunt wakes up beyond 7500rpm when the VVA getting actuated is loud and like a piece of sweet music to the ears that asks us to ride the bike harder than before.
The Yamaha R15 V3.0 delivers a maximum mileage of 39kmpl in the city roads driven both slowly and hardly. While taking it on the highways and cruising at the constant speeds the newer version delivers up to 43kmpl which is the best ever achieved mileage in the Yamaha’s beginner sportbike.
The V3.0 gets a more aggressive and sporty riding position and the footpegs are pulled more rear set that helps the rider to achieve a more committed riding posture. But the same rear-set footpegs will tire you early when you take the vehicle for a long ride. Both the rider and pillion seats are well-padded and cushioned that doesn’t hurt the bum even in the hectic city traffics. It also uses the same Deltabox frame with some geometrical changes makes the bike nimble around the corners whereas the revised rake and trail angles are of more convenient while hitting the race tracks.
The R15 V3 has been one of the most highly anticipated motorcycles for some time now, and after a long and excruciating wait, we have managed to review the motorcycle. A lot of facts related to the specs and features of the motorcycle have been available in the public domain for a very long time now – so in this review, we’ll try to focus on our experience with the bike, and try and answer some questions which weren’t hitherto answered. Let’s get going then with this very detailed review of the R15, which will be supported in places by videos for a more involving experience for you.