Indian bike riders can afford to give a stretched smile for they can really do some cash saving if they are to buy Yamaha YZF R15 bike.
The Yamaha Motor India is mulling with the idea of slashing the price of the bike. The Yamaha YZF-R15 might be launched Rs. 10,000 cheaper by the bike maker. Yamaha is planning to launch the 2011 YZF R15 bike by ten grand rupees. The bike maker believes that the already hugely popular bike with a bit of price revisiting will become even more popular. The bike major would have thought that 1 lakh price for the R15 is kind of acting as a mental block amongst Indian middle class buyers and keeping it under a lakh would help in eliminating the mental block if any.
The 2011 R15 that was rumored would be launched in January 2011 itself but for unknown reasons has been pushed further and enthusiasts will have to wait some more.
The tweaks that will include in the 2011 YZF R15 are wider rear tyre, split seat with a raised rear seat. The exhaust shield will be a newer version (?) with a rear-wheel hugger, and the wheels will be new alloy-wheel with LED tail lamps.
The in-market R15 runs on a single-cylinder, 4-valved 149.8 cc SOHC engine that can produce maximum power of 17 PS @ 8500 rpm and generate a torque of 15 Nm @ 7500 rpm and with low kerb weight of 120 kg it gives a mileage of 40 kmpl (other 150 cc bikes weigh over 130 kg).
Speculations about 2011 YZF R15 featuring enhanced power and torque are doing rounds. Yamaha’s move of shaving off price and putting it under 1 lakh bracket will help raise the popularity of R15 brand, especially when Honda’s CBR250R 250cc super bike coming with around 1.5 laks price bracket. Yamaha believes the price cut will give the R15 much needed boost and attract middle and premium segment bike enthusiasts.