Yamaha launched its R15 sports bike last year and put an end to all the speculation. The new YZF-R15 has been developed around a contemporary design that gives the bike a sporty image keeping the YZF-R series trend alive. The vehicle guarantees to be performance oriented and features high-level balance while riding on wriggly roads too. Yamaha YZF-R15 also scores second place in being a 6- geared vehicle. The bike in most ways is similar to Yamaha R1 and it is intentionally made so, but it has exceptional features that set it apart from the previous bikes.
No big deal! But how does the Yamaha YZF R15 look like?
The bike has upheld its characteristic trait- visual expression of performance or the “R design”. The bike displays a strong bodyline that is set straight from the rear axle to the pivot leading to the head pipe. This forms a visual depiction of alignment of the Deltabox frame, which adds up to the solid frame.
The surface of the tank and the side panel looks as if the central weight is shifted to the front tire and this gives us an idea of how the tire can hold a strong grip on the road. To improve radiator capability the shape of the cowling was engineered in a way to optimise the air intake area and rear outlet area from where the air emits. The outlet and mid-cowl areas are devised by using 3D or three-dimensional effect to give an impression of volume. But if you take a glance at the bike from front the volume looks greater than the 150cc engine. Overall the bike is a combination of image and performance.
Ok! Then what’s the engine power and performance of Yamaha YZF R15?
The bike fully loaded with a 150cc, 4-stroke, SOHC and a single cylinder fuel-injected engine that features liquid cooling, which enables steady performance, decreases vibration and gives a comfortable ride. The maximum power delivery is 17 bhp at 8500 rpm and the torque can touch up to 15 Nm at 7500 rpm.
The DiASil cylinder and forged piston are entirely aluminium built that is a typical trait of all Yamaha sports bike. This feature facilitates heat dissipation, lowers the risk of engine power loss and makes it fuel-efficient. The piston undergoes a forging process to achieve a lightweight design. The DiASil cylinder has a specially designed surface that helps increase oil consumption and reduce oil evaporation.
Handling of YZF R15
The Deltabox frame offers solid rigidity and great balance that gives you a comfortable riding experience. The linked type monocross suspension delivers dextrous handling, turning and avoids bottoming out. The new suspension is a mechanism that is aligned between the rear arm and cushion unit that alters the lever ratio in accordance to lever effect. This alteration in the lever ration enables you to have a comfortable and a smooth ride.
The Yamaha YZF R15 is priced between Rs 90,000-1 lakh, and the bike is available in loveable Yamaha Blue and the graphite colors.
The bike definitely is at the top of the list for youngsters when compared to Pulsar and the Karizma. And the ride seems to be blissful on YZF R15 when you accelerate at 120/kmph. So ready for a Yamaha drive?