Yamaha YZF R15 Variants

Get details of all Yamaha YZF R15 versions

At the first look itself the R15 resembles the flagship superbike of Yamaha, the R1. Being the youngest sibling of the R1, the R15 seems to be the most stunning entry level sportbike in the world. Wedded with a fully faired body kit that encloses the engine provides a sportiness handled by premium superbike. Before the launch of the R15, the Indian moto-industry was dominated by so called Pulsar and Karizma brand. But these machines didn't appeal to be genuine sportbikes by apperance.

Shutting down all suffocations, Yamaha launched the much anticipated R15 in 2008. Getting tagged a price amount of over Rs. 1 lakh, the machine proclaimed himself to the flagship machine of Indian two wheeler industry. Still, the pricing was unaffordable for ordinary people. But for the real motorcycle maniacs who wanted to be a superbike rider, this bike became a great promise to start up with. The R15 is approximately a crossover of the 1000 cc motorcycle, R1 and the special Indonesian edition, V-Ixion.

To smoothen the bike, Yamaha had borrowed a lot of features from its high engined super machines. The R15 was the first India made bike which offered cooling method in the engine. This helped stability in performance even in long drives, reduced vibration and ensures high quality ride. Its liquid cooled engine was surrounded by a water jacket that cooled the engine. The R15 was designed in such a way so that heat could be easily evaporated away from the engine.

The 149.8 cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve, single cylinder engine of the R15 was developed from the V-Ixion after some refinement processes. The machine generated a sporty power of 17 PS at 8500 rpm and a stunning torque of 15 Nm at 7500 rpm. It had a 6 speed transmission. These stunning measurements overtook the rest bikes so far rocked the Indian continent.

Additionally, the bike had many rare qualities those lacked in other Indian bikes. Being a Japan machine, the bike was extremely becoming a Japanese bike by nature. The dual headlamp with pilot headlights at both sides was more than gorgeous. Its 5 spoke alloy wheel carved attention even in the crowded area. Yamaha knew the Indian market very well. So introducing a machine without reasonable fuel efficiency would not be a profitable business in the country. So the consortium utilized the fuel injection technology to ensure a better mileage of around 40 kmpl.

Following the success of the bike, Yamaha launched the upgraded version of the R15, the R15 2.0 in 2011. The bike was much more than to been seen. Yamaha had had some great time to renovate the bike to be such a sporty beast. The major highlight of the bike was its split seat that cloned the bike along with other superbike. The youngest super beast of Yamaha got a couple of new ally wheels, graphics, LED tail lamp, new bigger tyres that increased the confidence of the rider. The company has done some minute operations concerned with the engine to rise up the initial power of the bike. Even though the power was increased, some refinements were done to maintain the economy of the bike.

Now the bike is expected to have its third renovation due to its criticism on the high split seat. The third generation R15 may hit the market soon this year.