Yamaha had given us a chance to test the R15 at first just on the track, so we couldn’t give you an exact portrayal of what the bicycle might be want to possess. Presently, we at long last found the opportunity to test it in the city and up some twisty segments away and the new R15 is a major change. The R1/R6-enlivened R15 is beautiful sight – the outline is sharp and proportionate.
We are likewise eased to find that the double LED headlights are sufficiently intense to illuminate the street well around evening time. Assist perception demonstrates that the fairing is cunningly intended to keep refuse out of the paunch dish. All things considered, reasonableness isn’t extraordinary – the V3.0’s back seat is still too high to sit easily for long. Yet, that is alright, as the exquisite transparent tail segment looks surprisingly better with an empty back seat. At the front, the V3.0 has a gorgeous cockpit, and R1 motivation can be found in the tank’s gills, the handlebar’s empty openings and the considerable air pocket visor.
Be that as it may, there are additionally a few things we didn’t care for. The plastics appear to be very thin and after that there are the appalling, uneven welds in uncovered spaces like the front subframe. The seat sewing on our test bicycle was at that point surrendering, and keeping in mind that this could be a consequence of wear, the bicycle had secured just 1,200km. The locking system for the removable rider situate feels very shaky as well. In spite of the fact that general quality levels are still very great, they’re a drop from the benchmark that Yamaha themselves set with items like the first R15 and FZ16.
The double LED headlights are sufficiently great to illuminate the street well around evening time.
The R15 V3.0 runs a 155cc, fluid cooled, SOHC, four-valve engine with another admission and fumes framework, and the cool Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). To place it in relatable terms, VVA enhances the motor’s low-end tractability, while keeping the best end flood that was tremendously adored in the old R15s.
The V3.0 likewise includes a slip-and-help grasp that functions admirably and makes downshifting rapidly through the exact six-speed gearbox easy. This blend of a substantial engine, smooth-moving gearbox and light, 139kg kerb weight, results in a snappy 150cc bike. With 19.3hp, execution will undoubtedly be solid and the R15 is currently the snappiest quickening 150cc bicycle we’ve ever tried, completing 0-100kph of every 10.7sec. The bicycle will indicate upwards of 140kph on the show and is very cheerful to sit at 110kph for expanded periods without sounding or feeling unforgiving.
The motor feels similarly as free-revving as you’d trust and anticipate from a R15, however we’ve seen that the additional execution accompanies an extremely slight diminishing in refinement – minor buzz creeps into the bars, pegs and seat once you begin playing with the redline. Joyfully, VVA appears to have helped proficiency as well and the R15 restored a better than average 37.2kpl (city) and 49.7kpl (expressway) in our test cycle.
The riding position is currently more dedicated than any other time in recent memory, with bring down set clasp ons and a higher seat (815mm). A throbbing painfulness are a conviction if (like me) you’re not fit, but rather there are likewise numerous in addition to focuses like the feeling of control, and, obviously, the cool factor of looking all scandalous on your cruiser.
In the event that you will live with the forceful riding position, this is a standout amongst other sub-Rs 1.5 lakh bicycles at a bargain today.
Be that as it may, it goes past just looks, with a more forceful directing rake point additionally honing the experience. In spite of the fattest tires ever fitted to a R15, its progression feel caution and quick. The bicycle darts into corners easily, and it does as such in an empowering way without giving you a startle. As a novice’s games bicycle, it doesn’t improve than this. The bicycle we were riding had a MRF Zapper FX1 tire in advance and the discretionary (Rs 9,998, yet it tends to be discovered less expensive on the web) Metzeler Sportec M5 raise tire. The stock MRF alternative is not any more spiral, as was seen on the V2.0.
While the 282mm plate in advance and 220mm circle at the back offer conventional braking execution, we woefully miss having ABS, and this is our greatest issue with this cruiser. With all that execution situated taking care of, we’re glad to report that the suspension comfort is still extremely sensible. Little knocks and blemishes are drenched up great, yet the back stun (non-customizable, likewise with the R15 V2.0) feels a little firm when contrasted with the V2.0. This bodes well, given that the movement for the back has lessened from 105mm to 97mm.
The R15 V3.0 has a considerable measure making it work – it looks dazzling, is brisk for its class, handles well and still returns great fuel-productivity figures. Other than a couple of value issues and the absence of ABS, it is elusive blame with this bicycle. Its Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) sticker price is sensible for what’s on offer, and the main rivalry originates from the correspondingly valued Bajaj Pulsar RS200. On the off chance that you will live with the forceful riding position, this is a standout amongst other sub-Rs 1.5 lakh bicycles at a bargain today.