Many a time’s news is a rumor before it turns into reality. According to industry clued people the new updated version of the Yamaha R15 for 2011 will be easy on pockets and this could raise the excitement level for Yamaha followers. The price of the new 2011 R15 may be brought down by Rs10,000.
The 2011 facelift of the R15 cues to the Yamaha YZF-R6. The new 2011 R15 in India will be similar to those found in US and UK, with sporty split seats, redesigned tailing with LED tail lamp. The rear will receive new tyre hugger and flatter and beefier rubber. The 2011 Yamaha R15 will be in its best shape with 10 spoke alloy wheels, larger looking silencer and replacement of rear number plate that falls in the same pattern found on most of the sports bikes. Most of the changes will be seen on the visuals, the powerplant will remain the same generating 17bhp @ 8500rpm.
This is the right time for Yamaha to rectify all the visual flaws on the R15 as its there are more entry level sport bikes offered such as the Kawasaki Ninja 250R and the Honda CBR 250R.
Apart from R15 Yamaha is also under process to bring 250cc street bike based on the FZ-16. This 250cc motorcycle will be using rear discs and pricing may settle at Rs13,000 which is expected to be launched in mid 2011.
We can see brighter future for Yamaha in India as they are under process to get powersport scooters to India that may be priced at Rs60,000.
Yamaha had to take an aggressive call to maintain its market impage for producing faster machines. With new models from Honda and Kawasaki, Yamaha is face-lifting it’s YZF R15 and is also making it cheaper for 2011. If Yamaha India really gets this little sports machine out on the roads, it will be a grab for Yamaha lovers and for all those who want to reach closest to performance of race bikes.