They say history repeats as the three tuning forks that Yamaha have as their logo seems to be resonating in clear frequency, though a bit sharper and louder as the years go by. As we know, the tuning forks symbolize unity in technology, production and sales, which in turn musically translates to unification in melody, harmony and rhythm. It generally deciphers all three must work together in unison for better functionality.
Yamaha RX100 was one the first ever street bikes I fell for. The tragedy is they are not manufactured due to emission norms and ban on two-stroke engines, but these norms certainly made Yamaha’s growth stronger in the two wheeler segment. They are really up-to-date technology wise and seem to be producing new and exciting bikes. The Yamaha 135 enjoyed some good seasons too. The New Yamaha R15 in India is overall thought to represent the R6 series and definitely holds a promising future and should be uplifting the brand name Yamaha as it stands bright at the moment.
If we go back, Yamaha R15 was the first of its kind which was introduced to the Indian market and had the true essence and qualities of a sports bike. The spirit of this bike and the anticipation it sets to the launch of the New Yamaha R15 in India is really worth the wait. The New Yamaha R15 is designed to have superlative balance and performance enhanced modifications. Although, it represents all what the R6 had, it sure is a sports bike in itself and seems to carve an identity of its own. The expected date for its launch was supposed to be in March or April of this year, but now it seems the launch would be some time this year end or the beginning of next year.
Currently, Team Yamaha enjoys huge success in the MotoGP racing segment with Lorenzo and previously with Valentino Rossi for many seasons. As a true racing fan, I fee sad for Rossi’s departure to Ducati, but happy as Lorenzo and Spies are doing a good job keeping up brand Yamaha’s name.
The Yamaha New R15 sports looks like an all new bike including an all new headlamp arrangement, new engine, 10 spoke alloy wheels, split seat, instrumentation cluster brand new, new stickers and graphics plus also expected to have new shades. Considering it is a facelift of R6, am still not worried with fingers crossed and tightly sitting here expecting the launch some time this year end or the start of next year.
Design of the New Yamaha R15
To visualize the performance of the existing R series is the purpose of introducing the Yamaha New R15 in India, and this bike seems to have the qualities of the R6 embedded in it. The shape of the Delta box chassis is straight and might be considered a visual delight and representation of an expression the previous bikes carried. It also consists of a rigid frame. When sighted from the side, one can get the impression that the centre of gravity has been shifted to the front of the tyres. It also shows how the front tyres really grip on to the road and the balance it creates in its overall performance. One can say the soul of the R series bikes has been totally transferred to the New Yamaha R15 series. With the addition of new graphics and styling, the resonance is smoother and a song in itself.
The New Yamaha R15 in India will be powered by a 149.8 cc fuel injected liquid cooled engine. It will churn out 22 bhp with a maximum torque expected of 19 Nm, which is a trendsetter in the 150 cc segment.
The New Yamaha R15 will have bright colours namely yellow, blue and red.
The New Yamaha R15 price in India is expected to be Rs. 1,15,000.
- Displacement: 149.8 cc.
- Engine: Liquid cooled, four stroke.
- Maximum Power: 22 Bhp.
- Maximum Torque: 19 Nm.
- Gears: 6 speed manual.
- Clutch: Wet plate.
- Bore: 57.
- Stroke: 58.7.
- Valve per cylinder: 4.
- Chassis type: Delta box frame.
- Cooling type: Liquid Cooling.
- Carburettor: NA.
- Fuel tank capacity: 12 litres.
- Headlamp: 12V35W/ 35W35W.
- Battery Type: Maintenance free.
- Horn: Dual.
- Wheel type: Alloys.
- Tyres: Tubeless.
- Front suspension: Telescopic.
- Rear suspension: Linked type monocross.
- Front brakes: 240 mm disc brakes.
- Rear brakes: Hydraulic, single disc.
- Fuel guage: Digital.
- Ignition: Self start:
- Tachometer: Analogue.
- Trip meter: Digital.
- Speedometer: Digital.