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Yamaha YZF R15 Review- Getting more from less

Yamaha YZF R15 was the most awaited motorcycle to come to India. When it was launched in 2008, Yamaha earned a lot of credit for offering so much to a 150cc motorcycle. Yamaha YZF R15 has its presence in other parts of the world where its an entry level sport bike for beginners those who want to get hands on bigger machines like the Yamaha R6 and the mighty Yamaha YZF R15. When YZF R15 comes to India and other Asian countries it’s placed in the premium sport category. R15 has DNA matching to its big brothers the YZF series from Yamaha family.

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Yamaha YZF-R15 is inspired with its family member the Yamaha YZF R1; it’s a perfect race machine on the street.You may not choose the Yamaha YZF-R15 for daily routine commutation.

Favorite Features

  • Delta Box Frame
  • Engine Component’s
  • BHP

Yamaha Motors India brought many new things for the first time on the Indian road. It was the first bike to be in the entry level superbike category, first Indian bike to get a liquid cooled engine, 4 valve and Delta box a frame technology that comes straight from the Yamaha R1. Yamaha gave too many things to a 149.8cc engine. After installing performance part all-round the engine the Yamaha YZF R15 throws out 17bhp and a max torque of 15nm @ 7500rpm. The engine gets its power to rear wheel through 6 speed race optimized gear box. R15 is the most powerful sportbike available in the 150cc category and is also the most priced. Yamaha YZF R15 price in India goes up to Rs 1,20,000 on road, pricing may vary according to state and city.

Looks and Design

Most of us in India must have seen the mighty Yamaha YZF R15 in India. Most of the motorcycle enthusiasts are aware of where does the Yamaha YZF R15 stands on the global level; it’s on the topmost pyramid of the food chain where it has no competition. Our subject, the Yamaha YZF R15, is the smaller version of the R1 designed by Yamaha Motors in India. Yamaha YZF R15 in India has a respectful position. With international standards Yamaha brought the ride to India keeping its pricing well within the reach and that’s the reason why we see so many R15 ruling the Indian street.

The R15 borrows its R factor directly from the Yamaha R1. All of the R series of Yamaha motorcycles has wide front which keeps its rider protected, the seat design allows rider to be flexible on the seat which allows them to be in a better position while cornering. The tail design is super glamorous and allows airflow management behind the rider all of these features backed with a performing engine takes the rider closest to race track performance on street.

The most important style component on a bike is its face appearance. The front face of the Yamaha YZF R15 has head lamps which look like eyes of an angry eagle; the headlamp design reflects style found on the R1. The windshield and the placement of mirrors take the R15 most near to Yamaha R1. Yamaha YZF R15 is designed to play a dual role, a bike which runs on city streets and is often taken to race tracks. Thus the YZF R1 is the meeting point of race performance and city practicality. In India not many people have many options available in there stable where they can choose a ride for sport performance and another for daily commutation. Most of motorcycle buyers buy motorcycles in India for going to work and on week end they use the same ride for leisure activity. The Yamaha YZF R15 fits perfect in the slot where daily commuters want to add a fun to their daily riding. The side cowl nicely covers the powerplant and is also stylish. Yamaha Motors India has painted the engine with silver; it would look richer if the engine come dipped in black.

Gauge is a combination of digital and needle like it is in the Yamaha R1. To the left is a digital speedometer which shares its display with fuel level calculator and trip calculator. On to the right rests a large tachometer with a needle, the needle touching the red really gives and exciting feel.


Yamaha YZF R15 in India like in other international market is offered with Yamaha Delta Box frame design which is seen on Yamaha’s other motorcycles with larger displacement. The riding position is sporty and the feel of a sport bike starts pumping the moment you take the rider seat. The riding is sporty and makes the rider look cool. Footpeg are made to rest behind in accordance to the seat. Riders don’t have to try hard to reach the handle bar or bend for it as it’s the case in most of the superbikes, thus the YZF R1 gives an upright position which allows the rider to take the bike for long cruising ride. Yamaha YZF R15 looks a bit less only from rear. Its tail light and rear side indicators could have been made better to match the overall sporty styling. Another thing that drops the sporty look from the rear is its rear tyre. The rear tyre is to skinny to be equipped on the muscular styled, YZF R1.


The side Cowl covers a fuel injected 149.8cc engine which produces 17bhp and a max torque of 15 nm when the engine runs at 7500rpm. The performance of this Yamaha is comparable to those motorcycles which Yamaha Motors in India used to produces in the 80’s and 90’s. There are many people in India, including my self, who have reworked on the old Yamaha two stoke engine and still use them as they are still positioned as powerful machines. Special engine feature includes liquid cooling which helps the engine to keep a constant performance level on a power ride where the bike continuously run over 7500 rpm. Liquid cooling also helps lesser noise from the engine so that you can engine pure notes from exhaust.

Another important feature that enables these small and light 150cc engines to handle so much of power is Yamaha’s use of DiASil Technology. Yamaha makes the cylinders using all aluminum which is Yamaha exclusive die casting technology. the conventional iron sleeves are replaced with aluminum alloys which is made up of 20% silicon which creates a very hard smooth and reliable surface where piston can churn. Also made out of aluminum the cylinder is light in weight keeping the overall weight low.

Yamaha has used “Controlled Forging” where Yamaha as patented the forging process making the piston lighter, thinner and lives longer. More bhp is received through fuel injection system which uses 3 liter air duct, providing efficient combustion thrust, hence more bhp from small piece of metal.

Chassis and Suspension

Yamaha YZF R15 in India comes with a sporty monocross suspension which is smooth for city riding yet its sporty and firm on tracks. R15 is built around Delta Box Frame. The Delta Box Frame is found on the Yamaha R series of motorcycles with higher displacement. Delta Box is a design where the engine acts like a part of the frame and adds strength to the chassis. The frame design also ensures that the rider has lowest possible vibration level from the engine.


This Yamaha is a 150cc motorcycle, a normal 150cc motorcycle in India gives 50kmpl but the Yamaha manages to give out only 35kmpl. The engine is highly tuned for performance and not for fuel efficiency, for a sport bike its better to tradeoff the engine fuel efficiency for power.

The Bottom Line

Yamaha YZF-R15 in India is the street performer who was born on tracks. YZF R15 has brought back the lost image of power which once Yamaha had in India. That’s not all Yamaha Motors in India offers performance kit for the R15 which includes larger disc plates, exhausts and throttle bodies. Most of the Indians would think the price tag is too much for a 150cc motorcycle but then the 150cc gives out power similar to a 200 and is perfect in every sense.

Overall Rating

Value: 5 out of 5
Reliability: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Performance: 5 out of 5
Styling: 4 out of 5
Comfort: 4 out of 5

Yamaha YZF-R15 Specification

Displacement: 149.8cc
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
Maximum Power: 17 Bhp @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 15 Nm @ 7500 rpm
Gears: 6 Manual
Clutch: Wet Plate
Bore x Stroke: 57 x 58.7
No. of Cylinders: 1
Valve Per Cylinder: 4
Chassis Type: Deltabox Frame
Cooling Type: Liquid Cooling
0 to 60:
3.20 sec.
Weight: 131.00 kg
Ground Clearance: 160.00 mm
Fuel Tank: 12.00 ltrs
Wheelbase: 1290.00 mm
Headlamp: 12V35W
Wheel Type: Alloys
Wheel Size: 80/90 / 100/80 mm
Suspension(Front): Telescopic
Suspension(Rear): Linked type Monocross
Brakes: 240mm Disc
Brakes(Rear): Hydraulic, single disc

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3 Responses

  1. I am talll so the R15 looks like a small bike in front of me but when i rided the bike it felt good but my hands pained because in the long handle bars it is a problem. there is no gud pikup at low speeds but go above 60 and pikup is nice. I loved the meters. blue luks kewl.

  2. hey plz help me out which one is good yamaha r15 or pulsar220f…….

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