Yamaha R15 V3 was launched in India for INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom) and after the recent price hike, the bike is now available for INR 1.27 lakh. The 155cc, SuperSport inspired machine claims class leading performance and this sport bike stunned everyone with its ability to perform under such restricted engine displacement. Here are pros and cons of the Yamaha R15 Version 3.0.
R15 V3 Pros & Cons
List of Pros of R15 V3
1) Looks & Style
Yamaha R15 V3 looks stunning with its track bike inspired looks and class leading design lines. They have infused DNA of bigger R1 and R6 into this lightweight racer as one could clearly see those wing styled rear panels and slim LED tail light design.
2) Variable Valve Actuation
Yamaha is using VVA on their new 155.1cc, liquid cooled and fuel injected engine. This helps R15 V3 deliver linear power throughout the rev band. Before 6000 rpm, a different cam lobe is selected by this technology while later, a different one comes into action. This helps in thrilling ride feel in both low and high range riding conditions.
R15 Version 3.0 claims a top speed of 136 kmph while 0-100 kmph takes 10.5 seconds. This makes it the quickest 150cc segment motorcycle to reach 100 kmph. Most 200cc bikes, which are definitely much heavier, claim sprint times equivalent to R15 V3.
4) All-Digital Console
Yamaha is using a white back-lit all digital console for R15 Version 3.0. The unit looks awesome and perfectly derived from race spec options. The wide display offers gear indicator, top speed, horizontally visible tachometer and VVA indicator.
5) LED Headlights
R15 V3 comes with twin LED headlights that are sleeker and smarter than ever. The facial expressions of this bike matches to that of bigger bikes up to some extent but uniquely designed headlights may serve as an inspiration to next gen Yamaha R3.
6) Wide Tyres
Yamaha is using 100/80-17 front tyre for their third generation R15. This is the same size tyre that was available as rear on first generation model. Rear tyre on use in R15 Version 3.0 is 140/70-17, making it the largest ever tyre for R15 variants till date.
7) Slipper Clutch
R15 V3 offers low stress gear shifts during deceleration and also helps rider enjoy lighter clutch than normal bikes. It helps in reducing overall stress and more than that, limits engine braking for better performance of the chassis.
8) Daytona Kit
Yamaha offers optional Daytona kit for R15 Version 3.0, making it the best available option in 150cc segment. Exhaust helps in extracting more power from the engine while rear Metzeler tyre offers added track specific grip to the motorcycle.
Cons of Yamaha R15 V3
1) No ABS
Yamaha is offering R15 Version 3.0 without ABS, making it prone to tyre skidding under wet conditions. They will have no other option once government deadline of April 1, 2019 arrives. All manufacturers will offer ABS for their bikes above 125cc displacement.
2) Aggressive Riding Position
The rider position for Yamaha R15 is highly aggressive and thus, not everyone will be equally comfortable on this bike. Short riders will face feet grounding problems on third version of R15. The rider now needs to bend forward more than ever.
3) Visible Welds
Yamaha R15 has been perfectly crafted in terms of design but one can find untreated welds on certain parts of the frame. The most visible one is located right where the fairing ends while another can be spotted slightly lower to the console.
4) Limited Color Options
Yamaha India offers just two shades for R15 V3 while Indonesian market has moved on to all-new Yellow and Matte Black shade. These should be introduced here too as riders prefer bright shades for fully faired sport bikes in India.
Update: Yamaha recently launched a new variant of R15 V3. Known as Moto GP version, it is priced at INR 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom India).