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Yamaha YZF R15 V3



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Variant
Dual Channel ABS - BS VI
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₹ 1,58,299
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Yamaha has discontinued the YZF R15 V3 and the bike is out of production.

YZF R15 V3 Key Highlights

Engine Capacity155 cc
Mileage
43 kmpl
Transmission6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight139 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity11 litres
Seat Height815 mm

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Summary

The Yamaha R15 changed the 150cc segment in the Indian market the way the CBZ did when it was launched. It was an everyday motorcycle that could genuinely be used as a trackday tool. The second version of the R15 traded practicality for more focused performance, but the advent of the KTM RC200 meant that a far better performance was available for the sportbike enthusiasts at a similar price. The R15 Version 3.0 reduces that gap significantly with technology. On the list is now a BS6 engine with a few more ccs, but featuring variable valve timing which takes the maximum power output to nearly 18.3bhp with a peak torque output of 14.1Nm. It also gets all-LED lamps and an all-digital LCD instrument cluster that displays a wealth of information, including when the Variable Valve Actuation switches to the different camshaft profile.

While the global model gets goodies like upside down forks, the domestic version features conventional telescopic forks to keep the costs in check. The pillion seat seems to be positioned a little lower, at least visually, which should address some of the pillion complaints. The rear side panels have a Ducati Panigale-style gap which looks attractive when viewed from behind. Grab handles for the pillion have also been cleverly integrated, which was given a miss in the Version 2.0. The motorcycle features disc brakes at both ends and is now equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard equipment. Meanwhile, with the BS6 version, the motorcycle now features a radial tyre as standard for the rear, side-stand engine cut-off switch and dual-tone horns.

The R15 Version 3.0 BS6 is available in four colour shades of Racing Blue, Thunder Grey, Darknight, and Metallic Red.

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Review

  • Good Things

    • Excellent handling characteristics
    • Potent and a high-revving 155cc engine
    • Instrument cluster is great to look at
  • Could be Better

    • Riding position is a bit aggressive
    • Uncomfortable for pillion
    • Quite expensive

BikeWale's Take

The YZF R15 V3.0 has been a sucessful premium product from Yamaha. Right fromt the first generation, this motorcycle has been a benchmark for comparing with other motorycles in the segment. One of the best options in the Indian two-wheeler market to become better at motorcycling.

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Expert Opinion

If you have read our launch ride and track-day stories, you must be aware of the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0’s superiority on the track. But what about the real world, where it will spend most of its life? How does the R15 perform as an everyday ride?

Introduction

Pros – Sweet handling, punchy mid-range, massive street presence

Cons – Uncomfortable riding position, inept headlamp, no ABS

If you have read our launch ride and track-day stories, you must be aware of the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0’s superiority on the track. But what about the real world, where it will spend most of its life? How does the R15 perform as an everyday ride? 

Back at the track, the R15 might have paled in comparison with the Ducati. On the street however, it is a completely different story. You can only appreciate the full drama of the R15’s design when it is in town, surrounded by commuter bikes and scooters. The Indian audience has had a long standing relationship with faired motorcycles, and the R15 grabs eyeballs everywhere it goes.

Quality

The R15 was a benchmark when it came to quality, but that is not the case anymore. With the V3.0, there has been a marked drop in the quality of plastic components. There are hardly any panel gaps and the motorcycle feels well put together, but the quality of certain fibre panels has taken a hit. The switchgear has a nice tactile feel to it, but the button on the instrument console requires a lot of effort to operate. This can get annoying when you try to operate it on the move. Unlike the previous R15s, the new bike gets a fibre fuel tank, which means I cannot use magnetic tank bags.

Comfort

There are several reasons to like the R15, but comfort isn’t one of them. I agree that I am not in the best shape right now, having gotten accustomed to riding streetfighters. But even after five days of commuting, there is no sign of me getting comfortable with the riding position. The R15 V3.0 gained 15mm seat height in comparison to the V2.0 and 25mm in comparison to the R15-S. So the riding position is more aggressive and committed than before. It might work well on the track, but on the street it can get too stressful for your lower back and wrists.

Nevertheless, I was pleasantly surprised with the ride quality. At low speeds, the suspension does a good job of insulating you from bumps and potholes. The ride quality keeps improving as the speed increases, and the suspension starts to glide over the undulations. 

Performance

The R15 V3.0 is propelled by a new 154cc liquid-cooled engine. Apart from the extra displacement, this engine also benefits from a higher compression ratio, making it 2bhp more powerful than the outgoing model. The engine feels docile and smooth in the lower rev range, just like any commuter bike. But then you get a nice punch in the mid-range, and the engine undergoes a change in personality. The exhaust note becomes louder and the torque pull keeps getting stronger right until 10,000rpm.

Gas it hard, and the R15 will chew up the first three gears in no time, going past 90kmph. Keep shifting through the gears, and it will touch 140kmph (indicated) before starting to run out of breath. The R15 is in the sweet spot while cruising at 100kmph on the highway, with enough power in the reserve for a quick overtake.

All through this, the throttle response is crisp and smooth. This especially comes into play while you are commuting. The clutch is light and the ratios are well spaced out to keep you from switching gears too often. In moving traffic, you can stick to the fifth gear, while the second is perfect for stop-and-go traffic. It is very easy to filter out traffic too, as long as you manage to keep the weight off your wrists. Although you can feel the heat on your shins when you are stationary for too long, it is nowhere as bad as other liquid-cooled motorcycles. There is a slight buzz on the footpegs and the tank at low revs, although they get ironed out once you go past 5,000rpm.

The real treat in store however, is when you chance upon a set of twisties. The R15 feels in its element when you are throwing it around corners. It demands just a fraction of your effort leaning into a corner. Once in, it feels planted and sticks to the line perfectly. It will gently forgive your over-enthusiasm and remain undeterred by the small bumps that you might have overlooked. And for those nasty ones, you can make mid-corner corrections without much of a worry. Even if you are in a gear higher while entering the corner, you can just gas the R15 and be sure that the bike will pull through. This specific R15 gets the optional Metzler rear tyre, which costs an additional Rs 10,000.

Back at the track, I had cribbed about the front brake lacking a sharp initial bite. On the street, it makes sense to have such a setup considering that ABS is not offered even as an option. The soft initial bite aside, the front brake packs good progression, feel and stopping power, even on wet surfaces.

Technology

Take a look at the last two generations of the R15 and you will see the bike give a testament of the technology at the time. The V3.0 brings variable valve actuation and slipper clutch to the table. With VVA, the R15 now has two intake valve cams, one for low and mid-range and another for high rpm, the switch happening at 7,400rpm. This helps spread the torque throughout the rev-range. The slipper clutch on the other hand, makes the clutch lighter to operate along with reducing the back-pressure on the engine during high-rpm downshifts. 

It gets a new LCD instrument console with gear position indicator, shift light, clock and a trip computer. The R15 now also gets an LED headlamp. While the illumination is not so much of a problem, the high beam has a very poor throw. There is just a marginal difference between the throw of the high beam and low beam, which means riding the R15 at speed in the dark takes a lot of guts. 

Fuel efficiency

The R15 returned 47.3kmpl in our standard test cycle. It might not sound spectacular for a 150cc bike, but for a high-compression and high-performance engine, it is impressive. A part of credit goes to the VVA system for keeping the R15 frugal when ridden sanely. 

Fitness of purpose

The R15 is a lot more than a poser’s bike, it is a stepping stone into performance motorcycling. It has the traits of a good commuter bike bundled with modern technology and the fun aspect of a supersport bike. And with a price tag of less than Rs 1.5 lakhs, it is within the reach of masses. It does all of this without letting the rising fuel costs play spoilsports. Sure, your back will hurt like hell, but that is just another motivation for you to work on your physical fitness.

Our take

At Rs 1.26 lakhs (ex-showroom), the R15 is pricey for a 155cc bike. You can land yourself a quarter-litre Yamaha for the same money. But there is no way you will be having the same amount of fun on the FZ25. The suspension setup, perimeter frame, aluminium swingarm and the sticky tyres make for one of the sweetest handling packages. We knew it was a great track tool, but now it has proven to be a good streetbike as well.

Photography by Kapil Angane

Gear Check

Helmet: Arai Quantum-J - Rs 45,000

Jacket: Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 - Rs 20,000

Gloves: Ixon Moto HP - Rs 9,500

Pants: AGV Sport Airtex - Rs 6,500

Boots: Sidi B2 - Rs 17,000

 

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 mileage

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 mileage

The average of the YZF R15 V3 is 43 kmpl, as per the owners of the bike.

YZF R15 V3 mileage details

YZF R15 V3 Specifications & Features

Dual Channel ABS - BS VI

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      Specifications

      • Power & Performance

        • Displacement
          155 cc
        • Max Power
          18.37 bhp @ 10000 rpm
        • Max Torque
          14.1 Nm @ 8500 rpm
        • Mileage - Owner Reported
          43 kmpl
        • Riding Range
          473 Km
        • Top Speed
          -
        • Riding Modes
          -
        • Transmission
          6 Speed Manual
        • Transmission Type
          Chain Drive
        • Gear Shifting Pattern
          1 Down 5 Up
        • Cylinders
          1
        • Bore
          58 mm
        • Stroke
          58.7 mm
        • Valves Per Cylinder
          4
        • Compression Ratio
          11.6 : 1
        • Ignition
          -
        • Spark Plugs
          1 Per Cylinder
        • Cooling System
          Liquid Cooled
        • Clutch
          -
        • Fuel Delivery System
          -
        • Fuel Tank Capacity
          11 litres
        • Reserve Fuel Capacity
          -
        • Emission Standard
          BS6
        • Fuel Type
          Petrol
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          Telescopic Fork
        • Rear Suspension
          Monocross (link suspension)
        • Braking System
          Dual Channel ABS
        • Front Brake Type
          Disc
        • Front Brake Size
          282 mm
        • Caliper - Front
          -
        • Rear Brake Type
          Disc
        • Rear Brake Size
          220 mm
        • Caliper - Rear
          -
        • Wheel Type
          Alloy
        • Front Wheel Size
          17 inch
        • Rear Wheel Size
          17 inch
        • Front Tyre Size
          100/80-17M/C 52P (Tubeless)
        • Rear Tyre Size
          140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
        • Tyre Type
          Tubeless
        • Radial Tyres
          Yes
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          28 psi
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          33 psi
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          28 psi
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          33 psi
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          142 kg
        • Seat Height
          815 mm
        • Ground Clearance
          170 mm
        • Overall Length
          1990 mm
        • Overall Width
          725 mm
        • Overall Height
          1135 mm
        • Wheelbase
          1325 mm
        • Chassis Type
          Deltabox
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Standard Warranty
          -
        • Standard Warranty
          -

      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
          -
        • Instrument Console
          -
        • Odometer
          Digital
        • Speedometer
          Digital
        • Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Digital Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Hazard Warning Indicator
          -
        • Average Speed Indicator
          -
        • OTA Updates
          -
        • Call/SMS Alerts
          -
        • Geo Fencing
          -
        • Distance to Empty Indicator
          -
        • Tachometer
          Digital
        • Stand Alarm
          Yes
        • No. of Tripmeters
          2
        • Tripmeter Type
          Digital
        • Gear Indicator
          -
        • Low Fuel Indicator
          Yes
        • Low Oil Indicator
          Yes
        • Low Battery Indicator
          No
        • Clock
          Yes
        • Service Reminder Indicator
          -
        • Battery
          12 V, 4.0 Ah(10 HR)
        • Front Storage Box
          No
        • Under Seat Storage
          No
        • Mobile App Connectivity
          No
        • DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
          Yes
        • AHO (Automatic Headlight On)
          Yes
        • Shift Light
          Yes
        • Headlight Type
          -
        • Brake/Tail Light
          -
        • Turn Signal
          -
        • Pass Light
          Yes
        • GPS & Navigation
          No
        • USB Charging Port
          No
        • Riding Modes Switch
          -
        • Traction Control
          -
        • Cruise Control
          -
        • Hazard Warning Switch
          -
        • Start Type
          Electric Start
        • Killswitch
          Yes
        • Stepped Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Backrest
          No
        • Pillion Grabrail
          Yes
        • Pillion Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Footrest
          Yes
        • Front Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Rear Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Additional Features
          Dual Horn
        • View More(+45)

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      Yamaha YZF R15 V3 User Reviews

      4.7/5

      (2245 Ratings) 610 Reviews

      4

      Visual Appeal


      4

      Reliability


      4

      Performance


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience

      3

      Maintenance cost


      3

      Extra Features


      4

      Value for Money

      Choose Good One.

      9 weeks ago


      Vimalraja

      Excellent model and design, mileage is unbelievable. Good riding position. Nice look, slipper clutch is very excellent, racing look, awesome speed entirely it is a monster. The color combination is wonderful. Dark Knight is my favorite color, other colors are so good, very good engine capacity. It gives a better feel in the drive. his bike has so many features and the best price. Amazing bike and also the perfect bike.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Comfort


      2

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      > 1 yr

      Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

      Was this review helpful?

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      0


      Yamaha YZF R15 V3

      17 weeks ago


      Ganesh

      The YZF R15 V3 is known for its agile handling, thanks to its delta box frame and a well-tuned suspension system. The front features an upside-down fork, providing precise control and stability. The rear mono-shock offers a comfortable ride while maintaining the bike's sporty character. The chassis and suspension work together to inspire confidence in corners and ensure a stable ride.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      4

      Comfort


      4

      Service Experience


      4

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      6 months-1 yr

      Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

      Got mileage of

      35 kmpl

      Tips for other riders

      Regular Oil Changes: Change the engine oil and oil filter at the recommended intervals as per the manufacturer's guidelines. Fresh oil helps maintain engine lubrication and performance.

      Was this review helpful?

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      0


      R15 V3

      38 weeks ago


      Vihnukumar

      It's very engaging with lot of front end feel. Also the smoothness and crisp gearbox with very tall gearing. The v3 is the best track bike in the segment. The rider will get tremendous confident throughout riding even there is cornering as well. Overall we deserve this bike because it looks amazing and runs smoothly, and its pick is really not compared to this. The mileage on the r15 is good and its a fun bike to ride. Also it doesn't have any heating issue. Its perfect for city commuting & good for long rides. Amazing & Stunning look. I don't have this bike but in future i will.

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      Never owned

      Got mileage of

      40 kmpl

      Was this review helpful?

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      0

      Yamaha YZF R15 V3 review

      41 weeks ago


      Peter

      1. The engine of yamaha r15 v3 is smooth and refine.
      2. Yamaha r15 v3 is great top end as compared to other 150cc motorcycle, in term of price, performance and speed.
      3. This bike has better mileage around 50+ kmpl.
      4. Only 150cc segment bike which comes with liquid cooling technology.
      5. Lastly, this bike has aggressive looks.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Comfort


      5

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      Never owned

      Got mileage of

      100 kmpl

      Was this review helpful?

      12


      6

      Dream bike

      44 weeks ago


      Syed Razi Uddin

      I'm Syed Razi Uddin and I m from a middle-class family I m from Hyderabad so it's my dream bike.I love this bike for all other racing bikes this bike never hurts me its a dream one me so I want to pay the down payment fee of 10,000 Yamaha is the best complication for bikes a Yamaha an their fans feel proud to be Yamaha.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Comfort


      3

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Everything

      Owned for

      Never owned

      Got mileage of

      43 kmpl

      Was this review helpful?

      12


      4

      Great performance

      50 weeks ago


      Ajay Kumar

      I am not using Yamaha r15 v3 but this bike is very nice .First point is it is available with double abs brake. Another point is the digital meter, normal seat height. Its average mileage is 40-45. The bike looks sporty. Yamaha V3 in Rs.150000/--170000/- good price range. One of the best bikes. I am using Yamaha fz15.

      Rating Parameters

      (out of 5)

      5

      Visual Appeal


      5

      Reliability


      5

      Comfort


      5

      Service Experience


      5

      Value for Money

      About the Reviewer

      Used it for

      Daily Commute

      Owned for

      > 1 yr

      Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

      Got mileage of

      45 kmpl

      Was this review helpful?

      7


      1

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