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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 [2018 - 2021]

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 [2018 - 2021] is a sports bike with the last known price range of Rs. 1,30,523 - Rs. 1,60,318 in India. It had 9 variants and 4 colours. It had a user reported mileage of 43 kmpl. It came with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement155 cc
  • Mileage - Owner Reported43 kmpl
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight139 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 1,58,299

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 [2018 - 2021] is now discontinued in India.

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Summary

YZF R15 V3 [2018 - 2021] key highlights

Engine Capacity 155 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 43 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 139 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres
Seat Height 815 mm

About Yamaha YZF R15 V3

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 Expert Opinion

  • 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 [2018 - 2021] Review

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 User Reviews

4.7 2135 ratings 593 reviews
  • 4

    Visual Appeal

  • 4

    Reliability

  • 4

    Performance

  • 4

    Comfort

  • 4

    Service Experience

  • 3

    Maintenance cost

  • 3

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  •  5Pocket Rocket 3 weeks ago by Thiyagarajan

    Great bike for entry level supersport, i have the r15 v3 for past 1 year, a great and wonderful experience with this beasty, it has the great blend of performance, reliability, mileage. Of course you could not expect the comfort in such an aggressive super sport. People

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      5000-10000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      53 kmpl

  •  4My favorite bike . And R15 is an good bike in top 06 bikes , that 3 weeks ago by M. Uday Reddy

    1. Little bit more cost. Beacuse it's 155cc bike ( I spend 1. 96 lakh for my bike R15 ) . 2. Riding super. Good pickup. 3.Beautiful looks good performance. 4. Its available with liquid cooling system , and the maintaince is not a big problem. 5.prons - all good . corns

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    • Used it for

      Everything

    • Owned for

      < 3 months

    • Ridden for

      < 5000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      48 kmpl

  •  4R15 - my the best average sport bike 1 month ago by Vasim Shaikh, Mumbai

    Owned this bike for 2 years now. Pros: 1. Best sport bike in terms of average: 40-45 km/l 2. Handling is great 3. Less in cc but great power in terms of speed 4. Great looking 5. Riding experience is good in terms of 35 kms (make sure you are giving less pressure on han

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    • Used it for

      Daily Commute

    • Owned for

      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      10000-15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      43 kmpl

  •  5Pros & cons 1 month ago by Mani, Thoothukudi

    It's not my bike it's my friend's bike. But I used this long time. This aggressive riding position gives lot's of front end controls. It gives lot's of road impressions. Pillion seat comfort not bad. But you go single person it's best. But this fiber quality is bad. Gro

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    • Used it for

      Tours

    • Owned for

      Never owned

    • Got mileage of

      60 kmpl

  •  5Yamaha YZF R15 V3 review 1 month ago by Saurav, Kochi

    1. Not at all good feelings from the dealer 2. I am using this bike for going to job, daily I am driving about 100km.. My average speed is 70 km/h & I am getting 70 km/l... and my top speed is 145 km/h... 3. Excellent sporty look... Refined engine.... 4. Bad service fro

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      > 1 yr

    • Ridden for

      > 15000 kms

    • Got mileage of

      70 kmpl

  •  5Wife is heavier than the bike 1 month ago by Shailendra Chauhan, Kanpur Nagar

    I want to buy but the problem is its back seat. As I am married and my wife is heavy she can't sit on the back of the bike with legs on both side. Very sad that i can't enjoy R15.

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Summary

YZF R15 V3 [2018 - 2021] key highlights

Engine Capacity 155 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 43 kmpl
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 139 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres
Seat Height 815 mm

About YZF R15 V3

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.
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