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Yamaha YZF R15 V3

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Key specs
  • Displacement155 cc
  • Max Power(bhp)18.37 bhp
  • Mileage - Owner Reported42 kmpl
  • Kerb Weight142 kg

Avg. Ex-showroom price

1,48,628
EMI   5,053/month EMI Calculated basis
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Down Payment - ₹ 29,726
Interest - 11 %
Tenure - 30 Months
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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Summary

YZF R15 V3 key highlights

Displacement 155 cc
Mileage Owner Reported Mileage: BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 42 kmpl
Kerb Weight 142 kg
Colours
  • Thunder Grey
  • Racing Blue
  • Darknight

About YZF R15 V3

Yamaha YZF R15 V3 is a sports bike available at a starting price of Rs. 1,48,628 in India. It is available in 3 variants and 3 colours with top variant price starting from Rs. 1,50,729. The YZF R15 V3 is powered by 155cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 18.37 bhp and a torque of 14.1 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Yamaha YZF R15 V3 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This YZF R15 V3 bike weighs 142 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 11 liters.

The YZF-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 three colour shades of Racing Blue, Thunder Grey, Darknight.
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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 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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As reported by YZF R15 V3 owners, the real mileage of Yamaha YZF R15 V3 is 42 kmpl.

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 18.37 bhp @ 10,000 rpm

    Max Torque 14.1 Nm @ 8,500 rpm

    Cooling System Liquid Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-VI

    Displacement 155 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 58 mm

    Stroke 59 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 4

    Compression Ratio 11.6 : 1

    Ignition TCI (Transistor controlled ignition)

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiple-disc

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 11 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 462 Km

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. 42 kmpl

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 282 mm

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Front Tyre Size 100/80-17M/C 52P (Tubeless)

    Rear Tyre Size 140/70-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Size 220 mm

    Calliper Type Dual Piston

    Front Wheel Size 17 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 17 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension Telescopic Fork

    Rear Suspension Swingarm (link suspension)

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 142 kg

    Overall Length 1,990 mm

    Overall Width 725 mm

    Wheelbase 1,325 mm

    Ground Clearance 170 mm

    Seat Height 815 mm

    Overall Height 1,135 mm

    Chassis Type Deltabox

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity No

Low Battery IndicatorNo

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

GPS & Navigation No

Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

USB charging port No

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatYes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12 V, 4.0 Ah(10 HR)

Headlight TypeLED Headlamp

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Light

Turn Signal12V, 10W×2 / 12V, 10W×2

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 User Reviews

4.7 (1891 ratings) 538 reviews
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  •  5R15 V3 model is best model of Yamaha company 6 days ago by Umam Ahmed, Banda

    I have no buy experience but bike so expensive its rates was high but its looks is awesome. I will drive my friend bike i feel the best happiness in my life and its look so so much hot but its servicing and maintenance is so expensive my friend bike gives first time 15

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  •  5Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Review 1 week ago by Asit Mangaraj, Bhawanipatna

    It's a amazing bike. Just like a young horse. I love it very much as my mother. I am loving it after produced more impressive bike than r15. Yamaha is one of the best bike in the world & I will give it 5 star ratting out of 5 star. R15 v3 is more attractive than r15 v2

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  •  4my ownership 2 weeks ago by Krishna

    I own a BS4 model . its been about 2 and half years and I have clocked about 34k km on this beauty. It is just a wonderful machine. you can tour, you can commute within city .you can cruise at 110-120 and still retain 40km/l with ease. It is just a perfect blend. thank

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