2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 longterm review: Introduction

Anis Shaikh  /
01 Oct 2018 09:05:24 IST

Yamaha India launched the first version of YZF-R15 about a decade ago, a true supersport that brought an interesting and involving flavour for a maturing market. I have fond memories of riding that motorcycle, so it goes without saying that I was very excited when I was handed the key to the R15 Version 3.0.

To me, the YZF-R6/R1 inspired design is what made the bike appeal to me, after all, as a photographer, good design always catches my eye. In fact, I'd go as far as labelling the new motorcycle as the most proportionate looking YZF-R15 to date and probably the best looking as well.

The brakes offer superb bite and feedback. But I did miss ABS in the rains

The Metzeler tyres instill a lot of confidence

After riding the super smooth Yamaha FZ25 as my daily commute to office, I was eager to see how the YZF-R15 would perform and initial impressions are very good. My route to office is a mix of open highways and traffic infested streets. On the open roads, the bike feels planted which goes a long way in boosting confidence. I also love the brakes that offer good bite. This along with the Metzeler rear on our test bike ensures that I have a big smile on my face, astride the R15. In fact, the R15 has become my happy place and I have some elaborate plans for the bike, during its tenure in the OD garage. But first, it's time to take the bike to the ghats on a weekend. Things are certainly looking good.

Acquired:  Jul 2018
Inducted at:  1,195km
Total mileage: 2,112km
Fuel: 23 litres
Economy:  40kmpl

Next update: The R15 heads for a blast up the ghats

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 19,85,424
Displacement
998cc
Transmission
6-Speed
Max Power(ps)
200.00
Max Torque(Nm)
112.40
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 1,19,335
Displacement
149cc
Transmission
5-Speed
Max Power(ps)
13.10
Max Torque(Nm)
12.80
Mileage
-NA-

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