Yamaha R15 V3 Review | Best 150cc bike in India | Road test | RWR

Yamaha R15 V3 Review | Best 150cc bike in India | Road test | RWR


Yamaha were the first ones to give the
average Indian motorcyclist the thrill of performance. In 1983 the Yamaha RD350 brought the thrill of speeds to the shores of the subcontinent and later it
was the RX100 which made performance affordable and reached a
mass-market. But those were the days before I was born… Let’s skip ahead to 25 years it’s 2008 and Yamaha launches the R15 a motorcycle that completely changed Indian motorcycling with super sport inspired
design, razor sharp handling and Yamaha initiative like the one make
championship for the R15 which got many young riders onto the trackdays
for the very first time but this is where the story takes a wrong turn. Where
the Indian motorcyclist waited for the R3 and the R6 Yamaha kept giving sticker
upgrades to their R15 yes they did some changes to make the R15 more sporty with
the V2 but that received mixed reactions. The introduction of the KTM
redefined performance whereas Yamaha focused mainly on making more scooters
and making more money and competing with Honda. But it’s 2018 now and Yamaha has
come back with a fully kitted out R3 and the new heartthrob of the young Indian
rider. Presenting Yamaha YZF R15 V3. We’ll jump right into the ride
discussion but let’s first take a look at the specs and what’s different in
this all new version. The engine has been upped from 149 CC to 155 CC single
cylinder motor which is producing 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm that astronomically high
rpm figure had me worried about the lack of low-end performance but Yamaha claims that with variable valve timing they use two different cams, one to deliver
low-end torque and the other to deliver more power from 7000 RPM onwards. Torque figures are 15 Newton meters and that isn’t something groundbreaking and that
is why you do feel the sluggishness in the lower rpms. The Yamaha R15 retains
the Delta box frame from the version 1 it’s a 10 year old frame now but even
now the frame feels just as good and it’s one of the favourite things of mine
on this motorcycle. Braking duties are performed by a 282 millimeter single
disc up front which is provided by Bybre and a 220 millimeter single disc
at the rear which is somehow provided by Nissin. The front brakes could have
been a lot better, they lack the initial bite but offer great feedback to the
rider and the progressive braking is also decent but I still would have
wanted much from the front brake. Especially since it’s a sport bike you
cannot really use the rear brake too much and it doesn’t come with ABS which
has shocked many even an optional ABS is not on offer. The suspension has been
beefed up and it’s now a 41 mm fork from the 33 millimeters on the previous
version and that does increase stability on the front but unlike the
international version the Indian version doesn’t get the upside down forks that
is probably because of cost-cutting. The rear suspension is a swing arm link
type suspension and I absolutely love how much feedback and feel it transmits
back to the rider from the rear wheel especially in the corners. We still are
running MRF Nylo gripp bias-ply tires and a lot of people would have wanted radial tires though these tires are great on the dry their wet grip is questionable.
The motorcycle weighs 139 kgs fully fueled which is just 3 kg more than the
previous version. They have shortened the wheelbase by 20 millimetres to give this
bike more agility and which is obviously required since the tyres have been
beefed up. Revised the seat height and raised it by 15 millimeters that’s gonna
be a little bad for the shorter riders. The fuel tank capacity has been reduced
to 11 liters but with 38 to 40 kilometers per litre mileage this
motorcycle has a very decent range of 400 kilometers or more which is really
praiseworthy. Since you will not be taking this bike to tour I think that
kind of range is more than enough for every type of rider. The motorcycle also
comes with the slip-assist clutch and all new LED headlamps apart from looking
good they’re also pretty functional. Available in two different paint schemes
we had our hands on the gray and red combination which I absolutely love.
The Daytona series of mods do offer further customization and Rs. 2200 for
frame sliders which will save your fairings from a highside and low-side
crash are my first recommendation. The second recommendation from the Daytona
mod skit would be getting the bigger disc brake from the front and that’s
gonna make your motorcycle more safe so those are my two favourite mods on the
Yamaha r15 V3. The six-speed gearbox is perfect and with this kind of a smooth
clutch it really takes your shifting game to a next level and launching this
motorcycle off the line is a real pleasure and it was finally time to do
just that put it onto the actual road test
see how this motorcycle performs… I think that was pretty good… Let’s talk a bit about the ergonomics
the handlebars are low that’s R15 tradition but you know they’ve raised
the seat height so you really feel that much more comfortable to be honest
because there’s more legroom right now it’s 815 millimeters so even if you’re
5′-5″ I think you’ll be comfortable on this bike a lot of taller
riders like six feet and above, didn’t want to ride the original R15
and they didn’t buy the motorcycle just because they didn’t like the ergonomics
now I’m not six feet but I think they’ll be a lot better on this bike.
The foot pegs are rearset but they’re not that aggressively rare set so in the
city is manageable but while you’re going into the corners you do feel that
they’re doing just about fine. I think they’ve got the ergonomics a lot better
because I’ve been riding this bike for over one hour right now and it’s been
mostly slow riding with a little bit of fast paced and a slight bit of cornering
but I think what we are getting out of this is pretty good pretty decent on the
comfort side so if you can manage it in the city it will be very easy to putter
around with it’s very light it’s 139 kgs wet which is 3 kgs heavier than the
previous bike but you really don’t feel the weight because the wheelbase has
been shortened and it’s a very agile motorcycle right now I’d like to talk
about the styling a little bit first let’s talk about the LED headlamps they
look absolutely brilliant this is the low beam and you flick it to the high
beam it looks really great and then he had this mirrors new shape but the same
sort of functionality and they’re adjustable they fold in pretty nicely
they’ve got a hinge action so if you’re doing filtering you can easily fold them
in and well the gear shift lever is perfectly positioned so and and it is a
great lever you don’t have any problems with the gearbox no false neutrals and
it it shifts with very little effort but there’s a good amount of feedback to it
the front brake which I’m going to talk about has 282 millimeter brakes up front
and that’s really nice because it’s it’s giving a lot of feedback and feel and
progressive brake but to be honest it doesn’t have that much initial bite I
don’t really like to use break on a sport bike especially since
they do have a tendency to skid very easily on the version one the rear brake
used to lock up the rear wheel pretty easily and that was a very thin tyre so
right now I think it’ll be better with the styling perspective this very nice
curved windshield is great for having it on a stock bike right so that’s
definitely there if you compare it it’s it’s very curved body panels it looks
like a bigger bike it feels like a bigger bike while you’re sitting on it
and it doesn’t feel heavy at all so they’ve given it the big bike looks
without the big bike weight because obviously with this kind of power if you
increase the weight too much you’re you’re gonna feel that this bike has no
power at all so they’ve managed to give it a big bike look and feel without
increasing the way too much there are plastic shrouds on on the metal tank to
make it look even bigger and it’s a new shape tank and it looks really
aggressive fits very well with the rest of the motorcycle
so overall pleased with the bike and now looking forward to some higher speed
testing now is the time where we get to see
allow the wind protection I would say it’s good but not as good as
the Apache or our 310 but the bike is really stable on the
straights and not gonna gives you confidence I remember this is one of the most
bumpiest highways so at higher speeds its destabilizes almost any motorcycle
and we can’t really blame the wife for that
but there’s a say that how the suspension will be here
under bumps 120-140 disorder speed
on this way thirty-four
speedo indicated on that and that was good it can go further I believe but
after 130 the speedo Rises very slowly so reaching to that top straight is not
gonna be like some of those bikes that you just go up and up and up and you’ve
hit the limiter because on the highway you would feel that the taller sixth
gear is really for cruising so it’s not in a hurry to hit its top speed anytime
soon it is a very happy engine so even at 8,000 rpm the engine doesn’t feel
stressed because it can be wrapped all the way up to eleven thousand five
hundred rpm so that’s one thing that you may not enjoy it in the city but in the
highway you can take good advantage of that and that is exactly how I used to
ride the motorcycle when I was having this same bike so when we are on the Indian Highway the
general thing that I wanna see is whether the motorcycle is capable of
cruising at 100 km/h speed without stressing out the engine and that’s
gonna be at the 6th gear but right now we’re on the fifth we’re at seven seven
and a half thousand rpm and we can move it up to sixth and say the RPM is
dropping to five to five and a half thousand rpm and if we move it back up
to seven thousand rpm we have exactly hundred km/h speed which is the cruising
speed and at 7000 rpm I’d say the bike is almost vibration free so it is
capable of doing cruising speeds 100 kilometers per hour pretty easily on the
highway and that is I think a say sweet for this motorcycle because the brakes
aren’t there for any higher speed I would not want to cruise on a higher
speed with this kind of braking performance and it is it is not safe actually for
any smaller capacity or cycle to do that sort of stuff and specifically because
they don’t have the sickest aisles of the best brakes it is still the best
150cc I mean I’ve written quite a few and right now as the CBR 150 which was
the only motorcycle which could challenge this bike is no longer being
sold it’s kind of like having a monopoly on the indian market for a sporty 150 cc
motorcycle the next thing would be a jig sir which is much more inexpensive but
it doesn’t come anywhere close to this motorcycle in terms of technology or
anything for that matter so yeah it’s kind of like the king of the 150s you
could argue that a pulsar rs200 is just about maybe seven thousands more
expensive and that is better for overall touring and that is also better with
because it has it comes with an ABS system I think they have made it dual
channel ABS this year I’m not sure so the Habeas version of the Pulsar must
be expensive than this but it will still be having more power is more comfortable
and it has abs so if you guys are looking for a motorcycle that is more
tool worthy I think the Avis version of the Pulsar 200 RS makes more sense but
the way this motorcycle looks feels and handles
that’s a completely premium different idea now it is not late for Yamaha it is
not too late for Yamaha to correct their small mistake on this motorcycle and to
equip this with an ABS system even as an optional I mean they can release an
optional abs version later if they feel like next year law is gonna come in and
every motorcycle of 150 125 CC motorcycles are gonna have abs but we
don’t know that laws getting delayed for the last three years so we not 100% sure
whether that’s coming in next year or not if it comes it’s better for the
Indian rider because that’s gonna be putting an end to power crabbing about
ABS because it’ll become the law I will be mandatory just like wearing a helmet
is now waiting for that day but till that day I really appeal to
manufacturers because I know they watch these reviews to give us an ABS system
that would be really nice I’ve been on this motorcycle for since 7:00 a.m. in
the morning now it’s 11 I haven’t been riding constantly and I put in about
three hours of riding so far I must say that I’m feeling a little bit of pain
here because I wasn’t leaning down too much I was just locking up my elbows a
little bit in the cruising position and still I would say the seats are good
it’s not like those KTM super hard seats it’s not super soft as well so they’ve
got that part right and the seat is white so that has always been there in
the our own fives he gives great amount of support for the lower back now comes
my favorite part cornering beautiful motorcycle holds right through
the corner there was a lot of traffic and I couldn’t really get the initial in
but just look at that bike and how its holds through the line this can
absolutely murder at the track and especially at those tight tracks like
collie Motor Speedway trust me I’ve been a to Carly and I would love to take this
motorcycle there even with this stock MRF tyres this is the level of grip and
performance that this bike has to offer I cannot imagine what would happen if we
got the Mozilla’s on this bike I mean I’ve been getting one or two corners
here and there not really getting it to put through the line exactly I had it
once before and there I was not like recording I wasn’t recording I had a
good amount of corner speed as well this one absolutely amazing I mean I could
have gone much lower if I wanted but as you saw that there was a lot of traffic
and I was trying to find a gap so we’re doing some city rides right now
I would like to show you how clickable this bike is so riding this bike into traffic not much of an issue filtering you’re
gonna fold in the mirrors and then it’s just gonna be as easy as any other bike
it’s very light so you’re not gonna face much issues yeah it is front heavy and
that is not a good thing for this type of you know corner cutting and stuff
like he’s doing right now but what I tell you is great by to
filter it now very easy by to live it you know I’ve had a lot of questions
about the ergonomics and how it’s so aggressive and whether we could actually
live with the spike I would say until unless you’re middle-aged
or until unless you’re suffering from back or wrist pains I am carrying a very
heavy backpack around 8 kgs I believe on my back and I’ve been riding with that
most of the time and I really don’t feel much different to be very honest and the
throttle inputs are very precise so the moment you decelerate you can feel that
it’s coming in there is no hollowness there is no what you call the false
throttle whatever you do 5 degree turn you feel
it so that makes the throttle very accurate and it’s a it’s a boon to use
in the city it’s a boon to use in the cornering because you can be much more
confident and you can rely on this bike to do exactly what you wanted to do one
thing I have to say is how refined this bike feels at five and a thousand six
thousand rpm vir and the fifth key we’re doing 60 km/h video indicated which is
like most of the cities have this kind of speed limits on the main roads so it
feels like a very effortless bike to ride but if you’re accelerating from
this kind of a speed you would obviously feel a little bit hollow so if you want
to enjoy that power you have to play around with the gearbox quite a bit but
in case you’re in the relaxed mode I think this does just fine and with this kind of agility any kind
of turn this becomes like a racetrack I mean you really enjoy putting the bike
through the corners I wish we had some twisties I really wish we had some
twisties do you see one thing interesting is when
I’m kicking into 8000rpm there is on top of the speedo there is a vva that’s
coming in so probably it’s telling you that the vva is turned on I I don’t
think I’ve seen that before I will show you the vivia turns on right
now it’s it’s showing VVA so that means a variable valve adjustment system which
this engine has a new feature that they’re actually letting you know when
it’s kicking it apart from the clock the console has everything gear position
indicator auto meter RPM meter which is a very nice curved thing the speedometer
is obvious and it’s very big so just a glance down you can check out whatever’s
out there and the fuel we’ve ridden it quite hard and I would say that we’re
getting good mileage it’s about an eleven litres of fuel tank road
conditions get bad then this aggressive riding pressure what happens is you feel
more of the road because there’s a lot of feedback from the front and that kind
of tires out your wrists and if you’re carrying a backpack that way it’s gonna
be more onto your back and for pillion riding as well if the
pillion spitting in too much pressure on your back that’s gonna tire you out as
well the pillion seat is lower on the spike so that’s one thing they have done
but it’s still a small sized seat and it’s not very well cushioned so you can
expect your slim girlfriend to fit there just fine but just don’t expect to do
any long rides with her because she’s gonna complain about it so we’re back
from the ride of the Yamaha r15 v3 and I must say that I’m really impressed but
let’s just walk you through the conclusions and some of the drawbacks
that we found a lot of you have asked me questions about the headlights and their
nighttime performance the owner of this motorcycle AG Neff also owns an FZ 25
and he told me that the headlight performance is a lot better than FZ 25
but I haven’t tested it out myself this has four headlights going out at
the eye beam so obviously the performance should be a lot better in
the low beam you have two headlights going out and it’s still better than the
FZ 25 but there’s great isn’t that white and it’s not
gonna be one of those best headlights but I think it will perform reasonably
well second thing is about the tires I have told you that these tires have good
reasonable dry grip but tomorrow’s to struggle in the wet yama is offering you
an optional metal upgrade in near future so a lot of you guys were finicky about
me about tire grips can go for that the third thing that I really did not like
about was the front desk and the amount of bite it had the bike is really fast
and it would do be the better braking there is not much else that I could find
wrong with this motorcycle some might say that the pricing is really high but
I really don’t think that the amount of tech and styling that it has got to
offer that the pricing is any higher ABS would have been an absolute boon on this
motorcycle even if it was an optional one and those are really the some of the
small nitpicks that I have with the ABS being the biggest one the owner is
claiming a mileage of about 438 kilometers 240 even plus sometimes he’s
saying is getting more than 40 I haven’t tested it out myself I was riding pretty
hard so we were getting much less returns but those are not ideal riding
conditions so I would say that you were good with mileage Yamaha bikes in fest
have aged and when they age the mileage reduces but initially you can expect any
are anywhere around 38 to 40 kilometers per liter mileage I still think this is
the best 150 cc motorcycle in India right now and it always was you know for
the last 10 years this has been the top 150 cc motorcycle it having the new more
aggressive organ ah max I personally think it is more comfortable because
it’s giving you more leg room with the hot dollar seat item and the red rear
set foot pegs are not really that much aggressive so for comfort I would say
it’s better than the previous one though most reviews don’t agree to my point of
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this is rahul goodbye and a big big tanks before I go to an Bureau for
facilitating this review and the owner of this motorcycle Agnes for trusting me
with his bike he had some issues so he Cunha company as he just trusted me with
his bike thank you for again and goodbye