YZF R15 makes a come­back

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If you think the new R15 V3 looks like the big­ger R6, or even the R1, you’d be cor­rect. Es­pe­cially with the faux air in­take be­tween the sharp LED head­lights, the R15 looks like a scaled down ver­sion of the Yamaha flag­ships. At the heart of it is a new 155cc en­gine with vari­able valve actuation.

This VVA tech­nol­ogy should help the new R15 be re­spon­sive in the city and fun when it’s al­lowed to stretch its legs. Yamaha also claims a 4.7 per cent bump in fuel ef­fi­ciency. The en­gine is mated to a 6-speed gear­box with an as­sisted and slip­per clutch, to help re­duce lever ef­fort and the rear wheel hop­ping dur­ing hard down­shifts. To curb costs we will sadly miss out on the up-side down forks in­stead, we get con­ven­tion­ally setup front sus­pen­sion as the older model but a shorter wheel­base. Al­though Yamaha hasn’t skimped on other fea­tures. The new R15 comes loaded with a full dig­i­tal dash­board dis­play. Yamaha will also of­fer a race kit which con­sists of a Met­zeler rear tyre and a Day­tona muf­fler. All this tech re­in­forces the im­age of the R15 as a racer’s tool. The R15 V3 is avail­able at an at­trac­tive price of Rs 1.25 lakh, ex-show­room.

VARI­ABLE VALVE ACTUATION, SLIP­PER CLUTCH, SHORT WHEEL­BASE ALL RE­IN­FORCE THE R15 AS A RACER’S TOOL

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