MOTOROID

Bike India - - IGNITION -

YAMAHA MO­TOR IN­DIA FI­NALLY GAVE A BIG rea­son to all the YZF fans by launch­ing the third-gen­er­a­tion YZF-R15 priced at Rs 1.25 lakh (ex-show­room). Re­mind­ing us of their R-DNA, Yamaha Mo­tor In­dia have equipped the new R15 with cut­ting-edge equip­ment: an R1-like fair­ing, LED head­lamps and tail-lamp, a dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion clus­ter, an as­sist-and-slip­per clutch, and even vari­able valve ac­tu­a­tion for the en­gine. The en­gine it­self is a new 155-cc four-valve SOHC liq­uid-cooled unit run­ning a higher 11.6:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio, and putting out a hefty 19.3 PS and a cred­i­ble 15 Nm of peak torque. It is paired to a six-speed gear­box, with the rider now hav­ing the as­sis­tance of a shift-light to in­form of the ap­proach­ing red-line. The new R15 v3.0 weighs just 139 kg (wet). That, to­gether with its lean and mean ap­pear­ance, gives it as much go as it does brag­ging rights.

The R15 v3.0 also gets a 140-sec­tion rear tyre on 17-inch al­loy wheels. Yamaha will also of­fer a ‘rac­ing kit’, com­pris­ing Met­zeler rub­ber, a Day­tona ex­haust muf­fler, and frame slid­ers, that can be pur­chased and in­stalled at au­tho­rised deal­er­ships around the coun­try.

Next up was the new YZF-R3, which is be­ing im­ported to In­dia via the CKD (com­pletely knocked down) route from In­done­sia and will be as­sem­bled lo­cally at In­dia Yamaha Mo­tor’s plant. To add to the bike’s ap­peal, Yamaha have in­tro­duced new body colours and graph­ics op­tions that in­clude Rac­ing Blue and Magma Black. Im­prov­ing the bike’s dy­nam­ics are sticky Met­zeler Sportec M5 tyres and much needed dual-chan­nel ABS as stan­dard.

The re­fined 321-cc, liq­uid-cooled twin­cylin­der en­gine con­tin­ues to power the bike, and, as be­fore, pro­duces 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque. The front 41-mm Kayaba fork and rear monoshock unit are car­ried for­ward to the 2018 R3, as are the 298-mm front disc and 220-mm rear disc brakes, which, as men­tioned ear­lier, are now equipped with ABS. Yamaha are ac­cept­ing book­ings of the 2018 YZF-R3 now and the de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected to com­mence from this month end.

Yamaha also show­cased their Motoroid Con­cept, which is an au­ton­o­mous mo­tor­cy­cle.

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