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.