Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 2.0 Preview

by Deepak on September 6, 2011

Cementing its foothold in the premium segment, India Yamaha Motor today launched the YZF-R15 version 2.0 – a 150cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke fuel injected bike. The YZF-R15 version 2.0 is a new model that has been developed under the concept of a “Graded Up R15.” While maintaining the proven ease of handling of the existing R15, the R15 version 2.0 boasts of spruced up looks and better performance in circuit riding.

The design elements are borrowed from the supersport model YZF-R1 that is adapted from YZR-M1 MotoGP race machine. The new bike is priced at Rs. 1,07,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be available in Racing Blue, Midnight Black & Sunset Red colors.

The R15 version 2.0 has undergone changes as compared to the present YZF-R15 in the specs of the Engine Control unit (ECU), drivetrain unit, a long aluminum swing arm, wider front and rear tires (radial tire for the rear), split seat, LED taillights and new-design middle cowl & tail cowl.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor, said, “Having witnessed the tremendous fan following received by the existing YZF-R15, we are very excited about the launch of the YZF-R15 version 2.0 which promises to deliver greater performance and enhanced features. Seeing the trend, the market for premium bikes in India offers immense scope as this segment consists of people who are looking for performance characteristics.”

“The YZF-R15 version 2.0 is an upgraded version of our flagship bike YZF-R15 and is designed keeping in mind the comfort as well as the thrill of a sports ride. The YZF-R15 has been continuously gaining ranks in the hotly contested premium segment since its launch 3 years ago and we are sure to repeat the same feat for the new version too. With the festive season round the corner, we expect the new model to be an instant hit amongst biking enthusiasts”, he added.

Based on the “Graded Up R15” concept, the development focused on the two main areas of body styling and sporty performance, and an array of optimum features were adopted throughout the machine to make sure that customers enjoy the thrill of a refined and impressive body styling in the supersport image with the newly designed middle cowl, tail cowl, split seat, LED taillights, new exhaust pipe & silencer specs. The newly designed middle cowl features improved aerodynamic performance at higher speeds – the aerodynamic resistance value is 4% better than that of the existing YZF-R15.

The R15 version 2.0 also sports the first aluminum swing arm in the 150cc segment in the Indian market and has a truss structure that enables greater rigidity while improving handling in the turns. The new seat design enables a better feeling of seat grip in sporty riding. Also, “low front, high tail” design enables a riding posture that is well suited to both sporty riding and everyday riding around town.

The new ECU control and drivetrain unit specs ensure that riders enjoy improved off-the-line acceleration and high speed performance. The silencer protector has also been newly designed in a way that adds cadence to overall styling. It adopts a carbon-look pattern on the surface as well as a model nameplate to add to the high-performance image and the feeling of quality.

To improve the feeling of clutch operation, a more rigid clutch axle shaft than the existing type has been adopted. Furthermore, the pulley that serves as a medium between the throttle wire and throttle valve has been changed to a perfect circular type to improve the linearity of the throttle action and thereby achieve better response. The wider 130mm radial rear tire and 90 mm front tire impart reduced roll resistance, high-speed cornering stability and improved handling performance. A larger 220mm diameter rear disc brake has been adopted to achieve a better balance with the new rear tire size and ensure good braking power.

Another interesting aspect of the bike is the mud guard and sari guard attached to the swing arm which enhances the exterior design product value. The new design of 5-spoke cast wheels achieves the necessary strength balance while creating a sense of lightness at the same time.

Source: Yamaha India

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fas September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Looks really good at the rear, wish it had R6 headlamps at the front.


rajkumar September 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Finally a true master sports bike with affordable price………


robin pulpally September 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

its great , wider looks , tooooooooooo good


Sam September 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Deepak U rock man.. Thanks for getting us the photos this sooner..New version of R15 is fantastic. Specs are the same but ok.


goutam September 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

love the looks(except for the headlights which cld hv used an upgrade).
rest of the bike looks new n sporty n a tad more expensive. the carbon fibre look at the sides is desirable. so is the sexy silencer cover. the tyres, ahhh finally a hunky one.
the all aluminium swing arm is a first. but all this comes at around 10 k xtra. its wrth it though.
dual tone(red n white) or single tone(black, blue)? well tht’ll be clear only when u see one in front of u. can’t make out in the pics.

the obvious – its still 17 ps. no upgrades there :(
headlights are old.
price hike ;)


vijay September 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

hmmmm……it’s great bike…but…1.7 L for 150 cc bike…still thinking..


Tanmay September 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

well its not gonna be 1.7L for sure …. as far as i knw it is around 1.2L … :)


Pavan September 6, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I just want to if there will be increase in mileage figure.


vishal September 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm

good bike yzf R15


Vineeth September 6, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Think the rear seat would be now unusable… the older one had a slightly bigger one and the monoshock suspension meant that the ride was not that much uncomfortable….


Kaushal Raut September 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

1.2L+ in Mumbai for a 150cc bike is on higher side…. better go for Honda CBR250 then.


Simon September 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I have R1 2011,I just change the wheels,it will look like r15 ver.2.I first model is good enogh.


Dnyanesh September 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Price of R15v2.0 should be kept 3k-5k more than R15 , saree guard should be detachable, reason is wheelie not possible d guard ll touch d ground , upgrade to halogen headlamps , increase in bhp min 20- max22 , if dese correction are done den move ahead for R15 v2.0 else go for CBR250R affordable got 26bhp price 1.60 lakhs on road. Guyz think dont get fooled.


jeevan September 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

its …..good ………i like it


jerome September 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

hello guys this s sports bike n its no need f detaching sari guard its fr urbanguys n not 2 rural…. its relly superb n yamaha s simply massive……


shiva September 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

ABS for this beauty is absolutley a no no one, in my point of view i don’t need the fu****ing electonics to correct my braking style


fejees October 6, 2011 at 10:04 am

it looks very good but i think its power will decrease while comparing to old R15,because with the same power Tyre size and weight is upgraded


Chethan October 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm


i need the exact milage of this plz let me knw,
but as of my experiance it wont be more than 30…..


Navin October 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

hai friends

I am planning to buy a bike , my budget s 80,000rs
Please suggest me the good bikes with nice look and performance with good mileage

wat abt R15 mileage?


Bangaram October 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

can we adjust the back seat height(getting it down )?????????????


VAMSI KATTULA November 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Nothing can change my desicion for yamaha R15 V2.0 version

My specific points.

1) Super rear tyre
2) Led light super
3) Top seat excellent
4) If you want to Buy like that bike no need to think about millage,
5) For girls friends its is mind blowing bike
6) For family it is royal bike
7) Finally what i want to say i am the MAD of R15 V2.0

Thanks & Regards,


karthik November 27, 2011 at 10:01 am

wat s the milage of r15-2.0…


Milan December 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I love this bike wow man when I saw this on yamaha showroom I was totally mad about it.


shiva February 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

it looks so beautiful but i can’t afford to spend 1.3 L for a stupid 150cc 16 BHP piece of beautiful junk. insted of spending in yamaha r15 version 2.0 (just a show horse) beauty i’ll go for pulsar 200NS beast


shiva February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

i’ve already given an comment on ABS on this show horse (27 sep 2011). but after the pulsar 200NS launch this beauty totally failed to impress in terms of power or fu****ing anything


Victor March 31, 2012 at 3:26 am

Hi everyone. I really need help asap weather the yamaha yzf r15 version 2 is available in south africa and how much it will cost because I am really interested in this bike. Please email me the answer
Safe riding…


James April 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Can you please let me know where I can get it? Been looking everywhere and can’t seem to find it


s roy July 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

this is so hot…………………………….


lu September 4, 2012 at 8:39 pm

This is one amazing bike damn I am amazed where can I get it in south africa and how much is it???


Ahmedd January 6, 2013 at 9:16 am

Big hope Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 launch in Indonesia


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