Yamaha!! Well, every motorbike lover will like to own a bike from the Yamaha’s portfolio! C’mon! They are definitely not the economy models that, otherwise, the India motorcycle market has, but they certainly display amazing power and engine performance. It’s but unfortunate that the Bajajs and the Hero Hondas threw Yamaha out of gear during the last the decade just for the obvious price reason.

Yamaha R15

But, let me tell you, whenever I see an old Yamaha (maybe more than 15-year-old one) motorbike coming for a re-working to a workshop it keeps me amazing and needless to say my love for Yamaha motorbikes keep growing. And, Yamaha these days is revamping its efforts to dig out its buried image, with their latest releases, the Yamaha R 15 and Yamaha FZ16 world-class bikes.

Yamaha YZF R 15 gave its shock to the people at its launch, of course with a heavy price tag of 1 lakh outside showrooms.

But two months down the line this devil has already voodooed and cast a spell of magic with its forged-piston engine and other race biking technology that 22-year-old young earners today are not too bothered of the 1lakh price tag but seem to love the 125 kmph speed instead. I also believe that it might have sold 10,000 units (Yamaha aimed to sell 20,000 units per year), because the market is bigger than what Yamaha really perceived to be.

The most discussed bikes amongst the bike circles and even the college goers recently are the Yamaha R 15 and the new release Yamaha FZ 16. Yamaha R15 for sure is the most happening thing on the metro city roads that hit the roads during June. I bought my new R15 during the last week of July 2008, and let me tell you, if I am not dreaming of my sweetheart, I am dreaming of a long drive on my new Yamaha R 15.

What an awesome torque of 17 bhp from the advanced liquid-cooled 149.8cc engine? I believe it will never let me down. Would you believe if I say I already rode 13,000 km that included about 1000 km on a mountain terrain, the Western Ghats of South India?

I guess that’s why Yamaha is popular, I recall my dad telling. The liquid cooled engine is first of its kind for a two-wheeler technology in India and that is why it performed amazingly well on a rough terrain, without giving much noise. My old pulsar noises a lot when I drove long or drove on a rugged road.

Monocross suspension of the Yamaha R15 deserves a mention here. Its particularly cool because unlike my old bike it doesn’t bottom out too much and the absorption of shocks is superb and a rider rarely feels the shocks transmitted to him. The aluminium-forged piston is usually a sports biking technology. But to re-establish in the country, Yamaha R 15 had this, which is quite commendable. The engine cylinder is touted to resist wear relative to the iron make. I will update sometime later about this.

If other stylish bikes on the market look like chiseled bodies of John Abraham or Salman Khan, I would see the Dying Gaul statue; a 10/10; perfecto envious body in my Yamaha R15. And, that Yamaha FZ 16 is also out and continued rave reviews of Yamaha R 15, the competitors may soon have to run for their money in the bike market. R15 is, no doubt, every bike lover’s dream-come-true bike, at least on roads of India.

This review is posted by Rajasekar who owns a Yamaha R 15. He is a student and he lives at Chennai. If you want to post a review in BikeAdvice, please send an email to deepak@bikeadvice.in

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  • Nice review. Just a correction, Yamaha didn’t aim to sell 2000 units but 20000 units and they have sold more then 10000 units already.

  • Deepak

    Thanks for noting that, I have edited it. Man you are so fast! It has been just 2 minutes since I posted and you replied already!

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  • nitin

    hi this is my first time am every writing on a bike website first of all i dont have a bike. All my frnd have RD 350 and i have seen the power it has so do u think i should go for R15 or fz16 am bit confuse about it can u advice me on this …………………………………

  • sanju

    hi i wanna buy nw bike i am really confused between r15 n fz16 tell me wch byk should i buy……..i need the performance and speed and good pickup…..

  • shoeb Bojgar

    I have been in love with RX100 all these years and no other bike could impress me all these years.. thats my first love.. and nw i am ready to rock with FZ-16.
    A true biker knows whats RX100 And surely Seams will be like.. “Lord of the Streets”

  • shahid

    according to me the tyres which you have used are very slim …n their would have been a broad at least the back one

  • venus

    the bike is undoubtedly awesome but the only lag is its sleek tyres. this yamaha product is mind blasting but tyres beat its overall dazzling appearance. I think Yamaha must work on it again and present an amended version of it

    http://venusvij.blogspot.com/

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  • iftekhar alam

    r15 very beautiful bike i want to know bike price

  • Vaibhav

    Hey, I own R15. Undoubtely its way ahead then any other Indian bike. People who say, R15 doesn’t have broad tyres, should ride it and check on the grip on road. Its just awsome.

  • RAJIV

    yamaha r15 and fz 15o both rocks i have been biking for almost 20 years but i’m disappointed to see r15 tyres i am planning to buy a bike amongst two but iam not able to make a decision plz help

  • anuj_fast n furious

    i wud say say go for a fz16 if ur more into city riding..as d low end and midrange torque is explosive..which is nt with d case with d r15.its a track machine..n lacks low n mid range power,but is a beast above 6000rmp..fz16 is around 73ooo on road n r15 around 1lac 5 thousand on road..both r bikes r gr8.after all they r powertrain reads ‘YAMAHA’.

  • Neetesh Ananth IFS

    Hi, Friends. Am an IFS officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre & currently, I am the Field Director – Project Elephant at Anamalais. ” Silly me ” I uttered to myself when I impulsively bought a R15 in Bangalore. I am 36 years old and find the bike a generation younger to me ! It is a splendid machine with razor sharp handling and can take fair abuse. It is tech savvy, 6 geared, liquid cooled and super light. I only find the handle bar too low and difficult to reach, cos am 6’2″. Not for tall people surely. IT IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT BUT…

  • anuj_fast n furious

    sir,i think u made a wrong choice..yes the bike is truly amazing in ride quality,handling,high end performance etc etc…but as u mentioned that ur 6.2″ tall..m sure u would find urself abit loud on d small machine..the right choice for you would have been a p220(which also is a superb performer,leaves a big impression with its handling,ride quality,and is also feature packed)+the bike is huge and u wont find urself strugling with d sitting posture,the handbars r also high compared to r15(p220 also has spilt handlebars like d r15)other options would be p200,n karizma..
    sir if u happen to read this pls be free to reply or ask ur doubts.im a mechanical engineer and can help you out with your problems.
    thankyou

  • gane

    I am 23 years old Pl advice me which is the best bike compare between Royal enfield Thunder bird and Yamaha YZF 15 or FZ16.
    which can i buy for sizzling ride………

  • gane

    I am 23 years old Pl advice me which is the best bike compare between Royal enfield Thunder bird and Yamaha YZF 15 or FZ16.
    which can i buy for sizzling ride……… My height is also 6 feets.

  • yamaha fz16…………the blend of every thing…..style comfort, technology,………this is the bike which makes u feel……on the top of the world

  • safi

    hi frend
    can u tel me y one shudnt go for r15 n go pulsar 220
    i think u dont know tht pulsars quality sucks big time. 1000 of complaints r buked daily wid pulsars n on d other side u have yamaha… den y do u recomend a pulsar over yamaha.. is tht a comparo?!! pls mail me ur answer at safiqr@yahoo.com

    anuj_fast n furious: sir,i think u made a wrong choice..yes the bike is truly amazing in ride quality,handling,high end performance etc etc…but as u mentioned that ur 6.2″ tall..m sure u would find urself abit loud on d small machine..the right choice for you would have been a p220(which also is a superb performer,leaves a big impression with its handling,ride quality,and is also feature packed)+the bike is huge and u wont find urself strugling with d sitting posture,the handbars r also high compared to r15(p220 also has spilt handlebars like d r15)other options would be p200,n karizma..
    sir if u happen to read this pls be free to reply or ask ur doubts.im a mechanical engineer and can help you out with your problems.
    thankyou

  • impossible

    heyy can u figure out my doubt regarding R15. i heard frm one f ma frnd, hez havng R15, tht this bik wasnt a succes. Its engine is nt meant 4 long driv. i also cam 2 knw tht its engine is weak as wel n gts out f track aftr few thousnds km…

    m planing to buy R15 within a week, cn u plz help me out in all those comments..???

  • jack

    hey guys i m thinking of buying yamaha r15 so plz tell me should i go for it or not? i m very confused. some one told me its not nice bike.u should go for new hero honda karizma. but i love yamaha r15 insted. so what should i do? plz suggest me

  • prasanna

    hi friends.. am thinking of buying yamaha r15. i need to know about the mileage, its comforts and discomforts. plz help. thanx

    • RAJ

      Dear Bro,
      ther is nothing to say 4 taht….this is superb,fantastic machine…ever(UNDER 200)..if u r racer…this will serve u enough adrenaline on highways.(keep d engine in the powerband 6-9k rpm)…..quality wise also, d byke stood at d topline………it is worth investment…engine cooling system(LIQUID COOLING) ensures the durability …which is best in its segmant……dont pay attn for those who complains abut the tyre…here tyre do its duty (100%) as it designed for…grab one and enjoy…..( i hope u r not mileage consciou….she will return u a descent 43-44 kmpl …fabulous!!!) this is best byke to learn upon as a racer….!!!!!

  • Sam

    I love Yamaha YZF R15 and Bajaj Pulsar 220 Dtsi.
    but i m confused that which one should i buy?
    guys please suggest me….asap!

  • geo

    obviously yamaha…

  • Rokque

    I Love Yamaha YZF R15 nd Hero Honda Karizma ZMR but both r looking very dashing and good looking also but according to me tyres which you have used for Yamaha YZF R15 are very slim n their would have broad at least the back one which is similar like Yamaha FZ15 but i m confuseed which bike i should take Hero Honda Karizma ZMR or Yamaha YZF R15 but i think i should go for Yamaha YZF R15

  • Rokque

    ok thats fine i will go for Yamaha YZF R15 that only but i will take white colour

  • rahul

    i love to ride on R15 bec it s the most super bike in india nd this bike is one of them .
    i love to ride bec it is prefect bike nd enjoyable bike that i every seen in my like till now.
    its good looking in every colours bt the most very good looking colour is black nd blue.
    i ve ride karizma ZMR; pulsar 220cc; apache 180cc; fazer; FZ16; nd other bike bt i lik the most comfartable bik R15.
    nd thank u to mak it nd telling me the right choice in my life.
    ok i c u later thnx for suggested me ok
    thanx

  • shadow

    most of the bike lovers here just finds a way to find a fault on this machine…..yamaha has designed this bike by designers of R1(pls note everyone who finds fault in rear tyre of the bike)

  • SAURABH SHINDE

    HI GUYS, YAMAHA R15 IS A SUPERB BIKE. I HAVE A MAROON R15 AND I WAS JUST UNHAPPY WITH THE TYRES OF THE BIKE AS THEY WERE TOO SMALL FOR THE BIKE. BUT, I HAVE CHANGED THEM TO 120/70-17″ FRONT AND 160/50-17″ REAR (MRF ZAPPER TYRES). BELIEVE ME, NOW MY R15 LOOKS A REAL SUPERSPORTS BIKE JUST LIKE THE LEGENDARY R1.

    • VENKAT

      how much does that tyre costs

    • RAJ

      can u tell me abut the swing arm modification…….for sure it will affect the performance…hw she performs nw!!!!…wat abut the top end & acceleration,cornering…

  • anuj

    dude its a good over all review on the r15.but i find this line of yours “What an awesome torque of 17 bhp from the advanced liquid-cooled 149.8cc engine?”hard to understand.
    when u write so much on a bike like the yamaha r15.you should know basic terms about the specifications of the engine.17bhp is the break horse power of the bike.the peak torque is 15Nm.
    please be sure of what u write.
    nice to hear about the legendary rx100.the bike rocks.
    keep posting
    ride safe..cheers!!

  • prudhvi

    ha frdz r15 tires r thin ….but the riding ablity,controlling,breakingetc…,when compared to other 150cc and above 150cc bikes…….when u buy r15 just enjoy it like a motogp racer…….it is complet racing DNA of R1….r15 dont make a problem in riding …..those problems r wat v made when riding……. every bike has different different features…..but r15 has those all featers……so just rock on guys!!!!!!!!

  • Joe

    Hello All,

    I am proude owner of R15 Red color. (coz gals like red :P)

    I am facing a strange problem. Whenever i apply rear disk brakes hard, the tyres gets lock n bike tumples as if i gonna skid. (It dont skid, jus my bike moves forward wit tyre locked)

    Its really scared at tat moment. Is there any solution for this serious situation.?

  • rana

    i hv booked r 15 tooday. i want to know is this bikke good for long drive like 300 km.

  • dhruv

    can anybody please tell me about the fuel consuption in R 15?????

    • RAJ

      42kmpl in city,46-48 in highway!!!

  • aknoble

    superb bike. It reached up to 157kmphr. I enjoyed motogp with R15.

    • RAJ

      please hav a check for ur speedometer….!!!

  • hai friend,
    am jaya surya.yamaha r15 its really amazing.i belive that