R15 v3 launch in India expected at the Auto Expo… Also listed in the second part of the article are the differences of India-spec version with the international motorcycle…

First ever spotting of the R15 v3 on Indian soil, broken by BikeAdvice, sent out an air of excitement among biking enthusiasts. The first image, however, was unclear and did not reveal many important bits. Later, we shared clearer pics, also inserted on this page. And since then the motorcycle has been in the news for various sightings.

Another spotting from a dealership (credit Rushlane) suggested that India will get a new colour theme – it is dark grey with red with minimum decals and graphics and it looks better than the international colours.

The other colour theme is expected to be this blue…

Few exclusively shots by BikeAdvice.

Yamaha R15 v3 Observations

Now that we have it in front of us – let us quickly share the noticeable bits on what is Yamaha planning to offer India…

  • v2-like Front Fender – Unlike the richer (broader) mudguard of the v3, the India-spec motorcycle carries a V2-like front fender.
  • Fairing – The good thing is that the fairing is the exact replica of the international v3.
  • Tyres – Indonesian R15 v3 gets IRC tyres but we will be getting MRFs which is, kind of, expected.

Yamaha R15 v3 pic

  • Brakes – The discs appear to be similar to the Indonesian R15 which means it COULD be the bigger 282 mm front rotor (existing v2 gets a 267 mm front disc). However, the calipers appear to be different.
  • Pillion Footpeg Assembly – Unlike the aluminium assembly of the Indonesia-spec v3, we are getting the conventional iron rods very similar to the current model on offer in India.

  • Alloys & Tyres – The mule is running with alloy design of the Indonesia-spec V3 and though we can not be certain but this R15 may also be running on broader tyres.
  • No USDs: As we have mentioned earlier, India-spec R15 v3 does NOT get Upside- Down Forks which is a clear cost cutting measure but there is nothing wrong with that for a motorcycle of this capacity, if it helps in getting its buyers a significant cost advantage. Hope Yamaha does NOT take the slipper clutch away.
  • No ABS: No motorcycle so far has been spotted with ABS which almost confirms that Yamaha has no plans to offer ABS in the R15 v3 as of now. We do not see an optional variant either.

Also Read: Is R15-S’ Engine Different From R15V2’s? We Clarify

R15 v3 Engine for India?

I tried to very carefully observe if I can deduce anything from these pics. From the V2 to V3, Yamaha has elongated the fairing and that engine oil window does not appear at its conventional position (or if it is present, it is not visible in the pics). Let me tell you what am I talking about through this pic.

  • Point 1: The engine oil cap is placed exactly at the same place.
  • Point 2: The only minor visible exterior changes between these two versions are – a) the frame is slightly contoured in, in V2 whereas it is not in v3 and b) the engine oil inspection window is visible in v2 whereas it may or may not be positioned at the same place in v3 (it is not visible).

Now notice the R15 v3 test mule’s pic for India. There is absolutely no way anybody can, just by looking at it, say with conviction that it is the same motor but based on the visible changes I have highlighted in the above pic, it COULD be the 155 cc motor of the original V3.

Update : VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) is confirmed from the decal in the latest spy pics. And, we have a sneaking bit that the motorcycle will, indeed, get the 155 cc bigger engine from the international version. However, its exact specs for India can not be ascertained at the moment.

R15 v3 launch
Here is the Indonesia-Spec R15 v3 in Black

Also Read: Yamaha RD350 vs Yamaha YZF-R3: One Brand, Two Cylinders, Three Decades

R15 v3 Launch India

Now that the motorcycle has been spotted in a showroom-ready condition, expect a formal launch soon. There were hopes of Yamaha introducing it before the Auto Expo but now that we are so close to the event, we expect it to bow down at the Yamaha’s podium at the Auto Expo 2018 on the 7th of February.

It appears that Yamaha had to advance the v3 for India because of the ABS norms kicking in from early next year. All new 150 cc and higher motorcycles launched from 1st April 2018 will have to have ABS as standard. However, all such motorcycles launched before this date can live for another year and they get this enforcement from 2019.

Also Read: 2018 Yamaha R3 Unveiled; Coming to India Soon

So, guys R15 with a bigger engine, more power, super-awesome looks – at a slight premium – will you buy it?

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    • But VVA engine would increase the cost of the bike. I think Yamaha is doing the right thing to fit the upgraded version within its current price bracket and if the Indonesia spec R15 is launch as it is then its maintenance cost will also be on the higher side and the overall cost of ownership will also increase.

      • R15 has neways had the reputation of being the costliest 150cc in India, however R15 owners aren’t affected by that. The VVA engine will actually sell like hotcake in India

      • I completely agree with you that R15 has the reputation of being the costliest 150cc in India but the VVA engine and the latest tech on V3 would further increase the ex-showroom price to 1.55L or even more. Copy pasting a para from the above article “This 155 cc engine with VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) was already in production on some other model(s) in Indonesia, however, it is not the same case in India. If Yamaha offers it here, it will mean new R&D, exhaustive local testing and then new parts (and vendors), production line changes etc, all of which will entail higher input costs.” This is actually true my friend. Yamaha wont take any risky decisions that would spoil the good sales of R15.

  1. price factor remains to be the main criteria as lot of options available starting from one lakh to 2 lakh price band with 200 cc all the way to 375 cc….will there be any taker if priced above 1.4 lakh…

  2. Yamaha company cheated to Indian version , so many difference. Same R15 v2 indicator in R15 v3 & odd luking rear mud hugger. See the pillon rear foot rest of Indian version compared to International. Fr other country perfection & for India … sell that old model. Fr international thr is 1 grey col strong metal & fr India two black wire.
    No USD forks , No slipper clutch , No ABS. In design also so many difference yamaha doing for Indian market. See R15 v3 fan boys.

    Why this racism Yamaha ? Why so much difference to Indian market ? Why nt fr other country ? Why only fr India ?

    Yamaha company disrespect & understimate Indian customers & getting same profit fr International & Indian selling. Yamaha company paisa loot raha hey.

  3. There are four categories of bike in terms of cost.
    1. Value for Money – Ex: Bajaj.
    2. You get what you pay – Ex: TVS
    3. Premium, pay more, get less – Ex: Honda
    4. Be stupid, pay a fortune for a cookie – Ex: Yamaha R15.

  4. I need to drop this from my list as it is missing out the most important thing for me at least……ABS !! What is fun being fast when you are not safe enough. Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is the better bet.

    Yahama and Honda are good companies but they are being racist with Indians.

    We are ready to pay extra for technology but at least you should offer international products.
    Make in India would surely reduce cost impact.

    Now eagerly waiting for TVS Akula (Apache 310 RR) for the launch and should be priced competitive under 1.8 lakhs on road. It will kill the market for 200 CC segment.

  5. nothing is certain and you put a “headline” that is misleading. “However, its exact specs for India can not be ascertained at the moment.”


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