Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd has launched exclusively in India one of the most advanced super sports bike and christened it Yamaha R15. The machine is a challenge either on the racing track or on the winding hills, and is a stand out in the 150cc bikes segment. Six months after its launch the motorcycle has already set a new benchmark and created fan following for itself amongst Indian youth.

Yamaha R15

Concept Behind Yamaha R15: Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd wanted to reposition itself in Indian market and so they rightfully injected the R-series DNA into the motorcycle and stirred racing instinct in most motorcycle enthusiasts. The R-series characteristics include better aero dynamic features with cowls composed of blade surfaces to resist airflow actively and effectively.

Color and Styling: The Yamaha R15 reflects a gorgeous look in its racing colors of blue, graphite black and blazing red. The very look of the bike at a glance confirms that it is a R-series motorbike and it is direct expression of Yamaha’s motorcycle developmental motto that is Exciting Performance and Stylish Design. The world class design has been incorporated in Yamaha R15 with localized functions that will suit the Indian road conditions and user preference. The Delta box frame of chassis adds to its chisel shaped look besides providing with greater stability while the multi-reflector head lamp makes it a worthy super sport model.

Performance and Engine: It is for the first time that Yamaha uses MotoGP technology for Yamaha R15. What is MotoGP technology? In GrandPrix motorcycle racing MotoGP is the premier class that uses the most sophisticated, advanced and revolutionary technology piloted by some skilful riders. The bikes equipped with MotoGP technology is purposely built as racing machines. Apart from this, Yamaha R15 comes with 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, fuel injected 150cc engine.

It is DiASil cylinder of Yamaha R15 that is unique to its manufacturer as it is made from Yamaha’s unique aluminum die casting technology. The benefit is in terms of efficient heat dissipation thus reducing heat-induced engine power loss to a great extent and less weight as well. Additionally, to attain light weight, pistons are not the conventional ones, instead they are forged pistons and are all aluminum providing with excellent strength and much thinner too. This newly developed engine of Yamaha R15 with special features provides with excellent riding experience with power-packed performance. Being an urban super sport, Yamaha R15 adheres to emission standards as well.

Yamaha R15 is also equipped with monocross suspension that allows the rider enjoy comfortable riding experience with greater stability. The engine of Yamaha R15 delivers maximum power in the range of 20-22bhp and the super sports bike can accelerate to 60km/h in just 3 seconds. The top speed of Yamaha R15 is in the range of 145km/h. Mileage is approximately 35-40kmpl.

Handling: This super sports bike Yamaha R15 is extremely easy to handle as it maneuvers extremely well within the crowded city roads and eases through sudden twists and turns. The wheelbase of 1290mm provides with greater grip on roads and the tubeless tires reduce the weight of the motorcycle. Yamaha has created this R15 bike to bring about maximum harmony between the rider and the machine for agile handling and enjoyable ride in all kinds of situation.

Overall Impression: Designed exclusively for the Indian market, the Yamaha R15 will boost sales of Yamaha as it is the first super bike in India. Although it is priced at Rs.80, 000 yet the feeling is that the Yamaha R15 bike would rope in a large section of young generation as most bike lovers dream to own a super bike in line with European style and preference for luxury products. With MotoGp technology riding experience, Yamaha R15 will provide with aggressive riding experience. So lay your hands on to get enriching Yamaha R15 experience.

Kishore Kumar,
Reader of BikeAdvice and an Avid Biker

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30 COMMENTS

  1. This is not a worthy review…….the author has given wrong information about the bike……it does not produces 20-22 bhp rather it produces 17 bhp…..and also about the price of the bike,…..who told you it costs rs. 80000……it is rs. 97500 ex showroom across india…….

    I request bikeadvice.in not to allow such false information containing reviews on your trustworthy website…..we expect a lot from you and dont let such people lower the reputation of your site…..

  2. hai kishore nice review but tell 1 thing which branc of yamaha is selling out the R-15 for 80,000. ????????????
    its on road price is 1,12000………..

  3. 20-22 bhp??? !!
    145 kmph top speed?? !!
    Rs. 80,000/- price?? !!
    0-60 kmph in 3 secs?? !!

    CRAP!
    Are you a promoter/salesman of Yamaha bikes? Have you even bothered to look at the spec sheet? Do that first. It seems you wrote the review without doing so.
    Yes, we agree that the bike is very good. But, please, for god’s sake, don’t overstate.

  4. Nice review there. However I think Yamaha could have given the R15 more power. It costs quite alot more than the Pulsar 220, and the Pulsar 220 is faster than the R15. Bajaj is launching a faster version of the 220 so I don’t know how the R15 will be the best performance machine in the country. Yes the handling is super, but power is also important.

  5. Shikhar: This is not a worthy review…….the author has given wrong information about the bike……it does not produces 20-22 bhp rather it produces 17 bhp…..and also about the price of the bike,…..who told you it costs rs. 80000……it is rs. 97500 ex showroom across india…….I request bikeadvice.in not to allow such false information containing reviews on your trustworthy website…..we expect a lot from you and dont let such people lower the reputation of your site…..

    Shikhar, I am sorry that I did not proof read the reviews that came in. I will edit the information asap and I guarantee that such information will not be published in BikeAdvice again!

  6. pls mention the right specs.
    R15 is waste of money.
    I think r15 is a polio patient looking at its rear tyre.
    Any1 thinking of buyin it i would suggest to go 4
    Royal enfield,thunderbird ( the daddy of all toy bikes)

  7. yajurved: pls mention the right specs.
    R15 is waste of money.
    I think r15 is a polio patient looking at its rear tyre.
    Any1 thinking of buyin it i would suggest to go 4
    Royal enfield,thunderbird ( the daddy of all toy bikes)

    yajurved: pls mention the right specs.
    R15 is waste of money.
    I think r15 is a polio patient looking at its rear tyre.
    Any1 thinking of buyin it i would suggest to go 4
    Royal enfield,thunderbird ( the daddy of all toy bikes)

    who the hell said r15 is waste of money, advance technologies are used in r15,it has no comparison with Royal enfield,thunderbird, r15 is bike which as everything.. even r15 is 150cc it can beat royal enfield bullet and thunderbird any time

  8. hii my friend i told u very shocking about r15….u know one thing yamaha r15 produce 22 bhp rather then 17 bhp but small changes produce in enging firstly we chang the ecm(engin control mangment) device of the bike ….now this time the device bind up the power of yamaha r15 with 17 bhp but if its chang it produce 22 bhp power……or very inportent talk yamah r15 fail evry bike in india in the 150.or 200,,or 225cc segment bike or haan r15 very well defeat royal enfild …so guyes enjoy ur bikes but dnt compare with YAMAHA R15 this bike is sprite of recing

  9. well i got a yamaha yzf r15
    to b honest it has a superb balance even at 140cc
    u will feel that u r flying….. its so steady.
    its extremely lightweighted n easy to handle…..
    can take very sharp turns….
    the performance is amazing….
    i remember that all my friends who had a ride said ” i dont feel anymore to ride my bike… its s shame ”
    its sporting looks are head turner..
    and believe me no pulsar or karizma or bullet or cbz or hunk can match its looks on road
    try it
    it makes all other bikes feel small…
    and captures all the attention….
    its a great deal at 112000 inr on road price
    try it
    trust me

    • not just looks but a power of 17bhp in 150cc
      which a karizma produce at 223cc
      baby i think u r new to world of bike
      a true engineer can only value it….

  10. it is true that r 15 can reach upto 168 km hr with the replacement of air filter which costs rs. 2000 only and it ca churn even 22 bhp

    Vikas: 20-22 bhp??? !!
    145 kmph top speed?? !!
    Rs. 80,000/- price?? !!
    0-60 kmph in 3 secs?? !!CRAP!
    Are you a promoter/salesman of Yamaha bikes? Have you even bothered to look at the spec sheet? Do that first. It seems you wrote the review without doing so.
    Yes, we agree that the bike is very good. But, please, for god’s sake, don’t overstate.

  11. u bitch what do u know about R15 its a super bike,u people think it is wast of money first have a test drive of it then u dont say its wast of money

  12. Yamaha is know for racing bike its not a ordinary bike 2 get for 70 to 80000, its a super bike which hits a top speed of 145 with out any vibrations . so dont think of money thing of performance

  13. i dont know why everyone is bashing the guy for the so called ‘wrong specs’ ..only the cost seems wrong to me, its 97k and not 80k as stated. but it IS possible to get 20-22 bhp on this bike, and 0-60 acc is 3.20 seconds. as opposed to 3 s as stated. so for u bashers 0.20 seconds is a lifetime isnt it????????? and u tell the poor kid to go look at the specs, maybe ur the ones who should have a look at it in the first place..go back to ur mommy losers.
    ;;’;;

  14. listen up buddz…! ya i am sure for the model review of r15..!
    but it needs to be changed a lot…!
    first to change the back tyre..!
    though the bike may be of higher bhp and sports biking in indian roads it doesnt work…! only ass full of money punks get those..! we want the bike model to be effortable…! i want to know the latest bikes that to be launched in 2010..! which may be a range 80000 to 90000..!
    cming back to r15..!
    get the bike resolution..!
    the height of the bike shoulbe increase..! and front doom should be inperfect V shaped type..!
    anywayzzzz.. i want the images of the bikes that r going to be launched in 2010..! and prices about them..! in our city HYD

  15. I have a r15.i bought it on january.the maximum speed it can achieve is 135km/hr.well the question arises now is even pulsar 220 which is having more speed(138km/hr) then r15 and even it cost less,so why to go for yammie.the answer is performance.at r15 you wont get a single vibration and you wont loose confidence while braking and turning but i dont think the pulsar wont vibrate.because i had ridden pulsar and believe me it vibrates.when i asked to bajaj the answer was it is common in high speed for every bike.again a 150cc bike is producing a speed of 135 whereas a bike which has 4or 5bhp more and 70cc extra is producing only a speed of three km more. Now in many blogs i have read that it catches 150 or like 145.but its completely untrue.and please dont believe the speedo of a bike.it will never show you a real speed.being am engineering student i know that.it will show you more.when i and my friend ride at same speed ,his pulsar 220 shows tired km more than mine.thats so crazy.

  16. alrite for all of the people who thinks r15 sucks…….i am 19 yrs old and live in NEPAL. i previously owned an apache and now own a pulsar 220 …..my brother owns a bullet classic 350 but i still want an r15….dude be practical…….comparing bullets and r15 are like comparing horse and a dog(yeah thts rite……..)……..be witful and careful abt what u post guys plz…..and if u hate it why bother posting such a harsh comment………..

    and for the guy who wrote this review………..hope i dun have to say anything…….write the stock features not what u can make it into……….hope that was some quality advice……..

  17. i own a black R15 …dude every penny spent on the bike is worth…you can’t compare it with Dumb pulsar , the riding pleasure is class.yo feel connccted to bike i have rode it to 145km\h n there was little vibration..you attempt to do so with a pulsar its like a tractor ride…..its totally abt performance, braking is awesome n ppl who have this mental block in the mind abt the rear tyre ..please ride the bike first its so stable at high speeds..

  18. I think R15 is the best bike in INDIA. It’s not a bike actually it’s a Sports Bike. So we can’t compare with another bikes. The main thing is High Speed without vibration, looks also so pretty and the control very good, price don’t matter for a good quality.

  19. i just planed to buy a bike and went for 2 month of survey on indian bikes .. my options was among ever green Karizma , ZMR, pulsar 220, pulsar 180, R15, tvs apache rtr 180.. dude believe me i took 2 months to survey .. first lemme tell about me I’m 6’1 hight, perfect body with 80 Kg weight n 23 yr old .. in my friends except R15 we do have all the bikes ..this the true review lets go one by one. Before going one by one let me tell u one more thing ofter my 1 month of research i book Karisma first (note: befor i book karisma i didnt test drive R15 ) later on one day i jst went to see R15 and went for test drive guys believe me bike was realy awsome gr8 performance with sports feel while u drive the bike. ofter tht i did 1 month survey on the R15 . i asked more thn 100 R15 owners. yes, its true, when ever i see R15 on road i just overtake R15 n asked him to stop n introduced my self n start asking abt R15 got 100% (+ve) review frm owners .. bike was consistance even it was 2 yrs old bike, it had same performance n milage as the new bike. then ofter all thngs i canceled karisma and book R15 , currently my bike was 5 months old bike, guys trust me im enjoying every second of my bike drive
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    NOTE::: I’m not lover any particular bike all i see is performance and consistence

    according to my research on indian bikes

    1) karizma:: ths bike is every greeen bike but u can find many bikes on roads and old technology // milage –> 35

    2)ZMR:: ths bike came to over cme few thngs in kariza but it dnt have goog look from back side and engine get over heat even it is liquid cool engine // milage –> 36

    3)pulsar 220:: ths bike got gr8 performance but old technology , ofter few months bike doesnt perform as that perform when it is new, engine sounds, heavy maintainces // milage –> 30

    4)pulsar180:: this bike cme with good looks with old pular200 body , but engine was again the same as 220 , doesnt perform as the tht perform whn it was new , engine sounds , heavy maintainces // milage –> 38-40

    5)tvs apache rtr 180:: well even ths bike has gr8 performance but bike doesnt have consistence in performance and fuel economy and not gr8 sports looking bike // milage –> 35-40

    6)yamaha R15::well this bike had gr8 performance with new technologys consistence in performance n milage, true sports look n sports feel whn u drive it , had gr8 handling at any speed , solid grip, .. // milage –> 39-40

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