Yamaha, a name synonymous with sheer power, screeching engines and the incredibly sharp looks, came up with yet another incredible avenger – the Yamaha r15 ver2.
A perfect blend of performance and looks is what this motorcycle all about. By now we all know with regards to Yamaha, you always get more than you’ve bargained for…and in this case, it in-fact is actually true. I can actually swear by this fact.
I was a huge huge fan of the KTM Duke 200. In fact, I was on the verge of acquiring one. However, it just dawned on me that it might be a bit of an issue considering my height (I’m a relatively short heighted person – 5.1). So I thought to myself, if I am to buy a bike it sure as hell gonna be a incredible looking power monster, a real looker on the road…something which people admire when they see one on the road and think “God I wish I had that bike”. And Voila, here comes the brand new sportsbike from the Yamaha stable.
If you’d take a look at the bike, you’d notice that it looks strikingly similar to it’s predecessor – the Yamaha r15. However, it has been given new front fairing designs (which looks like a shark grill), along with a higher rear cowl with LED taillights, Nissin disc brakes (front and back), rear mono-suspension, MRF Zapper track tyres, 6 gears, electronic fuel injection and a brilliant liquid cooled 150cc engine. This bike is a descendent of the amazing Yamaha R6, which looks absolutely stunning btw. I guess the awesomeness flows in the blood 😉
The engine has a particular growl which becomes distinct when you shift from the 2nd to the 3rd gear and so on. You can actually feel the power rising through your legs, giving you unbelievable torque. The Yamaha guys never mention the correct max speed of their bikes…sly ain’t it. In one of my highway rides, I managed to pull a blistering 131km/hr, without any unwanted noise or high speed wobbles. Not bad for a 150 cc sportsbike eh? The first modification that I did to the bike was to install a K&N air filter worth INR 4500/-, which I bought off ebay and is worth every penny. Apart from the 10 – 15% rise in performance, it certainly gives a boost to the mileage too. Scarlett (yes, that’s my bike’s name) gave a mileage of 44km/ltr on my recent highway ride. In the city too I get a decent mileage of 35 km/ltr. Not only is the bike made for the race track, but it performs phenomenally well on dirt roads too. Trust me on it. I’ve tested!
Here’s a sneak peek into the specs of my speed-monster:
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve|
|Cylinder arrangement||Single cylinder|
|Bore & Stroke||57 × 58.7mm|
|Maximum power||17PS/ 8,500rpm|
|Maximum torque||15N.m / 7,500rpmm|
|Starting system||Electric start|
|Fuel tank capacity||12 liters|
|Fuel supply system||Fuel Injection|
|Primary / Secondary reduction ratio||3.042 / 3.133|
|Clutch type||Wet Multiple-disc|
|Transmission type||Return type 6-speed|
|Gear ratios||1st=2.833, 2nd＝1.875, 3rd=1.364,
4th=1.143, 5th=0.957, 6th=0.84
|Frame type||Delta box|
|Caster / Trail||26° / 98mm|
|Tire size (Front / Rear)||90/80-17 / 130/70-R17|
|Brake type (Front / Rear)||Hydraulic, single disc (Front / Rear)|
|Suspension type (Front / Rear)||Telescopic / Linked type Monocross|
|Headlight||Lo beam12V/35W X1, Hi beam12V/35W X2|
|Battery||12V, 3.5Ah (10H)|
|Overall length x width x height||1,970mm x 670mm × 1,070mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||160mm|
Being a Mumbaikar, you have to deal with heavy rains for almost 4 months in a year, during which many people refrain from taking out their bikes for everyday use. But not me. At first I was a bit reluctant too. But after the first ride in the rains, it was no looking back. The track tires don’t skid easily. In-fact they don’t skid at all. And no problems riding the bike through water clogged roads or starting after being parked in knee deep water.
The Yamaha service centres also does a decent job in cleaning her up. I personally prefer the one in Andheri East – Excellent Yamaha. When instructed, they’d personally look at servicing your bike as per the requirement, with care!
A Yamaha r15 ver2 is a pleasure to ride. She is solely a rider’s bike, not coz the rear cowl is a bit too high for a pillion, but the pros out weigh the cons, big time! The more I ride, the more I fall in love with this bike. The mods aren’t going to stop, new headlights, exhaust…well you get the picture. All I can say is I can recommend this bike to any biker, amateur as well as pro. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!!!