Yamaha R15 V3 Review | Best 150cc bike in India | Road test | RWR
Yamaha. Were the first ones to give the average Indian motorcyclist. The, thrill of performance. In 1983. The Yamaha Rd 350, brought, the thrill of speeds to, the shores of the subcontinent, and later, it was the rx hundred which, made performance, affordable. And reached, a mass-market but, those were the days before I was born let's, skip ahead to 25. Years it's 2008. And Yamaha, launches, the r15. A motorcycle. That completely. Changed, Indian, motorcycle with super sport inspired design, razor, sharp handling and Yamaha, initiative, like the one make championship. For the ar-15 which got many young riders, onto, the track pace for, the very first time but this is where the story takes a wrong turn where. The Indian motorcyclist, waited, for, the r3, and the r6. Yamaha kept giving sticker, upgrades, to their r15, yes. They did some changes to make the r15, more sporty, with the video but, that received, mixed reactions the. Introduction. Of the KTM, redefined, performance, whereas yama focused, mainly on making. More scooters, and making, more money and competing, with Honda, but it's 2018. Now and Yama has come back with a fully kitted out r3, and the new, heartthrob. Of the young Indian rider, presenting. Yamaha. YZF r1. V @ p3 will. Jump right into the right discussion, but let's first take a look at the specs and what's, different, in this column, version the engine has been upped from 149. CC, to 155. CC, single cylinder motor, which is producing, 19, bhp, at 10,000. Rpm that, astronomically. High rpm, figure had me worried about the lack of low-end performance, but, Yamaha claims that with variable, valve timing they. Use two different camps want, to deliver low-end torque and the, other to deliver more power from. 7000. Rpm onwards start figures are 15. Newton meters and that isn't something groundbreaking and, that is why you do feel the sluggishness in the lower rpms, the Yamaha r15, retains, the Delta box frame from the version 1 it's a 10 year old frame now but, even now the frame feels just, as good and it's one of the favourite things of mine on this motorcycle braking.
Duties Are performed by, a, 282. Millimeter single, disc up front which, is provided, by by brake and a 220. Millimeter single, disc at the red which, is somehow, provided, by innocent the front brakes could have been a lot better they, lack the initial, white but offer great, feedback, to, the rider and the progressive, braking is also, decent but I still would have wanted much from the front brake especially, since it's a sport bike you cannot really use the rear brake too much and it doesn't come with ABS which has shocked many even, an option, labias, is not an offer the, suspension, has been beefed up and it's now a 41, mm force from the 33, millimeters on, the previous version and that does increase, stability on, the front but unlike the international, version the Indian version doesn't get the upside down ports, that, is probably, because of cost-cutting, the, rear suspension is a swing arm length type suspension, and I absolutely love how much feedback and feel it transmits, back to the rider from, the rare breed especially. In the corners we, still are running MRF Nilo gripped bias-ply tires and, a, lot, of people would have wondered. Tires though, these styles are great on the try their wet crypt is questionable, the motorcycle, weighs 139. Kgs fully filled which, is just 3 kg more than the previous version they have shortened, the wheelbase by 20, millimetres to give this bike more agility, and which is obviously, required, since the tiles have been beefed up revised. The seat height and raised it by 15, millimeters that's gonna be a little bad for the shorter riders the fuel tank capacity has, been reduced, to 11 liters but, with 38, to 40 kilometers, per litre mileage, this, motorcycle has a very, decent, range, of 400. Kilometers or, more which is really praiseworthy since, you will not be taking this bike to tour I think that kind of range is more, than enough for every type of rider the motorcycle, also comes with the slip SS clutch and all, new LED, headlamps, apart from looking good they're also pretty functional available. In two different paint, schemes we had our hands on the gray and red combination, which I absolutely love. The Daytona series, of mods to offer further, customization, and, rupees. 2204. Frame sliders, which will save your ferries from a highside and low-side crash are my first recommendation the, second recommendation from. The letona mod skit would be getting, the bigger disc brake from the front and that's gonna make your worst cycle more safe so those are my two favourite mods on the Yamaha r15 p3. The six-speed gearbox is perfect, and with. This kind of a smooth clutch it, really, takes, your shifting, game to a next level and launching, this motorcycle off the line is a real, pleasure and it was finally, time to do, just that, put it onto the actual road, test. See how this. I think, that was pretty good. Let's, talk a bit about the ergonomics, the, handlebars, are low that's ar-15. Tradition, but you, know they've raised the seat height so you really feel and, that much more comfortable to be honest because there's more legroom right now it's 815. Millimeters, so even if you're five feet five I think you'll be comfortable on this bike a lot, of taller riders like six feet and above but didn't want to write the original ar-15. And they didn't buy the motorcycle, just because they didn't like the ergonomics, now I'm not six feet but I think there'll, be a lot better on this bike, the. Foot pegs are air set but they're not that aggressively, rare set so, in. The city is manageable, but while you're going into the corners you do feel that they're doing just about fine I think they've got the ergonomics, a lot better because I've been riding this bike for over one hour right now and, it's been mostly slow riding with a little, bit of fast paced and, a slight bit of cornering, but I think what we are getting out of this is, pretty, good pretty decent, on, the, comfort side so if, you can manage it in the city it, will be very easy to put it around with it's very light it's 139. Kgs wet which is 3 kgs heavier than the previous bike but, you really don't feel the weight because the wheelbase has been shortened and it's a very agile motorcycle, right now I'd, like, to talk about the styling a little bit first let's talk about the LED. Headlamps, they look absolutely. Brilliant, this, is the low beam and you flick, it to the high beam it looks really great and, then he. Had this mirrors new, shape but, the same sort, of functionality, and, they're, adjustable, they fold in pretty nicely they've got a hinge action, so if you're doing filtering, you can easily fold them in and.
Well. The gear shift lever is, perfectly, positioned, so. And. And it is a great lever you don't have any. Problems. With the gearbox no false neutrals, and it it shifts, with very, little effort but there's a good amount of feedback to it the, front brake which, I'm going to talk about has. 282. Millimeter brakes up front and that's, really, nice because it's, it's, giving a lot of feedback, and feel. And progressive, brake but to be honest it doesn't have that much initial, bite I don't, really like to use break on a sport bike especially. Since they do have a tendency to skid very easily on the version one the rear brake used to lock, up the rear wheel pretty easily and that was a very thin tyre so, right now I think it'll be better with. The styling, perspective. This. Very. Nice curved. Windshield. Is. Great for having, it on a stock bike, right. So. That's, definitely. There if you compare it it's. It's, very curved, body panels, it looks like a bigger bike it feels like a bigger bike while you're sitting on it and it. Doesn't feel heavy at all. So they've given it the big bike looks without. The big bike weight because obviously with this kind of power if you increase, the weight too much you're you're gonna feel that this bike has no power at all so they've managed to give it a big bike look and feel without increasing, the way too much there. Are plastic shrouds, on on the metal tank, to make it look even bigger and it's a new shape tank and it looks really aggressive, fits, very well with the rest of the motorcycle, so overall pleased with the bike and now looking, forward to some higher speed testing. Now is the time where we get to see. Allow, the wind protection. I would, say it's good but not as good as, the Apache or our 310. But, the bike is really stable. On the straights, and not. Gonna gives you confidence. I remember, this is one of the most bumpiest, highways, so. At higher speeds, its destabilizes. Almost any motorcycle. And. We can't really blame the wife for that. But there's. A. Say that how the suspension, will be here under bumps. 120-140. Disorder. Speed. On this way. Thirty-four. Speedo indicated, on that and. That. Was good. It can, go further I believe, but. After. 130. The speedo, Rises, very slowly, so reaching, to that top straight is not gonna be like some of those bikes that you just go up, and up and up and you've hit the limiter because, on, the highway you would feel that the taller sixth, gear is really for cruising, so it's not in a hurry to hit its top speed anytime. Soon it is a very happy engine so even, at 8,000, rpm, the engine doesn't feel stressed because, it can be wrapped all the way up to eleven thousand five hundred rpm, so that's one thing that you may not enjoy it in the city but. In the highway you can take good, advantage of, that and that is exactly how I used to ride the motorcycle when. I was. Having this, same, bike. So, when. We are on the Indian, Highway the general thing that I wanna see is whether the motorcycle, is capable of cruising at 100 km/h speed, without. Stressing, out the engine and that's gonna be at the 6th gear but, right now we're on the fifth, we're. At. Seven seven and a half thousand, rpm and. We can move it up to sixth, and say, the RPM is dropping to five to five and a half thousand rpm and, if. We move it back up to seven thousand rpm. We. Have exactly. Hundred km/h, speed which is the cruising speed and, at 7000, rpm I'd. Say the bike is almost. Vibration. Free so. It is capable of doing cruising, speeds 100 kilometers per hour pretty easily on the highway and that is I think a say, sweet for this motorcycle because the brakes aren't there for. Any higher speed I would not want to cruise on a higher speed with this kind of braking performance. And, it is it is not safe actually, for any smaller capacity or cycle to do, that sort of stuff and specifically.
Because They don't have the sickest aisles of the best brakes, it. Is still the best 150cc, I mean I've written, quite a few and right. Now as the CBR 150, which was the only motorcycle, which could challenge this bike is no longer being sold it's, kind of like having, a monopoly on the indian market for a sporty, 150 cc motorcycle, the. Next thing would be a jig sir which is much more inexpensive, but. It doesn't come anywhere, close to this motorcycle in terms of technology, or anything for that matter so. Yeah. It's kind of like the, king. Of the 150s. You. Could argue that a, pulsar. Rs200. Is, just about maybe. Seven thousands, more expensive. And that is better for overall, touring, and that, is also better. With, because it has it comes with, an. ABS, system I think they, have made it dual, channel ABS this year I'm not sure, so, the. Habeas version of the Pulsar must be expensive than this but it will still. Be having more power is, more. Comfortable, and it has abs, so if you guys are looking for a motorcycle that is more, tool worthy, I think the Avis version of the Pulsar. 200 RS makes. More sense but. The way this motorcycle looks, feels, and handles. That's a completely premium. Different. Idea. Now it is not late. For Yamaha it is not too late for Yamaha to correct their, small, mistake, on this motorcycle and to, equip this with, an ABS system even as an optional I mean they can release an optional abs version later if they feel like next. Year law is gonna come in and every motorcycle, of 150, 125, CC motorcycles, are gonna have abs but we don't know that laws getting delayed for the last three years so we not 100%. Sure whether that's coming in next year or not if, it comes it's better for the Indian rider, because that's gonna. Be putting. An end to, power. Crabbing, about ABS because it'll become the law I will be mandatory just like wearing a helmet is now. Waiting for that day but till that day I really. Appeal. To manufacturers. Because I know they watch these reviews, to. Give us an ABS system. That, would be really nice I've, been on this motorcycle for, since. 7:00, a.m. in the morning now it's 11 I haven't been riding constantly. And, I put in about three hours of riding so far, I, must, say that I'm feeling a little bit of pain here because I wasn't leaning, down too much I was. Just locking up my elbows a little bit in the cruising position, and. Still. I would, say the, seats are good it's not like those KTM, super. Hard seats, it's. Not super soft as well so. They've, got that part right and the seat is white so, that has always, been there in the our own fives he, gives great. Amount of support. For. The lower back. Now. Comes my favorite part, cornering. Beautiful. Motorcycle holds, right, through the corner there was a lot of traffic and I, couldn't, really get the initial, in, but just. Look, at that bike and how its holds, through the line this can absolutely. Murder. At the track and especially. At those tight tracks like collie Motor Speedway, trust, me I've been a to Carly and I would love to take this motorcycle there even, with this stock. MRF, tyres this is the level of grip and performance, that this bike has to offer I cannot, imagine what. Would happen if we got the Mozilla's on this bike I mean. I've. Been getting, one, or two corners here and there not. Really getting it to. Put through the line, exactly I had, it once before and, there. I was, not. Like. Recording, I wasn't recording I had a good amount of corner speed as well this one. Absolutely. Amazing. I mean. I could have gone much lower if I wanted but as. You saw that there was a lot of traffic and I was trying to find. A gap so we're doing some city rides right now.
I Would like to show you how clickable this bike is. So riding this bike into traffic. Not, much of an issue filtering. You're gonna fold in the mirrors and then it's just gonna be as easy as any other bike it's very light so. You're, not gonna face much issues yeah it is front heavy and that is not a good thing for this. Type of. You. Know corner, cutting and stuff like he's doing right now. But, what I tell you is. Great. By to filter it, now. Very easy by to live it you know I've had a lot of questions about the ergonomics and how it's so aggressive and whether we could actually live, with the spike I would. Say until, unless you're, middle-aged. Or until, unless you're suffering, from back, or wrist pains I am. Carrying a very heavy backpack, around 8, kgs, I believe on my back and I've been riding with that most of the time and. I. Really don't feel much different, to be very honest and the. Throttle inputs, are. Very precise, so the, moment you. Decelerate. You. Can feel that it's. Coming in there, is no hollowness. There, is no what. You call the false throttle. Whatever, you do 5, degree turn you feel it so, that makes the throttle very accurate, and it's, a it's a boon to use in the city it's, a boon to use in the cornering because you can be, much, more confident, and you can rely on this bike to, do exactly, what you wanted to do one. Thing I have to say is how refined this bike feels at five and a thousand, six thousand rpm vir and the fifth key we're doing 60 km/h, video, indicated, which is like most, of the cities have this kind of speed limits on the, main roads so. It. Feels like a very effortless, bike to ride but, if. You're accelerating from, this kind of a speed you would obviously feel, a little bit hollow so, if you want to enjoy that power you have, to play around with the gearbox quite, a bit. But. In case you're in the relaxed, mode I think this does just fine. And, with this kind of agility. Any. Kind of turn this, becomes, like. A racetrack I mean you, really enjoy, putting the bike through. The corners I. Wish. We had some twisties I really wish we had some twisties. Do, you see one thing interesting, is, when, I'm kicking into 8000rpm. There, is on top of the speedo there. Is a vva, that's. Coming, in so probably, it's telling, you that, the vva is turned on I I, don't. Think, I've. Seen that before, I will, show you the, vivia turns on right. Now it's it's showing VVA so. That means a variable, valve adjustment. System which, this engine, has a new feature that. They're actually letting you know when it's kicking it apart, from the clock, the, console, has everything, gear, position indicator auto, meter RPM, meter which is a very nice curved thing the, speedometer is obvious and it's very big so just a glance down you can check out whatever's, out, there and, the. Fuel we've. Ridden, it quite hard and I would say that we're getting good mileage it's about an eleven, litres of fuel, tank road conditions, get bad then this, aggressive. Riding pressure what happens is you feel more of the road because there's a lot of feedback from the front and that, kind of tires out your wrists, and if, you're carrying a backpack that way it's gonna be more onto, your back, and, for pillion riding as well if the pillion spitting in too much pressure on your back that's gonna tire you out as well. The, pillion seat is. Lower, on the spike so. That's one thing they, have done but. It's still a small sized seat and it's not very well cushioned so you. Can expect your slim girlfriend, to fit there just fine but just don't expect, to do any long rides with, her because. She's gonna complain about it so, we're back from the ride of the Yamaha r15 v3, and I must say that I'm really impressed but let's just walk you through the conclusions, and some of the drawbacks that we found a lot of you have asked me questions about, the headlights, and their nighttime performance, the owner of this motorcycle AG Neff also owns an FZ 25 and he told me that the headlight performance, is a lot better than FZ 25, but, I haven't tested it out myself, this, has four headlights going out at the eye beam so obviously, the performance should be a lot better in the low beam you have two headlights going out and it's, still better than the FZ 25, but there's great isn't that white and it's.
Not Gonna be one of those best headlights, but, I think it will perform reasonably, well. Second. Thing is about, the, tires I have told you that these tires, have good reasonable. Dry grip but tomorrow's. To struggle in the wet yama is offering, you an optional. Metal upgrade in near future so a lot of you guys were finicky. About me about tire grips can go for that the, third thing that I really did not like about was, the front desk and the. Amount, of bite it had the. Bike is really fast and it would do be the better braking, there, is not, much, else that I could find wrong with this motorcycle, some. Might say that the pricing is really high but I really, don't think that the amount, of tech and styling, that it has got to offer that, the pricing is any higher ABS. Would, have been an absolute. Boon on this motorcycle even, if it was an optional. One and, those are really the some of the small nitpicks that I have with, the ABS being the biggest, one the. Owner is claiming a mileage of about 438. Kilometers, 240, even plus sometimes he's saying is getting more than 40 I haven't, tested it out myself I was riding pretty hard so we were getting much less returns but those are not ideal, riding conditions so. I would say that you were good, with mileage, Yamaha bikes in fest have aged, and when. They age the mileage reduces, but, initially, you can expect, any are anywhere, around 38 to 40 kilometers, per liter mileage I still, think this is the best 150, cc motorcycle in, India right now and it, always was you know for the last 10, years this, has been the top 150, cc motorcycle it, having, the new more, aggressive. Organ ah max I personally, think it is more comfortable because, it's, giving you more leg room with the hot dollar seat item and. The red rear set foot pegs are not really that much aggressive, so, for comfort, I would. Say it's better than the previous one though most reviews don't agree to my point of view but that's just me if, you like this review go. Ahead and hit that subscribe button I really, need your shares guys, really work hard on these reviews but we don't get that many views so. It really reads your support, to share out in the social media and maybe recommend, it to your friends who, want this motorcycle because I try to put out as much information as, I can these reviews get long but I know you guys love it thanks, watching, and I'll see you very very soon this, is rahul goodbye. And a big, big, tanks, before I go to, an Bureau for facilitating, this review and the owner of this motorcycle Agnes, for, trusting, me with his bike he had some issues so he Cunha company as he just trusted me with his bike thank you for again and goodbye.