The Yamaha YZF R15 Version 2.0 is the successor of the previous Yamaha YZF R15 which debuted in India in June 12 2008 in India.Since then the R15 has not gone under upgrade and increasing competition in Indian market with a new CBR150 and KTM Duke 200 Yamaha thought that a upgrade was necessary and in September sixth 2011 the Version 2.0 was released.The bike under gone many changes visually and new paint jobs and finishes though the engine output and the chassis and suspension remains the same the Version 2.0 has some performance improvements around the circuit because of change in gear ratios and increase in performance.
The Yamaha R15 version 2.0 is a good looking bike from its inception and the new bike has the same front portion as of its predecessor so one could hardly tell the difference between the previous edition R15 and version 2.0 by looking at the front part although the paint job is different.The rear part which was considered as not so good looking when compared with the sportiness of the front end in the previous edition R15 was redesigned with a sporty split seat like those seen on the bigger Yamaha bikes like Yamaha YZF R1 and the tail was replaced with a Yamaha YZF R6 styled Led light.The side fairings design was also changed and is now a two piece fairing previously it was one piece fairing.It has a increased wheel base when compared to the previous Iteration of the R15.It is the most beautiful bike in 150 cc bike in India.The Five spoke type allot wheel design which is formed by 10 thin spokes makes them feel lighter as well as tough.
Engine and transmission:
The engine is a single cylinder Liquid cooled 4-stroke engine with SOHC (Single Over Head Camshaft) with 4 valves.The engine produces a maximum output of 17 ps at 8,500 rpm and 15 N-m torque at 7,500 rpm.This is the same engine as its predecessor but with some performance gains around the race circuit.The fuel injection system is revamped.The Bore and stroke ratio are optimized for all round performance of the bike.The compression ratio is set at 10.4:1 which is more than that of Pulsar 220 DTS-i.The fuel tank capacity is 12 litres and the bike gas wet sump lubrication.Return type Six speed transmission is used.The top speed of the bike is claimed to be 135 km/h.
Chassis and Suspension:
Yamaha Patented Delta Box frame is used on this bike which does the job of maintaining handling and as well as offering comfort for the rider.The Delta Box frame is considered as the best type of frames for Motorcycles.Along with the chassis Yamaha provided a Aluminium swing arm at the rear.
The front suspension is Telescopic and the rear is linked Mono cross Suspension which does phenominal job in inspiring the rider in and around the corners.
Tyres and Brakes:
90/80-17 Front and
The tyres are made from soft compound rubber which offer excellent grip on the track.But the main disadvantage of soft compound rubber tyres is they worn out quickly.
The front and rear are provided with Disc brakes.No ABS option is present.
Ride Quality Performance and Handling:
The performance has been improved at the race track level and it can be hardly differentiable on street conditions.The predecessor R15 is the best handled bike in India and R15 Version 2.0 is no exception and its handling is the same as the predecessor.When thinking of ride qulity one need to adjust to the race seating position on the Yamaha R15 one may feel discomfort at the beginning.
The exhaust is newly designed and it looks cool on the new bike and it has a sports bike feel to it.
The price of the bike is Rs 1,07,000 Ex showroom Delhi.
There are three color choices available
Midnight Black,Sunset Red,Racing Blue