Yamaha R15 V3 Indonesia
Overview: One of the most loved and renowned sportbikes in the 150cc category is Yamaha’s R15 v2 which is in the market since 2011. That means it’s been a long time since the second iteration of the R15 series and now it needs to be refreshed as Honda and Suzuki have launched very aggressive and modern bikes in the market.
So, in 2017 Yamaha launched a new version of R15 in Indonesia which is the Yamaha YZF R15 v3 (Source). But, the problem is the bike is not actually refreshed, it is actually a whole new bike with a new engine, new design, and everything about this bike is new except for both are sportbikes. Let’s see how this new iteration actually is and if it is worthy to be in the YZF series.
Design: Design-wise this bike is a mixture of beauty and aggression. The R15 v3 is designed following the newest R1 and R6 design trail. The new body design, the tail sections are definitely from the elders of Yamaha’s new R series design. The front fairing, tail section along the fuel tank is designed to make the bike feel muscular and aggressive look.
The front visor is more rounded and the whole front is redesigned to make the bike more aerodynamic. Also, the headlamps have been redesigned to go with the aesthetics and also LED now. Version 3 has got proper clip-on handlebars and upside-down forks like some higher-capacity bikes.
The Air intake in the front is also been widened and inspired by the R125. The neck bar is redesigned and has some holes in it which creates minimal airflow directed to the rider’s face while riding. It also reduces the drag created by the windshield. The rims, the seats, the tail lamp, the swing arms, the disks, the number plate holder everything is redesigned.
Remember! We complained about the pillion seat of version 2 for being small, it is way smaller now. Kind of we saw in the M-Slaz but now there is something to grab on to unlike version 2. It is a super sports bike, so complaining about it won’t matter. Nothing in this bike is old. The bike now feels very new and will be a perfect rival against the Honda CBR 150R and Suzuki GSXR 150.
Instrument Console: The Yamaha R15 v3 has got an all-new instrument console that has been designed by Yamaha especially for this bike. This is an all-digital unit that has a tachometer, speedometer, odometer, 2 trip meters, average fuel consumption meter, a fuel gauge, and a gear indicator. The console looks very new and very premium. There is red light over the console as a rev limit indicator. The console is also equipped with important indicator lights.
Switch gears: The switch gears of the YZF R15 v3 are standard and of premium quality as every Yamaha bike. Other switch gears include pass lights, headlight switch and other common switches included push-button start and Engine kill switch.
Engine: Any YZF engine of any Yamaha bike is the best in its class. It’s made in that way. The YZF engine on the R15 v3 is no different and an upgrade to its previous version. It is a single-cylinder, 155cc, Liquid Cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4- Valve, Fuel injected, Blue-core engine with 58mm bore and 58.7 mm stroke.
The engine has an 11.6:1 compression ratio. With all these the engine is capable of producing 19.0 Bhp of peak power at 10,000 RPM and a maximum of 14.7 NM of torque at 8,500 RPM.
The cylinder is made of DiASil which is a cast of Aluminum with 20% silicon in it. This kind of cast is very strong, has a much higher melting point (temperature), and is also very efficient in heat dissipation than traditional Iron Cast Cylinders.
The Piston is made of the same Aluminum cast with the aluminum forging process developed by Yamaha in the late ’90s. The reason behind all these is more power and less weight.
The fuel injection is controlled by a 26-pin ECU which measures the amount of fuel needed depending on the throttle position, environment and delivers the optimum amount of fuel using a small fuel pump, regulator, filter, and fuel injector.
For breathing, Yamaha used a large air cleaner and the intake duct is also optimized for most optimum airflow. So in terms of engineering Yamaha gave their maximum in this case.
Transmission, Clutch, and Final drive train: The YAMAHA R15 v3 is mated with a 6-speed return type gear box. This transmission uses a wet multi plate type clutch. The gear shifts are international pattern that means 1 down and 5 up. The bike is equipped with a toe shifter. The final drive is chain and sprockets.
Electronics: The YAMAHA R15 v3 uses a GTZ4V or YTZ4V 12V 3.5Ah battery. The bike uses a TCI ignition system controlled by the 26-pin ECU. The Bike has a LED lamp for Low Beam and High Beam, tail/ Brake LED light setup, LED turn signal light.
Wheels and Tires: The R15 v3 got an upgrade in this section prior to the v2 and is now equipped with a 100/80-17M/C 52P tire in the front and a huge 140/70-17M/C 66S tire in the rear with 17 inches five dual-spoke Alloy rims. These rims are also new.
Breaks: The R15 v3 comes with a larger 282 mm disk brake with a dual-piston caliper in the front and a 240mm disk brake at the rear with a single-piston caliper. The whole braking setup is upgraded and should deliver more aggressive and linear braking performance.
Suspension: The R15 v3 is equipped with an Upside-down coil spring; oil-damped forks at the front and a linked type mono-shock at the rear which are attached with a newly designed cast aluminum swingarm. This suspension is okay in this segment for soaking up bumps but offers great stability at high speed. If comfort is needed this bike is not for comfort.
Chassis & Dimensions: YAMAHA used a Delta box type frame for the foundation of the R15 v3 which gives better stability at any time. The YAMAHA R15 v3 has an overall length of 1990 mm, a width of 725mm, a height of 1135 mm, and ground clearance of 155 mm, wheelbase of 1325 mm.
The wet weight (with tool kit, oil & 100% of fuel) of the bike is 137 kg. This means that the bike has an average footprint in terms of dimensions for a sports bike.
Comfort and handling: The R15 v3 is not much of a comfortable bike to ride, thanks to its very skinny seat, and also the pillion seat is not much usable. But the shocks are well-engineered shocks.
The handling of this bike is tough in the city traffics as always but easy on the highways thanks to its 815 mm seat height and 1325 mm wheelbase. As the bike is super sport and obviously it has the same riding posture that needs to get adjusted. The bike has 155 mm ground clearance which is enough for any road condition in Bangladesh.
Performance: Yamaha R15 v3 is made for performance so it should deliver otherwise it would be a disappointment. Thanks to Yamaha’s top-notch engineering this bike delivers. The bike is made for handling performance as well. The performance on the traffics and city roads might not be that impressive but on the highways or in the track or hills this bike rules.
It’s a very flick-able bike. But one thing that this bike is not capable of is fuel-efficient. It burns fuel like a 250cc or 300cc bike. That means 30 to 35 KmpL while ridden carefully but in full throttle, it goes down to 25 to 30 KmpL sometimes.
Conclusion: The Yamaha R15 v3 is an upgrade over the old v2. This is the 2017 performance machine from Yamaha in the 150cc supersport segment with performance, elegance, and style like its elders. If someone can afford it then highly recommended.
Specification: Yamaha R15 V3 Indonesia
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Is the Yamaha R15 V3 a superbike?
Due to the cc limit, superbikes such as R3, R6, R1 don’t come to Bangladesh. However, Yamaha redefined the R15 V3 to be the lower capacity superbike for Bangladesh.Answer by : jojo on Dec 26, 2020 12:35:25 PM
What is the top speed of the Yamaha R15 V3 (Indo)?
The tentative top speed of the Yamaha R15 V3 in a controlled environment is around 150kmph.Answer by : jojo on Dec 26, 2020 12:35:52 PM
Is there any naked version of the Yamaha R15 V3?
Yes! The Yamaha MT15 is known as the naked version of the Yamaha R15 V3.Answer by : jojo on Dec 26, 2020 12:36:18 PM