Yamaha R15 was the first affordable sports bike in India which shared most of the styling bits with Yamaha's much expensive bikes from R series. The looks and performance of this bike made it famous instantly and looking at its popularity and rising competition, Yamaha has launched the second version of this bike R15 Version 2.0. Yamaha also launched the GP Blue Edition and Streakin Cyan Special Edition of R15. Yamaha R15 Streaking Cyan has been painted in a striking Black+Cyan shade with all-new decals on both sides. Yamaha R15 GP Blue Edition is inspired from the Grand Prix and looks awesome in Blue and White. The Grid Gold Edition and Racing Blue Edition has been discontinued and they are no longer available in the showrooms. Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 features all-new design for engine fairing, new design for alloy wheels, split seat which is now better cushioned, new graphics and decals, fatter rear tyre - 130/70 - R17, bigger 220mm rear disc for better braking, all-new LED tail lamp which looks much better than 2010 model of YZF-R15, new ECU mapping for better pick-up and fuel efficiency, weight increased by 5kgs (now it weighs 136kgs), new design for saree guard and mudguard plus new design for the silencer/exhaust pipe.
Yamaha has made some noticeable changes in R15 Version 2.0 but if you are searching for them at its front then you will be disappointed. Apart from the wider front tyre and darker visor, there is nothing else which differentiates it with the earlier version. Only when you move to the side of this bike then you can notice the major changes which make this bike look extremely cool and sporty than before. The middle cowl in the full size fairing has been redesigned to improve the aerodynamics of this bike which also manages to impress you visually. Moreover you can notice the aluminium swing arm at the back which is first in any Indian bike. The bike also gets new silencer with carbon finishing and a nameplate on it. The rear section of the bike is much improved and looks much sporty than any of its competitor. The fatty rear tyre (130/70) is a welcome feature which was needed desperately in this bike. It features new split seat, saree guard and mud guard. However, the triangular LED tail light could have been better. The new tail cowl is also appealing and comes without any kind of grab rail.
At the heart of the Yamaha R15 is a 150cc single cylinder unit that produces 17bhp @ 8500rpm and 15Nm @ 7500rpm of torque. The engine transmits power via a six-speed gearbox and a chain drive. It gets telescopic forks in the front and a monocross unit at the back. When it was launched, the R15 was one of the first bikes to offer a rear disc brake and continues to do so even on the facelifted model. The front unit is a dual piston 267mm disc while the rear gets a dual piston 220mm unit. Standard features include pilot lamps. In city conditions, the mileage of R15 ranges from 35-40km/ltr while on highways one can expect anything around 45-50km/ltr. Yamaha R15 is known for its sporty stance which was never offered before in any premium bike in India. The aerodynamic design of the bike allows the rider to bend forward with knees rolled back in perfect position. With its low seating, one can easily find a firm hold on this bike which gives you the confidence to rule the road which is absent on bikes like Pulsar and Hero Karizma ZMR. New seat is also very comfortable with foot pegs being placed much behind than normal. The clips on handle are nice and convenient to hold and the overall feel while you drive this bike is magnificent.
With extended wheelbase (1345mm), fatty tyres and aluminium swing arm at the back, the new Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 feels more confident and eager to go. The bike now holds the road firmly and with its flawless suspension and ground clearance of 160mm, the bike offers you a very pleasant ride. Light and accurate handling of this bike has been the biggest USP of it and the new bike retains this quality. The bike feels sharp and fast around corners. Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 2.0 is available in four shades: GP Blue (Limited Edition), Streaking Cyan (Special Edition), Invincible Black and Raring Red. The Yamaha R15 competes with the CBR150R, Hero ZMR and the KTM Duke 200.