Yamaha YZF R15 150cc – Pictorial Preview Part II
1) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: The R15 evokes the image of the legendary YZF R1 in styling. The razor sharp design, aerodynamic front cowl, twin headlamps and small tail area will easily make the most impressive looking machines in India.
2) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: YZF R15′s race inspired complete fairing improves both aerodynamics and style, in addition, it also offers complete protection to the riders. The fairing features a slant nose front profile for aerodynamic streamlining, with engine revealing side cut outs. Embedded between the large fairings is the muscular tank. But the 12 litre fuel tank is sure to make you often visit the petrol bulk. Lightweight alloy wheels with wide-section tyres adds charm to the YZF R15.
3) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: Yamaha has done a good thing, unlike in other sports bikes you can enjoy the ride with your love in YZF R15. Yes, it features a regular pillion seat. The upfront rear cowl ends in non LED tail lamp. The exhaust is chunky but its mouth is not that much inspiring.
4) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: Deltabox design is known to be one of the lightest and best-handling frame designs in the supersport category, and its use on the new YZF R15 150cc underlines Yamaha’s total commitment to come back strongly into the Indian bike market.
Yamaha has been refining the deltabox design for more than 10 years to bring out the best from steel and aluminium. This frame is very rigid or stiff at the head pipe, engine mounts and swingarm pivot point. In other areas, material has been carefully removed to allow “tuned flex”. In addition the engine is a fully stressed chassis member to maximize handling. YZF R15 will be the second bike to come with mono suspension after Honda’s Unicorn in India. Complementing the race-bred Deltabox frame is a cast aluminium swinging arm. By keeping unsprung weight low, this high quality swinging arm allows the linked type Monocross suspension system to operate more efficiently and deliver more responsive handling qualities. Suspension at the front and the rear have been tuned to provide maximum lean angle. To control this high performance machine, the fierce bite comes from large disc brakes at the front and the rear. R15 has a minimum ground clearance of 160mm.
5) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: The area which might not excite you like the handling and performance characteristics of YZF R15 might its features. Credits to the Bajaj and TVS, both of these manufacturers have already brought in lot of exciting features to the Indian market.
Beneath the large triangular visor is an instrument panel featuring a digital cluster and a large analogue rpm meter which shows the stratospheric 12000 rpm red limit. Handle bar controls are standard. Though Yamaha offers split grab rails, YZF R15 misses the LED tail lamp.
6) Yamaha YZF R15 150cc: Yamaha’s YZF R15 is sure to set new standards for performance in the literbike class with a combination of a sick motor and track-inspired good looks. But the use of advanced technologies in this motorcycle has shot up the price considerably. Yamaha might demand a 50% premium over the existing 150cc products – pulsar, apache,hunk and unicorn. YZF R15 150cc is likely to be priced around Rs1 lakh. Yamaha is back, all you have to do is start saving big bucks to buy this beast. From mid 2008 YZF R15 will start fighting with the Bajaj Pulsar 220cc and Hero Honda Karizma for the crown and the hearts.
P.S: special thanks to Yamaha Motors India