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PICS: The new Yamaha R15 you've been waiting for!

Last updated on: September 19, 2011 13:44 IST

PICS: The new Yamaha R15 you've been waiting for!

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Faisal Ali Khan, Motorbeam.com

After a long time of anticipation and waiting, Yamaha fans can finally buy the new R15.

Yamaha India has finally launched the R15 Version 2.0, which is the second iteration of the racing bikes from the Japanese automaker. However many were disappointed with the upgrade and had expected so much more.

So what is new in the R15 Version 2.0? Let's find out!

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Image: Yamaha R15

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Power

The new R15 has the same power as before. The 150cc engine develops 17PS @ 8500rpm and 15nm @ 7500rpm.

Add to that, Yamaha has managed to increase the weight by a full five kilograms, reducing the power to weight of the bike. However Yamaha claims to have tweaked the ECU to increase acceleration and straight line speed of the new R15.

The bike also features new drivetrain and Yamaha expects riders to witness improved throttle response and easier clutch operation.

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Image: The new R15 has the same power as before

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The R15 now features a long swingarm, made entirely of aluminum, which is expected to increase stability of the bike.

The tyres are now wider both at the front. The front is now 90 section, while the rear are much wider 130 section (wider then even the Pulsar, Karizma and the likes).

However, it is uncertain if the tyres are as grippy as the old R15's MRFs, which were specially made for the R15. A bigger disc brake of 220mm has been put in the new R15.

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Image: A bigger disc brake of 220mm has been put in the new R15

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While the major changes have already been mentioned, lets talk about the smaller ones.

The R15 now features split seats but loses grab rails. The seat height and riding position is now higher and the R15 now features an all new alloy wheel design.

The rear has been completely redesigned and now features an all new tail with LED brake lights and R125 inspired design. There are dual horns in the new R15, which is available in Racing Blue, Sunset Red and Midnight Black colours.

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Image: The R15 now features split seats but loses grab rails

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With all these changes, the price has been increased too.

The R15 now costs Rs 1,07,000 (ex-showroom price in New Delhi), which is close to Rs 10,000 more than the old one.

The changes are minute and enthusiasts expected so much more. Yamaha should have offered more power, atleast 20PS in the R15 Version 2.0.

The company claims a mileage of 45 kmpl on the new machine.

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Image: The R15 now costs Rs 1,07,000, ex-showroom price in New Delhi

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