With ABS becoming mandatory for all motorcycles above the 125-cc engine capacity, Yamaha have kept in tow and launched the YZF-R15 Version 3.0 with the said braking technology. The third-gen YZF-R15 from Yamaha has been gaining a fair bit of praise, from fans and loyalists of the small-capacity sportbike, ever since its initial launch at the Auto Expo 2018. All of them may celebrate further with the addition of not just ABS technology but also a new colour, called ‘Darknight’.
The YZF-R15 is the first in the 150-cc segment to be offered with dual-channel ABS, where the anti-lock braking system is working its magic on both wheels. In addition, the dual-channel ABS also comes with adjustable fluid pressure to further optimize the results on slippery surfaces. The Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 3.0 is powered by a 155-cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, single that makes 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. Weighing in at 142 kg wet, the new-generation YZF-R15 is, in all probability, the best sportbike in its segment.
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Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India group of companies said, “The Call of the Blue brand campaign introduced in 2018 was the beginning of a new outlook that has effectively hit the right note – Yamaha’s true DNA of style, sporty and excitement. The new year 2019 will also be exciting in Yamaha and it is ready with the heart-revving products. A brand known for leading generations of stylish ride through improved technologies, Yamaha has now engineered to implement a dual channel ABS to the YZF-R15 Version 3.0. The initiative to offer dual-channel ABS in YZF-R15 Version 3.0 has endowed Yamaha as the trendsetter in the 150-cc class, by introducing it for the first time in the particular segment. Yamaha will continue to optimize the thrill of riding with its style and excitement.”
The Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 3.0 also gets a new colour, named similar to a certain caped-crusader, ‘Darknight’, available for a slightly higher premium at Rs 1.41 lakh (ex-showroom). Other colours available are the previously launched Racing Blue and Thunder Grey, both of which are available for Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom).
Story: Zal Cursetji