Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Yamaha YZF-R15 relaunched at Rs 1.07 Lac




India Yamaha Motor today launched the YZF-R15 version 2.0 — a 150cc liquid cooled 4-stroke fuel injected super sport bike. Priced at Rs 1,07,000, the bike gives a mileage of 45 kmpl and is available in three colours.

“The Indian bike market in the first half of the year was 6.3 million units, up 18 per cent from last year and we expect this demand to reach 13 million by year end. We sold 150,000 units in the first half, up 42 per cent from last year. We hope to carry this momentum into the next year,” Mr Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO and Managing Director, India Yamaha Motor, told reporters here.

The R15 version 2.0 has undergone changes as compared to the present YZF-R15 in the specs of the Engine Control unit (ECU), drivetrain unit, a long aluminum swing arm, wider front and rear tires (radial tire for the rear), split seat, LED taillights and new-design middle cowl & tail cowl.

While the wider rear tyres will give the bike better on-road stability, the inclusion on the aluminium swingarm should provide for outstanding rear wheel traction.
  The all new R15 is not just what customers expected out of the bike, but a lot more. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, you don't have to worry about shooting off those traffic lights on this new and improved .R15 speedster
The R15 version 2.0 also sports the first aluminum swing arm in the 150cc segment in the Indian market and has a truss structure that enables greater rigidity while improving handling in the turns. The new seat design enables a better feeling of seat grip in sporty riding. Also, “low front, high tail” design enables a riding posture that is well suited to both sporty riding and everyday riding around town.

The new ECU control and drivetrain unit specs ensure that riders enjoy improved off-the-line acceleration and high speed performance. The silencer protector has also been newly designed in a way that adds cadence to overall styling. It adopts a carbon-look pattern on the surface as well as a model nameplate to add to the high-performance image and the feeling of quality. To improve the feeling of clutch operation, a more rigid clutch axle shaft than the existing type has been adopted. Furthermore, the pulley that serves as a medium between the throttle wire and throttle valve has been changed to a perfect circular type to improve the linearity of the throttle action and thereby achieve better response. The wider 130mm radial rear tire and 90 mm front tire impart reduced roll resistance, high-speed cornering stability and improved handling performance. A larger 220mm diameter rear disc brake has been adopted to achieve a better balance with the new rear tire size and ensure good braking power.

Another interesting aspect of the bike is the mud guard and sari guard attached to the swing arm which enhances the exterior design product value. The new design of 5-spoke cast wheels achieves the necessary strength balance while creating a sense of lightness at the same time.

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