The all-new third gen Yamaha R15 V3 has been launched in Nepal by the MAW Enterprise, the authorized distributor of Yamaha bike for Nepal at Rs. 4,17,000. Back then, the entry level R15 was the bike which certainly changed the perspective towards sports bike in the auto market of Nepal.
Now in 2018, the new R15 gets the all-new avatar with more aggressive looks than ever being heavily inspired by its elder R-siblings. Upfront, it gets dual LED headlamps and LED DRLS. And there’s an air intake like design in the center making the overall design clean and proposed. The body also gets muscular elements on the tank as it looks bigger than before. The rear end of the bike also looks sleeker and futuristic in design.
The 2018 Yamaha R15 V3 is powered by the new 155cc liquid-cooled engine that produces 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm, with a 6-speed gearbox. The V3 also comes with the variable valves actuation (VVA) which ensures that the rider gets equal torque both at higher and lower revs. In R15 v3 the VVA comes into play after 7000 RPM. For better operation, it also gets the slipper clutch. Apart from that, it houses an all-digital LCD instrument cluster that displays information, including when the Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) switches to the different camshaft profile. It can go 0-60 in under 5 seconds and 0-100 in about 10 seconds which can go up to 130kmph.
With all these cosmetic changes and power changes, what it misses out is the ABS system, not even as an option. Along with that, it also does not get the USD fork in the front. Yamaha did lower down the pillion seat which can also be visually differentiated, however, the seat height for the rider has been increased along with the change in the riding position and the foot pegs. It also drives on the larger sprocket which boosts the acceleration performance. Even though it gets a muscular tank, it can only hold 11L of fuel and expect the return of 35-45kmpl.