Rumors of Yamaha entering the 150cc range of sport bikes is getting bigger by the day, the new motorcycle would as the story go’s be the Yamaha YZF-R15 a 150cc full fairing motorcycle, with the highest horsepower engine (22hp) in its class at a dry weight of just 120kilo.If the rumors are correct, then Yamaha will take the crown in the 150cc range from the Honda CBR-150R. The Yamaha YZF-R15 is supposed to be a four-stroke, liquid cooled single cylinder, 4-valve SOHC, 149.8cc engine with oil-cooling and electric fuel injection.
To quote an insiders at Yamaha the Yamaha YZF-R15 would be a real R-series and is packed with Grand Prix technology. The Yamaha YZF-R15 will deliver stunning R-Series styling and exhilarating sports performance. A highly sporty constant mesh, 6-speed transmission system, with Yamaha own wet sump (Yamalub) lubrication system.
The chassis is a high tensile steel deltabox design, familiar to what we seen with the Yamaha YZF-125 and the Yamaha GP250 bike. The rumor of the Yamaha YZF-R15 tells that this radical, high-revving, fuel-injected 150cc is the work of the same engineers who created our YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 supersport bikes and the YZF-R15 is capable to deliver stunning 150cc performance.
R15, A 150cc Bike .Yamaha Have a Plans to launch this Bike in India with in 6-8 months from Now. I had a word with Yamaha’s Manager in AutoExpo2008-We will launch this bike in India within 6-8 months. According to them the Price will be arround 90,000-1,00,000Rs Thats a good Start by Yamaha,I am sure that This will Kick-up every Bike on Road.Now it is time to grab the maximum fun out of life with the Yamaha YZF-R15. This radical, high-revving, fuel-injected 150 is the work of the same engineers who created our YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 supersport legends and is packed with MotoGP tech. The YZF-R15 is here to deliver stunning R-Series styling and exhilarating sports performance because life is a sport, to be enjoyed to the max. The Yamaha YZF-R15 is smallest member of the R-series, with all aspects this bike including its engine and chassis technology feels like its a racer.
The Yamaha YZF-R15 is equipped with liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 4-valve, single cylinder, SOHC 149.29cc engine. The engine is a 52mm bore and 58.6mm stroke with a impressive 11.2:1 compression ratio.
Yamaha is using for the Yamaha YZF-R15 the new for all 2008 motorcycles electronic Fuel injection fuel system. And the ignition is don by TCI system.
We can also see changes in the gearbox of the Yamaha YZF-R15, the constant mesh, 6-speed transmission, with wet, multiple-disc coil spring clutch, feels like it want to go, it is clear that here some of the MotoGP technology was used. The final power transmission to the wheel is by good old chain and sprockets.
The chassis of the Yamaha is basic, it would be better if Yamaha did some more improvements on the frame. The complete stability of the steel deltabox frame is quite good and overall road handling is pretty impressive, especially with the improved telescopic fork front suspension and the swingarm – monocross rear suspension system. The front suspension has about 130mm travel and the rear suspension 125mm by Yamaha specifications.
The Yamaha bike has both front and rear a single disc brake, for front Front tyre Yamaha uses a 100/80-17 M/C and for the rear wheel it is a 130/70-17 M/C tyre.
All things said I feel good about this 126.5kg-130kg bike, if you looking for something else then a scooter or light motorcycle I can surely recommend this little blue speed devil.