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The Launch of India's First Sports Bike: the Yamaha YZF-R15

Updated on January 28, 2015

At the Auto Show

YZF-R15 at 2008 Auto Expo
YZF-R15 at 2008 Auto Expo

Yamaha YZF-R15: India's First Sports Bike

During the '80's, riding the Yamaha RX100 was a great passion for all bike lovers. This bike alone, the RX100, made Yamaha a household name in India. All young boys loved that bike and its melodious sound. No later Yamaha model inspired the same passion, though bike lovers admired the sexy style and performance of the Yamaha R1 and the Yamaha R6, and the motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi became another legendary name associated with Yamaha.

The Old Yamaha RX100

What would the average Indian fan expect from designers like Yamaha?

They dream of nothing less than riding an R1 (a Yamaha YZF-R1) in the streets of India! We all dream of moving at the speed of wind through the streets of Cochin Kaloor and Marine Drive ... Well, this dream seems distant. But what Yamaha can contribute is nothing less than what they promised in the latest Auto Expo in New Delhi: The launch of the YZF-R15! Company officials say it has the DNA of the R1.

The R15 Is Said to Have the "DNA" of the R1

Advertisement: Launch of the YZF R-15

The release of the YZF-R15 will really shake up the Indian two-wheeler market. Yamaha initiated the process months earlier with the launch of the Yamaha R1 in selected showrooms. I had the privilege of interact with the distributors of the R1; their confidence levels were much above the expected, but since the average Indian youth cannot spend Rs 10.5 lakhs for a bike, the benefit sof the R1 has not extended to the majority.

But the Yamaha YZF R-15 will fulfill this dream. This bike will set a benchmark in India. Company officials have kept the specifications as secret as possible, but the different rumors agree on one point; the R15 will be 150 cc.

Earlier Introduction of the 125-CC R125

Yamaha YZF-R125
Yamaha YZF-R125

Years back Yamaha launched another outstanding bike in the 125-cc segment in Asian markets: the R125. "We made the new YZF-R125 deliberately as a real sport bike and the similarity to its bigger sister the YZF-R6 is intentional," explained Hiroshi Komatsubara, President of the Yamaha R&D development centre in Milan, Italy. "There are only a few real super sport bikes in today's 125-cc class. And we felt that our young riders still think like the generations before when it comes to motorcycles. They like serious machines with exciting performance, and many of them dream of a bike like the R6."

YZF-R125
YZF-R125

If this can be true about a 125-cc bike, then how much more applicable it will be for a model that is set to challenge the world's biggest two-wheeler market!

Some sources say that R15 will be exactly the same as the R125. Then it will be fantastic!

YZF-R15: Live at the Auto Show

R15 Official Promotional Video

What's New in the R15?

  • A newly developed 150cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder fuel-injected engine
  • An all-aluminum "DiASil Cylinder" produced by an exclusive Yamaha casting technology
  • Eco-friendly performance that clears the next-phase Bharat 4 emissions standard(
  • The "Delta box frame" known for excellent rigidity balance(
  • Impressive "2-eye" multi-reflector headlight design in the YZF-R series image

Here are the specifications Yamaha released at the 2008 Auto Expo and at its official site.

Update: a second "V2" version of the YZF-R15 was released in India in 2011.

In the winter of 2008, a new force strikes in the sports bike world, the Yamaha YZF-R15. A unique 'no compromise' machine for road riders ready to accept the challenge of the racetrack. A machine, like all other Yamaha R series, that comes with racing DNA and the spirit of competition living in every component.

— Yamaha website

Let's wait and welcome the real "R star"...

As Yamaha celebrates the 10th anniverasary of the R series across the globe, I hope this anniversary will give a better gift to India, the biggest two-wheeler market in the world, in the form of the YZF-R15!

The Legendary R1

Do You Think the R15 Will Create A Revolution in the Indian Two-Wheeler Market?

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      dipanjan roy 2 years ago

      Is r 125 avalable in west bengal???? Plz ans me as soon as possible

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      Hiru Mangun 3 years ago

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      MUSFAR 3 years ago

      Any idea about launching YZF R125. it will be great pls try to launch it. any idea about launching pls mail me musfarjmusammil@gmail.com. No budgets 4 R6 R15 v2 , like we people

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      serviceforce 3 years ago

      We at serviceforce provide wide range of services to our customers in two wheelers segments which includes Pick-up & Drop to get service done.

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      akshay thakur 3 years ago

      tujko na bhul payenge`12345 yahama r 125

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      santhosh Patel 4 years ago

      My dream bike.. Yamaha yz450f

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      SUBHASISH PAUL 5 years ago

      I WANT TO KNOW THAT YAHAMA R125 WILL BE LAUNCH IN INDIA OR NOT, PLEASE SEND ME A MAIL TO MY MAIL ID subhasishpaul21@yahoo.com.

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      usha 5 years ago

      wow its amazing..... nice bike

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      zeeshan tamimi 5 years ago

      i like it this bike dear sir i parchase thi bike 125 im loking pakistan company this is goog luk bike sir how mach price in pakistan entar plz? my contac#00923007908093

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      amit pandey 5 years ago

      hy! Its me amit n i want to purchase R15 150cc in white colour in nepal . What was the pirse of nepal?

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      mayank sharma 5 years ago

      Dear yamaha corporation limited i have request you to i just lost my yamaha R15 key so please send me a new key its urgent my key number 2089 and my address mohalla lakarharan saraffa bazar jwalapur haridwar my mobile number is +919837791842 thank you

      Mayank sharma

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      jeslin r 5 years ago

      i was really in delaima for which bike to purchase, later on i came to know about yamaha yzfr125!! ant idea when is this bike hitting indian market ??? dats perfect choice fo ma new ride i guess

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      john hayls 5 years ago

      This hub has very really very beautiful bikes and hot girls, looking very nice. I really appreciate your hub.

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      prakash 5 years ago

      hi.

      I like Yamaha RX 135, Pls. Manfacture yamaha rx135 model.

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      Rajeev singh Jadoun 5 years ago

      Hi everybody mai bhee yamaha ki hi bike chala na pasand kar taa hu aur chala bhee rahaa hu abhi mare pass yamaha ss 125 hai mai yamaha r15 purchase kar naa cha ta tu please give me sum advise rajeev

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      xxx 5 years ago

      aalla bike

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      Rock 5 years ago

      i want a bike which comes in rupees 50lakh and colur of bike is black an red.

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      gandu 5 years ago

      fz16 lord of streets

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      k-wal 5 years ago

      Why most of the people are talking about R15. Nonsense, you guys can’t see or what huh! From which angle R15 looks like R1? You stupid YAMAHA COMPANY why don’t you just launch R125 in India. It looks far better than R15.

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      Swt boy 5 years ago

      Super speed.oh god!

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      sudhanshu tiwari 5 years ago

      sir i am making a sports bike physical model and i want to represent my model in your company .please tell me process how i show my model?

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      arun yadav 6 years ago

      R15 is a very valencing bike .

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      rafih mohammed 6 years ago

      when the r125 launch in kerala?

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      xtreme rider 6 years ago

      r15 is a superb bike...bt it is nothing compared to pulsar 220 or hh karizma...:-(

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      manish 6 years ago

      when will it launch in nepal and its price

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      nnnnnnnn 6 years ago

      when will r 125 launch in nepal bring it faster yar waiting 4r it

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      sujan acharya 6 years ago

      when does new r15 launch ::: m eagerly waitin 4r it

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      shak...004 6 years ago

      its very good bike.its too spoty.

      ishould bye it

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      Tom 6 years ago

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      subin subramanian 6 years ago

      r15 IS THE BEST BIKE IN INDIA

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      vishal 6 years ago

      hi friend jabhi bhi r15 new launch hogi to plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz mujhe ya no par ph karke bata dena

      mob no:09004203118

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      Aaa 6 years ago

      This bike my dreams

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      Elvis 6 years ago

      Yamaha FJR 1300A Silver 2010

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      nazmul 6 years ago

      i like this bike very much and i want to bye this bike...please tell me about its and average means in 1 litre petrol how much kilometres it can travel and also tell me that when it will be available in kolkata please tell me through email nazmul21@rocketmail0com thanks

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      pankaj 6 years ago

      from where i can purchase R1,

      n What is the price of R1

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      rck 6 years ago

      are there news that yamaha rx 135 5 speed been lanuching in india????

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      vikrant rawat 6 years ago

      when will yamaha launch 250 cc bike in india ?

      Do you know that?

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      Gurvinder 6 years ago

      Yamaha's Flagship Model YZF R1's sibling...

      http://www.bikeratheart.in

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      mR. ANDERSON 6 years ago

      mst hai.

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      vikram 6 years ago

      R15 is the exilant bike of the year...:)

      is ka sporty look mujhe bahoot pasand hai......:)

      I Like it...:)

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      jaseem 6 years ago

      i want yamaha sports bike R1 pls tell mee price i mean used yamaha R1

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      aayush 6 years ago

      I WANT TO KNOW THE PRICE OF RED R15 IN NEPAL BECAUSE I WANT TO BUY THIS BIKE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.PLEASE TELL ME THE PRICE....

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      naitik..keonjhar 6 years ago

      new yamaha r15..kab lunched hoga...m waiting .......jald karo...

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      Kunal 6 years ago

      i want 2 own yamaha r125

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      sonam 6 years ago

      true reason,

      u said abt importing used yamaha r1 from dubai for 2 lakh. is their any ways whereby i can contact somone n get it delivered. m actually in kingdom of bhutan, north east of india, so was wandering how would teh cost accumulate too.

      do ples reply me at son_nov5@yahoo.com

      thanks

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      NAREN 6 years ago

      what a bike cost..

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      RAAJ 6 years ago

      HOW IS MILEGE

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      RAAJ 6 years ago

      HOW IS MILEGE

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      prince 6 years ago

      hey,,,,,,,,,its some what ok,,,,,,bcoz the girls looks funny,..,...

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      rohit 6 years ago

      plese jalde lav yamha125 mumbai me

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      esam 6 years ago

      i don't know about yamaha new bikes.so plz tell more about yamaha r15

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      piyush 6 years ago

      nice bike,i give a 5 star nd best quality is in six gear, nd better ride

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      Yo Yo  6 years ago

      Compare to this Karizma ZMR is best it roxx

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      karthik 6 years ago

      The figure in the still is nice as the bike.

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      aryan saxena 7 years ago

      bharwe chal market chal abi lekar deta hun

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      naren 7 years ago

      i want 2 buy only yamaha bikes..............

      what will be the cost of yamaha r125................send to snk.017@gmail.com

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      johny berkumans 7 years ago

      i like yamaha but i have pulsar 180dtsi yamaha is my dreme i am planing decembar 2010 i want to bought yamaha r15 pls tell me the cost email-kkjohny007@yahoo.co.in

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      johny berkumans 7 years ago

      i like yamaha but i have pulsar 180dtsi yamaha is my dreme i am planing decembar 2010 i want to bought yamaha r15 pls tell me the cost email-kkjohny007@yahoo.co.in

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      anil 7 years ago

      i live at hilly area in himachal; this bike is not good at this place i bought pulsar 220.this bike is nothing by pulsar 220.company have to improve it's performance not it's designing.

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      aryan saxena 7 years ago

      what will be exact current cost of yamaha r15 onroad in delhi in september 2010.

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      liam 7 years ago

      wel. i just got a yamaha yz250f good bike sometimes if i go to pull a wheelie it just looses pour all together can ye tel me why

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      Tushar 7 years ago

      yamaha is very very cool.n r15 is the of all bike i think all person r like this n.some person are not like this bike but he saves money because he is poor famliy plz i m request to all prson u buy r15..ok bye ymaha lovers...

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      arslaan naeem 7 years ago

      plzzzz yamaha company se ye merri request hai k jo bikE AP INdiA mein launch karte hai wo bike pakistan mein bh iaunch kare mjhe apka wo yamaha fz bike bht pasand hai i wana buy dis so plzzz how cni buy dis bike,

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      gaurav 7 years ago

      please tell me when this bike will be available in market !! i really want to buy this byk as soon as possible!

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      abdul 7 years ago

      is there yamaha R15 250cc available?

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      imran 7 years ago

      hi i send u this bike model can u sen me is price & how i can aplye for this bike

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      jahir ali 7 years ago

      hi i send u this bike model can u sen me is price & how i can aplye for this bike

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      jahir ali 7 years ago

      hi i send u this bike model can u sen me is price & how i can aplye for this bike

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      Ajay Mohan 7 years ago

      Will the R125 come to india? or has it already come??..What would the price be??...

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      afzal khan 7 years ago

      who is lonching in ahemdabad

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      vishnu 7 years ago

      what is company average.

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      roshan 7 years ago

      YAMAHA SS 150 CC IS ENOUGHF,,,,,,,,,

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      good 7 years ago

      lun this bike sucks.now beautiful in india .from usa jack

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      rafiq 7 years ago

      what is the mileage given by r15

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      Rohinton 7 years ago

      Heyyy do u hv ne idea if Yamaha is planning 2 launch R4 or R6 is india .. ne approx dates ..

      tc n thanks ..

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      nigel vaz  7 years ago

      sir4 i need a bike frazer but the colour mush be yellow and black or different colour if i order it i will get the bike

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      Amitabha 7 years ago

      hai I am Amitabha my byke name is ZYX R-15 it is very fashionable byke.Many girls & friends atructed when I ride . Byke is mylife because love bitray with me but byke doesnot bitray with me.

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      Amitabha 7 years ago

      hai I am Amitabha my byke name is ZYX R-15 it is very fashionable byke.Many girls & friends atructed when I ride . Byke is mylife because love bitray with me but byke doesnot bitray with me.

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      ell 7 years ago

      it is less sportier than the yzf r125

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      murtaza khalid 7 years ago

      HI i am from Pakistan i realy love this bike Yamaha r15 can u plz tell me ye bike pakistan main lounch ho sakti hai or is ki pakistan main kiya price ho gi plz plz plz lounch this bike in Pakistan.

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      zimmyzam 7 years ago

      sir will u declare de official date of launcin of yahama r125 nd wt his price will b in india

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      zimmyzam 7 years ago

      sir will u declare de official date of launcin of yahama r125 nd wt his price will b in india

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      porush 7 years ago

      r1 is a great sport bike noone can take the place of r1

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      Moncler 7 years ago

      thanks for you post,they are so cool,how i wish i can have one!:)

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      tukyk 7 years ago

      I like that women than that bike

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      Ravi... 7 years ago

      hey can i know how much average for yahama yzf r15...i want to buy dis bike..me from nepal

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      faizan shah 7 years ago

      the used bike conditions r good or not?? and how much total it will cost used bike+tax from dubai to india??

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      Hrohit 7 years ago

      hey girls , m watching it for the new cummers ,. yamaha 350cc.

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      manoj 7 years ago

      its damt dude..and nice,,,,,

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      abhishek vardhan 7 years ago

      MAH DREAMZ BIKE .......

      one day i will also make such type of hot bikes!!!!!!!!

      i like its look ....its awesum dude !!!!!!!!!!!!

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      javed mirza 7 years ago

      kab aa rahe hai yzf125 india ke jaipur me i love yamaha bikes yamaha compeny in best world i like yamaha bike is my life and i am wait yzf125 ok i love you yamaha

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      jawahar 7 years ago

      super bikes but i need more speed and more cc bikes and pickup.

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      Woke up SID 7 years ago

      Initially I was in a dilemo whether to go for Ninja (bit expensive) or R15. As I couldn't wait much more, finally I bought R15 Red colour a month ago... coolest and sexiest buy in India. I posted my comments 16 months ago as Kishore , 7 months ago as 'Wake up sid'. Truly this a super cool bike. You will really 'njoy driving at a speed more than 60 kmph. Still I would recommend the bike can undergo some modifications to rear tyre (larger), the vroom sound from the exhaust, rear looks and the CC.

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      INDRANATH 7 years ago

      I love Yamaha bikes & i want to buy Yamaha bikes but i don't understand which one is better for me. I can effort above 1lakhs. Could you please guide me which one is better for me? You can contact with my e-mail address (moniprova.sengupta@gmail.com). Please reply me.............

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      sanya 7 years ago

      hi

      i wud like to purchase this sexy bike (R 125) in may /15th 2010 cud u pls tell when shall i get it and from which date it will be in market or when the bookings will be started..pls reply its very very urgent.......

      cnct -9278232224

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      sanya 7 years ago

      hi

      i wud like to purchase this sexy bike in may /15th 2010 cud u pls tell when shall i get it and from which date it will be in market or when the bookings will be started..pls reply its very very urgent.......

      cnct -9278232224

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      mickhael 7 years ago

      can't wait 125...........

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      ashwin 7 years ago

      i loove biking bt main thk is tht i dnt have tht much tht i can perchase.........i have ever pick of yamaha bickes....

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      humahub 7 years ago from pakistan

      i love yamaha bikes they are out of this world i love biking

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      sagar  7 years ago

      r15 is realllyyyyyyyyyyyyy a good bike