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The Launch of India's First Sports Bike: the Yamaha YZF-R15
At the Auto Show
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
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."
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
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!