A few days after launching the fourth-generation model of the YZF-R15, Yamaha has reintroduced the third-generation R15 as the new YZF-R15S. The third-generation model has pulled off the production floors for a brief time but has been brought back with a couple of changes. These changes make it a slightly lesser premium version of the recently launched YZF-R15 V4.
This is the second time Yamaha has launched an ‘S’ variant of the YZF-R15. Yamaha did bring back the first-generation R15 after launching the R15 V2.0 and named the former YZF-R15S.
Variants and Price
The new Yamaha YZF-R15S has been launched in a single variant, which has been priced at Rs 1.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This price makes it almost Rs 13,000 lesser than the new YZF-R15 V4.0. The V4.0 has launched in October for Rs 1.67 lakh. However, just after a month of its launch, the V4 version got dearer by Rs 3,000. Unlike the V3.0, the new YZF-R15S is available in only one colour option of Racing Blue.
Design and Features
Visually, there are no changes between the new YZF-R15S and the previously available YZF-R15 V3.0. However, compared to the split-seat arrangement of the V3.0, the YZF-R15S gets a stepped-themed single-piece seat, just like the first-generation model of the R15.
Apart from this new seat, the Yamaha YZF-R15S gets a full-fairing with new decals, slimmer LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs, triangular air vent in the middle and fairing-mounted rearview mirrors. The motorcycle shares its multi-spoke alloy wheels, exhaust pipe with silver tip, tailpiece and LED tail lamp with the new R15 V4.0. It even retains the smaller full LCD instrument console from the R15 V3.0, which reads out speed, engine rpm, gear indicator, odometer, trip meters and clock.
Engine and Transmission
For the new YZF-R15S, Yamaha has retained the four-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 155cc engine from the R15 V3.0 with no single revision. It continues to make 18.6 bhp @ 10,000 rpm of maximum power, which interestingly is 0.2 bhp more than the new YZF-R15 V4.0. The torque output of 14.1 Nm @ 8,500 rpm is identical to that of the R15 V4.0. The engine features variable valve actuation and is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Also on offer is the assist and slipper clutch.
This is where the changes between the new Yamaha YZF-R15S and the R15 V4.0 become more apparent. Compared to the more sophisticated upside-down front telescopic forks at the front of the R15 V4.0, the new YZF-R15S gets conventional telescopic forks at the front. The YZF-R15 also misses out on quick-shifter, which is there on offer in the R15 V4.0.
The rest of the mechanical package of the Yamaha YZF-R15S remains the same as the R15 V4.0. Sitting on a Deltabox frame, the new YZF-R15S gets a mono-shock with an aluminium swingarm at the back, 17-inch alloy wheels with tubeless tyres at both the ends and a braking combination of 282mm front disc and 220mm rear disc.