Motorcycle Mania Review: Yamaha R15V4 & R15M 2021

By: George Hrangkhawl
21 Oct 2021 7:39:31 PM Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Yamaha had a busy September as the Japanese motor giant launched the all-new R15V4 and R15M motorcycles along with the Aerox 155 maxi-scooter on September 21. Yamaha claimed on its site that the R15 series sold out immediately.  


The R15 series comes from the muscular end of the city cruise type spectrum. Its rivals include Apache Rtr 160 4v, Pulsar Ns160, Hero Xtreme 160r, Fzs Fi, Suzuki Gixxer Sf & Apache Rtr 200 4v. Interestingly, the R15s, with their 150 cc engine, can outrun the superior 200cc engine Apache RTR. This is because the R15 has a sixth gear that keeps it ahead in a head-to-head race, unlike its competitor. 


The R15V4 and M have also improved upon a host of features from their previous generation models.


Upfront, the R15V4 now ditches the dual-LED headlamp section for a single LED projector headlight flanked by LED DRLsIn addition, for the first time in India, the R15 gets upside-down front forks. Until now, these were limited only to the global-spec model. 


On the other hand, the Yamaha R15M gets some additional and exclusive bits in the form of carbon fibre-like seat cover material (Rider & Pillion) and embroidered logo on the pillion seat. All the  Yamaha R15 V4 features mentioned above are also standard on the R15M.


Additionally, both motorcycles have a traction control system. The new model is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity via the Y-Connect app. The instrument cluster is a new LCD unit inspired by YZF-R1 that gets a gear shift indicator and ‘Track and Street’ modes - the latter puts an auto-lock on the sixth gear.


Both bikes come equipped with a slip and assist clutch and dual-channel ABS. There is a quick-shifter on offer too, but it is available only with the racing blue colour of R15 V4 and standard on the M. Coming to the pure performance aspect, the liquid-cooled single overhead camshaft fuel injection engine churns out a horsepower of 13.5kW(18.4PS)/10000r/min and maximum torque of 14.2N.m (1. 4kgf.m) / 7500r/min. 


With this engine, the R15s can go up to a speed of almost 160 km/h within a matter of 16 seconds - truly remarkable for a bike from this segment! As per Yamaha, both R15 models can accelerate at up to 16 km/s. In addition, an A&S sleeper clutch system has been introduced to ease braking at high speeds without discomforting the driver or damaging the chassis. 


The ‘Metallic Red’ and ‘Dark Knight’ colours of the R15 V4 have been launched at Rs 1,67,800 and Rs 1,68,800, respectively. The ‘Racing Blue’ shade will set you back by Rs 1,72,800. The range-topping Yamaha R15M is priced at Rs 1,77,800, while the Monster Energy MotoGP’ edition costs the most at Rs 1,79,800. 

**All prices mentioned are ex-showroom.


Power & Performance 

Fuel Type: Petrol 

Max Power: 18.1 bhp @ 10,000 rpm


Max Torque: 14.2 Nm @ 7,500 rpm 

Cooling System: Liquid Cooled 

Transmission: 6 Speed Manual 

Transmission Type: CHAINDRIVE  

Emission Standard: BS-VI 

Displacement: 155 cc 

Cylinders: 1 

Bore: 58 mm 

Stroke: 58.7 mm 

Valves Per Cylinder:

Compression Ratio: 11.6 : 1 

Ignition: Digital 

Spark Plugs: 1 Per Cylinder 

Gear Shifting Pattern: 1 Down 5 UpClutch  

Fuel Delivery System: Fuel Injection 

Fuel Tank Capacity: 11 litres 

Braking System Dual Channel ABS 

Front Suspension Telescopic Upside-Down Fork (USD Fork) 

Rear Suspension Linked-Type Monocross Suspension

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