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Turbocharged Yamaha R15 Under Development


Red Rooster Yamaha R15 Turbo

The Yamaha R15 is the most dynamically accomplished motorcycle, offering splendid handling, supreme high speed stability and stupendous braking power. If there is anything to complain about the R15, it is the poor pillion seat (in the Version 2.0) and mediocre performance. When we say mediocre, we mean the R15 is simply not fast enough to make you skip a beat or two. However Bangalore based Red Rooster Performance is working on a solution, wherein the R15 is being given some forced induction to become drastically faster.

The company is making a turbocharger kit for the Yamaha R15, which will work for both the V1.0 and V2.0 models. Not many companies make turbocharger kits for small motorcycles as the demand is usally less. This is certainly not the first time Red Rooster has turbocharged a vehicle, so we expect them to have good experience in ensuring the final product offers a substancial increase in performance, while at the same time remains as reliable as the stock vehicle.

The turbocharged Yamaha R15 has also been given a performance exhaust along with performance plumbing. The fairing has been removed in the teaser picture to showcase the engine, but will be added back on the final model. No details on the power increase or costs have been revealed yet but we epect this turbo R15 to produce around 22 BHP of power, with the kit costing no less than Rs. 50,000/-. Expect the turbocharged Yamaha R15 to reach 100 km/hr in around 9 seconds. However the performance increase depends on the boost levels.

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  • Ben April 27, 2013, 7:53 pm

    first time I am hearing about Turbo charging a smaller bike, it was my mini project in my engineering which failed for not producing better results. also which bike did they Turbo charge earlier.

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  • Ben April 27, 2013, 8:00 pm

    the most successful Turbo charged bike at present is a prototype named oil attack ack streamliner which is the world’s fastest bike on land powered by two hayabusa engines.

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  • karan April 27, 2013, 8:25 pm

    i hope they get more out of it, like 24-25nhp or so, and i mean at the rear wheel. i will eat all the bikes in 250cc range and performance and handling

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  • S Pani April 27, 2013, 8:39 pm

    Well, I am not an expert with bikes, but from what I have understood turbocharging a bike is a bad idea.

    Unlike a car, availability of traction is not high in a bike due to the lack of weight and small tyre contact area. Thus for all bike engines, easy and smooth power delivery is very important.

    Adding a turbo, no matter how small or how advanced will always produce a turbo kick. A turbo kick may be fun in a car, but I doubt it will be the same in a bike. The moment the turbo comes on song there will be a pretty sudden boost in power which can cause the rear wheels to lose grip and start sliding. It will make for one hairy ride.

    Overall, I am not sure that turbocharging a bike is a very good idea, which is probably why there really arent too many turbocharged bikes around. If somebody does want something like this, they better be a proper expert rider and wear a proper helmet and full riding gear.

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    • No One April 27, 2013, 10:48 pm

      By the way, at 50k its not at all a cheap options..

      Why didn’t they tried to work with bore kit, I mean get a 180cc bore kit developed and tweak the ECU and play with the clutch..

      I guess that would be cheaper option to produce a 25ps output and less complicated too

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      • karikor April 28, 2013, 12:34 am

        I guess Race Concepts and Rafe Dynamics have big bore kits and they are not as expensive as this.

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        • No One April 28, 2013, 12:47 am

          Indeed they do and that was the point, wasn’t it better and practical to increase performance via that way rather than a very complicated process of turbo charging ??

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  • Akash April 27, 2013, 10:35 pm

    Nice… But one has to be careful during turbo kicks in…. Especially in corners…

    How about a SUPERCHARGED ONE….??

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    • No One April 27, 2013, 10:39 pm

      I would say the same.. Cooling the turbo would be a challenge and powering it up also requires lot of modification compare to super charged version where it can be a true plug n play setup where the induction system can be powered electrically !!!

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  • Akash April 27, 2013, 10:36 pm

    Nice… But one has to be careful during turbo kicks in…. Especially in corners…

    How about a SUPERCHARGED ONE….??

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  • Akash April 27, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Hey turbo boost can be gradual to avoid sudden power delievery . . . . . . . .

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  • MOHIT RAJ April 28, 2013, 12:06 am

    A TURBO CHARGER NEEDS BIGGER RADIATOR…………………AND AN EXCESS TURBO IN A SMALLER ENGINE COULD RESULT IN ENGINE LEAKAGE…………..OVERALL DESIGNS SEEMS COOL BUT IN REALITY IN GENERAL DYNAMICS IT LACKS OVERALL STABILITY……………..INORDER TO MAKE R15 A BETTER TURBO CHARGER IT SHOULD BE MADE MORE BROADER IN CASE OF CHASIS AND OVERALL DYNAMICS SO THAT IT CAN SUPPORT THE GRUNT WITHIN AND HANDLE BETTER….

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  • aman bishnoi September 7, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Hey, can anybody tell me where i can get a gasoline turbocharger for a 500cc engine??

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    • Faisal Khan September 7, 2013, 7:22 pm

      Aman, try online, maybe eBay. First decide the model number on Garett’s website.

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