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Yamaha YZF R15 V2 – 5000 kms Ownership Review


Yamaha R15 Blue Beast

Hello Bikers and fellow readers. I am Dewashish Robinson and I am currently pursuing MBBS from RIMS, Ranchi. This is the story of my Racing Blue Yamaha YZF R15 V2.0, which I fondly refer to as the ‘Blue Beast’.

A brief backdrop

The automobile bug had stung me way back in my sixth standard, when I aspired to become an automobile designer. I used to sketch cars and bikes and read a lot of auto magazines. Not boasting, I knew about BHPs, torque and pistons way before my classmates learned how to draw Math Graphs. I had a strong fondness for super-cars and super-bikes and spent my free time sketching them. But then with time my fondness for Maths deteriorated and I became more attracted to my parents’ profession and took up medical. But my love for anything on wheels only seemed to get better.

I spent almost the whole of my school life in a boarding school and due to this reason I never quite felt the need to have a bike of my own that time. Whenever I came home on vacations, I always got to lay my hands on my dad’s two decade old Bajaj Chetak 12V Electronic and my cousins’ and friend’s bikes, namely Honda Shine, Bajaj Discover , Pulsar 180 and Karizma R. I used to go along with them on long and short trips and always enjoyed the rides, with the cool air blowing through my hair and straight empty roads waiting for me to tear through them. I always wanted to buy a good performance bike when I grew up and had my eyes set on the P220. Hyosung Comet too used to be a dream bike for me, but sadly it was available for a limited time. Back in those days, the options for the average Indian Biker were limited and to be frank it was a monopoly of Bajaj when it came to what some may call Performance Biking. But things changed some years later when Yamaha and Honda came with a bang!! Boy, now I had options!!

Choosing the right bike – After I entered medical school last year, I started to feel the need to own a bike. I had to go out along with my friends often for trips and I longed to have a bike of my own. At times I had to borrow my friends’ bikes for small reasons which I personally disliked. And yes, I would not deny, having a bike does increase your female fan following too. But it was more out of a passion for biking that I asked my parents to get me a bike, to which they readily agreed. Price and mileage were not much of a concern as they were willing to shell out any amount as long as it fell within the price bracket of Rs. 1.5 lakhs. My dad, being an automobile enthusiast himself, turned out to be easy to convince.

I began looking up reviews and videos on the internet and started taking test rides. Here I would like to thank the MotorBeam team who played a vital role in helping me decide my bike. After putting in much thought, I had three options left with me -

1) Honda CBR 250R Non-ABS.
2) KTM Duke 200.
3) Yamaha R15 v2.0

Now began the toughest task- To choose among the three.

The Honda CBR250R was very appealing to me because of the raw power and the muscular look but had to be struck off from the list first because of some very obvious reasons. It was a bit on the pricier side and I did not feel it had those eye-catching looks. The KTM Duke 200 proved to be a vicious contender though, and at a price slightly above the Yamaha, definitely seemed to me the perfect choice but again there were a few reasons due to which I had to strike it off the list too- lack of a pro-biking showroom in the city, instrument cluster of the bike not being something of an eye candy and the front of the bike not doing justice to the overall styling.

Yamaha, though, was something I had drooled over for over a year. I had always been a fan of the older version, and with its incarnation as an all new avatar, Yamaha had once again proved it was second to none. I was quite impressed with the goodies offered in the package and the facelift was a much needed welcome.

Two of my seniors owned both the previous version and the newer one and I asked them to let me take test runs. I took them out for a couple of kilometres and after the awesome experience, said to myself, “This IS the bike for me!”

Dewashish Robinson Yamaha R15

After consulting my parents, I finally decided to go for it. My mom checked out the pictures of the bike on the internet and called me up one day. She asked me to look at other options in the same price range because she was skeptical about the rear seat being too high. But I managed to convince her and told her that since my girlfriend was not in the same college, I would not be having any females sitting behind me.

The Booking and Waiting Period – I went and booked my beast on the 31st of March, 2012. The showroom people said it would be delivered to me in a week’s time as Racing Blue wasn’t available with them (Personally, I feel blue is the perfect color for any Yamaha Sports Bike). I asked them to get it delivered to me on the 6th of April, because it happened to be Good Friday. They agreed and I went home happily. I would admit here that never before had I been so impatient about anything in life. Each moment seemed like a very long time. I called up the showroom after a week on the 6th, but unfortunately it hadn’t arrived. The explanation I got from them was that the company never sent the colors according to the bookings but did as they pleased, without disclosing what colors they were sending. Now this was something I did not quite buy into.

I was disheartened as my plan to get the bike on an auspicious day turned to dust. I had no choice though, than to wait for one more week. After the second week, they told me it would take another week’s time as the company wanted to clear the limited edition colors first, namely “Fiery Red” and the “50th Anniversary”. Damn!! I cursed my luck and waited. One fine morning on the 17th of April, I got a call from the showroom asking me to come and ride home my bike. As soon as I heard this, my joy knew no bounds!! At last my mean machine was here!

Yamaha R15 V2 Ownership Report

My dad had transferred the entire amount already to my account but unfortunately since the daily transaction limit from ATMs is only Rs. 40,000/-, I had to wait for three days. Finally on the 20th of April, I went to the showroom along with my friend Ankit. While I waited at the reception, the showroom staff brought out my bike from the storehouse. For a moment I was completely lost looking at this blue beauty standing there. The beautiful receptionist had to poke me in order to get my attention back to the paperwork!! I lost no time thereon and finished off with the formalities as soon as I could. After paying the amount of approx. Rs. 1.2 lakhs, I was handed over the keys; photographs were clicked, smiles exchanged and I was ready to set off.

I quickly shod the first gear in place and Ankit and I were off to what I would call my Dream Run. On the first day we traveled about 35 Kms. Everywhere I went people stared in awe at the bike. At the petrol station, people started asking me about the bike, and that’s where I faced the inevitable question for the first time, “Kitna deti hai? and the funniest one, “You could have got a Nano instead!”. “Morons!” I thought, and I knew well I would have to face these questions my entire life from then on.

The first ride – I absolutely have no words to describe the feel of the first ride. At first I was having a hard time shifting through the gears in traffic trying to get a feel of the bike. After some time I got a little familiar with the gearbox and I was zooming through, my face gleaming with pride. Everyone turned their heads towards my bike whenever I stopped at the traffic lights. To them, it seemed something from the outer world. The engine felt butter smooth and the sound of the engine was music to the ears, like the strumming of a violin. When I took the bike to the college, everyone got around and congratulated me. I really felt special. From then on, I took my boy to the class everyday and soon it became the talk of the town, esp. girls.

Yamaha R15 V2 Owner Review

The Engine Break-in Period – The first 1000 kilometres is something that should be called the toughest phase for a biker. You know you want to do things to your machine but your vehicle’s instruction manual says something else. My bike wanted to be ripped hard and I had to keep my cool despite seeing commuter bikes overtaking me. I was like, “Just wait until I complete my run-in!!” During this time, I followed all the instructions given in the manual. I hardly crossed the 5000 RPM limit all this while, kept varying the speeds and avoided sudden braking as much as I could. I knew well that if I did not adhere to these instructions, I would not be able to extract as much as I wanted to from the bike in the long run. In the end, as a result, it paid off. I was able to get a near perfect balance of the performance and the mileage.

The first and second (not-so) free services – After the said 1000 Kms, I went in for my first service. I was charged Rs. 650. They changed the engine oil and the oil filter and some other minor touches here and there. After the first service was done, I turned on the engine and the engine was more willing to rip open. After completing 3000 Kms, I took my bike for its second free service and after this was done my bike was ready to gallop like a horse.

Road presence – Just wear some riding gear, like a good helmet and riding gloves and shoes, and you are bound to look like a pro at Moto GP. The bike has a mighty road presence. You will feel like the king of the road looking at his subjects who in turn would be gazing at you.

Yamaha R15 V2 Owner Review

Riding comfort in traffic – For the first few kilometres, I had frequent pain in my palms after riding in stop and go traffic for long, thanks to the forward oriented and sporty seating position. It was then that I consulted the internet to find out ways and means to minimize this. After some research I found that the best way to reduce this pain was to loosen my grip on the handlebars and put as little weight as I could on my wrists. I also bought a pair of good quality riding gloves. Both these steps ensured a comfortable ride. Moreover, with time I got used to the seating position and now I seldom have pain in my wrists and palms. I have heard people complaining about back pains but I hardly got one ever till now.

One more thing that I would like to mention here is that whenever I used to hit a speed breaker or a pothole all of a sudden at relatively higher speeds, I used to be hit near the fuel tank where I should not have, if you know what I mean. But I found out a way to stop that too and now I always ride while sitting a bit away from the tank. Pillion comfort in traffic is something not up to the mark. The lack of grab rails and the high, forward bent rear seat is the root cause of this. During sudden braking, the pillion gets swayed forward and pushes the rider in the process. In India, people are still not used to the position where the pillion either clings to the rider or holds the fuel tank, which is the pre-requisite here. One sided seating is a strict no-no, though I tried it once with a girl. I was riding at a mere 20 km/hr lest she should fall off from the seat. Triple riding is simply impossible and is not advisable or even legal.

Riding comfort on highways – The pillion (dis)comfort remains more or less the same unless the road is empty and smooth. Nobody wants to accompany me during long rides just because of the discomfort. But then sitting behind too has a technique and you have to actually sit on the front edge of the rear seat in order to be comfortable and stable. But for the rider, highways are simply heaven. Cruising on the highways is super fun and comfortable. I’ve had a long ride on the highways for as long as 4 hours travelling approximately 275 kilometres and it was pure bliss, no wrist pains, nothing; just the open roads and me on my beast.

Yamaha R15 Blue Beast Review

Looks and finish – I don’t think I need to write much in this section. It’s undoubtedly the best looking bike in the country, period. The twin headlamps look like eyes and give it a monstrous appeal. The redesigned side cowls, raised split seats and race inspired body graphics give you a true ‘Racing Instinct’. The fatter rubber has silenced critics who thought the rear looked more like a commuter. The tire hugger blends well, if not perfectly, with the rest of the design. It’s a necessity though lest you would want your bike to be splashing mud all over the underside and the pillion’s back. The build quality, right from the foot pegs, instrument console, display, switch gears and seat cushions to the aluminium number plate holder and paint job is top notch. Nothing to complain about in this regards. The glove box could have been a bit more spacious though as it is not even big enough to hold all important documents.

The Ride quality, top speed runs and cornering ability – The bike as you all know is extremely light and agile and with a peak power output of 17 PS, it can put many of its bigger competitors to shame with its top end torque, which is insane once you cross the 5000 RPM mark. The aerodynamics and the fact that the bike has been designed in a full-fledged wind tunnel are easily noticeable once you crouch behind the visor. The result is immediate and you can actually feel the aerodynamics doing their job. After my first service, I decided to take my ride for a spin on the highway and managed to get a top whack of 130 km/hr on the speedo. On my next run after my second service, I managed 136 km/hr, though I could have crossed the 140 km/hr mark had it not been for a row of trucks right in front of me. Given the minor correction in speedo readings, the figures are still nothing short of impressive.

I’ve seen a friend of mine put up a picture of his speedo on Facebook touching 145 km/hr. Now that’s something for a 150cc mill! It can arguably be said here that this bike is the only 150cc bike to be able to touch approx. 150 km/hr. The bike just loves to be revved hard. It keeps demanding more and more throttle from you. It literally begs to be revved hard, unlike some other bikes who want you to take them nice and easy. The exhaust sounds become more aggressive yet soothing and lend the bike a characteristic ‘race’ feel. In my opinion at such high speeds, I have never heard a better sound of the exhaust than this beast.

Yamaha R15 V2 Long Term Review

There were no significant vibrations from any part of the bike despite me ripping the heck out of it. Sharp turns were a piece of cake, with the compound rubber doing its job meticulously. Not for a single moment did I feel I was going astray at turns. Cornering on the bike is pure fun. If you’re one of those who want to get their knee downs often, this is the bike for you. The bike is insanely stable at corners and gives me a hell lot of confidence while hitting them. The tires stick to the roads like glue and the aluminium swing arm provides more than enough stability even at very high speeds. Trust me, this is one thing that is at par with the mighty Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Nothing else comes close. You will definitely feel like unleashing the Lorenzo, Rossi or Stoner in you.

Maintenance – So far, I haven’t had any maintenance issues with the bike. I have got it serviced twice at the said intervals well in time and I was charged 650 bucks each time. Apart from that, I got the chain lubricated with the special lubricant provided by Yamaha. They advise not to use ‘Mobil’ on it to increase its durability.

Yamaha R15 V2 Maintenance

Safety measures and technology behind the machine – The bike is equipped with some very advanced sensors for various functions. The Lean Angle sensor is very useful in case of accidents. It shuts off the engine when the bike leans beyond a certain angle, like during a fall, so that the rider is not hurt by the moving parts of the machine. It has happened with me once and I’m extremely grateful to Yamaha to have provided that. There is a sensor in the air scoops in the side cowls, so that if any piece of clothing is kept, it again shuts the engine off to prevent fire resulting from the cloth getting into the moving parts. The most primitive lot of the PREVIOUS version lacked this safety measure and even did not have a wire mesh to keep out the cloth from the engine, which had resulted in a lot of blasts. Both these things have since been included in the subsequent units. Then there are sensors to check fuel delivery, temperature, fuel consumption, etc.

The tyres are made up of compound rubber and provide exceptional grip on all road conditions. The brakes are by Nissin of Japan and needless to say, are very efficient. One thing missing though is the ABS. The rear tyres do get locked during hard braking and despite that fact, the bike is well under control. The company should have provided ABS as standard, given the pricing. I think people wouldn’t have had any problems spending a couple of grands more for safety. Nevertheless, I use the “pump” technique during hard braking and it never leads to locking of the wheels.

The engine is fuel injected and this means no cold start issues. 99.99 % of the times, the bike starts in one go, no matter what the conditions are. The ECU has been tweaked in this version to better suit the traffic, and you can feel the significant increase in low end torque. The liquid cooling ensures no matter how much or how harsh you ride, there would be no signs of overheating. It is a well known fact that water based coolants are far better at dissipating heat than the oil based ones and this is well evident after riding for long hours at a stretch. Also, the radiator fan gets switched on as soon as it senses the temperature rising, like in bumper to bumper traffic where it is a real boon for the engine.

Fuel Consumption – It gives me 35-40 km/l on an average. The figures drop to the lower limit on highways because of the fact that the speed always stays in the 80-90 km/h range. Some may think that it’s a tad too less for a 150cc mill. But I feel it’s kind of good for a bike that packs so much inside.

Yamaha R15 V2 Reliability

Instrument Cluster – It’s one of the most beautiful of the lot. It is simple and decent, consisting of an analogue tachometer and a digital speedometer. The white back-light is very pleasing to the eye at night and makes the display quite readable. It has got all the information you would expect from a modern day bike except for a clock, which definitely proves to be a useful feature any day, atleast for me.

Lights – The twin headlamps, to be frank are a bit of a disappointment. They are bright but not bright enough. I’m planning to switch to good quality projectors or HIDs. Mind you, there are a lot of projectors and HIDs out there that are cheap and would appeal to you, but are actually worse than your stock headlamps. The rear LEDs and all the indicators are pretty good and are very efficient.

Suspension – This department is a bit on the debated side. The bike is equipped with a twin fork in the front and a rear monoshock, like most other bikes in this segment. However, the monoshock does not have any sort of adjustment option, not any that I know of. Since this is a track machine, it does not take potholes too well. I hope Yamaha improves this in the future.

Yamaha R15 V2 Engine Report

Final Verdict – To sum it all, this is a bike meant for pure biking enthusiasts. It’s not very practical at times but practicality is something I did not necessarily need all the time. I bought this bike just for the sake of sheer fun of biking and I do not regret my decision for even one moment. It gets everybody’s attention everywhere I go, is fun to ride, maestro of stability at high speeds and corners, gets girls drooling over it, well what else do you need from a bike?

Well, as with all other bikes, it has got its own pros and cons too which I would break it down for you here.

Pros:

1) The best looking bike in the country.
2) Liquid cooled engine ensures no overheating.
3) Fuel Injection technology makes you forget about cold starts.
4) Mind blowing top end torque. Loves to be revved hard.
5) No vibrations at any speed whatsoever.
6) Maintenance free bike.
7) Sporty riding position
8) Fun to ride esp. in long straight and winding roads.
9) Efficient braking.
10) Decent fit and finish. Feels premium all the way.
11) Cornering on it is like a breeze.
12) Very good safety features e.g. sensors.
13) Sporty riding position gives good control over the bike.
14) Glue like grip of tyres.
15) Quality switch gear.

Cons:

1) Pillion comfort is something you will have to compromise upon.
2) Lacking a bit of bottom end torque. Requires frequent gear changes in traffic.
3) Lack of ABS.
4) Frequent pain in palms in the beginning. Riding Position takes some time getting used to.
5) Fuel consumption a bit on the higher side according to some people.
6) Headlamps not up to the mark.
7) Display lacks time function.
8) Very small glove compartment. Makes it impractical.
9) Riding in heavy traffic can be a pain at times.
10) Does not take potholes too well.

Yamaha R15 V2 Exhaustive Review

With this I come to the end of my story. For those of you who happened to read all of it, I thank you for having so much patience and considering it worth reading. I would also thank the Motorbeam team for letting me share my story with everyone. Last but the most, my parents for making my dream come true. I hope you had a good time going through the biography of my Blue Beast.

Ride Safe, and ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET. Remember, there’s always someone waiting at the other end praying and hoping for your safe homecoming. Bon Voyage.

P.S. If you have any queries regarding the bike, feel free to comment here. I would be more than happy to help you out.

- Dewashish Robinson

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  • Ysak October 7, 2012, 12:52 pm

    gr8 ‘BIG’ review.. said evry -ve n +ves of the machine..
    i personally didnt like the alloy stickers..

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 11:58 am

      thanks a lot!! :)

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  • Amit Handa October 7, 2012, 11:19 pm

    Hello I also hav same beast bt in Limited White edition….
    It is Ultimate Beast……

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  • No One October 9, 2012, 10:52 am

    I like the V1 better.

    V2 rear seat is really bad.
    V2 puts more pain in wrist and arm while riding with pillion
    V2 returns less mileage compare to V1

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 11:59 am

      disagree with your last point! mileage is more or less the same!

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  • ahaan October 18, 2012, 9:06 pm

    DUDE,very much impressed of your LAST SENTENCE(HELMET) very well said <<<<used THIS BIKE FOR 2 weeks,it was a dilemma,,, and sold it off,,,,acording to me its jus a groove of plastic and waist of money….good luck…..

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    • Dewashish December 24, 2012, 8:27 pm

      wch bike u own currently?

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  • vignesh November 3, 2012, 10:38 pm

    in my life time , a best thing i did is to a owner of R15 v2..a excellent bike which suits only for bike lovers ..luv u R15

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  • Rezwan December 8, 2012, 7:47 am

    How can I check my radiator fan? Or cooling system?

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    • Faisal Khan December 9, 2012, 11:22 pm

      Rezwan, get it checked by Yamaha service.

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  • Ravikant verma December 12, 2012, 6:46 pm

    join yamaha r15 on facebook.com

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  • Likhit December 16, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Can i get u on facebook.. Also wanted to kno that what’s the funda of using pump technique while hard braking.. Please do reply..

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    • Faisal Khan December 17, 2012, 8:01 pm

      Likhit, pump technique is used to prevent locking up of brakes by releasing them frequently when applying brakes.

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      • Likhit December 23, 2012, 1:51 pm

        Yeah,,,,,, I knew it,,,,,,,,,, jus didn’ knew the name,,, cuz, I do the same with my Pleasure Scooter & Star city at home,,, jus we’ve to get hands on the bike & we’re done with it.. well, its necessary if go for high speeds & there’s no ABS.. Thanx… I want to buy R15V2.0(with my own money in April) but really confused in colors & also sometimes the bike itself,, i mean, sometimes I think of the wrist & back pain n all… so, start thinking of CBR150, DUKE OR 200NS.. but again,, come on this bike,, can U please help me…

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        • Dewashish December 24, 2012, 8:21 pm

          regarding the colour, i wud say go with blue…u will never regret it…and well the wrist pain is comes in only if u are quite tall….u can also look at duke 200 in this regard…its a gr8 bike as well… :)

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    • Dewashish December 24, 2012, 8:24 pm

      yeah u can…just add /dewashish after facebook(dot)com and faisal sir’s ryt abt the braking… :)

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  • prudhvi December 19, 2012, 1:55 pm

    I really like all ur information about yzf r15 and i really learned somuch of matter and cleared all my doubts abut the good machine.. And soon i’m also going to buy it. From ur’s prudhv!.

    The yamaha yzf r15 is rocking on the roads.. & i really love it a lotttttt……….

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 11:57 am

      I’m glad I was of some help to you!! Cheers! And Ride on!!! :)

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  • Arnab December 24, 2012, 9:59 pm

    I have a R15 V2 50th Anniversary Limited Edition. As much as I know the bike’s idle RPM should be between 1.4k to 1.5k. But in my case it is showing differently. Sometimes it is between 1.2k to 1.3k (lowest) and sometimes between 1.5k to 1.6k (highest). When I start the engine for the first time ina day it shows to be ok idling netween 1.4k to 1.5k (sometimes though very rare it is between 1.5k to 1.6k). But once you start the engine and run it for say around 5 to 10 mins it comes down to either 1.3k to 1.4k or 1.2k to 1.3k. Is it acting properly or should I ask the service man to give it a look. My bike is 2.5 months old and 2 servicings have already been done. I have followed all the engine break-in guidelines provided in the manual. I have also maintained the servicing guidelines. Once the bike fell on the right side as I misjudged the width of the road. The engine stopped and the amber light was glowing. But then I rested the bike for more than 10 mins and then when I started it the engine started correctly. But after the incident I have ridden almost 1800 kms and I have never felt any shortcomings on the performance side or efficiency side. Is there any advice you can give me so that I can take care of my bike more efficiently?

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    • SD December 31, 2012, 10:48 pm

      Maybe there’s a ECU which reduces the rev during idling to reduce fuel consumption.

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 12:12 pm

      Regarding the idling rpm, get it checked during your service…maybe there is a tuning issue…
      and yea you don’t need to actually rest the bike for 10 mins in case of the engine shutting down after a fall. just turn the engine kill switch off, turn of the ignition, and then turn on both these things again. I did the same and it turned on in no time.
      With regard to maintenance,
      * Lubricate the chain regularly with “chain lube”..about once a week or two.
      * Check the brake fluids(front and rear), coolant level,tire pressure etc. regularly.
      * never let aftermarket parts like security systems, HIDs etc. damage your wiring!!
      * Always switch off the lights when turning the ignition on.
      These are the things that I usually look into. If you have any suggestions, please do let me know.

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    • Abdul Rahman October 12, 2013, 10:10 pm

      it’s not a problem. I’m also having same bike.
      When start the engine , temperature sensor sense the engine temperature. If engine cold condition, engine speed will be 1.5k to 1.7k . If engine goes to hot , speed will be 1.2k to 1.4k.
      this is solution for cold start problem.
      I

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  • Joshi December 28, 2012, 2:21 pm

    I had planned for 200NS bike… But things got changed and moved on for 30k+ and decided for R15. I daily do to and fro from home to office and makes a total of 45km in Bangalore city. Mixed traffic conditions. 3 signals stop and 3 km of heavy traffic out of 21km from home to office and vice-versa. The rest 17-18 km will be a better ride with some speed breakers here and there. I expect R15 to give me, in these condition, a mileage of around 40+kmpl? Any light on this please…!

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 12:26 pm

      ummm what figures of mileage are you getting currently?

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      • Abhishek Joshi January 14, 2013, 10:14 pm

        Still need to buy it… What could be the mileage?

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        • naveen March 17, 2013, 3:07 pm

          if u r riding it at speed of 70kmph+ i.e. 5,000rpm+ u’ll get a mileage of 30kmpl nd nt more den dat…

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  • praveen chaitanya January 3, 2013, 7:37 pm

    i want to buy r15 wat u say frnds my height 6 feets n my weight 60 …..
    n also vch bike is best in market for students espeslly for me …..
    plzzz gve me answer soon ……

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 12:29 pm

      i guess you’re tall for the bike but do give it a test ride and find out.
      And the bike that would suit u would be that meets your “requirements” and budget. :)

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  • Dastan January 5, 2013, 12:27 pm

    Its the best bike and I like everything about it . I just wish it was a 250cc bike to shut the mouth of the CBR riders even though this gives tough competition to PULSAR 220 AND ZMR.fantastic review Dewa

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    • Dewashish January 5, 2013, 12:32 pm

      thanks dude…and don’t worry 2014 would definitely shut their mouths!! :D Can’t wait!!

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  • sirsa b January 18, 2013, 5:39 pm

    e1 i m 6ft nd 83 kgs..i find dis bike small.. cbr150r feels betr fr me..bt m unhappy wid d looks nd al of cbr.. is cbr worth buying? is it nt an eye catcher too? (i hv read its review nd lso cbr vs r15 shootout review) i m feeling dat..r15 v2 owners r always trying to persuade nd convince me to buy the same..whereas cbr150r is new wid vry les ppl owning it currently.. i cudnt e1 test ride cbr150..cz showroom ppl wont allow..nd none of my frnds hv it.. i m confused cz r15 v2 is awsum..bt cbr150r is a mystery..wid vry limited reviews nd owners..
    pls comment on d same..

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    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:58 am

      dude… I would suggest here that CBR, though uncommon is not worth the money u spend…coz at a slightly cheaper price u can get the yam…with the same features plus goodies like the eye catching looks…moreover CBR doesn’t have the kind of colours that do justice to the overall styling…
      also the CBR is more revv friendly and so to derive the maximum power out of it in cities, u need to revv it real hard…and yes…u go with the CBR only if u are concerned about the pillion comfort…

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  • Likhit January 29, 2013, 12:13 pm

    New colors guys…. Now went awesome… :) really a racing instinct … Arrive alone..

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  • sriram January 30, 2013, 12:19 pm

    thinking to own a R15 v2 :)

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  • RONAK RAJGOR February 1, 2013, 12:05 am

    Hi ……frndz……I am big confused between p220 and cbr 150r.I am totally flat on both the bikes……..the thing I want is….the performance.,the handling,and the comfort…..so please suggest me with the proper answer………in detail……

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    • Faisal Khan February 1, 2013, 5:40 pm

      Ronak, do you know there is big price difference between both. I will suggest the CBR150R.

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    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:49 am

      ifyour budget permits you..please go for the Honda…!

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  • Likhit February 2, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Hi again, Faisal Sir, can U put a review on the new colors.. 1st I was confused n when i got confirmed on Sunset red these guys changed the colors.. :( again wil hav to think now.. Dewashish can U guide..? I liked the Sunset red very much..

    Reply
    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:51 am

      sunset red is quite good actually…and new colours..well i like the black with green….

      Reply
  • Shyam February 6, 2013, 8:43 am

    Hello there!

    Thanks again for this awesome review. One of the best reviews out there. I’m also sure about R15 v2. I’m from Chennai and as you know I have to drive through the traffic a lot. I’m not an expert when it comes to automobile I used to drive RX 135. I’m about 5″4 height and about 60kgs. I don’t care much about mileage it gives. So here are my question hope you can answer.

    1. Is it difficult to drive is traffic?
    2. Will it be difficult for my height? R15 v1 had correct seat height not sure about R15 v2
    3. How difficult is the braking? I’m not used to front & rear braking. Can I slow down using pumping ? Or is it aggressive ?

    TIA

    Reply
    • Faisal Khan February 6, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Shyam, have you taken a test ride?

      Reply
  • Shyam February 6, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Not yet.

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  • Rahul February 7, 2013, 6:11 pm

    HI ,

    I m confused between the CBR 150R and R15 V2 .

    Though i like the R15 better. only concern is . is the pillion seat comfortable enough for girls ?

    Guys help me out here :) ..

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    • Faisal Khan February 7, 2013, 8:27 pm

      Rahul, no the pillion seat is not comfortable. Have you read our R15 vs CBR150R comparison?

      Reply
  • shreyash February 10, 2013, 3:04 pm

    is it good for ghats??as I study in Belgaum and stay in goa so I travel during holidays is it good for cornering?? this is my first bike. will it fit me?? my height is 5’11″ and I weight around 75kg
    thank you

    Reply
    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:47 am

      its one of the best for cornering bro..u will surely love riding it on the ghats!! and regarding height..well i guess u should give it a shot… 5’11” is something i aint sure of…

      Reply
  • shreyash February 10, 2013, 3:05 pm

    this is my first bike. will it fit me?? my height is 5’11″ and I weight around 75kg
    thank you

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  • Hari krishnan February 12, 2013, 4:31 pm

    You’r spot on with the bike. I would like to include that the mono shock is very soft and will absorb big bumps, not really big. It weight only 136 kgs, Yamaha can include Clock, side stand & gear indicator, Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers.

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    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:45 am

      yeah..a clock is sorely missed….also the side stand indicator would be quite useful…

      Reply
  • Vishak February 27, 2013, 1:26 am

    Man I agree to every single word……many of the things U mentioned has happened to me too….and still there is a whole lot that can be done to make it look even better…..

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  • Pravin March 11, 2013, 10:43 pm

    The pros and cons are very well detailed… Its a Yam.. and it has to be good..

    However the most impractical Indian bike!!

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    • Dewashish March 13, 2013, 5:43 am

      true that…but who cares abt practicality when u ride just for the sheer fun of it… :)

      Reply
  • raju March 16, 2013, 9:40 pm

    my yamaha r15 v 2 run only 105 how can i make my bike more power full

    Reply
    • Dewashish March 27, 2013, 12:12 am

      get it checked by Yamaha service…. it sure is a tad too less for a R15…

      Reply
    • AR October 13, 2013, 12:02 am

      i think you have more drag. You sit as a racing style. Reduce drag from air and check the tyre pressure.

      Reply
  • Maanik March 29, 2013, 12:40 pm

    Are we really compromise pillion comfort ? There is no other way to go huh….? I have booked R15 v2.0, and my mom wants me to take to Ooty at first drive! So will this affect my mom’s comfort as a pillion? Because she gifted me this bike!!

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  • Chinss April 8, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I have the plan to purchase R15 V2, Can u say about the mileage ??
    I mean in city ….traffic…..n all….what’s the mileage??
    and
    In high way….also ??

    Another question….in which range of speed we can maintain the optimum mileage ??

    Reply
    • dewashish May 20, 2013, 5:16 pm

      mileage is fair…no matter what the condition i always get 35-40 kmpl…
      fr optimum mileage, u can stay at 30-40 kmph at 4-6k rpm…

      Reply
  • ghosh April 17, 2013, 12:50 am

    i want to buy a bike within 1.2lakhs. top crieterias are performance, low maintainance and comfort (incl. pillion) and looks.
    please suggest.

    Reply
    • dewashish May 20, 2013, 5:14 pm

      if u want pillion comfort, plz have a go at the cbr 150 r…fr the rest u can stick to this yam…

      Reply
  • Saurabh April 29, 2013, 4:12 pm

    I am Royal Enfield guy, and I dont pay heed to other bikes. untill 1 day i had drag with R15 2.0. I did beat it coz a classic 500 does 150kmph as top whack but not by much. it used to make great comebacks on the crowded patches.also I believe the R15 2.0 does top out at 120-125 kmph coz beyond those speeds i could see the R15 2.0 dropping in my RVM’s like a rock falling from the sky. it seems both my classic 500 and R15 2.0 have similar fuel economy. coz even the classic 500 delivers 42kmpl at 80-90 kmph.
    Yep! R15 2.0 is a brilliant buy.

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    • No One April 29, 2013, 4:58 pm

      You want to compare a RE with R15 based on a straight line drag ??

      Reply
  • Baba June 1, 2013, 2:36 pm

    Hi ……frndz……I am big confused between R15 v.2 and KTM duke 200.I am totally flat on both the bikes……..the thing I want is….the performance.,the handling,and the comfort…..so please suggest me with the proper answer………in detail…

    Reply
    • sankar June 2, 2013, 1:12 pm

      Baba according to your needs, i will suggest to go for r15 v.2. Duke is naked, not good looking and only faster on straight line..(on corners it really suck but faster than r15 on straight roads.. if you are really looking forward to the racy style actions also r15 is better. (i have seen my friends racing in both ktm 200 and r15 v1. on curve roads r15 corners faster and breaks better).

      Reply
  • Nitesg June 2, 2013, 12:02 pm

    in drag race between r15 v2 pulsqar 220 n ns 200…who will win..??

    Reply
    • sankar June 2, 2013, 1:19 pm

      according to bajaj, pulsar 220 is fastest bike but in my experiance in case of a drag race ns 200 is faster..on a cornered path r15 is faster (it’s agile,has beeter cornering and better brakes).

      Reply
    • Faisal Khan June 3, 2013, 1:30 am

      Nitesg, Pulsar 200 NS.

      Reply
  • Rishabh S June 11, 2013, 2:39 pm

    Hi dewashish,
    I read your Review of your blue beast..And I liked it…i got a situation…I’m confused on 3 bikes…
    Pulsar 200NS, KTM Duke, and R15 v2.0…I’m flat on both the 3 bikes…but R15 catches my eyes…i couldn’t get my eyes away from it..i m thinking to buy bike after this rainy season is over…i just need to clear my facts on R15v2.0…..
    1.I heard r15 has more maintenance…how much it would cost me…do i have to maintain it each month?
    2.My friends owns a r15v2.0…He accidentally fall the bike…and it fairing got cracked.So does it mean he have to buy a new whole faring kit..how much the fairing cost?
    3.Is pickup of this bike slow?
    4.How much is the Road price of yamaha R15 v2.0?
    M top criteria in bike which i need is..Performance, speed,handling,breaking,Max torque,fuel efficiency. I heard it engine get heated quickly and when its in top speed it starts vibrating…hey dewashish can you gimme your contact detail..i want to clarify all this thing by talking to you..Please reply ASAP..
    thankyou

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  • Abhijeet June 15, 2013, 11:16 am

    R15 is road king! I have thundering green! And after 2 servicing it providing 42kmpl milage
    Any one wanna buy a machine for best performance?? Then go for R15 its a terminator

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  • yasar arabath rahaman July 24, 2013, 11:40 pm

    hi dude , i love r15 n i own it for past 17 months ,no lack of performance, i weigh about 102 kg . i acheived a top speed of 138km/hr,,, it makes me amazing!!!!!!my bro attained a top whack of 144km/hr …….love it ….. s yamaha

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  • KRISHNAKUMAR August 11, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Yes…..YAMAHA..my dream bike….Moto Gp colour…..

    Reply
  • KRISHNAKUMAR August 11, 2013, 6:47 pm

    Center stand is better for R15 ….?….how does it useful….? & it’s have any problems or borring na….?

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  • Rishav Rai August 28, 2013, 9:14 am

    Dude, stop boasting of you and your bike! “Talk of the town, especially girls” huh? Are ya f**king kidding me! Are you the only guy in your entire town to own a R15?? The thing is you are one stupid attention seeker. How pathetic! And one more thing i’d like to point out pundit, even Apache rtr and cbr150 begs to rev harder. Get your facts idiot scum

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    • Dewashish December 7, 2013, 8:06 am

      well..get your english right first. using cuss words won’t get you anywhere….and talk of the “town” doesn’t literally mean “town” .
      I have only one question for you, ” Which bike do you own so as to be so jealous of the R15?”

      Reply
  • Aman August 30, 2013, 2:32 pm

    Can somebody please tell me if the switches has backlit like in Pulsar or not ?

    Reply
    • AR October 12, 2013, 10:42 pm

      better you use your memory power.
      While you riding didn’t look the switches. Automatically fingers touch the switches.
      That is only for first user.

      Reply
  • AR October 12, 2013, 11:16 pm

    information
    r15 Front indicator is important of this bike. It’s indicator is act like a ‘crash guard’.

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  • AR October 13, 2013, 12:29 am

    *practice the ratio of RPM and KmpH. It is the gear indicator in r15.
    *R15 side stand is very smoother.
    *Time need only touring purpose.
    ;-)

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  • AR October 13, 2013, 1:01 am

    v1 front side only sports look. V2 is completely sports look bike.
    v2 body design like a R1, R6.e.g: swing arm, split sit back tail, tail led, rear wheel, split seat.
    Ride with girl friend, didn’t come wrist and arm pain.
    My r15 v2 AE give
    52< KmpL at 40-45KmpH
    44KmpL at 60-80KmpH
    40KmpL at 80< KmpH

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  • prajwal October 17, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Hi All,
    Just wanted to ask all the R15 owners if they also face problem regarding their Breaks always?
    I have to change the break in every 6 months or so. it’s very expensive..
    Please share your thoughts if you also feel the same.

    Reply
    • Dewashish December 7, 2013, 8:02 am

      yeah its the same with everyone if you ride it regularly.

      Reply
  • shivam October 18, 2013, 1:46 pm

    Hi,
    My name shivam and my weight 50 kg. my height 5’4″.so can u suggestion any bike I like R15.
    I need ur think.
    pieces help me.

    Reply
    • shivam October 18, 2013, 2:17 pm

      my height same to same 5’4″.what your think about r15.?

      Reply
  • Varun Varma October 21, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Thank u bro for u r information…..this is my dream bike and I ordered it but mine is midnight black

    Reply
  • Manoj Jain October 29, 2013, 10:28 am

    Hello,
    I have booked my R15 v2 in racing blue color and i will take the delivery on 01st Nov 13. Please guide me how will i care of my bike.
    Also tell me the in start in how much speed i should by ride.

    MJ

    Reply
  • karthik November 17, 2013, 10:08 pm

    i going to buy a bike bt thought depend on tghe mileage i need atleast 40-45 r15 is suitable for me or not plz give any suggesion

    Reply
    • Faisal Khan November 17, 2013, 11:57 pm

      Get the Yamaha R15. It will give you 40 km/l if ridden sanely.

      Reply
  • Paras Gaur January 16, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Hey Dewashish. great review. bro I’m a teen living in Delhi. I want a full faired bike around 120k, n I’m confused b/w this 1 n the cbr150r. also, as the news suggests, Bajaj n Hero r gonna introduce their pulsar 200ss n the hero’s 250cc bike in collaboation with ebr. so what do you think is a better choice? I can wait for a month or so to buy…

    Reply
  • visakh February 1, 2014, 6:03 pm

    im planning to buy r15 racing blue edition 2013
    im more than 6ft tall and a by body nature is very slim.
    Is it suitable for me…???

    Reply
  • Yash February 12, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Hi I am a Student of Class X nd I’m Planning to buy the R15 v2.O in April,i.e.,After my BOARDS nd I’m Planning to buy the Invincible BLACK Colour of Yamaha R15 v2.0. I’hv read your REVIEW I am So EXCITED for my Bike to come as I Read Your STORY….:-)

    Reply
    • Faisal Khan February 12, 2014, 2:47 pm

      Awesome choice. Do let us know when your bike comes.

      Reply
  • rossi wasure February 14, 2014, 6:53 pm

    wil it suit fr short guy like 5/5

    Reply
    • dewashish April 6, 2014, 4:21 pm

      surely!

      Reply
  • Deepak February 16, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Hi
    I’m living in Chandigarh and i just bought the Yamaha R15 v2.0 , Can you please tell me on which speed and RPM i should run this bike so that my Yamaha engine will smoother and I’ll get mileage of 35-40

    Reply
    • Faisal Khan February 16, 2014, 3:18 pm

      Ride under 60 km/hr for 500 mms and take it till max 80 before first service. Shift gears under 4500 RPM.

      Reply
  • Paras Gaur February 17, 2014, 5:17 pm

    dude even I’m in 10th cls n will buy my bike in April. Which1 should I buy b/w dis n the cbr 150r ?

    Reply
    • dewashish April 6, 2014, 4:19 pm

      umm u won’t go wrong with either of them…but yes…i do prefer the r15 in all respects except the rear seat.

      Reply
  • santhosh February 25, 2014, 3:52 pm

    hi Dewashish
    i own an apache rtr180.
    i planning to change my bike to r15 v2.0
    do you think my decision is correct or is it better to keep back the rtr180 itself
    what do you think rtr180 or r15 is better in terms of power and pickup

    Reply
  • dewashish April 6, 2014, 4:20 pm

    well, if you do much of your commuting in city, i like the linear acceleration of apache…i..e. appropriate power whenever u need it…get the r15 if u r interested in highway cruising having fun with your bike. :)

    Reply
  • Vaitheeswaran April 14, 2014, 3:33 pm

    Hey,
    I got a r15 racing red :)
    is there any speed restrictions initially like in other bikes,,..so that the engine gets set ?
    Thanx :)

    Reply
  • Rabbi- Bangladesh April 16, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Hello, bikers, i m from Bangladesh. First wanna let u guys informed.
    here in our conty. 150 is the limit. This is f***ing govt rools. I have
    rode hunk, pulser. Now doing pulsar ug 5 red. In our bd, R 15
    is more then 40 k in bd price. I m a racer type boy. I like rev harder
    and join race. I like lean bike more n more. Can anybody suggest
    me what to choose. No cbz extrime please. Other 150cc bike
    available in bd r tvs apache rtr 160, Yamaha fzs, Yamaha fazer,
    Honda dazzler, and the boss, R15. I m not famailer with Honda bike.
    now my q is fzs, fazer, apache or R15? Things i need r top end speed,
    good breaking, better engine lifetime ( coz i rev very high).
    i never ride r15. I don’t have practical idea just knowing by reading.
    i need to move faster then others. So tell me.

    Reply

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