Yamaha YZF-R15 Review

The Yamaha YZF-R15 has been around for a few years and is one of the sportier looking 150cc motorcycles you can buy new. Being on market for a few years and unchanged means that the R15 is a reliable and affordable under 250cc motorcycle. The YZF-R15 is targeted as commuters and learners in most parts of the world and very popular in developing countries. 

The YZF-R15’s exterior design is current and the the build quality is pretty good too. It’s all middle of the road or class average. In fact there is nothing to excite the senses or complain at all in respect to the physical motorcycle. I guess that is exactly what Yamaha want to do with this particular model!

The engine is a single cylinder engine that straddles the 125-250cc gap but the higher capacity by a mere 25cc does balance out the older technology compared to the latest 125cc models. Since I haven’t ridden one yet I can only assume that is goes well for this sort of motorcycle.

The only problem with the YZF-15R is that it does not standout in a very crowded class in terms of looks or technology but with a price tag of Approx $3999 it does help would be purchasers make up their mind. It is an inoffensive motorcycle and in the middle of my list of desirable under 250cc motorcycles and I’m guessing yours too.

Yamaha YZF-R15 Key Specifications
Engine:   IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve SHOC (EFI)
Capacity:  150cc
Power/Torque:  12.5Kw @ 8500 RPM 15Nm @ 7000 RPM 
Gearbox:   6 speed
Kerb Weight:  131kg
Performance:  0-100kph 11 seconds Approx
Max Speed 120Kph Approx 
Fuel Economy:   12 litre fuel tank
Approx 2.5 litres per 100km
Seat height:  790mm
Dimensions: L1995 X W670 X H1070
 Recommended Retail Price:  $3999 Rideaway (2012)