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Yamaha YZF-R15

Launch: 2013 Yamaha

The entry-level sportster gets clothes and some useful feels pushbike-light and is simply a deal of fun to be on

It’s a good to be a motorcycling novice. With the manufacturers getting back their stride after the GFC there’s a raft of bikes out looking for your LAMS Kawasaki is riding high their 300 Ninja, whereas is upping the ante with its CBR which now includes the sure-fire hit 500

Suzuki’s venerable DR-Z keeps the yellow flag where as KTM is looking lively the release of the keen 390 Duke. haven’t been left though. The XV650 is its category’s seller and the current YZF-R15 has hitting internal sale well.

But this isn’t the to be caught standing still. that in mind, the second of the YZF-R15 got released to the press in a vu moment — it was a rerun of the launch at Eastern Creek’s track, right down to the lunch (though back I think I had an extra snag).

It was two years ago that we first got a of the tiny terror and that direct comparisons with the new easier. And the 2013 YZF-R15 is rather than all-new. the frame and engine remain from the outgoing model, chassis components and the bodywork the major benefactors of the upgrades.

by the same 149.8cc four-… and running a four-valve head as it is now controlled by a reconfigured ECU and the engine’s gasses escape through a sportier-looking exhaust. It’s church mouse quiet,

The Deltabox chassis remains the but is now in charge of a longer aluminium lengthened to add a touch more to the 136kg nipper. The wheels are a new and the rubber is wider – the front is now 90mm wide with an 80 per profile while the rear out to 130mm with a 70 per cent Throw in a larger rear shorter gearing and rear changes, that’s the nut and bolt underneath the new clothes.

The plastics are now more in keeping the larger R-series bikes, the firm’s R6. With a low frontal and bee-sting tail unit now offers separate rider and seats, plus a small hole), the new model looks when parked up against the And the importance of this cool-factor be underestimated for a rider’s first

The changes to the bodywork don’t the new bike feel different your legs – it’s a very slim bike feels comfortable underneath even when that happens to be 188cm and 95kg. not designed for such a rider, it complain when having to one.

Hitting 120km/h quite the new gearing means it never slow, especially in traffic. On the it feels pushbike light, and the (Savas were on the test rather than the more but less grippy, Nylogrip allow great side-to-side changes while the non-adjustable offers decent feedback.

onto the kart track, the R15 feels so small for a taller but after a few laps the size less of an issue as the easy-to-ride becomes a great deal of fun to be on. If was to be your first bike, I you’d be hooked on bikes for

With the increase in rear size, the low-tech brakes well above their With the five test running constantly around the for over two hours, there was no in feel, or lever pressure, on any of the With the inner racer out in many of the assembled press, wasn’t a bad effort from the

The six-speed gearbox changes especially when you see how much there is in the budget linkage at a

The Indian-built machine feels quality throughout. The bodywork has a strength to it, the fit is complaint free and looks like an afterthought. At plus on roads, there’s a $400 increase over the old though the 5000km between stays the same.

But the price not be the deciding factor for many. If one thing that the R15 has against it – or wrongly – is our love for bigger Give someone a choice a sports 600 and a similar litre the bigger bike will be the choice, even if we know we can the smaller bike better and more fun on it.

Yamaha YZF-R15

So the 150cc R15 loses the number to pretty much all of its rivals. has the 250 number wrapped with the Kawasaki owns the 300 figure, KTM has straight in at 390, and the CBR500R them all seem like children in an … world. But ask a fast rider what the key to riding is and they’ll say go smaller to with.

If you don’t solely on horsepower when learning the ropes, you’ll be more when the time’s right to go Plus, the smaller the bike, the the grin. Maybe Yamaha is on to here…

Until June 26, 2013, the also comes with worth of free gear.

2013 YAMAHA YZF-R15

Type: Liquid-cooled, four-…, four-valve single-cylinder

Capacity:

Bore x …: 57.0mm x

Compression ratio: 10.4:1

Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15
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Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15


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