Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales unveiled the new 3th generation of the Yamaha YZF-R15 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The new look of the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 is clearly inspired by the new Yamaha YZF-R6, the Deltabox frame has been retained with a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, while Yamaha has introduced USD front forks.
The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 also features new headlamps, in between the two headlamps is a section that looks like a pseudo air intake. The headlamps are sleeker, but they are still halogen lights.
The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 also gets new multi-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels that match the body fairing color, similar as on the YZF-R3. The fuel tanks is redesigned and looks sharper, the rider and pillion seat have been reworked to be more comfortable. The pillion seat is also lower than on the outgoing model. The instrument panel gets a all new digital layout, which is more easier to read.
The liquid-cooled 155cc single-cylinder, DOHC 4-valve engine gets variable valve timing and produces 19.3 horsepower, 2 horsepower more than the previous 2016 model, at 10,000rpm and 14.7Nm of torque at 8,500rpm.
The 6-speed gearbox comes with a slipper clutch too. Tires are fatter, with a 100-section up front and a 140-section at the rear. The Yamaha YZF-R15 shown in Jakarta was not equipped with ABS as most of the press had expected, this can be a possible optional or standard feature when the motorcycle is introduced in Thailand.
The new 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 comes with a lot of interesting updates that will head-up the competition between the Honda CBR150R and the Yamaha YZF-R15. For now Yamaha is the better choice – depending on what it will cost when if arrives in Thailand.