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Thread: Detailed Report: New YZF R15 Version 2.0 Launched : Delhi Ex-showroom price 107,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by tibby View Post
    Before the launch of the R15, Yamaha was in its worst possible phase with respect to market share, products, sales, EVERYTHING!!
    There were even some reports in the Indian media, claiming that Yamaha was contemplating pulling out from the Indian market.
    Yamaha decided to stay put, & realized that they need to do something quickly to survive in the Indian market, which happens to be the largest two-wheeler market in the world.


    January-2008: Yamaha created quite a stir in the Indian two-wheeler market by showcasing the YZF-R15 at the auto-expo at New Delhi. The bike was displayed, but the specifications were not revealed.


    June-2008: The R15 was launched, and went on to revolutionize the market.

    The media went bonkers, and so did the enthusiasts when they realized what the bike could do, and what riding a sportsbike felt like. This was a first for the mass market.
    No other bike in the 150cc category was anywhere close to the performance of the R15. 2011, & over three years down the line, nothing has changed.
    Back in 2008 or 2009, the R15 beat the RTR 180, Pulsar 220, & the Karizma in a test conducted by Overdrive, & still beats every other bike in its category.

    The R15 was conceived, designed & named as a track-bike, & it performed extremely well at that.
    We have only two racetracks in India, both being in the Southern part one at Chennai, & another at Coimbatore. Did that deter people from buying a sportsbike - NO. People from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, & Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh bought the bike, used it, & were satisfied with the ride quality, & the build quality.

    The bike had the DNA of a sportsbike (the R1), but not so much visually. The reason India not being accustomed to sports riding, Yamaha realized that an all-out sportsbike is not going to set the sales chart rolling. Hence they decided for a middle-path approach. They designed a practical bike one that can be used at the track, and as a normal bike for Indian needs.

    A part of the market was happy with the bike, while another part wasnt with certain aspects. They thought the bike lacked in some aspects, which I am enumerating below:
    1. Thin rear tyres
    2. No split-seats
    3. Poor low-end torque
    4. Absence of a tyre-hugger
    5. No LED tail-lamps
    6. Poor/ weak quality of rims
    7. Puncture-prone tyres (owing to them being of a soft compound)
    8. The plain looking rear of the bike did not match the mean looking front
    9. Headlight beam not adequate


    December-2010: Someone happened to regularly spot an R15 like bike doing test rounds around Noida, & the circus began.
    With no official word coming from Yamaha, enthusiasts began speculating what bike it is, & what lies beneath the plastic fairings. People saw what they wanted to see 250cc/ 200cc/ 180cc/ 170cc/ 160cc, 18bhp/ 19bhp/ 20bhp/ 22bhp/ 23bhp/ 24Bhp/ 25Bhp, etc.
    People even went on to give names to the bike, based on their idea of its displacement.


    06-Sep-2011: The R15 Version 2.0 was unveiled by Yamaha, and the specifications were revealed. Yamaha had improved the bike on all the points listed above, except maybe on point 9 above (can be confirmed or otherwise once bike is available & someone tests the headlights), and these additional changes that no one had really asked for:
    a. Bigger rear disc - 220 mm
    b. Changes in drivetrain unit
    c. Aluminum swing arm
    d. Redesigned side fairing
    e. Redesigned exhaust
    f. A more rigid clutch axle shaft
    g. Redesigned throttle-pulley

    All these changes, & a fabulous looking bike for an excess of INR 7,000 (over the price of the earlier version), ex-showroom Delhi.
    So for a sum of INR 7,000, Yamaha has given us everything we wanted, and a lot of other things.

    But as is with other things, the market is not too convinced.
    Some people think that with the new tail & split seat, the bike is not very practical now. My friends, for you the earlier version is still available at quite a few showrooms, and also available in plenty in the second-hand market. You can find your practical R15 there. Pick one before others unhappy with the Version 2.0 pick theirs.

    With the earlier version, no one ever complained about lack of power for the bike, but the thirst only came in when the test bike was clicked doing rounds. People thought why not have Yamaha extract some more power out of the already maxxed-out (well, almost) mill.
    Whats disheartening is that some (if not most) of the critics are not prospective customers. They would have bashed the earlier version, and are probably at it again this time for version 2.0 now.


    This is the first time in India that an automobile manufacturer has taken customer feedback into consideration, & re-launched a product.
    I think it is time the biking fraternity matured a bit, & learnt to accept a product.
    Yamaha are here to make money (just like any other company out there), and they have done their extensive research before re-launching the product. They have given everything that the market demanded (in that product), and a lot more.
    If the displacement doesnt satisfy your need, then there is the Ninja250R & the CBR250R available out there.
    If you want a Yamaha 250, then you are not going to get it by bashing the R15. Maybe you should wait for sometime.
    Yamaha would be eager to make & sell a quality 250cc bike, much more than you or I would be wanting to buy one.


    As a signing off note for people claiming Yamaha have merely done a stickering job by launching the Version 2.0, kindly accept my condolences for the demise of your intellect.



    Disclaimer:
    1) I do not write this as a Yamaha fanboy or the owner of a Yamaha bike, but as a rational biking enthusiast.
    2) I neither work for Yamaha, nor have any other interests in the company.

    Note:
    1) You would understand that just like you, I have the freedom to voice my opinion. This being a result of that.
    2) Kindly refrain from any mudslinging or personal attacks, to help keep the forum decorum in place. "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind".

    That is a good recap and the story to follow

    Quote Originally Posted by kwacker View Post
    i am 183cms tall...and dis is how the bike stacks up on me!!!!!
    Same thing which I wanna check.. I'm 188cm tall!


    Checked with Orion at bangalore and they said the test ride bike would be available in a couple of weeks and the waiting period for bike delivery is 45days as of now..

    Will take a test ride for this and the CBR250r.. I'm more inclined towards R15 not coz of the price thing but just that i've ridden the so called v1 quite a lot and never had problem with that except for 2 reasons: Height and headlight..

    Hope the headlight thingy is also solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M.vinay View Post
    omg, R15 has more aggressive rear than even R6

    EDIT: By viewing some more R15's front now looks douchy
    My thoughts are subjected to personal experiences/internet articles. Please read my comment carefully before replying. :)

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    The black and the red one.
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    Saw the bike in Orino Motors Bangalore today and it looks AWESOME!
    The only awkward angle is from the front where you can see the rear coming up which looks like a dolphin's tail as the showroom guy there rightly expressed..from all other angles it is amazing..almost made me think of buying it
    The seat is actually quite soft and comfy..I sat on it for a good 5 minutes..felt it to be softer than the previous one,which I have ridden extensively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akmaintu View Post
    The black and the red one.
    red one is double awesome if u ask me

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    Quote Originally Posted by senotrius View Post
    red one is double awesome if u ask me
    But am going for the blue one
    ARRIVE ALONE

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.vinay View Post
    R15 beats R6 with a clear margin in the tail section. However, the R6 has an advantage with that air vent between the headlights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJ1984 View Post
    R15 beats R6 with a clear margin in the tail section. However, the R6 has an advantage with that air vent between the headlights.
    Oh and lets not forget the 450cc "advantage".

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    @jigar2speed: And the R1 too.
    Thanks for posting the pic, it clearly brings out that the rear portion&the gap in between the 2 seats is overdone.
    I doubt if that lower back support padding on the rear seat will actually help, considering the massive gap.
    Has anyone noticed this while riding? I couldn't figure out just by sitting on the bike.
    Quench my thirst with gasoline!

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