This pocket rocket is the ideal entry point to Yamaha's legendary range of sportsbikes. Blending performance, reliability, and low running costs, the YZF-R15 has been designed to appeal to riders looking for a practical motorcycle for everyday riding with R-series trademark sharp looks.
For MY2020 the YZF-R15 is powered by an all-new 155cc liquid-cooled SOHC four-valve fuel-injected engine with Variable Value Actuation (VVA). The engine is housed in a new-design Deltabox frame and wrapped in updated bodywork inspired by Yamaha's top-of-the-range YZF-R1/M road bikes and YZR-M1 MotoGP machine.
The high-compression 155cc single-cylinder engine delivers class-leading performance thanks to the new Variable Value Actuation (VVA) system. The technology allows the small-capacity engine to produce more power and torque than ever before.
The cylinder head features two intake valve cams; one for low to mid-range rpm and another for high rpm. The switch between the two rocker arms is carried out by a solenoid motor activated at a predetermined point in the rev-range. The result is high RPM performance without sacrificing low-to-mid-range torque and rideability, delivering an 18.3 percent increase in power from just a three percent increase in engine capacity.
The engine also features a lightweight forged aluminium piston with DiASil coated cylinder wall, larger diameter intake and exhaust ports, upgraded fuelling, a 60 percent larger air filter, assist and slipper clutch, and a new muffler with a three-stage expansion chamber. In addition to the extra power produced, the new engine is also more economical on fuel, obtaining around 450km from a single tank.
New Deltabox Frame
A 20mm increase in width between the left and right pivot points on the updated Deltabox frame, now 221mm, has allowed the fitment of a new delta-shaped swingarm, reinforced by internal ribbing, to accommodate a wider 140/70-17 rear tyre.
Wider wheels and larger brakes
Wider 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels - 17x2.5-inch (f) 17x4-inch (r) allow a larger range of tyres to be fitted. Tyre sizes are 100/80-17 front 140/70-17 rear.
Braking performance has been increased with a new 282mm front brake disc that is 15mm larger, fitted with a twin-piston caliper. At the rear is a 220mm disc with a single-piston caliper.
Slim twin-eye LED headlights have a glaring eyes look, modelled on the YZF-R1, while the cockpit features a YZR-M1-inspired triple clamp and a multi-function LCD instrument panel.
The racing-inspired bodywork is now more aerodynamic, featuring a central air intake and layered fairings. An indentation in the top of the fuel tank optimises the rider's tuck position.
Fuel capacity has been reduced by 1-litre to 11-litres, however, fuel economy has been increased with around 450km obtainable from a single tank of petrol.
The tail fairing with LED taillight has also been modelled on the latest YZF-R1 and features a 20mm lower pillion seat.
*Pricing quoted is correct at time of publication on 25 June 2020.