Fancy the Yamaha YZF-R1M? Good news for you then, for the Japanese motorcycle maker is bringing the same concept in the more affordable 150cc segment.
Reports surfacing the internet confirm that Yamaha has registered the name ‘R15M’ for the Indian market. While we reported that Yamaha is working on Version 4 (V4) of the YZF-R15, it appears that the new motorcycle will be launched in two variants. The ‘M’ in the name suggests that Yamaha is working on a sportier version of the 155cc supersport YZF-R15.
Moreover, a leaked image confirms that the new YZF-R15 V4 will sport new styling and uprated mechanicals. The fascia will be more in line with Yamaha’s new supersport design philosophy, which we have already seen on the new YZF-R7 – it's on sale overseas.
Speaking of the R15M, the motorcycle is likely to get a few uprated mechanicals, such as upside-down forks and grippier tyres. While motorcycles such as the TVS Apache RTR200 4V offer features like riding modes and adjustable levers, it is absolutely fair to expect a similar feature list on the upcoming YZF-R15M.
Back in the day, Yamaha India would offer an optional Daytona Kit with its first iteration of the YZF-R15. The Daytona Kit included uprated equipment, such as a larger petal disc brake and a radial master cylinder, a larger sprocket setup, adjustable footpegs, and a quick throttle. The kit also featured a re-flashed ECU, a free-flowing Dagrex exhaust, and a high-lift camshaft.
However, today Yamaha India offers just a free-flowing Daytona exhaust and a grippier rear tyre with the outgoing YZF-R15 V3. Another thing to notice is that earlier the addition of a complete Daytona Kit on the Yamaha R15 would revoke its road-legal certificate; however, if the motorcycle comes with preinstalled upgraded parts from the factory itself, it would not get into any problems regarding its street legality.
We are yet to see if Yamaha India will offer a substantial amount of equipment on the new motorcycle or just a few bolt-on components. However, it is certain that there will be an affordable version of the new Yamaha YZF-R15 and a more track-oriented budget supersport with an ‘M’ at the end of its name. Expect the launch of the new YZF-R15 and the YZF-R15M by the end of this year.