It is the first single cylinder motorcycle from Yamaha in India to have ABS and critically, the first 150cc to have dual channel. Yes, the Yamaha R15 ABS has been launched in India and it gets ABS sensors on both the wheels. The Yamaha R15 ABS price in India is Rs 1.39 lakh for the regular colours that are on offer and Rs 2,000 more for the new Darknight colour. These prices are Rs 12,000 and Rs 14,000 more than the non-ABS version, ex-Delhi. The ABS model is available for order now and deliveries will be fulfilled within a few weeks time.
What’s the new dope on the Yamaha R15 ABS
The biggest addition is that of ABS. When launched in early 2018, the Yamaha R15, in its third generation, didn’t have ABS but it was only a matter of time before the new laws kicked in and Yamaha had to comply. There was a price hike over the second generation but then the critical ABS factor was missing. Apart from the addition of the ABS warning light on the meter console as well as logos on the front forks, there are no other visual differences. That is if you count the new exterior paint scheme out.
The Yamaha R15 ABS continues with the delightful 155cc, liquid cooled, 4-valve single cylinder engine that pumps out 19.3PS of power and 15Nm of torque. A 6-speed gearbox along with a slip and assist clutch helps transfer power to the road. There are disc brakes on both end as well. Yamaha has given an all-digital instrument cluster with the R15 and it also has a shift light indicator added in.
In our tests, we found the non-ABS R15 to be a very good blend of road as well as racetrack capable motorcycle. It also has good rideability in town and ride quality too is decent. The Yamaha R15 ABS will compete with the recently launched Bajaj Pulsar 220F ABS as well as the TVS Apache 200 4V Pirelli.