For the month of February 2019, Yamaha R15 V3 has recorded healthy sales, seeing a 40% increase. Dealership sources have said that buyers are preferring dual-ABS now.
Yamaha dealership sources have said that despite charging a premium of over Rs 14,000, most of the new buyers are preferring dual-ABS variant. The leftover stock of the non-ABS variant is still left with some dealers.
As a result, Yamaha R15 V3 recorded a 40% increase in monthly sales. February saw a total of 8939 units sold, as opposed to 6300 units sold in January. The Y-o-Y growth for February stands at 160%, an upward from 3438 units in Feb 2017.
However, the R15 V2 was available in February last year. The V3 debuted in June, which received an overwhelming response, thanks to a more aggressive design and a heavily revised engine.
Also, there is no performance oriented fully faired motorcycle in R15 V3’s range. The nearest competitor is the KTM RC200, which is still Rs 30000 costlier but offers a bigger 200cc engine.
However, a lot of owners also complain of the fully crouched position, which often trouble the wrists. Anyhow, R15 V3 is the best and the only one in its range which is track-ready.
Yamaha R15 V3 now gets a dual-channel ABS, which is priced at Rs 1.39 Lakhs (ex-showroom). It also gets a new ‘Darknight’ colour option, which is Rs 2000 costlier than other colours.
Yamaha R15 V3 uses a 155cc liquid-cooled VVA engine, that is tuned to deliver 19.1 BHP at 10000 RPM and 14.8 Nm of peak torque at 8500 RPM. The motor comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Features onboard include full LED headlamps, split seats, a fully digital instrument console, a small windscreen and now, dual-ABS setup.
Recently, Yamaha launched the naked streetfighter sibling of the R15 V3, the MT-15. It uses the same engine, chassis and suspension setup. However, the MT-15 uses a single-ABS, instead of a dual-ABS we expected.
Yamaha R15 V3 will soon get a perfect competitor in the Aprilia RS150. The 150cc fully faired sports bike was showcased at the Auto Expo and is expected to make a debut this year.