Yamaha’s R15 Version 3.0 has arrived in Australia and I give my full impression of this small capacity (155 cc) entry level option, which is available for $4,799 ride-away.
A massive styling update is matched by a big boost in performance, with a 5 cc capacity increase, 18% increase in power and great top end, while a slipper clutch is also fitted.
New wheels and larger MRF tyres are another update, with a Bybre front caliper on 282 mm rotor, with a 20 mm shorter wheelbase, and trail reduced by 10 mm for sharper handling.
Ergonomics are true to the YZF name, with clip-on style ‘bars off the top of the forks, and a compact sporty seating position, that offers the real supersport feel, but won’t be too intimidating to new riders.
Overall the latest iteration of the YZF-R15 offers an exceptional option in the smaller capacity category, available at a highly competitive price and biting at the heels of larger capacity options like the GSX250R and CBR300R.