2011 Yamaha YZF-R15 Unveiled

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Joining its bigger siblings, the R1 and R6 in the 2011 line-up is Yamaha’s new YZF-R15 entry-level sports bike, a model aimed at beginner motorcycle riders “keen to own a piece of race bred heritage." The learner-friendly YZF-R15comes available in two color schemes, namely racing blue or midnight black.

Coming with a 12-month factory warranty and with a price tag of around US$3,900, the new baby YZF is powered by a 149.8cc single-cylinder fuel injected engine features four-valves, a single overhead cam, wet sump lubrication and has a 10.4:1 compression ratio.

A forged aluminium piston is in residence within the all-aluminium DiASil cylinder, which ensures improved thermal dynamics along with light weight and better reliability.

Paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, the lightweight bike weighs just 131 kg (289 lbs) wet. The manufacturer did not, however, reveal any performance details, but there is no doubt that it will come as a strong competitor.

The bike also comes with a 12-liter (3.17-gallon) fuel tank and a seat height of 790mm. The Japanese motorcycle maker also promises its new model has "a comfortable riding position for both pilot and pillion."

The 2011 Yamaha YZF-R15 specifications are listed below:
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve
  • Cylinder arrangement: Single cylinder
  • Displacement: 149 .8cc
  • Bore & Stroke: 57×58.7mm
  • Compression ratio: 10.4:1
  • Starting system: Electric Start
  • Lubrication: wet sump
  • Engine oil capacity: 1.0 litres
  • Fuel tank capacity: 12 litres
  • Fuel management: Electronic fuel injection
  • Ignition system: TCI
  • Clutch type: Constant-mesh wet multi-plate
  • Transmission type: Return type 6-speedFrame type: Deltabox Frame
  • Caster / Trail 26° / 100mm
  • Tyre size: (F/ R) 80/90-17 / 100/80-17
  • Brake type: (F / R) Hydraulic, single disc (Front / Rear)
  • Suspension type: (F / R) Telescopic / Linked type MonocrossOverall length x width x height: 1995mm x 670mm x 1070mm
  • Seat height: 790mm
  • Wheelbase: 1290mm
  • Min ground clearance: 160mm
  • Wet weight: 131kg (includes 12 litres of fuel)
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