Yamaha Plans Special Edition YZF-R15 for Asia

Yamaha YZF-R15 1 photo
Yamaha is said to reveal a special edition of their popular small-displacement sport bike YZF-R15. Indian sources claim the bike will be unveiled soon, but no official date has been mentioned yet.
What is sure however, is that the YZF-R15 Special Edition will only sport aesthetic updates, with no tweaks on the tech side. This means it will surface with the same 149.8cc single-cylinder lump as before, with a liquid-cooled 4-stroke architecture and capable to produce a maximum of 16.8 horsepower at 8,500 rpm, and a max torque of 14.7 Nm (10.8 lb-ft) at 7,500 rpm. The livery is supposed to be a flamboyant combination of gloss black and gold, with golden wheels and several gold accents.

Since Yamaha is already selling the YZF-R125 in Europe and the smallest-displacement bike offered for the North American market is the recently-announced SR400, it looks like the YZF-R15 Special Edition is a treat reserved to the Indian and other Eastern Asian markets.

Anyway, we know that things are on the move at Yamaha, and some new small-displacement bikes are soon to be announced. So after all, in case the Western markets do receive the new small Yamaha(s), we might just come off better.

Rumors have it that the house of Iwata is preparing the launch of their new 3-wheeled scooter Tricity and an R3 model in the YZF family. Only a few days until we find out.
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