Regular readers are aware of my enthusiasm for sportbikes with tiny displacements. I’m from a place where motorcycles like this make perfect sense. As a first step, they’re a lot more sporty than their more powerful brothers, but without the hefty price tag. They’re also a breeze to ride and turn your regular commute into a thrilling joyride.
It’s also worth noting that the Yamaha YZF-R15 has long dominated the entry-level sportbike sector. So much better than its previous iterations, the Yamaha YZF-R15M is available in special M trim, like the YZF-R1M, Yamaha’s larger sibling.
Performance of Yamaha YZF-R15M
The YZF-R15M World GP 60th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 155cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve engine producing 18.4 PS at 10,000rpm and 14.2 Nm at 7,500rpm. The fuel-injected engine has Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) coupled to a 6-speed transmission.
The R15M is head and shoulders above the competition in the sub-200cc sportbike sector. It has capabilities reserved for 650cc machines. Among other things, the bike has two riding modes: Track and Street. ABS features on both anchors. What’s cool is that this bike also includes traction control and a quick-shifter to make shifting easier.
There’s an approachable engine hidden beneath all that. To provide the R15M with the 19 horsepower it needs, Yamaha used their tried and true 155cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine. The Yamaha YZF-R15M World GP 60th Anniversary Edition has been released by Yamaha to make things even better. Fans of Yamaha sportbikes will know this livery as the company’s famous Speed Block design. The Valencia GP race bike is the inspiration for the theme on the special edition R15M.
Pricing and availability
Recently, Yamaha has made the special World GP 60th Anniversary Edition R15M available in Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Yamaha’s outdated street bike model range in India is getting a much-needed refresh with the arrival of this bike. The YZF-R15M in blue and silver costs $26 more than the normal model, so it’s a no-brainer at USD 2,477. A special edition sportbike is sure to be a hit with both casual sporty commuters and those who like to take their bikes out on the track from time to time.
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