EICMA 2018: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT Leaning Motorcycle Unveiled


The three-wheeled 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is mechanically similar to the standard model but gets additional equipment which make it a better touring motorcycle.




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The new Yamaha Niken GT has gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes.

We first saw the Yamaha Niken three-wheeled motorcycle last year at EICMA and this year, the new Yamaha Niken GT that’s been unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy has definitely gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes. Instantly noticeable are the 25-litre panniers which also feature grab handles for the rear passengers and has a 12-volt outlet to charge a smartphone or any other gadget. The 2019 Niken GT also gets a centre stand unlike the standard Niken. Moreover, it gets a taller windscreen, wider seats and heated handle bar grips.


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Mechanically the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is similar to the standard three-wheeled Niken. It is also based on the Yamaha MT-09 and has two 15-inch wheels with modified cycle parts which help it lean at corners. The wheels are connected to the frame with two separate pairs of inverted forks which allow the Niken GT to lean through corners just like a regular two-wheeler. It is powered by the same 847cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is seen in the MT-09. The engine develops 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is equipped with a standard slip and assist clutch, quickshifter and three-mode traction control. It also gets cruise control which is effective from fourth gear and over the speed of 50 kmph.

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The Niken was the first three-wheeled motorcycle from Yamaha and as radical it may look, Yamaha is sure about this design and is planning more such motorcycles. Earlier, the company had also acquired the leaning three-wheeler designs and concepts from a Norwegian firm called Brudeli. The Yamaha Niken is already on sale in some of the international markets like the UK and US for $ 15,999. However, the company as of now is producing the Niken in limited numbers and has similar plans even for the 2019 Niken GT.

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EICMA 2018: Yamaha Tenere 700 Details Revealed





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The production ready model of the Yamaha Tenere 700 adventure bike has been unveiled

The Yamaha Tenere 700 middleweight adventure bike has been unveiled at the ongoing EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Prototypes and concepts of the Tenere 700 have been shown before, including the Yamaha T7 concept in 2016, and an around the world event where an advanced prototype has been ridden, called the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid. But now, Yamaha seems to have finalised the production version and this is the first time a production ready model has been unveiled, with specifications and full details at the EICMA 2018.


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The Yamaha Tener 700 gets long-travel suspension, and 240 mm of ground clearance

The Tenere 700 is based on Yamaha’s 689 cc, crossplane, four-stroke parallel-twin, and is being described as Yamaha’s “lightweight, go-anywhere, adventure touring motorcycle.” The 689 cc, parallel-twin is from the acclaimed Yamaha MT-07 platform, and the counterbalanced two-cylinder motor is expected to be smooth and refined, and is known for its strong and linear torque output that gives instant throttle response together with great acceleration. The European model specs put the engine output of 72 bhp at 9,000 rpm, with peak torque of 68 Nm kicking in at 6,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and final drive is chain-type.

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The Yamaha Tenere 700 gets a 16-litre fuel tank, and has a wet weight of 205 kg

The Tenere 700 comes with a 16-litre slim fuel tank and wet weight of the bike is 205 kg, a lot lighter than any other middleweight adventure bike on sale right now. Yamaha rates the range on a tankful to be around 350 km, and that’s a lot, and is credited to the excellent fuel economy of the parallel-twin engine. The 43 mm upside down rally-spec coil spring forks have 210 mm of travel and feature full damping adjustment, said to provide precise steering and smooth suspension action, even over the most extreme terrain. The rear suspension is rally-bred, link-type is remotely adjustable for preload and has 200 mm of travel, again offering the best performance on severe off-road riding conditions, according to Yamaha. With over 241 mm of ground clearance, the Tenere 700 certainly seems to be a purposeful, go-anywhere adventure bike.

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The Tenere 700 has no riding modes, and no traction control, only switchable ABS

In terms of rider aids, there are no riding modes, and no fancy electronics, not even traction control. There’s only standard ABS which is switchable on both wheels for off-road riding. At the front are dual 282 mm discs, while the rear wheel gets a single 245 mm disc. The Tenere 700 features a 21-inch spoked front wheel and an 18-inch rear, which are ready for a wide range of tyres, from pure enduro pattern to dual sport pattern tyres. With a seat height of nearly 879 mm, the Tenere 700 will not be easily accessible, particularly for riders with height below 5 feet, 8 inches. In India particularly, the seat height could pose to be a challenge for riders who may not have a long inseam or the height to handle the bike.

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The Tenere 700’s design is inspired by Yamaha’s factory rally bikes

The new Tenere 700 comes with a distinctive looking headlight assembly which is inspired by Yamaha’s latest generation factory rally bikes. Four LED headlights give the face a purposeful stance, and the flat seat and slim body again is a nod to Yamaha’s Dakar bikes. The rally-styled fairing and tall windscreen not only complete the factory rally inspiration design, but is also said to give the rider protection from the wind and elements.

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The instrument panel and cockpit has a rally-bike design but the console is only a plain LCD panel

Ergonomics are expected to be comfortable with the competition-type tapered handlebars promising comfort and good control, whether sitting on the saddle, or tackling some dirt standing up on the pegs. The instrument panel is a LCD unit (no full-colour TFT screen), and is positioned rally-style to give the rider good visibility of details, like gear position indicator, two trip meters, fuel level, estimated range, average and instant fuel consumption, and more. The cockpit also offers space for fitment of aftermarket accessories like navigation, GPS and smartphones.

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Pricing will be key to how the Yamaha Tenere 700 is received in the market, and if it still remains ‘contemporary’ once it’s finally launched commercially

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Yamaha has announced that the Tenere 700 will be available in Europe in the second half of 2019, while in the US market, the bike will only debut a year later, in 2020. So far, there’s no word on any plans to introduce the bike in India. We can only hope Yamaha brings the Tenere 700 to the world’s largest two-wheeler market, which has a booming adventure market as well. With an almost bare-bones purposeful approach, pricing will be key, as riders will seek some creature comforts and technology for a relatively “expensive” adventure bike, no matter how capable off-road it is.

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New-Generation Yamaha FZ-FI Spied Testing In India


Yamaha is testing a new-generation model of the FZ FI. The company will launch the bike sometime next year.




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The new-gen FZ will have a completely new look

It was the Yamaha FZ-16 which brought back life and more importantly, muscle in the 150 cc motorcycle segment. Over the years, the bike has undergone quite a few changes and became a loved motorcycle with the commuter motorcycle buying audience in India. It received a new-generation model about 4 years ago (The FZ S V2.0) but the segment has changed a lot since then and it is time for Yamaha to bring in a new-generation model in order to keep pace with the fast-changing segment as well. And right on cue, we have photos of the test mules of the new-generation FZ, spotted testing in India. There are quite a few changes and Yamaha will be launching the new model sometime next year.


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The test mules in the photos are heavily wrapped in black masking tape but there are a few details which one can make out with respect to cosmetic updates. The bike retains its muscular profile and while the tank is fully taped, it does seem to retain its chiselled shape but could have a slightly different design. Then, there are the newly designed shrouds around the tank which seem to have borrowed their design from the new-gen R15. Also, the alloy wheels look to be borrowed from the R15 as well. The exhaust too is a new unit, similar to the one on the first gen FZ (the FZ-16).

The other changes that you can spot are the small belly pan at the bottom, the single-piece seat instead of the step-seat on the current model and the panels at the rear are all-new as well. The headlamp unit up front carries a different shape and there is every possibility that Yamaha might offer a full LED headlamp (similar to the one used on the FZ25).

The government has said that come April 2019, all new two-wheelers with displacement equal to or more than 125 cc will compulsorily need to have ABS and going by this, we believe Yamaha will offer ABS as standard fitment right from the launch itself. Of course, it could be a single-channel unit to keep the costs down.

With the new generation coming in, Yamaha could increase the power and torque figures on the engine as well. Expect the engine itself to get new components too. The new-gen FZ will go up against established rivals such as the Suzuki Gixxer and the TVS Apache RTR 160 4V along with the Honda CB Hornet 160R.

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2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 Patent Images Leaked


The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 is expected to receive a comprehensive update next year with a suspension update, more power, and revised design on offer. It will come to India.

The Yamaha YZF-R3 and the R25 have been around globally for a while now and come next year, the motorcycles will receive their first comprehensive upgrade. While we’ve seen the 2019 Yamaha R3 test mules being spied time and again in Indonesia, patent images of the model have now made their way online providing a good look at the upcoming offering. The 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 will get massive upgrades not just to the design but the hardware as well and could boast of more power too. Details though are under wraps from the company.

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(The 2019. Yamaha R3 could debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in November this year)

The leaked patent images showcase the new design language on the 2019 Yamaha R3 that has gone for a sharper look, much in-line with the YZF-R6 and the recently launch R15 V3.0. The front has been completely redesigned and now sports the sleeker looking LED headlights that are divided by the air intake. The fairing also gets a slender appearance over the outgoing version and has been revised with sharper styling. The fuel tank design has been revised too and now includes more prominent recesses to accommodate the rider’s knees. The tail section though gets minimal changes and isn’t too different from the current model. Lastly, the alloy wheel design and the exhaust muffler have been carried over from the current model.

The good bits also remain the same like the raised handlebar, which means the new Yamaha R3 won’t be a dedicated supersport like the R15. The seat position is also likely to remain the same with slightly rear set foot pegs. The instrument console could go digital this time packing in a lot more information compared to the current unit. Previous spy shots have also revealed that Yamaha has traded the telescopic forks on the 2019 R3 for USDs, which is great as an improved suspension set-up comes into play. However, it needs to be seen if emerging markets like ours will get the telescopic forks on the 2019 R3 given the cost savings. With respect to braking, the bike will continue with the twin-disc set-up, which is complemented by the dual-channel ABS unit offered as standard.

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(The 2019 Yamaha R3 will move to USD forks from telescopic units)

Power is likely to come from the same engine on the 2019 Yamaha R3. The 321 cc, parallel-twin motor is tuned for 42 bhp and 29.6 Nm of peak torque on the current model. The updated version is likely to see the addition of Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, while also boosting the power output marginally. Other updates are likely to include a slipper clutch and quick shifter. The 6-speed gearbox will continue to serve purpose.

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The 2019 Yamaha R3 and R25 could make their global debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this November. Global sales are likely to begin next year with the bike being produced at Yamaha’s Jakarta-based facility in Indonesia, which acts a global manufacturing hub for the motorcycle. That said, it is unlikely the 2019 R3 will arrive before early 2020 in India with the updated still fairly recent in the Indian market. Expect price a hike though when the model is launched, up from the current price tag of ₹ 3.49 lakh (ex-showroom).

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Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 Discontinued In India


The Yamaha YZF-R15 V2.0 has been discontinued in India six months after the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 was introduced, while the first generation R15 S continues to be on sale.




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The Yamaha R15 V2.0 was introduced in 2011 and was sold alongside the R15 V1.0

Yamaha Motor India has pulled the plug on the YZF-R15 V2.0 in the country, six months after the YZF-R15 V3.0 went on sale earlier this year. The Yamaha R15 has been one of the most successful motorcycles for the company and the third generation version takes it to a whole new level in terms of performance, design, and technology. With the updated bike offered on sale in India, Yamaha has decided to discontinue the R15 V2.0. However, Yamaha will continue to sell the R15S (Version 1.0), alongside the Yamaha R15 V3.0 which retains the older design and engine, and a lower price tag, as well as a single-piece seat.

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Also Read: Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Review

 

It’s not uncommon though for Yamaha to sell its old and new products alongside. The company has been using the strategy for its more popular models in the product line-up in the past as well. The Yamaha FZ FI 2.0 was introduced in 2014 and was sold along with the first generation FZ-16 and FZ-S models. The first generation versions were eventually pulled off the market once the demand shifted to the fuel-injected FZ 2.0 models over the years.

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(The Yamaha R15 V3 was recently introduced in the new MotoGP Edition)

 

The Yamaha YZF-R15 was first launched in India about a decade ago and redefined an affordable performance motorcycle in the 150 cc segment. The bike’s dynamics have only improved ever since and the R6 inspired styling remains true in its latest form as well. While the first generation R15 was introduced with a single seat, the V2.0 that arrived in 2011 received a split-seat setup, sharper tail-end and a meatier rear tyre. The first generation R15 was re-introduced in 2015 after a healthy demand from buyers.

 

Priced at ₹ 1.18 lakh, the Yamaha R15 V2.0 was ₹ 9000 cheaper than the R15 V3.0. In comparison, the Yamaha R15 S is priced at ₹ 1.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and that makes for a substantial difference over the V3.0. With both the first-generation R15 and the latest R15 V3.0 on sale, Yamaha can cater to a wider customer base in the 150 cc segment with the R15S still having a loyal fan following. For existing customers too, spares won’t be an issue on the R15S and R15 V2.0.

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(The Yamaha YZF-R15S is about ₹ 12,000 cheaper than the R15 V3.0)

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Also Read: Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 MotoGP Edition Launched In India

 

Priced at ₹ 1.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 is powered by a 155 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine with VVA technology that produces 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The motor comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox and also comes with a slip and assist clutch function. The Yamaha R15S, uses a 149 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine tuned for 16.4 bhp at 8500 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque at 7500 rpm, while mated to a 6-speed transmission. Recently, the Yamaha R15 V3.0 limited edition was launched with MotoGP livery as well.

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Yamaha R15 MotoGP Edition Launched In India; Priced At Rs. 1.30 Lakh


The Yamaha R15 V3 MotoGP edition gets M1 inspired paint scheme, while the FZ-S has also been updated with a rear disc brake and two new colour options.




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The new Yamaha R15 V3.0 MotoGP Limited Edition gets the ‘Yamaha Racing Blue’ colour scheme

Teased earlier this month, Yamaha Motor India has introduced the YZF-R15 V3.0 MotoGP Edition in the country priced at ₹ 1.30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The special edition model comes with an all-new paint scheme inspired from the Yamaha YZR-M1 ridden by Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. This is the first time the R15 gets the MotoGP treatment in India, and the special edition is priced at a premium of ₹ 3000 over the standard version. In addition, Yamaha has also updated the FZ-S FI with a rear disc brake, which is priced at ₹ 87,042 (ex-showroom, Delhi), and commands a premium of ₹ 1000. The FZ also gets two new colours on offer.

The new Yamaha R15 V3.0 MotoGP Limited Edition gets the ‘Yamaha Racing Blue’ colour scheme with the MotoGP branding on the fairing, fuel tank and side panels. Yamaha’s title sponsor Movistar also finds place on the fairing and brings the model visually close to its racing genes. The new MotoGP Edition is limited in volumes and will have to be booked online through Yamaha India’s official website.

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The Yamaha FZ-S FI gets a rear disc brake and 2 new colours

Apart from the cosmetic changes, the Yamaha R15 V3.0 MotoGP Edition does not get any performance upgrades. Power continues to come from the same 155 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine with VVA that has been tuned for 19 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of peak torque available at 8500 rpm. The bike is paired with a 6-speed transmission and gets a slip and assist clutch for light clutch operation.

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The Yamaha FZ-S FI now comes in new matte green and dark night colours

The Yamaha FZ-S FI too retains the same mechanicals with the 149 cc, air-cooled engine producing 13 bhp at 8000 rpm and 12.8 Nm of peak torque at 6000 rpm. The bike now comes with two new colours – matte green and dark night.

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Bookings for the YZF-R15 MotoGP Edition have already commenced while deliveries are set to begin around September this year.

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Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha Motor Apologize For Improper Vehicle Tests


Results of Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha’s improper emission tests came to light after the government had ordered the automakers to check their operations after revelations of improper testing at Subaru Corp and Nissan Motor Co last year.




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Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha improperly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions

Mazda Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp and Yamaha Motor Co improperly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions, the Japanese government said on Thursday, revealing fresh cases of compliance failures by manufacturers.

The results came to light after the government had ordered the automakers to check their operations after revelations of improper testing at Subaru Corp and Nissan Motor Co last year.

The conduct of automakers globally has come under intense scrutiny after Germany’s Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 to installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of U.S. diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, and that as many as 11 million vehicles could have similar software installed worldwide.

Also Read: Mazda Reacts To Allegations About Cheating In Emission Tests

In the Japanese cases, the carmakers have not broken any laws or prompted massive recalls. But a growing list of improprieties has tarnished the image of the country’s manufacturing industry for high-quality products and efficiency.

Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha cleared vehicles for emissions or fuel efficiency even in cases where they were tested under invalid conditions, the ministry said in a statement. The errors related to slight deviations in the speed of the vehicles during testing that should have invalidated the test results.

The automakers examined tests they had conducted over different periods of time and in Suzuki’s case they stretched back to 2012.

None of the automakers found significant problems with actual emissions and fuel economy performance of the vehicles, which were destined for sale in Japan, and do not plan any recalls.

Suzuki, Japan’s fourth-largest automaker, said that of 12,819 sample vehicles tested for fuel economy and emissions since June 2012, around 50 percent of them had been inspected improperly.

“I deeply apologize and will lead efforts to prevent recurrence,” Suzuki Chief Executive Toshihiro Suzuki told a news conference.

Mazda said there were irregularities in 4 percent of similar inspections on its cars, or just over 70 vehicles. In Yamaha’s case, irregularities were found in 2 percent of inspections, or just a handful of vehicles.

Both Mazda and Yamaha apologized.

Suzuki and Yamaha shares fell 6 and 5 percent, respectively, and Mazda shares were down 1 percent, underperforming a steady benchmark Nikkei average.

In July this year, Nissan admitted it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan.

Kobe Steel, Mitsubishi Materials Corp and Toray Industries – all key suppliers of motor parts to global manufacturers – admitted to product data fabrication last year.

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Many of the automakers, already hit by lackluster sales, have also been under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on imported vehicles.

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Yamaha YZF R15 V3 MotoGP Edition Teased; Launch Soon





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Expect the R15 V3 MotoGP edition to be priced at a slight premium

India Yamaha Motor has teased the much talked about MotoGP edition of the YZF R15 V3 through a short YouTube video. It will just be a new variant of the R15 V3 with motorsport livery inspired from Yamaha’s current MotoGP motorcycle, the M1. The R15 MotoGP edition gets a blue and black paint scheme with ‘Movistar’ and ‘ENEOS’ logos, who are sponsors for the Yamaha MotoGP team. Also, there is a ‘Yamalube’ logo on the motorcycle fairing as well. While all details are not out, we expect that MotoGP edition of the R15 will be manufactured and sold in limited numbers. Recently, India Yamaha also increased the price of the standard R15 V3 by ₹ 2,000 which means that the bike now sells for ₹ 1.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). One can expect a slight premium in terms of pricing for Yamaha R15 V3 MotoGP edition.

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Also Read: Price Of Yamaha YZF R15 V3 Increased By ₹ 2,000

Apart from the colour scheme, we do not expect the bike to have any other changes. The R15 will continue to get the updated 155 cc single-cylinder engine with variable valve actuation (VVA) which makes 19.3 bhp and 15 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a slipper assist clutch.

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Compared to the international specification R15, the Indian model misses out on ABS, upside down forks in a bid to control the cost. At its current price, the R15 V3 is one of the best entry-level sportbike that you can buy. It will happily do your daily commute and keep you happy on the racetrack as well.

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Next Generation Yamaha YZF-R25 Spotted Testing In Indonesia





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The next gen Yamaha R3 could make its way to India by 2020 replacing the current version

The next generation Yamaha YZF-R25 is currently under development and the motorcycle has been spotted testing a number of times in the past. The all-new R25 is expected to be unveiled in 2019 and the latest spy shots from Indonesia provide a host of new details on the upcoming motorcycle. The next generation R25 will also lead to the development of the all-new Yamaha YZF-R3 that uses the same platform and components, albeit with a bigger engine. The R3 is the model that will make its way to India replacing the current version by 2020.

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3.69 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)

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Also Read: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Launched In India; Priced At ₹ 3.48 Lakh

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(2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 will get a sharper looking headlamp and a revised fairing)

The spy shots reveal a host of cosmetic changes on the 2019 Yamaha R25. Most prominently, the split headlights look sharper and are likely to get the LED-treatment. There’s also an air intake between the headlamp, similar to the R6 and the R15 V3.0. However, it needs to be seen if the air intake does offer functionality unlike the R15. The fairing too seems to have received revisions for a sharper appearance. The spy images also reveal gold finished USD forks on the 2019 R25 that replace the telescopic forks at the front on the current version. The new generation Yamaha R25 is also likely to come with radially-mounted brake calipers, while the semi-digital instrument console from the current version could be replaced in favour of a full LCD unit.

The 250 cc parallel-twin motor is likely to remain the same, but will possibly come with more tech onboard including Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. The current model churns out 35 bhp and 22.1 Nm of peak torque. While you can expect the power figures to see an increment, also expect acceleration times to reduce on the quarter-litre offering. The 6-speed transmission will continue on the 2019 R25 and is also likely to get a slipper clutch this time.

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(The 2019 Yamaha R25 and R3 are likely to get VVA technology as well)

A lot of these changes are expected to be carried over to the 2019 Yamaha R3 as well. The 321 cc parallel-twin cylinder, liquid cooled motor currently produces 41 bhp and 29.6 Nm of peak torque. The bike is likely to be unveiled a little later after the R25 is officially unveiled, as was the norm when the models were first unveiled, and will lock horns against the Kawasaki Ninja 400, KTM RC390, and the Benelli 302R in India.

Also Read: Yamaha YZF-R15 V3.0 Prices Hikes By ₹ 2000 In India

The Yamaha YZF-R3 arrived in 2014 and was highly appreciated for its impressive ride-ability, tractable engine and brilliant handling. Expect the new model to retain all of that while improving on performance. The new Yamaha R3 is expected to be launched globally next year, while the India launch can be expected in 2020.

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Yamaha India Increases Price Of YZF R15 V3 By Rs. 2,000





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The Yamaha R15 V3 is the most sporty and fun to ride 150 cc bike in India right now

The third generation of the Yamaha YZF R15 was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo and was priced at ₹ 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Now, six months after the launch of the bike, Yamaha has marginally increased the price by ₹ 2,000. The R15 V3 is now priced at ₹ 1.27 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). India Yamaha Motor is also getting ready to launch the MotoGP version of the R15 V3, probably in the next one month or so. The company hasn’t cited reasons for the price hike yet.

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Ever since the first R15 was launched a decade ago in 2007-08, it has become a cult motorcycle of sorts, offering a healthy dose of performance on a budget. The third generation model of the R15 is even sexier and draws its design inspiration from its eldest sibling, the mental R1. Other styling elements include twin-LED headlamp, new body panels and a new fully digital instrument console. The bike also gets a fully updated engine which now features VVA or variable valve actuation which helps the bike generate power and torque all across the rev range. The engine continues to be a 155 cc single-cylinder engine which makes 19.3 bhp and 15 Nm of peak torque and send power to the rear wheel via a new 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.

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Compared to the international specification R15, the Indian model misses out on ABS, upside down forks in a bid to control the cost. At its current price, the R15 V3 is one of the best entry-level sportbike that you can buy. It will happily do your daily commute and keep you happy on the racetrack as well.

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