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Good bike for street rides
Perfect bike for beginners. Good engine condition until maintain the servicing and cost of reparable items are comparably low. I observed perfect engine capacity for beginners. It will rose up to 130 km/hr on sped o meter. front side leg panels are good protectors for legs if ee fell down they will protect your legs.
Small bike for beginner
Mine is 2012 model, bought it from last owner in 2015 with only 3K ish kms on it. Had problem with faulty stator, which also costs me a huge tow truck bill as i was left in the mountain with a not starting bike. I guess that's just a rare case and bad luck for me since i haven't heard much of this problem from other owners. Sold it shortly as i didn't wanna spend more money on fixing it.
Pro: Small size and power (this can be a con, depends on your size and riding experience, i'm 5'9'' and 80kg , a bit small to me), fuel saving, friendly to beginners.
Con: no as comfortable compare to standard street/naked bikes, a bit cramped. No suitable for highway ( it could reach highway speed but...., you wouldn't want to do it)
I bought my 2011 R15 (version1.0) second hand with only 1,500k's on the clock. I did some research before buying so was reasonably confident in buying one. The price was the buying factor, especially for someone with L's looking for a bike to pass their test. Then I started to notice a few problems. ( I will give out the solutions to these problems at the end of the review). The tyres are way to skinny giving you get no confidence at low speed, and you defiantly feel every crack in the road, sometimes the bike would follow the skewed parts of t...he road far to easily. There was also the pathetic battery which it comes with it. Already getting copper deposit marks on some of the frame too. Vibration around the handle bars at mid rpm range. Another thing that I came across is never to leave the bike in the sun even at a average summer day temp of 30c, I'm guessing the fuel tank has trouble expelling the pressure build up or something because it struggles to start after if left out to long. I don't know if it was a design flaw but it has been reported many times by other owners of the same bike; you can check it out yourself on the net, you will find a page listing peoples complaints. Last major issue is having a warped front brake disc at around 3000k's done only. Fixing all these problems required doing a fair bit of mods to get the bike up to shape. First thing I did is get a tyre upgrade 90/80 front and 120/80 rear, made a huge difference in handling for the better. To combat the extra weight I modified the airbox and airfilter to get more power. you can either order one from K&N online or like I did modify the [censored word removed] paper filter it comes with. I got a new 'Super Sport' battery which instantly helped the electronics, better response i felt too. Also got rid of the original standard spark plug and replaced it with a iridium plug and serviced it with Motul 4100 oil. All these little changes started to give a better power delivery. The copper deposit is a well known fact from other users, so nothing you can do, maybe its shoddy material or something to do with it being manufactured in India. I got rid of the standard bar ends and replaced with RHK heavys, looks good as well as cutting vibration. To combat the fuel pump issue in hot temps, you have to open the fuel cap, wait a few seconds, arm the fuel (not start the bike), close the cap, try to start but if it starts to splutter and stall repeat the processes til you cycle through the hot fuel. Getting factory support form Yamaha dealers for new front disc was impossible and expensive if you wanted to order a part through them from India. So I got a couple of local Bike Repair guys to modify a similar after market disc to fit. So all in all the bike feels and looks good now, but the money and time I spent suggests I should of saved up my money for a bit longer and bought a more expensive higher quality manufactured machine. I'm kinda happy with it now, but your spoiled for choice these days with LAMS approved bikes it's hard to choose what to buy. Looks, Price , Fuel Economy, Nimble weight V.1 tyre size, manufacturing flaws, Mods needed to bring bike up to shape
Questions & Answers
I recently took a 1 hour trip on my r15 I didn't realise that the oil lid cap wasn't screwed on properly. The oil is now bone dry. & the bike won't start, just wanting to know when I refill the oil will the bike start? Because the engine light never came on or anything bad. Does it have a fail safe for that kind of incident?
It possibly did serious damage to the engine. If it was me I would refill the oil, see if it turns over ok and then listen for any strange sounds and then once it has warmed up slowly take it through the rev range slowly still listening. If you have a knocking or rattling sound it will be time to get a new engine or get it reconditioned by a professional. You should hopefully be ok due to great engine design of Yamaha. Good luck.
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