For the price it's perfect
The R15 is a great cheap little commuter bike that does the job.
I picked mine up for $2800 in 2015 with a 1000kms on the clock and have now hit 37,000kms. For the price it's been a great bike.
It's been extremely reliable only breaking down once in the rain due to an old spark plug I never changed.
I have had the sprockets changed for better highway speed and the little thing is happy to do 135kms/h + at around 9,000rpm (I huddle up though and only weigh 65kgs). I can't seem to kill it though. My 70km one way commute averages 2.8L per hun...dred at that speed so can't complain. My only beef with the bike is that the headlight was rediculously weak, to the point where I almost hit a kangaroo that was in the middle of the lane because I didn't see it. I retrofitted a projector with a 55w HID and it is perfect and safe now. Its not a fast bike but it'll gap all the cars 99% of my commute. I will upgrade to a 300cc bike next but I have no regrets with buying the R15. Its saved me a lot of money.
Purchased in February 2015 for $2,800.00.
Had this bike for the past 2 years. Ride to and from work everyday, approximately a 45 minute ride. Does well in 80km/hr zones, however struggles a bit on freeways. Can tell from the increased vibrations when having to maintain 7000 rev/min. Would recommend especially due to the fuel economy. Get up to 400km per tank
Great bike for a nervous rider
I had a chance to ride this bike for over 6 months because my sister was getting into riding but lost interest very quickly and moved onto liking cars...
So on occasion, I would ride this to do short trips, HOWEVER
it maybe because I have been riding a more powerful bike but the 150cc bike lacks power very drastically.
So much so that it made me feel very unsafe?
It does reach speeds over 100km quiet easily but the sound and minor rattling is very uneasy.
The seating position is proper sports bike but the lack of power really gets frustrating when starting off from the lights.
it is however very light and nimble on corners and easy to manage but definitely will not recommend for beginner riders. ...The Pros: 1. very light and nimble 2. Very good fuel consumption 3. feels sporty when riding 4. looks good 5. Very affordable The Cons: 1. Lacks power 2. alot of rattle and vibration on high rpm 3. majority of delivery riders own one 4. doesn't give you confidence
I bought this bike on last year with great discount from motobiz blacktown. Service is bit expensive but more cheaper on fuel. I used everyday for travel from home to work and work to home. It is great saving machine. Can't expect more than this from this motorcycle. No need for bigger engine.
My first bike
When researching which bike to get I was eyeing up the R15 and the KTM RC200, reviews of the RC200 said it had a more aggressive riding position and the reliable came into question a number of times. I ended up going with the Yamaha because of the reliable associated with the brand. In reviews of the R15 I read that the tires that come standard on them aren't great nor is the front disc brake, both of which had already been replaced by the first owner during it's first service. Once I decided to go from the R15 a number of my friends that ar...e riders tried to talk my out of it, their reasoning was that I would want to upgrade to something bigger too soon after getting it due to most lawnmowers having bigger capacity engines. But I figured being a learner as long as I don't hold up traffic that is all I need. 6 months on I haven't changed my view point as this bike has enough power to easily pass the speed limits. Yes in a couple of years time I may wish to upgrade to something bigger but I am in no rush to do so. I have done an over 300Km road-trip on my R15, being my first road-trip I took my time and had lots of stops and breaks. The weather at the time was very warm and my route was very hilly that I was a bit worried about the bike overheating like my cellphone had been doing, but the temperature of the bike was fine. Due to the slightly aggressive riding position I did have very sore wrists and neck after my road-trip. There have been two things on the bike that didn't really live up to Yamaha's great name. On my first re-fuel the fuel gauge stopped working, which was the ballcock float had detached itself inside the fuel tank and more alarming was the amount of rust appearing on welds and joins of the bike. First I noticed a patch of rust on the join between the tail section and main frame on the uphill side of the bike when it is on the stand, I figured that it was a prime position for rust to appear as it was easy for water to pool there, so there wouldn't be any more rust. So I cleaned up that spot of rust and then noticed another patch of rust, this time the joint just behind the handle bars and top of the front forks, to clean up that section of rust easily I had to remove the fairings and on doing so I was tempted to strip the whole bike and get the frame acid dipped and re-painted as under the fairings almost every second weld and join had rust on it. I am not sure if this amount of rust was due to the first owner not storing the bike well or if it had a bad original paint job (too thin or missed spots) or it is due to the bike growing up next to the seaside. I am putting it down as a combination of all three and still highly recommend this bike but keep an eye out for that old lemon with too much rust as the years creep on to this bike. Great looking bike with enough power for the road, just don't bank on the Yamaha name on this one.
What can you do to a R15
I have 2 Yamaha R15 V2
1 IS TOTALLY standard and 1 has been heavily modified
THE standard R15 is a ok bike but for the price you don't complain it's a weak bike but has good looks. But really it's a scooter with a gearbox
Now the modified version is a different story yes it's a baby race bike but you will have to be prepared to spend money on it around 2 k so then you in the the R3 Ninja 300 and Rc 290 Terrirtory? On Price the thing is when you buy those bikes you will want to spend money on them to get them to go better too ?...? My R15 modified is fantastic I love it handles great good pick up brakes work well and over all it a nice bike My mod R15 is 20 kmh faster then the standard and hasn't had any internal work done to it
Perfect bike for learners!
I got this bike as new from local yamaha Sydney dealer. Stylish, Powerful(though it's just 150cc but has 12kw). Owning this bike for only one month and love it. Only thing is neutral is sometimes hard to kick but I think because it's new?? And the price is acceptable with lower cost on CTP and insurance (Again because of it's 150cc)
Recommend for learners and daily commuters.
Awesome riding experience.
Please don't fall for the rumours about the seaing position of the split seat. In v2. The riding experence is great for a person who has a desire to race. And the top speed of 130 is a fake it can do better, after several service. And only problem i see is that the bike cannot actually defeat its most compitators like the rc200,rs200, but it can over the sf150&apache190 or bike lower than 200cc and 20bhp.
Riding a YZF-R15 in NZ to get back into biking after over 20 years away from riding in UK
Here's my bike history: Honda CG125, Honda CBX250RS, Suzuki GS450E, Suzuki GSX600F in UK. Yamaha YZF-R15 in NZ after my license expired to go through learner licensing again.
Yamaha YZF-R15 isn't really a good learners bike. Took my learners test on a Suzuki GN125, which was easier to do maneuvering on than my YZF-R15 due to turning circle with clip ons. If I hadn't ridden a sport bike before with the GSX600F then I wouldn't have bought a YZF-R15.
If you haven't ridden a sport bike you'll initially feel like a jockey on a horse with your...legs folded and your arms stretched with your head over the bars. Good position when going fast, but uncomfortable if you're commuting in town. Sports bikes are not for the fatties on cruisers. To ride them fast you need to be able to shift your body around and move around in the seat. Mirrors on the fairing on a sport bike only show your elbows, so I fitted bar end mirrors to see behind me. Fairing mirror extenders would do the same. Riding position of the YZF-R15 is more forward than my GSX600F. Handling of the YZF-R15 is excellent. Power is enough for a learner. Holds open road speeds as well as my CBX250RS did, and much better than CG125. Good bike if your thinking of upgrading to a YZF-R6, as it'll get you used to the riding position. Same instruments. No gear indicator just a rev counter. All you need for gear selection really. I sat on a YZF-R3 in the bike shop and I found it had a more upright position than the YZF-R15.
Awesome value for money, especially $4k
I'm going to keep this brief but straightforward. awesome looking bike Yamaha R15 V2 , gets many complliments and often surprises people when told it is a 150 I have had someone ask me if it was an old R1 and another person ask if it was a 600, alot of reviews criticise this bike for being slow, not true at all, at the lights I can zip past all the cars to about 60kms in about 4 seconds or so, getting to 100 will take a little longer. highway riding, being a light bike you do feel the wind a little so its best to hold your handle bars firm and ...pay attention, also try to avoid being surrounded by trucks on both sides, they create a wind tunnel which can throw you around quite unpleasently, the top speed really varies in the wind direction, if the wind is going against you in 6th gear, accelerating over 100kms can be quite slow, downshifting is another option for overtaking, however if the wind is in your favour, the bike will comftorbly pull reasonably over 100, max I have gone is 120 kms its still felt like it had more but living in nsw I didnt want to get a speeding ticket, the sharpness on the rear of the bike can be surprisingly convenient, I put my backpack on the back of my bike with the handle over the back of the bike and the buckles clipped around the bikes tail, makes for a very convenient commuter. if you are a learner or just looking for a cheap commuter I highly reccomend this bike, investing in the yrd exhaust may be worth while aswell, looks good, sounds good and if im not mistaken, adds a pinch of power to the bike due to it being a full exhaust system, also complies with the db rating so no defects! . awesome bike with plenty of zip, best for around town but mine is used for about 60% highway riding and I have no issues at all, just abit of extra attention, great bike! at 6500kms
2014 V2 -Was excited from the little information on the web, 1500kms later pretty much blown away.
1 year later, I still have the bike and still happy with it.
Do not discount this bike based on its capacity.
I have had several bikes over the years for daily commuting including a klx250sf, SV650, then most recently a Yamaha BWS125 scooter. I took a chance on this bike hoping to get the best looking best performance and ofcourse bang for my buck. That is exactly what I got, plus more.
I managed to swindle a brand new 2014 model Yamaha yzf-r15 for $3999 ride away 12 months rego and ofcourse plus a full YRD legally compliant racing/stre...et exhaust. The exhaust has a crisp note- not to loud, but you can hear it nicely especially when you give it a good squirt on the throttle, which the bike just loves. The exhaust note just seems to get better with age. Downside of the exhaust- like any single cylinder it putts away at idle. I am not such a fan of this thumper sound but I guess some people might like it. Give it a twist and you have a tight sweet melody which is fun to rev to the limiter without feeling like you are hurting the bike. The SUPER upside to the exhaust- It is great quality and most importantly it comes with a ADR compliance sticker, much like the one you find on any bike stating the exhaust compliance and decibel rating. SO, if I ever get pulled over, I can't get non compliance fine as you would with aftermarket Acrapovic's and Two Brothers Racing exhausts. I will never have to supply the original exhaust on sale because the awesome YRD exhaust is totally legal and ADR compliant! The bike doesn't really show its potential until after the run in period. After about 1200kms, the bike should be running nicely and revving high and the tyres should be really sticky. It loves to be revved hard and cornered hard. I am not yet comfortable getting my knee down, but the bike is telling me that I could push it further than I am. One fantastic thing about a small capacity of this thoroughbred is that you can use the entire rev range, all the time. (thrash) I rode the scooter daily for about 2 years. After being on a Suzuki SV650 with street cred, riding the 125cc scoot really was like a joke. The bikers who used to nod to me stopped nodding. Scooters tend to have that effect.
Questions & Answers
What is the top speed that can be maintained for an extended time e.g riding on open highway?
Depends a lot on your weight. I'm heavy and fairly squashed it at 110kgs being 20kgs less than the 130kg bike fueled. Someone 60-70kgs would have a blast on it. I reckon it'd hold 80-90kg riders. Over 100kgs and you'll find you'll get less out of it than lighter riders. After running in I found 7500rpm was an indicated 110kmh that was probably a real 100kmh. 8500rpm indicated 120kmh. Not a two up machine unless you and your riding partner each weigh less than 50kgs. Popular in Thailand and India with smaller riders. Well made. Handles poor roads fine. I rode my R15 in Christchurch with roads as bad as the one I rode on in Goa. Look up the Aussie guy who rode coast-to-coast on an R15.