In Indonesia, the 150 cc class is hotly contested, on the basis of affordability. To this end, Yamaha Indonesia has launched the 2017 Yamaha R15 at the Sentul International Circuit, Bogor, Indonesia, as seen in these photographs from autonetmagz.

Carrying a 19 hp, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled SOHC power plant that puts out 19 hp and 14.7 Nm of torque, the R15 is targeted at the young rider who wants performance, but is keeping an eye on costs. “In general, the 150 cc community wants good performance, but also want low fuel consumption. The R15 is the most powerful engine in its class, combined with modern, futuristic and aggressive styling,” said M Abidin, general manager After Sales division PT Yamaha Indonesia.

The R15 also features trickle-down technology from the bigger machines in Yamaha’s R-series bikes, including a Deltabox frame, aluminium swingarm and a slipper clutch. Weight distribution on the R15 is claimed to be 50:50, which would mean this small-displacement sports bike would have sharp handling.

An upside down fork is featured on the front end, along with wider tyres – 100/80-17 in front, 140/70-17 at the back – to take advantage of the new handling specifications. The single front disc is now 282 wide in diameter, and in the cockpit, an LCD instrument panel now includes a shift light and gear indicator for the six-speed gearbox.

The 2017 Yamaha R15 is available in three colours, Racing Blue, Matte Black dan Matte Red, and there is no official word on pricing as yet. In Malaysia, it is unlikely Hong Leong Yamaha will bring in the R15, with the local market for 150 cc machines currently dominated by the Yamaha Y15ZR and the Honda RS150R.