Launched during the 2018 Auto Expo in Greater Noida, India is the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15, a small displacement sports bike. With styling cues taken from its bigger sibling, the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, the R15 sports dual LED headlights and a two-step seat.

Carrying a 155 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder power plant, the R15 features variable valve actuation (VVA) and is fed by EFI. This produces a claimed 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm, helped by the lightweight forged aluminium piston.

Standard fitment is an assist and slipper clutch, mated to a six-speed gearbox. The frame is Yamaha’s Deltabox, with the swingarm pivot area thickened for added stiffness, as can be seen in photos courtesy of Indian Autos Blog.

inside the cockpit is a fully digital LCD display, and a USB charging port is added for rider convenience. Fuel is carried in an 11-litre tank, and suspension is with a 41 mm diameter telescopic fork and pre-load adjustable monoshock in the rear.

Braking is done with a 282 mm diameter disc with two-piston calliper in front, and 220 mm diameter disc with single-piston calliper in the back, and ABS is not available. There are two colour options for the R15 – Racing Blue and Thunder Grey.

The 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 is priced at 1.25 lakh rupees (RM7,620) ex-showroom, New Delhi. Deliveries are expected to begin in Yamaha India dealerships in March.