Launched in conjunction with the Yamaha Gen Blu Carnival in Batu Kawan, Penang, is the 2018 Yamaha YZF R15, priced at RM11,988, with zero-rated GST and pending final government approval. The YZF R15 – published some spyshots – is a brand new model option for Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Malaysia in the sub-250 cc sports bike category.

The 155 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine comes with four-valves and variable valve actuation (VVA). The power plant is claimed to produce 19 PS at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm.

Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch and chain final drive. The engine is housed in a Deltabox chassis with aluminium swing arm.

Front suspension is with non-adjustable upside-down forks and pre-load only adjustable monoshock at the back. Braking is done with a single hydraulic 282 mm diameter disc in front clamped by a two-piston calliper with a 220 mm diameter disc with single-piston calliper at the back.

Lighting is brought up-to-date with LED headlights and tailight, complemented with hazard lights, a new feature in the YZF R15’s class. Inside the cockpit is a fully digital LCD panel which includes shift lights.

There are three colour options for the 2018 Yamaha YZF R15 – Blue, Black and Yellow – with a one year or 10,000 km warranty, whichever comes first. Availability of the YZF R15 at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha dealers is at the end of August.