After a year since entering the Malaysia market, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 is now updated with new colours and graphics, while pricing remains unchanged at RM11,988, recommended retail without road tax, insurance and registration. The new colours are Race Blu, Matte Yellow and Matte Black and the YZF-R15 comes with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty.

The YZF-R15 is powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with variable valve actuation (VVA) and dsiplacing 155 cc. This allows the YZF-R15 to produce a claimed 19.3 hp and 15 Nm of torque with power getting to the ground via an assist and slipper clutch mated to a six-speed transmission.

Although only having 155 cc, the YZF-R15 is decked out for sporty riding, including wider tyres – 100/80-17 infront and 140/70-17 at the back – along with a 282 mm diameter front brake disc on the front wheel and 220 mm disc at the rear. Standard equipment is a monochrome LCD instrument panel, Deltabox frame and aluminium swingarm with fuel carried in a 11-litre tank and 137 kg weight.

Inside the cockpit, the digital instrument panel displays the usual rpm, speed, odometer, fuel consumption, gear position indicator, fuel capacity and warning lights. Additionally, a gear shift warning light is included and LED lighting is used all round.

What we get in Malaysia is the high spec model, identical to the ones sold in Indonesia and Thailand which comes with upside-down forks. Other markets, such as India, get slightly down-spec’ed version to cut costs by using a conventional telescopic fork.