Yamaha R15
Yamaha R15Yamaha

With the Automatic Headlamp On (AHO) feature in place, both YZF-R15 Version 2.0 and the YZF-R15 S will no longer sport the headlamp on/off switch.

According to Bikewale, the move is in line with the government regulation that directs manufacturers to equip AHO feature as standard in motorcycles from April 2017.

The idea behind adding AHO is that during daytime it will significantly enhance visibility of the motorcycle for oncoming traffic and pedestrians. This is already practiced in European countries when fog usually hinders visibility.

Apart from AHO, there are no changes for both the motorcycles. Yamaha R15 twins are powered by a 149.8cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine that is capable of producing 16.7bhp of power at 8,500rpm along with 15Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Power is transmitted to wheels via a six-speed transmission.

Yamaha is working on the next generation of YZF-R15. Emerging reports indicate that YZF-R15 Version 3.0 will be a giant leap forward in terms of performance and safety. From the information so far, R15 Version 3.0 will be based on the same Deltabox frame that underpins the current R15.

The 149cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine will be carried forward but it will get significant power boost. The six-speed transmission will remain unchanged.

The motorcycle will also boast of dual disc brakes for clinical stopping power in addition to ABS which is expected as standard. The suspension will also get updates in line with new rivals.