Yamaha R15 V3 may be late to the ABS party, but now has one. Yours for Rs 1.39 Lakh
Yamaha may be the last of the two-wheeler manufacturers in India to update its line-up with ABS. However, Yamaha R15 V3 now has a dual channel ABS. R15 V3 has that mandatory safety feature at a price hike of Rs 12,000.
According to the new safety regulations, which will come into effect from 1st April 2019. All two-wheelers under 125 cc must be equipped with Combined Braking System (CBS), whereas two-wheelers above 125 cc must have Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) installed.
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The bike will continue to derive power from 155 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that pumps out 19.3 PS of power and 15 Nm of torque. Engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox through a slip-and-assist clutch allowing for a light lever pull.
Yamaha R15 V3 has received a dual channel ABS as it provides better safety than a single channel ABS. Dual prevents lock-up of both the wheels whereas the single channel does it only for the front wheel. In this case, the rear wheel is bound to lock-up under hard braking can cause the motorcycle to lose balance.
Bajaj and KTM have opted for single channel ABS for their entire line-up with Dominar and Duke/RS 390. Suzuki and Vespa and Honda also did the same for their ABS eligible Bikes. Two-wheeler manufacturers are opting for single channel ABS to keep cost under check.
Consequently, the prices of the ABS equipped models are set to increase. For a single channel ABS price increase is in the range of Rs 7000 for most models. However, a dual channel ABS will set you back by around Rs 12000. If the R15 V3’s price is hiked by Rs 12,000, it would push the ex-showroom price close to Rs 1.4 lakh.
UPDATE: Yamaha has launched R15 V3 with dual channel ABS. Starting price is Rs 1.39 Lakh ex-showroom, Delhi for Racing Blue and Thunder Grey Colors. All new color option, Darknight is available at premium of Rs 2000 for Rs 1.41 Lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.