Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced that the new YZF-R15 sport model motorcycle, which inherits the DNA of the flagship supersport YZF-R1, will be launched this month for Indonesia and subsequently also go on sale in other ASEAN markets.
As the successor model to the current YZF-R15, which has been popular for its highly-focused feel and racy image which enhance the supersport elements of the design, the new YZF-R15 has been developed with the aim of further increasing sports performance. The motorcycle’s main features include 1) a liquid-cooled 155cm3 VVA engine with a 3 percent increase in capacity but which achieves an 18.3 percent increase in output and a 4.7 percent improvement in practical fuel efficiency over the current model, 2) the exterior inheriting features of the YZF-R1 DNA and the thin LED double headlight design, 3) the inverted front forks contributing to excellent shock absorbing performance and a solid front sense of rigidity and contact with the ground.
The total demand of Indonesian motorcycle market is a scale of 5.6 million units. Although scooters and models with underbone frames account for the majority of demand, sports models — particularly Yamaha Motor’s YZF-R25 and YZF-R15 — have been gaining popularity. The trend is especially strong among younger riders stepping up to higher grades, which is helping to drive the market. The new YZF-R15 is geared perfectly to urban males in their 20s and riders in tune with the latest motorcycle trends.
The YZF-R15 is manufactured and marketed by group company PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM). In the first full year from time of release, it has a target sales goal of 50,000 units and will retail for 34,500,000 rupiah per unit.