Pictured above is the Yamaha YZF-R15, a 155cc sportbike recently announced for the Indonesian market. The third iteration of the R15, like its predecessors, is unlikely to come to North America, but some of the updates introduced on the V3 may be coming to the Yamaha r3 2017.
While the R3 is relatively new, only introduced for the 2015 model year, the YZF-R15 was first introduced overseas in 2008, receiving an update in 2012. The latest version increased the single cylinder’s bore by a millimeter, pushing the displacement from 149.8 cc to 155.1 cc.
More notably, Yamaha added its Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology, a feature previously introduced in the NMax scooter for Indonesia. VVA uses different cam lobes for engine speeds below and above 7400 rpm to improve efficiency. While Yamaha has made VVA part of its “Blue Core” technologies for improving engine efficiency in Indonesia, it’s unlikely to make its way to larger-displacement models bound for North America.
But the other two changes could be R3: a help and a slippers clutch and a fork. Whether the function can be in the current R3, although they offer the competitor. Kawasaki Ninja 300 in 2013 to help and slippers clutch and KTM will be the RC390 in 2015 to launch a fork and recently got a slippers clutch.
While so far, there is no chance of confirming that the Maha R3 will get a fork and help and slippers for the 2018 clutch. These updates will not only help R3 to keep up with the competitors, it will also keep with the little sisters, R15. While R3 is not available in Indonesia, Yamaha and offers R25 is almost the same, but larger engine. Yamaha is unlikely to offer a fork and slippers clutch R15 but not R25 in the same market.