Yamaha is one of the last two-wheeler manufacturers to add the mandatory ABS safety feature to their motorcycle lineup before the April 2019 deadline. However, the good news is that the YZF-R15 Version 3 gets a dual channel ABS setup like the International spec model instead of a single channel unit.
Dual-channel ABS, although is expensive, offers full confidence to the rider and prevents the rear wheel from locking up during sudden or panic braking. While many manufacturers like Royal Enfield and TVS have decided to equip their motorcycles with a dual channel ABS setup, some manufacturers like Bajaj and Suzuki have decided to add a single-channel ABS unit to keep the prices competitive.
That said, the good news is that the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer has decided to equip their motorcycles with a dual channel ABS without compromising the safety of the rider. Apart from R15 Version 3, Yamaha will also extend the safety feature benefit to their FZ variants soon. You can all expect the FZ 250 and the Fazer 250 to also get dual channel ABS setup very soon.
Although we are not sure at this moment, there is a fair chance that Yamaha might also add a dual channel ABS setup to their upcoming third-generation FZ-S 150 as well. As far as the prices are concerned, the dual channel equipped ABS variant of the Yamaha R15 V3 is priced at a premium of Rs 12,000 over the non-ABS model at Rs.1.39 Lakh.
Apart from the ABS setup, there are no other mechanical changes made to the motorcycle though. The Yamaha R15 V3 is powered by a 155 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which develops around 19.3 PS of peak power at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox.