The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a fan favorite among small sportbike enthusiasts. For real fans of the model, you’ll rarely find their units unadorned and all stock. Perhaps a tire change or a set of sliders have made their way on the bike.
In its fourth iteration, the new generation R15 V4 brings a new fairing design that draws a lot of inspiration from the Yamaha R7, which has still yet to be released on Philippine soil. Yamaha ended up launching two versions of the R15, in the form of the standard variation, and the R15M, which is similar to the livery found on the Yamaha YZF-R1M.
Yamaha might have known that the selection of parts for the new R15 V4 will take a while to be made available in the aftermarket, so they did what they had to do and made their own.
It’s important to note that sliders are perhaps a beginner’s best friend, or an experienced rider’s insurance in the case of a low side, or any accident or fumble that leaves the bike on its side. These sliders aren’t like your typical set that simply consists of a bar and a low-friction composite tip. Instead, Yamaha thoughtfully designed a pair of fitted sliders that don’t stick out like a sore thumb off the side of the bike.
Helping with the rideability of this small-displacement sportbike is a tank pad that allows riders more grip on the tank while protecting it from scuffs and scratches at the same time.
There are also ergonomic upgrades present on the website, which include the anodized blue adjustable brake and clutch levers. Adjustable levers are great for a multitude of reasons, be it to adjust your reach to the controls, or to adjust for and combat brake fade in a race.
The final accessory that is fitted for the R15 is a USB charger that you can hook your phone into so you can keep your navigation apps open without worrying about your battery dying on you mid-ride.
Given how much R15 owners love their bikes, they will surely appreciate the new accessories to make their riding experience a little more special. Yamaha Philippines should consider bringing these accessories in and installing them right off the showroom floor once the YZF-R15 does get a launch.