It’s been almost 2 years since we bought our R15 v2
and it has covered 8095 KMs
so far. So it’s time for a long term user review of the bike.
It’s been close to 2 years and me and my brother are still in love with this bike and the love grows as the time flows. The engine is just excellent and the gear shifts till today are butter smooth. The 17 ps power output and the high end torque just makes the drive so much fun and it looks like as if the bike is begging me to rev it hard.
Once you start revving, it won’t let you feel as if it is running out of power. Instead it will tell you to keep on going. I have once touched the ODO at 148 km/hr
but had to cut down as there was kinda jam ahead. This was on an empty stretch on NH 24 but usually I drive the bike around 40-50-60 in city and drove it on highway only twice or thrice if i remember correctly.
My brother though drives it everywhere and at all speeds but not more than 100-110 on the highways. Suspension is bit on the stiffer side so yes does not take potholes that well but again it’s not bad.
Driving this bike in the traffic can be a pain for the starters because of the seating position. And you may get wrist pain since the entire weight is on your hands. But eventually you get used to the seating position and once you do, you won’t feel the pain. On the other side the power of the bike makes it easy to zip pass vehicles in the traffic and the handling makes it very easier to cut through the traffic.
Handling has been the USP of the R15 v2 and the braking is good as well hence the combination gives an immense cornering ability to the bike. The fatter tire, longer wheelbase and light weight handles are the reason this bike has such great handling and super great cornering abilities.
Talking about looks I think enough has been said and discussed and since it’s a subjective matter I won’t spend much time on it. But yes even today it has the ability to turn heads and personally I feel it has the best look in the said segment. Whatever it maybe the instrument cluster, side profile, front, back, split seat’s. It’s just a full fledged package.
Talking about niggles, so far nothing. And the FE during the city drives jumps between 35-40 kmpl and on highways between 40-47 kmpl. LIKES:
- Top end torque is just too much fun
- Sporty riding position
- No vibrations at all speeds
- Personally I feel it is a maintenance free bike
- Fatter rear tire
- Good braking DISLIKES:
- At this price ABS
should have been included
- Pillion comfort
- Headlamps not that effective – So I upgraded to HID’s
- Storage space is very less. MODS:
So far I have added nothing much to the bike. It was in stock condition until last week. The only thing I changed is the lights for the headlamps. I upgraded them to HID’s and parking lights to LED’s so that all the lights match. And after upgrading to HID the light throw has become great.
Upgraded LED bulbs for the parking lights.
Light throw of Parking Lights