This Yamaha YZF-R15 conversion has to be one of the finest and most extreme mod-jobs to have come to our attention. The R15 V2.0 receives a complete makeover to mimic the INR 84 lakh (ex-showroom India) worth BMW S1000RR HP4 Race limited edition motorcycle and the upgrade is near impeccable. The only giveaways are the front blinkers, wheels and a single disc brake at the front.
The new transformation comes from Saigon, Vietnam. The BMW HP4 Race is a track-bred motorcycle that is not allowed on public roads. Thus, the motorcycle does not feature headlight, rear-view mirrors, turn indicators, tail light and a numberplate holder. The modified Yamaha also dumps some of the street legal bits, although it retains the front blinkers, passenger seat and footrests. It even gets a mirror on the left side of the handlebar.
The aerodynamic fascia is an exact replica of the German litre-class motorcycle, but the R15 V2.0 gets a multi-colour windscreen. While the other side of the motorcycle is not visible in images, we’re sure it carries the famed, asymmetric fairing design that makes the BMW S1000RR (standard and HP4 Race) stand apart from the crowd of litre-class machines. Carbon-fibre bits are visible too but they’re decals instead of the real deal.
The fairing features a BMW badge along with HP4 Race branding and other decals. The pair of frame slider is aimed to provide protection to the bodywork in case of a fall.
The instrument console is not visible in any of the photographs and thus we are not sure if it gets a full digital display like the HP4 Race. Steering duties are performed by clip-on style handlebar. The fuel tank gets an even muscular look similar to the race-bred machine along with blue highlights near the filler cap.
Behind the fuel tank is a step-up saddle with way better padding than the HP4 Race. The saddle is followed by a sharp tail section that completes the look of the HP4 Race on the R15 V2.0.
The exhaust (supposedly Akrapovic) is different and compact from the unit that is seen on the original motorcycle. Suspension duties are performed by an upside-down telescopic front fork that mimics the original Öhlins FGR 300 suspension on the HP4 Race. Braking department remains standard and the modified Yamaha YZF-R15 continues to use a single disc brake at the front and a single disc at the rear. It does, however, get Brembo sourced brake master cylinder.
Overall, it’s a good attempt to mimic the BMW HP4 Race and although the modified R15 V2.0 cannot burn the tarmac like the thorough-bred German machine, it will definitely grab attention wherever it goes.