Yamaha has quietly launched the YZF-R15 in India with a minor update — Auto Headlamp On (AHO) feature. The AHO function comes standard, on the R15 Version 2.0 and on the R15 S.
KTM brought the functionality to India on the Duke and RC range, followed by Hero MotoCorp, with the Splendor iSmart 110. Now, Yamaha has taken the same measure.
The Auto Headlight On feature is quite simple actually — the headlight on the motorcycle comes on as soon as the ignition is turned on, and stays on until the ignition is turned off. The headlight on/ off switch is not present, as it has no function.
In terms of pricing, the Yamaha YZF-R15 Version 2.0 is priced at Rs 1.18 lakh and the R15 S is priced at Rs 1.15 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
One of the key reasons for the update is the government's requirement for motorcycles to have the headlights on, all the time. This is very helpful on highways, since a motorcycle with the headlight on will gain attention, thus helping prevent accidents.