Yamaha MT-15 is the latest entry-level premium motorcycle from the manufacturer. It is basically a naked streetfighter based on the R15 V3!
Yamaha Motor India already debuted the MT series in India sometime back, with the MT-09. Months back, it bought the second model in the series, the entry-level MT-15 naked bike.
Called the ‘Dark Side Of Japan’, it is based on the R15 V3, using the same engine, chassis and suspension setup. However, the riding posture is completely different, as MT-15 offers a slightly crouched position.
Right from the launch, MT-15 has reported decent sales figures. In the month of April 2019, Yamaha sold 3,823 units of the MT-15. However, it still lags behind the R15 V3 by a huge margin.
Here are five things that you should need to know about the Yamaha MT-15:
MT-15 is priced at Rs 1.36 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Priced only Rs 3,000 cheaper than the R15 V3, it is a bit costlier than we expected. It is even costlier than the bigger FZ25 (Dual-ABS).
Yamaha MT-15 uses the same 155cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine, from the R15 V3. However, it has been tuned for better low-end performance for the city commute. It continues to produce 19.1 BHP and 14.1 Nm of peak torque, while mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
3. Suspension and Brakes
For suspension, MT-15 uses 41mm telescopic forks at the front and swingarm monoshock at the back. The suspension has been set towards the softer side, for a better city riding.
Braking is handled by disc brakes at both the ends with a single-ABS setup at the front. As a result, the rear wheels lockup very easily. We expect dual-ABS setup, provided that it comes on the R15 V3.
Features onboard include a Fully Digital Instrument Cluster, Single-channel ABS, LED headlamps, LED tail light, Slip and Assist Clutch, Single Step up Seat and single-ABS. The feature list is decent and not more than what we expected.
Yamaha MT-15 competes with the likes of KTM Duke 125, Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V. Actually, MT-15 is priced just between Duke 125 and Duke 200, both counted as its rival.