Yamaha MT-15 naked bike might be launched in January – Report


Yamaha MT-15 is rumoured to debut the Indian market on January 21. The naked 150cc bike will borrow the engine and cycle parts from R15 V3.

Yamaha India is considering bringing the MT-15 naked street motorcycle to the Indian shores. MT-15 is basically the naked version of Yamaha R15 V3. We believe, the two-wheeler brand might be launching this in January.

Yamaha MT-15 front image

In a recent invite sent out to many publications, Yamaha will launch a new premium product on January 21 in Bengaluru. As of now, various speculations of the upcoming product are circulating.

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Yamaha MT-15 was unveiled globally in October 2018. MT-15 is a naked street motorcycle, which uses the same engine and mechanics of the popular Yamaha R15 V3. So basically, it will be a naked performance motorcycle.

Currently, Yamaha retails MT-09, the 900cc naked motorcycle. Other naked motorcycles include Yamaha FZ-25 and FZ-S in India.

Yamaha MT-15 looks similar to its elder 900cc sibling. In the front, it gets a new bug-styled headlamp with gold anodized USD forks. From the side, it maintains the naked muscular looks with heavy creases. You can see the minimal bodywork on the bike.

At the rear part, it gets the lifted pillion seat, which like the R15 might be uncomfortable for the pillion riders. Overall, it maintains the rough mean machine styling, coupled up with the efficient and performance focused R15’s engine.

Although, the Indian spec Yamaha MT-15 might lose out on the USD forks and some other mechanicals. Like R15, it might continue with the conventional Telescopic forks with Swing arm suspension at the back.

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Yamaha MT-15 will continue with the same 155cc liquid cooled VVA engine. Variable Valve Actuation helps the engine to offer generous torque in mid-range along with improved fuel efficieny. We achieved an average mileage of 50 kmpl on the Yamaha R15 V3.

The engine produces 19 BHP and 14.8 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed slip and assist clutch.

There are chances that Yamaha MT-15 might come with BS-6 engine as well as an ABS setup. It has begun testing the 2019 Yamaha FZ-S FI, which will get BS-6 engines and ABS.

If Yamaha MT-15 makes a debut in January, we expect the prices to be around Rs 1.3 Lakhs. It will compete with the likes of KTM Duke 125, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and Bajaj Pulsar NS200.

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Other speculations state that updated versions of Yamaha FZ-S, R15 V3, Fazer and FZ25 might be launched on that date. All of these motorcycles are yet to get ABS and BS-6 engines.

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