Yamaha launched the much anticipated MT-15 naked streetfighter in India two months back, for Rs 1.36 Lakhs (ex-showroom). Since the launch, it has maintained a healthy sales figure, averaging over 3000 units.
It goes against the likes of KTM Duke 125, which is more affordable by Rs 12,000. The baby Duke was launched at a price of Rs 1.18 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), but recently saw a price hike of Rs 6,000.
The monthly sales report for April show that 3800 units of Yamaha MT-15 have been sold, whereas 2199 units of Duke 125 have been sold. Despite being more affordable and popular, it faces the heat from the 155cc Yamaha naked bike.
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One of the important reasons for this is the difference between the engine capacities. The MT-15 gets a more powerful 155cc engine, compared to the 125cc engine on Duke. You know how the engine performs when used on R15 V3.
While Yamaha MT-15 produces 19 BHP, Duke 125 tops out at 14.5 BHP. Both use a 6-speed transmission and are originally built for the same purpose – performance riding.
The equipment on Duke 125 is definitely a bit expensive than what’s found on MT-15. But we suspect the power figures to be the main reason for people preferring the costlier model.
However, MT-15 is just Rs 3,000 cheaper than its fully faired version. Also, it uses a single-channel ABS instead of the dual-ABS unit found on R15 V3. Rest of the parts between both the motorcycles are the same.
Yamaha MT-15 uses telescopic forks at the front and a swingarm with monoshock at the back. Braking power comes from a 300mm disc at the front and a 296mm disc at the back, with a single-channel ABS.