Yamaha bikes are very popular in the biking world. One of the fastest ones in the world is the great Yamaha R1. In India, the most popular one is the R15. Despite having a huge price difference between the other 150cc bikes, it is a complete entry-level sportsbike. We can say that this is amongst the very few 150cc bikes that are track ready. Now, in Thailand, Yamaha has unveiled a naked street-fighter version of the R15, by the name of Yamaha MT-15.
In India, we have 2 superbikes available – Yamaha R1 and MT-09. MT is basically the naked street-fighter range which has bikes from 700cc to 1000cc. Along with the Yamaha MT-15, the bike maker has also unveiled the new MT-03, a naked version of the R3.
The Yamaha MT-15 gets an all-new bug-eyed LED headlamp. From the side, it looks similar to the elder sibling, MT-09. The muscular fuel tank, single seat, engine belly pan, and the gold-anodized USD Forks make the street fighter look more gorgeous. It also carries Yamaha R15’s digital instrument cluster.
The naked street bike uses an all-new 155cc liquid cooled engine. Reports say that it might also get the Variable Valve Actuation, just like in the latest-generation R15. VVA system helps in keeping the torque figures high even in low RPM. Also, the engine will come paired to a slipper clutch.
This engine churns out 19 HP of maximum power and 14.8 Nm of torque. For transmission, there is a 6-speed gearbox. Yamaha claims that the newly developed engine offers better low-end and mid-range figures.
The MT-15 gets 37 mm USD Forks in the front and a preload adjustable mono-shock at the rear. For braking, the bike gets disc brakes in the front and rear. It features ABS, which is due soon in the Yamaha R15.
The Yamaha MT-15 India launch is not clear as of now. The Indian market has FZ-25 as the naked street fighter. The FZ-25 comes with a price tag lower than the R15 itself. In India, if the MT-15 comes it will be priced over the FZ-25, as well. Obviously, most of the people would pick the more powered bike.
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