As we all know by now, the
Yamaha MT-15 has been launched in India for Rs 1.36 lakh, ex-showroom. The motorcycle comes in a single trim and is available in two colours – black and blue. A known fact is that this bike is a stripped down version of the R15, which means it has no elaborate fairing. Other revisions from the R15 include a slightly longer wheelbase, more teeth on the rear sprocket for improved initial acceleration and a box section swingarm. This motorcycle also brings with it a LED projector headlight as well as negative LCD instrument cluster and single channel ABS.
There are slight changes to the engine as well. While it retains its bore, stroke and compression, the ECU has been tuned to be more responsive in the initial part of the rev range. This liquid cooled 155cc, SOHC engine brings in 19.3PS of power and 14.7Nm of torque. A 6-speed gearbox with slip and assist clutch has been provided as well. Well, enough of the details. Let’s get the pictures do the talking.
The Yamaha MT-15 looks sinewy and feels like a smaller MT-09. This will work well with the customers who want an ultra stylish 150cc machine The side portion shows the Yamaha MT-15’s Deltabox frame as well as the rectangular swingarm that has been used. The wheelbase too has been increased slightly over the R15 The instrument cluster is a negative LCD unit and features a lot of information. It has decent visibility in broad daylight as well The seat height is the same as the R15 and so shorter riders will not have a problem getting on to the motorcycle. The single piece seat though is a touch cramped for the pillion. Notice the Kawasaki-style grab rails The tail section of the motorcycle is pretty compact and has an LED unit. The rear tyre hugger is present as well while the end can unit is borrowed from the R15 The side profile is similar to that of the FZ with those tank extensions and prominent fuel tank The 19.3PS/14.7Nm engine has been tuned to be more responsive in the bottom end There is only single channel ABS available. Notice the rim strips with the MT-15 name on them The rear tyre doesn’t get the lift off protection function. There however is a disc brake unit and MRF Nylogrip units at both ends. Yamaha isn’t offering optional Metzelers at the rear or even a Daytona exhaust The MT-15 is very agile and changes directions very swiftly. Cross winds though slightly affect the stability of the motorcycle in a straight line. After all, the MT-15 weighs only 138kg with all the fluids in place This Yamaha, just like the others from its stables, is a corner carver. It feels so nimble and easy to tip into the corners