The Yamaha M-SLAZ naked street fighter which used to be tentatively called as the MT-15 has been previewed in Thailand ahead of its Indonesian premiere early next month. The naked version of the R15 150 cc motorcycle has been testing in Indonesia for quite some time now.
Rather than following its fully faired sibling’s design cues, the M-SLAZ adopts a fresh styling with a unique headlamp (LED) housing, muscular fuel tank with sharp extensions and black plastic insert on top, a belly pan which encloses the engine, and a sporty tailpiece with split seats and a small LED taillight.
Interestingly, the M-SLAZ employs a new inverted telescopic fork upfront, suggesting that it could be based on a new platform which would underpin the next gen R15. The rear is suspended by a monoshock. The chassis appears to be the familiar Deltabox unit. The naked street fighter is equipped with alloy wheels, disc brake at both ends and meaty tyres.
Engine details are sketchy as of now but it’s reasonable to assume that the R15 V2.0’s 150 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine to be the heart. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the fuel-injected motor produces 17 PS and 15 Nm of torque on board the R15.
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More details of the Yamaha M-SLAZ would be released in a week’s time when it debuts in Indonesia.