Based on the R15 V3, all new naked streetfighter Yamaha MT15 has been launched today in India. It is actually first of its kind motorcycle from Yamaha in India. Till now, Yamaha had slotted their premium entry level sports motorcycle in either the FZ or the R series. With the launch of MT15, they also announce the launch of a new segment of entry level sports bike segment, under the MT series.
Available in two colours of Blue and Black, prices start from Rs 1.36 lakhs, ex-showroom. This is definitely on the higher side. Considering that the R15 V3 is priced at Rs 1.39 lakhs, and it comes with dual ABS. On the other hand, MT15 only comes with single ABS. Yamaha FZ25 dual ABS is priced at Rs 1.33 lakhs, ex-sh.
Compared to international spec MT15, the India-spec version is missing many features. For example, it does not come with USD forks in the front (instead we get regular telescopic forks), it does not get the fancy fuel tank with sporty contours (instead we get a sticker job on a rather simple looking fuel tank), tyres are from MRF (internationally it is available with Pirelli / Metzeler), rear swingarm is not aluminium. All these changes are done to keep price in check.
2019 Yamaha MT15 for India will sport a digital instrument cluster. It will offer an upright seating stance with raised handlebars and centrally set foot pegs. Suspension will be via telescopic forks in the front (not USD) and monoshocks at the rear.
Though dealers had stated MT15 will come with dual ABS, it is now been officially revealed that it will only be offered with single ABS as a standard fitment. Braking setup is same as R15 V3 (except for dual ABS), and so are the tyres. Braking will be via 282mm disc in the front and 220 mm disc at the rear.
Yamaha MT15 receives 17” 10 spoke alloy wheels fitted with 110/70 section tyre in the front and 140/70 section tyre at the rear. It measures 2,020 mm in length, 800mm in width and 1,070 mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 1,335 mm and gross weight at 288 kgs while ground clearance is at 160mm.
Engine specifications on the new Yamaha MT-15 will include a 155cc, liquid cooled, DOHC engine offering 19.1 bhp power and 14.7 Nm torque mated to a 6 speed gearbox. Fuel efficiency is pegged at around 45 kmpl. It features Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) System which aids in equitable torque distribution over larger RPM range, while the advanced fuel injection system ensures fuel economy even during adverse riding conditions.