Yamaha launched the new MT15 naked street fighter motorcycle in March 2019. Ever since launch, this bike have been outselling its closest rival KTM 125 Duke by a large margin.
In April 2019, sales of the Yamaha MT15 stood at 3,825 units as against 2,199 units of the KTM 125 Duke sold in the same month. Sales in March, the first month of launch saw a total of 5,203 units sold while combined sales for March and April stood at 9,026 units while sales for the KTM Duke 125 stood at 5,268 units over the same period.
In May 2019, sales of Yamaha MT15 declined to just 2,048 units. This when compared to sales of KTM Duke 125, which registered sales of 2,228 units, are lower by about 180 units. Yamaha MT15 posted sales lower than KTM Duke 125 for the first time. But M15 continues to lead Duke 125 in overall sales.
Yamaha MT15 gets its power via a 155cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, SOHC engine. This engine is capable of 19.3 PS power at 10,000 rpm and 15 Nm torque at 8,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox. These power and torque figures are the same as those offered on the R15 V3.
The Yamaha MT15 commands kerb weight of 138 kgs, sits on 17” alloy wheels fitted with MTF tyres and gets ABS only in the front with disc brakes on both wheels. It is priced from Rs 1.36 lakhs, ex-sh. To boost sales, Yamaha is offering free riding jacket or helmet to buyers of MT15.
Speaking about sales, the FZ series in the 150 cc segment continued to lead the sales chart for Yamaha motorcycles in India for May 2019. It registered sales of 16,829 units, declining by about 19% for the month. In scooters, it was the Fascino, which lead with 15,459 units, growing by about 2 percent.
Sales of R15 V3 have declined by about 16 percent. From selling 6,611 units in May 2018, sales of the 150cc segment sportsbike declined to 5,542 units in May 2019.
Sales of newly launched FZ25 ABS and Fazer25 ABS have declined to 910 units in May 2019. The duo registered sales of 1,856 units back in May 2018 – registering a decline of about 50%. Not a single unit of Yamaha R3 was sold in May 2019.