The Yamaha MT-15 at the fuel station. The safety equipment provided to the test rider is commendable
A test mule of the Yamaha MT-15, the naked version of the YZF-R15, was recently spotted at a fuel station in Indonesia with minimal camouflage and appeared to be near production ready. The r ear panel was painted blue while the fuel tank, that was having its own nourishment of premium fuel, came wrapped in white paint.
Due to safety precautions at the fuel station – which we second – the person who snapped the image could not click more photographs and thus there was only one spy image of the test motorcycle. So while we could not see the front of the test mule, the rear of the motorcycle was equipped with a LED tail-light that was accompanied by non-LED, clear-glass blinkers. The exhaust pipe is identical to the one that is seen on the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 which indicates that this naked streetfighter variant may share near same performance figures.
The close look at the second image (below) shows that the MT-15 will also get a digital instrument cluster and and an all new engine kill switch that might be integrated with the ignition switch while the front forks would be gold painted.
Previous sighting of the MT-15 protoype indicated that the naked version will received various elements with the R15 V 2.0 including the exhaust cannister, rear swing-arm, the engine, foot rest hangers, the rear mud guard and the famed Delta Box frame. What’s different from the faired version is the inclusion of tank extensions, a single headlamp assembly, an engine shroud and a single-piece streetfighter style handlebar instead of the clip-on unit.
As reported before, this new streetfighter from the stables of the Japanese two-wheeler major is expected to share its power-house with the YZF-R15. So expect to see a liquid cooled, 149.8cc, SOHC, 4 Valve engine which puts out 17PS of power and 15Nm of torque to propel the MT-15.
There was no word about the Yamaha MT-15 at the Tokyo Motor Show but there might be some news at that front at the upcoming 2015 EICMA motor show. We will have to wait for a little while to hear more developments at that front.
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