|Fuel Type||Engine Capacity||Transmission Type||Power||Torque||Fuel Efficiency|
|petrol||155cc||Manual||19PS @ 10000RPM||15NM @ 8500RPM||45kmpl|
Yamaha has been one of the top manufacturers when it comes to selling motorcycles in the 150cc category. The Japanese automaker\'s FZ and R series are already among the well-known motorcycles in our country. Yamaha’s MT series is not a new breed and the brand has its motorcycles under the MT badge selling in other countries, while the MT-09 is the only motorcycle that’s available in our country under the same segment. The MT-15 is a beautiful piece of art which has been designed to attract the young generation and shares most of its mechanical aspects with the Yamaha R15 V3.
The Yamaha MT-15 is one of the best looking motorcycles in its class, as its headlamp design itself speaks a lot about the characteristics of this bike. The bike is designed to be slim, stealth and more compact like the KTM naked machines. The two bold LED horizontal strips which serve as the low beam headlamp, as well as DRLs, mimic the face of a ninja. The matte-finished muscular fuel tank is fitted with a shroud that looks aggressive from the front, while the speedometer console is brought from the Yamaha R15 V3 which aptly suits with its intrusive stance.
The MT-15 features the same instrument console found on its fully-faired sibling and the features on the display are same but the main change is the backlit colour which is changed from white to black as a contrast colour. The internationally used Upside Down front forks are replaced with standard telescopic forks just like the R15 V3. Under the fuel tank, there is a supporting pad that provides extra space for the rider's thighs. The rearview mirrors get a new design that not only looks beautiful but also gives a clear glimpse of the vehicles approaching from behind.
Braking duties are handled by front and rear disc brakes. The 282mm front disc gets a double-piston floating calliper, while the 220mm disc gets a single-piston calliper at the rear. Yamaha also provides single-channel ABS as a standard feature in the MT-15.
The powerplant of the all-new street fighter continues to use the same engine as the R15. The 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine continues to generate the same amount power of 19.3 PS at 10,000 rpm and a peak torque of 14.7 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The MT-15 is also equipped with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) that provides more mileage in the low and mid-end revs and extracts maximum power at higher revolutions. The Assist and Slipper clutch system help the rider downshift aggressively so that there won’t be any heavy jerks felt and also the wheel slip is reduced. The Delta box frame gives more confidence at higher speeds, as it provides high stability. The exhaust system is also borrowed from the R15.
The MT-15 delivers a mileage of 45kmpl and has a fuel tank capacity of 10 litres. On a full tank of fuel, the MT-15 rides continuously for a range of 450km.
The MT-15’s single-piece seat offers great comfort for both the rider and pillion and along with the thigh support pads below the fuel tank also offers ample grip and support. Suspension duties are carried out by the conventional telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock suspension at the rear. The wide single-piece handlebar with the straight forward riding position with a little bit rear-set footpegs are sufficient enough for a long drive and one should not worry about the city roads too.
Finally here after a series of spy shots and speculation, the Yamaha MT-15 is quite a looker with its unconventional headlight assembly and attractive paint schemes. We were given some time with the motorcycle on the Buddh International Circuit to have a taste of what this motorcycle has to offer and to tell you everything that there is to know about this piece of machinery. Based on the YZF-R15 sports bike, the MT-15 aims to be a more usable, city-friendly version of the former bike. This change in the riding style is achieved by a number of changes over the sports bike. Priced at INR 1.36 Lakh, the MT-15 is quite a pricey motorcycle and is quite close to the FZ25 in terms of price, some cannibalisation can be expected here.