Yamaha MT-15 Bike launch in India today: Yamaha just recently rolled out a new FZ in India and now we’ve got an all-new motorcycle – the MT-15. Yamaha’s MT series takes after its R series, and the MT-15 too is a streetfighter version of the R15 V3.0 with design cues from 2019 MT-09 which was recently launched in India. While the R15 brought a lot of focus on the Yamaha’s R series but the MT lineup had so far been restricted to the premium bike market, the MT-15 is set to change that with a price tag of Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The all-new Yamaha MT-15 shares the powertrain with the R15 V3.0 which is powered by a 155cc, liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine that produces 19 bhp and 15 Nm of torque and is paired with a five-speed transmission.
The design of the MT-15 takes inspiration from bigger MT bikes with signature split headlamp setup which gets LED lights. There are sharp creases all over the MT-15 with a sculpted fuel tank and the alloy wheels get neon highlighting, unlike the larger MT-09 which has bright neon colour alloy wheels.
There are some changes on the motorcycle that will be retailed in India compared to the international-spec Yamaha MT-15. The Indian version gets conventional telescopic forks unlike the USD unit on the one on sale in Thailand. Besides this, it doesn’t get an aluminium swingarm. These changes ensure a smaller price tag.Braking duties on the Yamaha MT-15 are covered by disc brakes at both ends and a singleABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) comes as standard. The motorcycle comes in two colours- metallic black and dark Matt blue
The all-new Yamaha MT-15 primarily challenges the likes of the KTM 125 Duke and TVS Apache RTR 200 4V in the segment. We test rode the new MT-15 on the Budh International Circuit today, so stay tuned with Express Drives for a first ride review.