Yamaha Motor India launched the MT-15 Motorcycle, priced at INR 1.36 Lakhs. The MT-15 is essentially the scaled-down version of the company’s flagship MT-09 Hyper Naked Motorcycle. The bike is on sale at international markets for the past few years. However, the Indian version of the MT-15 differs from the international model. Yamaha has omitted the Aluminium swingarm (India spec MT-15 gets a regular box-type swingarm), the USD forks, and painted alloys to keep the costs down and make the motorcycle more competitive.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Motofumi Shitara, Chairman, Yamaha Motor India commented, “Today’s customers look for variety and diverse range of products. We, at Yamaha, will always try to introduce new biking experiences to our customers and excite them with products and services that exceed customer experiences”. The MT-15 is a part of the “CALL OF THE BLUE” campaign by Yamaha, under which the brand will sell the R, MT, and the FZ series of motorcycles of India.
What has the MT-15 got?
The MT-15 shares a majority of the components such as the Delta Box Frame, the Engine, and Gearbox with R-15 V3. The motor is the tried and tested 155CC air-cooled, VVA engine, churning out 19 BHP at 10000 RPM and 14.7 Nm of twist at 8500 RPM. The MT-15 sports a single channel ABS, whereas its sibling, the R15 gets a dual channel unit. Anchorage duties are done by a 245mm front disc and 220mm rear disc. The Gearbox is a six-speed unit and comes equipped with Assist and Slipper clutch.
The bike sports a radical design with new headlamp cowl, housing Dual LED headlamps. Other notable design elements include sharp tank shrouds and body panels. The instrument cluster is a fully digital unit. The bike offers an upright riding position with centrally set footpegs. The multi-spoke alloys are fitted with 110/70 section tyre in the front and 140/70 section tyre at the rear. The front suspension is regular telescopic while the rear is a mono shock suspension.
Surprisingly, neither Metzeler tyres nor Daytona exhaust will be offered with the MT-15, in a bid to keep costs down.
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