Yamaha recently launched the much-awaited version 2.0 of the MT-15 in the Indian market. It can be considered as the naked streetfighter version of the R15 V4. The MT-15 V2.0 is priced at Rs. 1.59 lakhs ex-showroom. Here, is a video of a vlogger who is reviewing the new motorcycle.
The video is uploaded on YouTube by Fuel Injected. The price of the MT-15 has been increased by Rs. 13,000. There are several reasons behind this. For instance, supply chain issues and feature additions. The V2 looks more or less the same as the V1. Yamaha has added two new colours and the graphics on the fuel tank has also been updated.
The LED Daytime Running Lamps and the LED projector headlamp are the same as the V1. It comes with halogen turn indicators. However, you can upgrade to LED indicators as they are sold as an accessory.
The shock absorbers are now finished in gold and Yamaha is now offering up-side down forks. They measure 37 mm. The alloy wheels and the tyres are the same ones as the previous ones. The MT-15 still does not get dual-channel ABS. It is sold only with a single-channel ABS.
Yamaha has made some changes to the engine. It is still a 155 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that gets Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) technology. It produces 18.4 PS of max power at 10,000 rpm and 14.1 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. The power output has decreased by 0.1 PS but the torque has gone up by 0.2 Nm. The gearbox is still a six-speed unit with a slip and assist clutch.
The switchgear remains the same as the MT-15 V1 but the instrument cluster has been updated. It now supports Bluetooth connectivity so the instrument cluster can show call alerts, message alerts etc. There is also an application that can connect with the motorcycle to show you various information about the motorcycle. The rest of the instrument cluster stays the same so there is a tachometer, speedometer, gear position indicators, fuel gauge, clock, real-time fuel efficiency, odometer, average speed and two trip meters.
The seat is still a single piece unit that is comfortable for the rider but the pillion might get a bit uncomfortable. Yamaha has upgraded the MT-15’s swingarm. It is now an aluminium unit instead of a box one like we used to get on the previous generation.
The vlogger says that after 7,000 rpm, the character of the motorcycle changes because of the VVA. There are no vibrations or heating issues with the motorcycle. The clutch pull is also very light and the gearbox is also very smooth and gives precise shifts.
The motorcycle is very nimble and easy to manoeuvre in traffic. The footpegs are rear set but the handlebar is wide and near to the rider. The suspension is slightly on the stiffer side but not uncomfortable. The brakes are good, they have enough progression and bite but still, it is a bit disappointing that Yamaha does not offer dual-channel ABS.