The Yamaha MT-15 has been making quite a lot of noise ever since the news of its India launch surfaced. The launch date had been made official by the company just a few days back, that is, 15th March 2019. Yamaha has already started taking the bookings for the upcoming bike at a token amount of Rs. 5,000. Now, pictures Indian spec model of the MT-15 have come up, featured below, which show the bike in its full glory before the launch. The MT-15 is essentially a streetfighter version of the YZF-R15 sold in India. The changes made on the Indian spec bike are quite evident in these images.
The MT-15 that Yamaha will launch in India will be a bit different from the model sold abroad. This is done to keep costs in check and place the MT-15 in an affordable price range. Among the main changes done on the bike are the switch to telescopic front forks and box section swingarm. The international variants get an upside-down fork along with an aluminium swingarm. The pictures here show the bike equipped with telescopic forks instead of USD units. However, to tell you the truth, that will not make much of a different ad the cost saving will be better for the buyers in India. Also, the Indian spec Yamaha R15 is available with similar configuration.
The front end of the bike will carry a predator styled cowling which is quite unique and sets it apart from other bikes in India. The overall body design is pretty aggressive and holds well for its streetfighter genes. The bike will appeal more to those who want an everyday usage bike without decent grunt but a comfortable riding position, unlike the sporty position of the R-15. Though the engine and mechanicals on the bike will be the same as its full faired twin, Yamaha could tune the engine for a slightly more city riding friendly nature.
As already mentioned, the MT-15 will share a lot of parts with the Yamaha R15 V3 including the engine, suspension, exhaust setup and others. The MT-15 is powered by a 155cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine, that produces 19.2 Bhp of power and 15 Nm of torque. The bike will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch. The engine is supported by variable valve action (VVA) which improves fuel efficiency.
The MT-15 will rival the likes of the KTM 125 Duke and Bajaj Pulsar NS200 among others in its segment upon being launched. As for the pricing, nothing can be said as of now but it will be considerably lower than the R15. Also, dual channel ABS is expected to be standard on the bike as the R15 too received the upgrade some time back.