Yamaha had already revealed the launch date of its upcoming naked motorcycle, the MT-15, which is scheduled to happen on the 15th of March. The bike has been able to gather enough interest around it which is helped by the fact that it will be the naked version of the R15 V3. Now, Yamaha has dropped a new advertisement for the MT-15 which gives us a glimpse of how the Indian spec bike will look like. To let you know, the Indian spec MT-15 has already been spotted fully undisguised and is a bit different from its international counterpart. As for the advertisement, take a look at the video below to know why Yamaha is asking people if they are ready to join the dark side of Japan.
The TVC above shows the MT-15 in the same light as the fearsome Samurais of Japan. The advertisement emphasizes that the bike has bits and pieces inspired by the Samurais as well as an attitude that matches the famed noble fighters. To let you know. the MT-15 is not a naked bike but rather a streetfighter version of the Yamaha YZF-R15. The difference between the two is that a naked bike is any bike without fairing but a streetfighter is a bike that either started it’s life as a faired bike or is based on a faired bike minus the fairings. How the word streetfighter for bikes came into existence also has a pretty good story behind it, but let’s store that for some other time.
One of the distinguishing features of the MT-15 is its unique front headlight cowling, which seems to be inspired by a Samurai helmet. The Indian spec MT-15 will miss out on front USD forks and aluminium swingarm in order to be priced competitively in India. It will share almost all of its mechanical bits with the R15. The MT-15 will offer a most relaxed riding position that is suited for daily commuting. The rear end of the bike will be chopped off slightly to give it a better stance and aggressive body profile.
As mentioned earlier, 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 will be powered by a 155 cc, single cylinder liquid cooled engine that churns out 19.2 Bhp of power along with 15 Nm of torque. The bike will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox and a slipper clutch. A dual channel ABS setup is expected on the bike as the same was recently equipped on the R15 V3. The engine tuning could be altered a bit to make it more responsive at city speeds rather than at the top end.