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Yamaha R15-based MT15 to be launched in India next month

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Yamaha is all set to launch its new motorcycle MT-15 next month. However, the date is not confirmed. It is a premium motorcycle which is basically a naked version of R15 V3. The design inspiration is taken from the MT-09 it’s elder sibling while cutting down on the pricey ones which includes inverted fork and the aggressive looking front design.

Yamaha R15-based MT15 to be launched in India next month
Indonesian Yamaha MT15 used to illustrate. The USD front forks will be swapped for regular telescopic units in the India-spec model.

Features like LED headlights and LED DRLs, fully digital instrument cluster and others will be present on the Indian model. The bike has a minimalistic design and the lifted rear seat will make it difficult for the pillion. But nonetheless, it looks sharp from the side, aggressive from the front and maintains the rough styling and comfortable, performance ride like the Yamaha R15 V3.

The MT-15 will share a lot from the Yamaha R15 V3 which includes the same engine, suspension, exhaust setup and others. Powered by the 155cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine, the motor will churn out 19.2 Bhp 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. This engine is known for its high refinement levels. It loves to be revved and makes most of its power at higher rpms.

From the safety point, Yamaha MT-15 will get disc brake at both the wheels and the suspension will be seen as a telescopic fork on the front and monoshock at the rear. Considering the new safety norms, the bike will come with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System). A dual channel ABS, which is a carryover from the R15, will be offered on the MT15. This will make it the second 150cc motorcycle in India to get dual channel ABS.

The pricing for the Yamaha MT-15 will be close to Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom).  It will compete with Bajaj Pulsar NS200 and KTM Duke 125. It’ll be one of the priciest 150cc motorcycles sold in India but most buyers are expected to warm up to this motorcycle, which will be feature-loaded. The R15 V3, despite its steep price tag, has been a terrific seller thanks to its wide feature set and fully faired sportsbike stance. A similar story is likely to play out with the MT15.

Like the Yamaha R15 V3, high quality levels all around are expected from the MT15, which will be Yamaha’s 5th entrant into the 150cc motorcycle segment. The other 150cc bikes that the brand sells or used to sell in India are the FZ-S, the Fazer 150, the R15 and the SZ range. The Yamaha MT15 will be aimed at those buyers who seek the same level of performance that the R15 offers but with street focused ergonomics. In short, the Yamaha MT15 is for those buyers who want an R15-like bike for city riding, minus the fairing and aggressive riding posture.