Yamaha MT15 Indian launch is now almost confirmed as the first test mules have been spotted in India. It is the naked version of the blockbuster R15 we already have.
Somebody said – “Face is what defines how good or bad a motorcycle looks“. And it is, kind of, true as well. We have a lot of motorcycles which have average body designs but their face makes them look a lot more interesting and then we have bikes like Xtreme 200R, which have fairly decent body design but their faces make them look extremely boring.
Looks like Yamaha took a cue from it and introduced MT-15 in Thailand few months back. The motorcycle gets one of the most aggressive headlamps on production bikes. The predator-like headlamp has three major elements – with the top two elements signifying angry eyes.
And as was speculated, MT-15 has been spotted testing in India for the first time. From the spy pics that have emerged (credit Mehul/Team-BHP), the biggest change, as you can notice, is the absence of upside down forks and this is a clever strategy by Yamaha to keep costs under check.
Basically, Yamaha has rebranded the M-Slaz they used to sell in some markets, and its newer-gen version is now brought under the ‘MT’ brand umbrella.
It is the naked version of the R15 v3 and shares most of the mechanicals including the 155 cc liquid cooled SOHC engine which pumps out 19.3 PS of peak power and 15 Nm of maximum torque. It also now gets Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) which has been really helpful on the R15 v3 (read review).
Thailand gets golden coloured front USDs and it comes equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard. Since R15 has recently received a dual-ABS system, expect the same to percolate to the MT15 as well.
Yamaha MT15 Indian Launch
Since the first spy pics are out, it is definitely destined to come very soon into the Indian market. This also leaves us a little confused – is the 21st January event launch of the FZ v3 or MT15’s launch?
Even if this naked doesn’t get launched this month, it is coming within the coming few weeks to our market, for sure!
R15 is going all guns blazing in the domestic market (see how) and Yamaha believes that its naked can also create a lot of ground for them in this premium sports 150cc segment.
Once it arrives, we expect it to be priced at around Rs 1.15-1.20 Lakh ex-showroom in India.