However, things aren’t slowing down in this category. Why? Because Yamaha just launched the Yamaha MT-15—the Street Version of the R15 called—in India. Since it comes from the Yamaha’s “Dark Side of Japan” line up, it is drastically different from something Yamaha has ever launched.
In Yamaha MT-15, you get Yamaha’s new “dark” design, seen previously in Yamaha MT-09 and MT-10. Furthermore, you do a new premium 150cc motorcycle, like YZF R15 in Nepal. As for the pricing, the Yamaha MT-15 price in Nepal is Rs. 4,24,900!
Are you kidding me? This is one of the best pricing I’ve seen in a while. It’s like Xiaomi’s level of pricing. Comparatively, comes with the same engine as the Yamaha R15 v3.0, but looks far cooler!
Yamaha MT-15 Overview
Yamaha MT-15 is powered by a 155cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve, 4storke, single-cylinder engine. Mated to the six-speed gearbox, it generates a max power of 19.30HP at 10,000rpm and a max torque 14.7Nm at 8,500rpm. Furthermore, the performance numbers and the handling are identical to that of R15. It runs one the R15’s delta box with slightly different ECU tune (modification in sixth gear). Again, Yamaha MT-15 can be considered a hyper-naked version of the ever-so-popular Yamaha R15.
Talking about the styling, it is definitely different than any other Yamaha. Even the features like the unique LED headlights, the single-piece seat, and the fuel tank is bold and aggressive. Unlike Yamaha R15, the seating position is upright and far more comfortable.
Yamaha MT-15 is available in two different colors: Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue.
Yamaha MT-15 Key Specifications
- Engine: 155.1 cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve FI-engine
- Maximum Power: 19.30 Bhp @ 10000rpm
- Maximum Torque: 14.7 Nm @ 8500rpm
- Mileage: 40-45 kmpl
- Transmission: 6-Speed
- Top Speed: 130Km/h
- Front Brake: 282mm Single Disc (Single-Channel ABS)
- Rear Brake: 220mm Single Disc
- Wheels Type: Alloy wheels
- Ground Clearance: 155mm
- Fuel Tank: 10 liters
- Kerb Weight: 138Kg
Yamaha MT-15 Price in Nepal: Rs. 4,24,900
What is ‘The Dark Side of Japan’?
Many see Japan as a traditional and respected society where conformity is the norm. Behind this stereotypical image, there lies a vibrant sub-culture where new fashions and ideas are constantly emerging. These creative forces drive the darker and unconventional side which have inspired and shaped the unique MT line up. Yamaha’s MT line up gives every rider the chance to experience the thrilling torque, outstanding agility, and provocative design.
What’s the difference between Yamaha MT-15 and Yamaha R15?
Let’s start with the obvious difference, the looks. With Yamaha R15, you get a more of a traditionally sports bike. Whereas, with Yamaha MT-15, you get a naked-sports version. In terms of design, none can beat Yamaha, as both come with exceptionally great design. Moreover, you will truly appreciate the design in person.
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There are a few other differences. You will notice a difference in terms of seating position and suspension. In comparison, Yamaha MT-15 is more up-right with softer suspension setup, making it perfect for city riding. Likewise, you only get a single-channel ABS, which is kind of disappointment. But the disappointment continues. You don’t get fully Aluminum Swing Arm nor USD forks.
Yamaha MT-15 vs Yamaha R15 v3.0: Which One Should You Choose?
Honestly, it depends on the pricing. Since the price have been revealed, Yamaha MT-15 looks to be a far better deal. Plus, something tells me, it is going to be one of the most popular bikes in the 150cc segment.
Looking at the spec sheet, the Yamaha MT-15 shares a lot with the popular Yamaha R15. It’s only fair to compare between the two. Although, MT-15 misses out on a few features, here and there. That doesn’t mean it’s a lesser motorcycle. Plus, the upright riding position is very enticing for the city riding.
So, the two deciding factors will be the pricing and the seating position.
Personally, I think the pricing is good, considering it comes from “the dark side of Japan”, however, some seem to disagree.
Yes, your argument is valid, this is expensive despite the lacking some features. But you have to understand, it’s a first-entry from Yamaha’s new line up… Well, you should’ve seen this coming.
Taking all that into account, even I thought the pricing would be somewhere around 5 Lakhs. Luckily, it has been launched for much less.
But, if you really want an Aluminum Swing Arm and USD forks, just choose the R15 v3.0.
I don’t think that complaining about it now, is going to be much help. My advice would be to choose the one the best that meets your standard.
Also, don’t forget to watch our Yamaha XTZ 125 Review:
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