Yamaha MT 15
- Unorthodox design
- Engine grunt
- Stability and Cornering
- Not the best for highways
- Pillion comfort is low
- No option of Dual Channel ABS
Introduction: Usually unheard of in this region, the MT series is a very cool one from YAMAHA and globally very renowned for the performance of these bikes. The group of bikes in this name are generally called “Hypernaked” by the YAMAHA stable. YAMAHA has launched a new bike in its 150cc segment in the MT clan: MT-15. See pictures of Yamaha MT15 here.
Yamaha MT-15 is the brand new breed from Yamaha Motorcycle. After hitting the international markets, the motorcycle has started rolling on our roads. Hence, covering the new motorcycle feature and making those more visible, we are with the feature review. So let’s ride through the Darkness.
Yamaha MT-15 History
The new Yamaha MT-15 is the all-new release in the 150cc category from Yamaha. This naked street motorcycle was developed and manufactured in Yamaha Motorcycle Thailand. The bike was uncovered in a public inauguration on October 06, 2018, by the MotoGP Superstar Valentino Rossi & Maverick Viñales at that time.
Whatsoever, this is the younger addition in the Yamaha MT family after the Yamaha MT-125. But the new machine carries the fresh blood from elder siblings of the MT Series. Hence obviously, it’s iconic to its series but carries new curves on its design and feature. Furthermore, the new machine is designed to meet the Asian vibes, and it is more compatible with our rider’s attitude.
After Thailand, YAMAHA MT-15 was then introduced in Indonesia and India with a localized version developed by Yamaha Motorcycles India with the same engine of the YAMAHA YZF R15 Version 3.0. Hence, it is the Naked version of the R-series DNA, and so, the “Hypernaked” MT-series name is justified. This replaced the YAMAHA M-Slaz. In Bangladesh, the bike was handed over for the first time to the customers on 13 July 2019. The version available in our country is the India-spec one which was first launched in India in March 2019.
Yamaha MT-15 – Born of Darkness
At the looks and appearance, the new MT-15 looks like a blend of existing Yamaha MT-09 and MT-10. Here the headlamp assembly is the core attraction of the motorcycle. It was designed quite inspired by the Transformer movie character Optimus as done with MT-09 & MT-10. So it seems that was born from the Darkness.
Hence the rest of the body part, including the front assembly, is also iconic to the series. Again you also can find few blends from Yamaha M-Slaz or Xabre. Furthermore, it hired few significant parts from the latest Yamaha R15 V3, including the engine, frame, suspension, wheel, and exhaust. Hence after all the shadows, the MT-15 is the new machine with an iconic new look.
Here the headlamp assembly is the core attraction of the bike. It has profiled with all LED lamps, including two pilot lamps and a projection lamp. So it looks damn aggressive and quickly grabs attention at first sight. The ODO is a fully digital unit that was hired from the latest Yamaha R15. Hence it’s a negative display, and that is cool.
The fuel tank of the Yamaha MT-15 is curved, dented, and edgy with a cutting-edge profile. It’s quite a bit similar to Yamaha M-Slaz, whereas the ignition key holder is the same. Coming to the rear part, including side panels, it’s too compact. Hence the rest of the boasted part is the exhaust and the underbelly engine cowling.
So with no rear mudguard, it’s completely a compact naked street machine. Hence with an aggressive front end with the Robotic headlamps, it comes out of the Darkness. Again it vanishes fast, blurring the illuminating tail keeping the burning tire mark on the surfaces. So this is the killer appearance of the new Yamaha MT-15.
Features: Key features of YAMAHA MT-15 are described in a nutshell below.
The bike features a design that is striking with a strong presence in the streets. Combined with a refined engine and its performance, this bike delivers unmatched performance in a class that has been almost empty in the country. The bike has been filled with features useful for the enthusiast bikers in mind. This means the machine has a distinct robotic look like the “Transformers” movie characters.
The shapes allure the rider to climb on and pull the throttle wide open. The headlight assembly is made of Bi Functional LED projection headlight, and the taillight also has a distinct LED setup along with ABS (Antilock Braking System) and VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) technology.
The seating is very much comfortable with an upright rider triangle. The fuel tank is also very cool to look at with its iconic shape, and the graphics on the attractive body colors also add up to the cool factor of this bike. There are also wide tires at the ends of the long-wheelbase that build the rider’s confidence.
There are two colors of the YAMAHA MT-15 in Bangladesh. Both the colors available for this bike are very attractive. They are:
- Dark Matte Blue
- Metallic Black
Overall the bike has a different stance to stand out in the crowd.
The YAMAHA MT-15 is a fantastic performance motorcycle. The wheelbase is 1335mm on which the 138 kg bike stands. The bike is balanced very well for its YAMAHA patented “Deltabox” Frame. The bike has a 10 L fuel tank that feeds the engine through the Fuel Injection system and is ignited by TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition) system.
The overall length of YAMAHA MT-15 is 2020mm, while the width and height are 800 mm and 1070 mm. The ground clearance is 155mm, and the seat height is 810 mm.
Engine & Transmission
YAMAHA MT-15 possesses a single-cylinder, SOHC, Liquid Cooled, 4 Valve VVA engine. This engine’s Power & Torque figures are as follows: 19.3 PS @10000 RPM & 14.7 Nm @ 8500 RPM. This wet-sump lubricated machine is paired with a 6-speed Manual constant mesh transmission with a slipper clutch. The expected mileage is 35-45 KMPL.
Suspension, Brakes, Wheels
The suspension system of this bike has a dual telescopic system upfront with 130mm wheel travel and a link suspension Swingarm at the rear with 97mm of wheel travel. The front brake is a 282 mm Disc paired to the 5*2-spoke alloy wheel with 100/80-17M/C 52P MRF Nylogrip ZAPPER-FX1 tire. The rear brake is a 220mm Disc attached to the 5*2-spoke alloy wheel that is wrapped in 140/70-17M/C 66H MRF Nylogrip ZAPPER-S tire. Both the wheels have tubeless tires for better performance and to avoid sudden deflation, along with Antilock Braking System (ABS) on the front end.
The YAMAHA MT is targeted at the sporty-minded commuters of the country. The bike is mainly built for the city streets, and so, the city riding is excellent in this motorcycle. College and university students and young people are the target customers of this naked streetfighter. The bike has excellent design language and performance to tackle everyday city needs. You can see Yamaha MT-15’s first impression review here by BikeBD.
Competitors: The main competitors of YAMAHA MT-15 are the likes of:
- HONDA CB 150R Ex-motion
- SUZUKI GSX-S150
The competitors are facing a challenging fight from YAMAHA MT-15 as it ticks nearly all the boxes at a time questionable by the bikers of this class. You can compare Yamaha mt-15 price here with the competitors.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What is the gear shift pattern of YAMAHA MT-15?
Ans. YAMAHA MT-15 has a 6-speed manual transmission with wet multiplate slipper clutch which is arranged in a return pattern and operated by a toe shifter. The bike’s gear ratios are a little bit tweaked for better street performance. However, the pattern is: 1-N-2-3-4-5-6.
2. What is the mileage of YAMAHA MT-15?
Ans. There are no company-claimed mileage of the YAMAHA MT-15. But the riders say it gives around is 35-45 kmpL regularly. So it is a non-issue almost, to worry about the mileage.
3. Is YAMAHA MT-15 able to handle highway rides?
Ans. The YAMAHA MT-15 is not intended for highway performance but a streetfighter. The bike is extremely well-balanced and all but the windblasts at highway is all going to get the rider’s body. So, it is not recommended to ride the MT in the highways. That said, the bike is very capable with liquid cooling and all but there is the YZF R15 v3 built precisely for that purpose.
4. How fast is the Yamaha MT-15?
5. Is MT-15 light weight?
Ans: The MT-15 is a Pure-bred hyper naked, one of the most dynamic light weights from the MT stable. This bike has all the traits of a hyper naked with its agile handling, wide handle bar and ultra-light weight of 138 kgs.
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