Watch Video: Yamaha MT-15 Review


The Yamaha MT-15 was highly anticipated in the 150cc sports bikes segment in India and there is a good reason for that – the YZF R15 V3.0 gained much popularity for its performance as a true sports motorcycle, and the MT-15 is a streetfighter version. So you have it. That's reason enough to expect great things from that. Launched on March 15, we tested the MT-15 at the Budh International Circuit. To say the least, this racetrack is too big for a small 150cc – after all, it's a Formula 1 racetrack. But nevertheless, it was fun track day and the MT-15 did not disappoint.

So how different is R15? On the one hand, there is no fairing so it is lighter, the seat height is a bit smaller, the riding posture is much more relaxed compared to the R15, and the engine responds slightly better at low and medium rpm. In fact, it lacks a bit of strength in the upper range that the R15 does not have. But then that's the point, the MT-15 is made to fit the city better.

Watch Yamaha MT-15 First Drive Review Below:

Moving on to how different the Yamaha MT-15 is from international specification. It receives conventional forks instead of the $ unit, loses a swinging aluminum arm to a box-type unit, and instead of neon alloy wheels, gets neon highlights in black alloys. All of these changes maintain a price check. It's the price! We'll get to that.

The MT-15 is very beautiful with a split set up for DRLs and a projector headlight underneath. The lines and edges look good, but the quality on the panel is not up to par with the R15 and could have been a lot better.

Read the detailed review here: 2019 Yamaha MT-15 First Drive Review | R15 performance in a lighter package!

Undoubtedly, a capable streetfighter, the MT-15 feels very light on the handlebars and handles very well. Filtering through traffic will not be uncomfortable as the throttle responds well, the gearshifts are smooth and the chassis promises easy wobble.

Price Check (all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi):

Yamaha MT-15 Rs 1.36 lakh
Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 Rs 1.39 lakh
Yamaha FZ25 Rs 1.19 lakh
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Rs 97,300

The only unsettling thing about the MT-15 is the price. It's not that cheap compared to the R15 V3, it's substantially higher than the FZ25, and then there are rivals with much lower prices. After a few laps at the Budh circuit, we came back impressed with the performance of the MT-15, but the price may cause some obstacle in how popular it is.

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