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 MT clan: MT-15. See pictures of Yamaha MT15 here.
YAMAHA MT-15 was first launched in Indonesia in October 2018 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 first time to the customers in 13 July 2019. The version available in our country is the India-spec one which was first launched in India in March 2019.
Key features of YAMAHA MT-15 are described in a nutshell below.
The bike features a design 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 mean 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 upright rider triangle. The fuel tank is also very cool to look at with iconic shape and the graphics on the attractive body colors also add up to the cool factor of this bike. There are also wide tyres 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 distinct stance to stand out in the crowd.
The YAMAHA MT-15 is an amazing 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 which feeds the engine through the Fuel Injection system and ignited by TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition) system.
The overall length of YAMAHA MT-15 is 2020 mm while the width and height are 800 mm and 1070 mm. The ground clearance is 155 mm 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 slipper clutch. The expected mileage is 35-45 KMPL.
Suspension, Brakes, Wheels:
The suspension system of this bike has a dual telescopic system up front 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 tyre. 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 tyre. Both the wheels have tubeless tyre for better performance and to avoid sudden deflation along with Antilock Braking System (ABS) on the front end.
The YAMAHA MT-is targeted to 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.
The main competitors of YAMAHA MT-15 are the likes of:
- HONDA CB 150R Exmotion
- 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.