Yamaha Uncovers Next Gen MT-15 Streetbike in Thailand

  • 10th, Oct 2018 5:20 PM
  • Mayank Sharma
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The Japanese manufacturer has pulled the covers off from an-all new MT-15 in Thailand. Its launch will possibly replace the ongoing M-Slaz in current lineup.

With an aggressive nature the naked streetfighter shares style detailing with its elder sibling, the MT-09. It gets an LED headlamp, sculpted fuel tank with sharp tank extensions and a stubby rear section. The headlamp setup which reminds of the Yamaha MT-09 is a twin LED unit with a single projector lamp underneath. Besides these highlights, an all-digital instrument cluster and the majority of mechanical components are shared from Thai-spec Yamaha R15 V3.0. New Yamaha MT-15 can be considered the R15 V3.0 under the skin.

The Thai-spec MT-15 is bolted with a 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. It is a similar unit that performs propelling duty on the Yamaha R15 V3.0. The motor is claimed to develop peak power of 19.3PS at 10000 rpm and transmit 15Nm of torque to the rear wheel at 8500rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch to offer seamless upshifts and downshifts. While the Variable Valve Action (VVA) that is a newly added technology to Yamaha’s powertrain sports in supplying improved fuel efficiency and bottom- and top-end grunt.

Yamaha MT 15

The suspension setup on this newbie includes a gold-plated USD forks up front and a monoshock at the rear. Meanwhile, the dual-disc setup borrowed from the R15 V3.0 performs de-acceleration and braking on the bike. It comprises a single 282mm disc brake anchored with a four-piston caliper at the front and a single 230mm disc armed with a two-piston caliper.

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Now the question arises, will Yamaha launch the MT-15 down in India? As there is no revelation from the automaker. If it launches, it will witness the treatment similar to the R15 V3.0. Means, the USD front forks will be replaced with the conventional telescopic forks up front. Additionally, we could see ABS(Single-Channel or Dual-Channel Unit) that is still being not offered as standard with the R15 V3.0. As the ruling government is going to mandate ABS on all two-wheelers with displacement 125cc or above from April 2019. However, it will result in price hike by a slight margin over the current pricing of the motorcycle, INR 1.18 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Future will tell the rest, we could only wait and watch. For further updates stay connected with us.