As per the sources close to Yamaha, it has known that the Japanese bike maker is getting ready to include the entry-level sports naked motorcycles by next year. In the list, there are three streetfighters which are likely to be part of Yamaha’ s lineup in 2019. Expected to arrive early is the 150cc MT-15 which has recently been showcased in Thailand. The Yamaha MT-03 could be the MT-15 follower in Yamaha’s portfolio. While the flagship MT-10 would be a latecomer.
As similar to the MT-03, the MT-15 is a naked iteration of its respective faired sibling; the Yamaha R15 v3.0. It is aggressive in nature and shares design cues from its elder brothers in the family like the MT-09 and the MT-10. The instrument cluster on the MT-15 is a shared unit from the R15 V3.0 though features blue backlighting with yellow fonts.
The powertrain is a 155cc liquid-cooled single cylinder motor already evident with current R15. The engine is in mechanism with cutting-edge technological aspects such as variable valve timing and a slipper clutch which sports in providing seamless power delivery throughout the rev range. The churned power and torque for the motor is rated at 19.3 PS and 15 Nm respectively. The MT-15 is expected to be more dynamic than the R15 owing to no added bulk of fairing.
Furthermore, the equipped cycle parts will also be lent from the R15. The databox frame is a lightweight, durable unit which along with mounted suspension sports handling. Lately unveiled Thai-spec MT-15 was fitted with an upside fork up front though with the India-bound model we expect the traditional forks in order to budget-friendly. While the wheels will be wrapped up with the same MRF tires being offered with the ongoing R15 v3.0. The Braking setup will comprise a 282mm front and 220mm rear disc. A vital rider’s aids of ABS (Single-Channel due to cost cutting) is also being pondered with the upcoming India-spec model If the launch takes place. As the country is moving towards the BS-VI emission norms which mandate ABS as standard on bikes above 125cc.
In terms of pricing, the MT-15 is probable to price around INR 1.18 lakh, premium over ongoing 160cc bikes in India. The MT-15 launch is expected by early next year along with the MT-10 and the MT-03, later in future.