Review: 2019 Yamaha Mt 15 Ideas


Much has been said about the price of the Yamaha MT-15 since its launch a few months ago. For what is essentially an R15-based motorcycle – minus some of the cost-intensive sầu bits like the aluminium swingarm, fairing & rear-wheel ABS – the MT-15’s Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) asking price was simply absurd. That’s just Rs 4,000 short of the R15’s price tag.

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But, there’s no point in writing off a bike simply on the basis of the sticker price, right? After all, even as our road chạy thử reveals, there’s more lớn the Yamaha MT-15 than meets the eye.

The 41mm upright fork and the link-type monoshoông xã thiết đặt offer the right balance between ride & handling. Whether it was minor bumps, potholes or undulations, the MT-15 remained composed throughout. However, the defining aspect of this little Yamaha is the way it handles in the city. The sharp steering, tight turning radius và the extra leverage provided by the handlebar, all result in a motorcycle that’s super-reactivate to lớn inputs – even more than the KTM Dukes. It makes light work of negotiating city traffic and really keeps the rider involved.


On the flip side, this over-eager steering và light front-kết thúc dampens confidence around a set of winding roads. This – along with the fact that you sit so far forward with the handlebar right in your chest – makes hanging off the bike in a corner feel quite awkward. The trichồng then, is to ride the MT-15 like a supermoto; và that turned out khổng lồ be quite a lot of fun.

The brakes have good progression, but just like on the R15, there’s a laông chồng of initial bite. Our thử nghiệm revealed that the xe đạp comes to a stop from 60kmph in 17.42m, which is a little longer than the R15 – probably due to the reduced weight over the front kết thúc, thanks khổng lồ the upright riding position.


The MT-15 was conceived as a proper streetfighter, built lớn take on crowded, traffic-infested city streets, or weave through narrow bylanes khổng lồ beat said traffic. This meant that the kích cỡ of its bodywork had to lớn be compact and its weight had to be as low as possible to make it easy to manoeuvre past traffic.

The MT-15’s slender shape looks better than what pictures suggest & the design element that instantly grabs your attention is the headlamp cluster. Split into two sections, the twin-LED position lamps size the upper half while the projector sits below, forming a face that resemblesa character from the Transformers movies! I’ll leave it up to your imagination lớn decide which one.


The body toàn thân work is trimmed down khổng lồ the essentials, but there are also a few unnecessary elements. For example, the tiny 10-litre fuel tank goes with the theme, but why the giả air scoops? Although, the radiator shroud is neatly integrated underneath the scoops.

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The tail, too, is sleek và as stubby as it could be, stretching only as far baông xã as the centre of the rear wheel. The quality thiết kế does manage lớn attract stares, as does the matte-blue shade with its fluorescent yellow wheel-stripes, which we particularly like.

To me, the MT-15 looks raw và purposeful – ready for the battle with pesky rickshaws và other annoying road users who are hell-bent on making your commute a game of dodge ball – & it feels that way too.

The MT-15 shares the same, smashing 155cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that we absolutely loved in the new YZF-R15; & it’s thankfully in the same state of tune as well, making 19.3hp at 10,000rpm và 14.7Nm of torque at 8,500rpm. The motor is paired to a sliông xã & precise 6-tốc độ gearbox.


Keeping with the MT-15’s streetfighter focus, Yamaha has revised the final-drive sầu ratio by fitting a larger, 52-teeth sprocket at the rear (versus 48 teeth on the R15) resulting in quicker acceleration off the line, albeit at the cost of top tốc độ. Our chạy thử results show the difference, and the MT offers stronger acceleration up lớn 90kph and it also feels noticeably quicker than the R15 in roll-on acceleration, which the numbers reflect. On the other hvà, the R15 leaves it for dead on a long straight; the MT runs out of steam at an indicated 130kph, while the R15 will go on khổng lồ show more than 140kph.

The riding position on the MT-15 is a combination of aggressively set foot pegs và a tall, wide single-piece handlebar that sits closer khổng lồ the rider. It’s comfortable, yet stays committed and gets you in the mood to attack! The MT-15’s tiny dimensions may lead you to lớn believe sầu that it’s a cramped motorcycle – và that’s true, especially if you’re a tall rider. The knees don’t have a lot of room, but the bigger issue is that the rider’s boots (anything size 8 và above) tkết thúc to lớn foul with the pillion foot-rest holders, which is annoying. On the positive sầu side, the rider’s perch is wide và accommodating and the knee recesses around the fuel tank allow one to lớn firmly latch-on to the xe đạp.


Our first ride of the MT-15 was a bit of a downer, but it turns out that the Buddh International Circuit was a terrible place khổng lồ experience this machine. Now that we’ve ridden it on the street, it’s clear that this bike is a proper little streetfighter và if majority of your riding is confined lớn the đô thị, this motorcycle is an enjoyable weapon khổng lồ spice up your commute. The engine is an absolute gem và so is the deltabox chassis, all of which combine to lớn make the MT-15 an involving motorcycle. Also, the upright riding position makes it a vastly kinder motorcycle khổng lồ live with than its faired sibling.

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But that doesn’t change the fact that there is just no reasoning for the MT-15’s Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) price. Simple math in relevance lớn what this xe đạp loses over the R15 – a substantial fairing, a single LED headlamp versus twin LEDs, a basic swingarm và single-channel ABS – reveals that it should have been priced at around Rs 1.2-1.25 lakh. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. So, instead of us excitedly telling you that the MT-15 is seriously worth considering, we’re forced to conclude that you should only consider this machine if buying a value-for-money xe đạp is not high on your danh mục of priorities.

ENGINE Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Cubic Capathành phố (cc) 155cc
Engine Layout Single-cylinder
Cooling System Liquid-cooled
Bore/Stroke (mm) 58.0mm/58.7mm
Max Power nguồn (hp
19.3hp at 10,000rpm
Max Torque (nm
14.7Nm at 8,500rpm
Power khổng lồ Weight Ratio (hp/tonne) 139.85hp/tonne

TRANSMISSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
No of Gears 6

Dimensions và Chassis Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Weight (kg) 138kg
Ground Clearance (mm) 155mm
Fuel Tank capacity (lts) 10 litres

BRAKES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Brake Type Disc
Front Brake Size (mm) 282mm
Rear Brake Type Disc
Rear Brake Size (mm) 220mm

SUSPENSION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Monoshock

WHEELS AND TYRES Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
Front wheel (inch) 17
Front Tyre 100/80 R17
Rear wheel (inch) 17
Rear Tyre 140/70 R17

ACCELERATION Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
0 - 10 kph (sec) 0.37s
0 - trăng tròn kph (sec) 0.82s
0 - 30 kph (sec) 1.47s
0 - 40 kph (sec) 2.26s
0 - 50 kph (sec) 3.05s
0 - 60 kph (sec) 4.17s
0 - 70 kph (sec) 5.36s
0 - 80 kph (sec) 6.95s
0 - 90 kph (sec) 9.02s
0 - 100 kph (sec) 11.86s

EFFICIENCY Petrol Petrol AT Diesel Diesel AT Electric
City (kpl) 42.3kpl
Highway (kpl) 53.2kpl
Overall (kpl) 53.2kpl
Overall Range (kms) 450.3km

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