The Yamaha MT-15 was spied testing for the first time in India earlier this week. A test mule of the Indian-spec version has been spotted yet again, in the Delhi-NCR region.
The Yamaha MT-15 is essentially a naked version of the Yamaha R15 V3.0. The Indian-spec MT-15 features quite a few changes as compared to the Thai-spec model. The test mule is seen with conventional telescopic front forks and a different set of 17-inch alloy wheels, both of which are sourced from the Yamaha R15 V3.0.
Furthermore, the box-type swingarm and the MRF tyres are shared with the Yamaha R15S. That said, the MT-15 features a linkage-type rear mono-shock, which should offer excellent handling prowess. The new Yamaha MT-15 debuted in Thailand last October.
The design highlights include a new bug-eyed LED headlamp and a Yamaha MT-09 inspired styling. The MT-15 features a muscular fuel tank with extended tank scoops and a lowered tail section with a single-piece seat. The motorcycle is equipped with a fully digital instrument cluster from the Yamaha R15 V3.0.
The comfortable riding ergonomics of the Yamaha MT-15 are aided by a wide handlebar and slightly rear-set footpegs. The motorcycle is underpinned by the superb Deltabox chassis, which has proved its mettle in the Yamaha R15 V3.0.
Powering the Yamaha MT-15 is a 155 cc SOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled motor from the YZF-R15 V3.0. The fuel-injected engine benefits from VVA (variable valve actuation) and develops 19.1 PS of maximum power and 14.8 Nm of peak torque. A 6-speed slipper-clutch assisted gearbox transfers drive to the wheel via a final chain drive.
In the Indian market, the Yamaha MT-15 will compete with the likes of the KTM 125 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200. The motorcycle is expected to be launched in India by mid-2019 and cost around INR 1.25 lakh (ex-showroom).
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