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LIVE! Yamaha launches MT-15 with ABS in India, INR 1.36 lakh

Written by Parichay Malvankar

The theme for this motorcycle, the MT-15 is ‘The Dark Side of Japan’. Teaser images have also revealed the same, and the bike becomes the most advanced mass-market street naked motorcycle from Yamaha in India in the 150cc class. The Yamaha MT-15 is a naked version, street-focused model based on the YZF-R15 V3.0.

The Yamaha MT-15 has been priced at INR 1.36 lakh ex-showroom.

Premium segment is showing positive growth in the Indian motorcycle market. In 2018, Yamaha saw a growth of 8.4% in the premium market backed by the FZ25 & YZF-R15 V3.0. The MT series is the new mass market motorcycle series for India.

Talking about the India-specific MT-15 model, it misses out on the USD front forks and also skips the aluminium swing arm as the R15 V3.0, and also the dual-channel ABS is replaced with a single-channel setup.

The all-new Yamaha MT-15 in India comes with a 155cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine producing 19.3 PS of power and 14.7 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike features VVA technology for superior ride performance throughout the revv range. The MT-15 comes with a single-channel ABS setup, unlike the R15. So only the front-brake gets ABS. The ECU on the MT-15 is new, model-specific. The bike gets a 140mm rear tyre with a 245mm front disc brake. The MT-15 has a box-type rear swing arm. Final gear ratio has also been tweaked on the MT-15, compared to the YZF-R15 V3.0.

Yes, the MT-15 comes with a slipper assist clutch. The bike has a ground clearance of 155mm. Yamaha will launch the MT-15 in India in 2 colours – Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue. The bike features LED headlamp with DRLs, LED tail lamps, engine underbelly cowl, grab rails, full digital speedo console, tubeless tyres, telescopic front forks and more…