Bookings for Yamaha’s upcoming new MT-15 are open officially days ahead of its launch on March 15, 2019. Unofficial bookings for the bike had started in February at select dealerships. Interested buyers can book the motorcycle for a sum of Rs 5,000. One must note that the booking amount can be refunded completely in case of cancellation.
The two-wheeler manufacturer recently revealed the upcoming naked roadster through its YouTube channel. Details deeming styling and other bits such as LED headlight, sculpted fuel tank, MRF tyres and LED tail-lamps have been divulged through the teaser video. As per sources in the know, the motorcycle has already reached some dealerships for training purpose.
Talking of the suspension set-up, the down front forks and aluminium swingarm will be dropped for the conventional telescopic forks and a box-type swingarm with linkage-type rear mono-shock.
This would help the bikemaker to price the motorcycle competitively. Some of the bits like alloy wheels design will be borrowed from Yamaha R15 V3.0. In visual terms, the India-spec model bears strong resemblance to the international model. That said, it features bug-eye shaped Led projector headlight, robust fuel-tank with radiator guards, single seat, digital instrument console and tail reminiscent of MT-09.
It is built on the same Deltabox frame which is also used in the R15 V3.0. Coming to the mechanicals, the bike derives power from a 155cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, 4-valve, FI engine equipped with VVA (variable valve actuation) technology. It puts out maximum power of 19.1 bhp against 14.7 Nm torque. Transmission duties are carried over by a six-speed gearbox that comes with assist-clip clutch. As for braking power, it comes from disc units at both ends. In addition, it gets benefitted by a dual-channel ABS system. Set to be one of the most powerful 150cc bikes in the country, the Yamaha MT-15 will not have a direct rival in its segment, however the bike will field against other popular models including Pulsar NS200, TVS Apache and Hero Xtreme.