Updated On: 24 May 2021 Shakti Nath Jha
Yamaha MT 15 is a very popular naked streetfighter in the Indian market. The new Yamaha MT 15 was first launched in India in March 2019 and the company launched its BS6 compliant version in early 2020. The MT 15 is a naked streetfighter based on the Yamaha R15 and it sells in good numbers. So, today in this article, we have shared with you the Pros and Cons of the new 2021 Yamaha MT 15 BS6.
Styling - The new Yamaha MT 15 looks very striking and this Dark Warrior is also known as the Baby Samurai. It sports an aggressive stance and looks very unique. Upfront, the MT 15 gets an all-LED headlight with a projector set-up along with dual LED DRLs. The naked motorcycle has a quirky rear-end with a high raised LED taillight and side-mounted grab-rails. The new MT 15 BS6 is now available in three colour variants. They are Dark Matt Blue, Metallic Black and Ice Fluo-Vermillion.
Engine Performance - The Yamaha MT 15 gets the same engine that also powers the Yamaha R15 and this engine is a gem. It is powered by a BS6 compliant 155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine. This motor churns out 18.5 PS of maximum power at 10000 RPM and 13.9 Nm of peak torque at 8500 RPM. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and it gets Yamaha's VVA (Variable Valve Actuation technology) too.
Hardware - The MT 15 packs in decent hardware. For suspension duties, it gets telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock absorber at the rear. The braking duties are handled by disc brakes at both ends. At the front, it gets a 282 mm disc brake and a 220 mm disc unit at the rear. It also gets a single-channel ABS as an additional safety aid and runs on 17-inch tubeless tyres. The front tyre measures 100/80-17 while the rear one is a 140/70-R17 unit.
Features - The Yamaha MT 15 gets some useful features. For instance, it gets an all-digital instrument cluster with a negative display that shows various ride-related information and it even gets a gear-position indicator, gear-shift indicator, etc. The new MT 15 also features a slip & assist clutch.
Lack of Dual-channel ABS - The Yamaha MT 15 gets only a single-channel ABS while some motorcycles at this price point get a dual-channel ABS.
Stiff Ride Quality and Cramped Seat - The Yamaha MT 15 offers stiff ride quality and the seat too doesn't have much room, neither for the rider nor for the pillion.
Ergonomic Issues - There are some ergonomic issues with the Yamaha MT 15. For instance, the switch gears are positioned awkwardly and you will need some time to get used to it.
Price - The new 2021 Yamaha MT 15 BS6 is currently priced between Rs. 1.40 lakhs - Rs. 1.41 lakhs, Ex-showroom Delhi. At this price point, it is just 10,000 rupees cheaper than the Yamaha R15. However, if you want a naked streetfighter only, the new MT 15 can turn out to be the best pick for you.
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Hi there, Yamaha will launch the MT 15 dual-channel ABS version in July or August 2021.