Yamaha MT-15 Review: Photo Gallery
Is Yamaha’s latest naked motorcycle the perfect city sleeker? Find out in our detailed images
If you don’t like the idea of riding the Yamaha R15 V3.0, with its aggressive riding position, in urban conditions then you have an option to opt for its naked cousin, the MT-15. However, how well does Yamaha’s 155cc naked motorcycle fare in the concrete jungle? We review the MT-15 in pictures to give you a clear, err, picture.
Also read: Yamaha MT-15: Road Test Review
Yamaha’s naked MT lineup genes have trickled down to the baby MT-15. While the bike’s design might look busy in isolation, the elements gel well together to form an attractive looking package.
It gets a mass-forward design and an alien-looking headlamp with twin DRL’s as well as a spherical LED projector main lamp below it.
The digital instrument cluster is similar to the R15 V3.0 but gets a negative LCD display. This display works well during the day but should have been brighter for night use.
In terms of plastics and switchgear quality, the naked motorcycle feels a notch below its fully-faired cousin.
In our fuel efficiency test, the MT-15 delivered a commendable 52.02kmpl (city), which is 5kmpl more than the KTM 125 Duke. On paper, it should cover around 520km on a full tank of fuel.
At 810mm, the seat is 5mm lower than the one on the R15. However, the upright riding position means you have to stretch your toes a bit more here.
The entry-level street naked motorcycle features the same engine as the R15 V3.0. The 155cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder motor churns out 19.3PS of power and 14.7Nm of torque, and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch.
Suspension hardware consists of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. However, this setup is on the firmer side, especially at the rear. Large bumps and potholes have the rear monoshock bouncing back quicker, sending a jolt to the rider’s backside.
Stopping power comes from a 282mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear. Single-channel ABS is offered as standard.
The MT-15 gets a shorter trail that makes it steer quicker and respond well to steering inputs in the city. But push it hard on corners and the front feels vague, giving you very little feedback about what is happening underneath.