Yamaha YZF R15 V3 vs MT-15: Real-world Performance Comparison
These two bikes are based on the same platform. But how different are they in the real world?
The new YZF R15 V3 has proved to be an instant hit in the entry-level performance segment in India thanks to its potent motor and handling dynamics. More importantly, it offers a ton of features for its price. Yamaha then decided to make the most of this setup by introducing the MT-15 based on the same motor and underpinnings. Though both bikes are pretty much the same underneath, they have different stories to tell in the real world.
A full fairing and a smaller rear sprocket help the R15 V3 get off the line quicker compared to its naked sibling. The MT-15 loses out on performance tanks to the drag created due to the lack of a windscreen.
Granted, the R15 is quicker off the line. However, it's the MT-15 that has the upper hand in terms of roll-ons. That could be due to the MT-15’s larger rear sprocket which allows for more torque to be driven through the rear wheel. Pair this with a lower kerb weight of 138kg, and you have a bike that’s more tractable.
The R15 V3 we tested came without dual-channel ABS. With the absence of ABS intrusion, we were able to stop the bike harder and faster. However, we would like to point out that the current dual-channel ABS model would have been much safer at braking. Plus, it wouldn’t hamper the braking distance by much, if any. On the contrary, the single-channel ABS setup on the MT-15 locks the rear wheel, thereby hampering braking distance.
The MT-15’s larger rear sprocket means it doesn’t need to be revved hard to get the most out of the motor within city limits. In fact, it’s in a better position to extract more power from the engine during quick overtakes. Hence, it’s more fuel-efficient. That said, the MT-15 loses out on top-end performance due to the very same reason. The result of this is that the R15 V3 gets the better of the MT-15 out on the highway.