2019 Yamaha MT-15 first experience overview – Overdrive
Yamaha India, of late has been on a revival technique, realising that its core energy lies in performance-oriented merchandise. It is what the viewers identifies Yamaha as, and the recognition in addition to gross sales figures of the YZF-R15 v3 is proof of it. It is not shocking then that Yamaha has launched a brand new avenue bare that is based mostly on the identical platform because the R15. Say whats up to the 2019 Yamaha MT-15.
What can we imply by the identical platform?
Effectively, the MT-15, basically is an R15 sans the fairing, to place it merely. Which suggests the candy Deltabox chassis, 155cc liquid-cooled, 4V single cylinder engine and suspension are the identical on the MT-15 as on the R15. However that is the place the similarities finish.
So, what’s totally different?
The design, to start with, is in step with the opposite MT sequence of bikes, such because the MT-09. So the physique panels are minimal, the tank is small, the tail part is stubby and there’s no bikini fairing across the headlamps. Now, that’s an space that I significantly like because it lends the MT-15 its distinctive identification. The form of the dual LED place lamps provides the face a menacing look and the only, LED projector lamp is positioned beneath it completes the look of an aggressive face. The truth is, your entire design has the simply the correct quantity of aggression for a avenue fighter.
The matte blue paint on our check bike was properly completed and also you definitely get the sensation of a well-built motorbike whenever you observe the panels and the way in which they’re put collectively. That mentioned, the switchgear and bar-end weights may’ve been made utilizing barely higher high quality supplies.
However is it cramped within the saddle?
Effectively, not precisely, although you’ll be forgiven to suppose so. Let’s simply say that room in saddle is nearly sufficient for somebody with a big, well-fed body, like me!
Whenever you get on the seat, you get locked in between the step on it and the tank. There’s barely any room to maneuver about, however in the event you like a focussed/ dedicated driving place, you will not actually thoughts the way in which the MT-15 suits, like a glove. The only piece handlebar will not be set too low and this together with the rear set footpegs, places you in an aggressive driving place that goes with the intent of the motorbike. An ergonomic niggle, although, is that my heel stored fouling with pillion footpeg. Large foot, beware!
Hearth it up!
And you might be greeted by the acquainted exhaust notice of the R15. Yamaha, fortunately, has not meddled with the 155cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve, engine, therefore it produces the identical 19.3PS and 14.7Nm. It is mated to a six-speed transmission with an help and slip clutch. I used to be completely happy to notice that the MT-15 has the identical, rev-happy nature of the R15’s engine and paired with VVA ( variable valve Actuation) comparable tractability.
The important thing change, maintaining in thoughts the MT-15’s street-focussed nature, is the revised closing drive ratio. This was achieved by becoming an even bigger, 52 enamel sprocket on the rear (48T on the R15) which ends up in faster acceleration off the road, albeit on the expense of prime pace.
Out on the BIC, the MT-15 felt punchy from the phrase go, and its mild weight (138kg) helps in that regard. However progress submit 110kmph is gradual, as anticipated. So, within the metropolis, the place there are quick bursts of acceleration between lights, the MT-15 shall be fast and we are going to verify the through the highway check.
Refinement ranges are pretty much as good as any Yamaha, with just a few vibes creeping in by the handlebar, near the redline.
However a motorbike is Yamaha solely when it may possibly deal with, no?
Sure, and MT-15 doesn’t disappoint in that respect. Firstly, it is the elegant Deltabox chassis that gives unadulterated suggestions. Secondly, it is the tinkered steering geometry that lends the MT-15 its sharp dealing with.
Whereas the YZF-R15 v3 itself has sharp steering, Yamaha has additional dropped the path on the MT-15. So, in layman’s phrases, the MT-15 is barely faster to show in, than the already fast turning R15. The impact is, after all compounded by the leverage that the extensive handlebar affords. The sunshine weight additionally makes it flickable which ought to make it a contented device to slice by metropolis site visitors.
Round BIC’s quick and flowing corners, MT-15 remained poised and assured as quickly as you tip within the bike. And although the MT-15 has a daily, box-section swingarm against the aluminium unit on the R15, there is no such thing as a perceptible destructive impact on dealing with.
The tyres, although, had been the one bit that stored me from going all out, particularly the entrance that lacks suggestions. A grippier set can be greater than welcome, Yamaha.
Additionally, the brakes felt wood and lacked preliminary chunk. Now, contemplating how fast this bike is and the efficiency of individuals partaking in site visitors mild GPs, a sharper unit would do wonders in boosting confidence whereas as late and arduous. ABS does assist issues right here however Yamaha is surprisingly solely providing a single channel setup.
So a very good purchase?
Let’s maintain value out of the way in which for a minute and whenever you try this, you realise that the MT-15 is a extremely good motorbike for the city surroundings. It is agile sufficient to experience previous metropolis site visitors and won’t really feel misplaced on a Sunday canyon highway run. The engine is a gem, we all know after our expertise with the R15 long-term bike.
When you think about that the MT-15 doesn’t have a fairing, no aluminum swingarm and solely a single channel ABS, you’d count on the value hole to the YZF-R15 to be vital. Nevertheless it’s not. At Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom), the MT-15 is just Rs 3,000 cheaper than the R15 and that is a priority. The worth hole ought to’ve been greater and the MT-15 ought to have ideally been positioned within the neighborhood of the likes of the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V or Bajaj Pulsar NS200 to make sense.
The one purpose you’d choose the MT-15 over the YZF-R15 is in the event you hate the dedicated driving place of the R15 or simply love bare bikes.
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