The global pandemic has caused economic loss for almost all of the Auto industry. However, to cover some of the loss caused due to the pandemic manufacturers are increasing the price of the bikes. Yamaha MT-15 has also gone through the price hike. However, we have to say that compared to other manufacturers, Yamaha certainly has hiked with a very less amount.
The price hike of the Yamaha MT-15 is specifically limited to the one colour which is Ice Fluo Vermillion. The colour was added recently with the BS6 update. Previously, the colour was Rs 500 expensive than the other two colours. However, it has undergone a price hike of Rs 500 hike. The colour now costs Rs 1,39,900 (ex-showroom) and is now Rs 1000 expensive than the other two.
The Ice Fluo Vermillion colour takes inspiration from the Japanese warrior or samurai. It comes with red alloy wheels and blacked-out elements so that it resembles the dressing style of the samurai. Nevertheless, the other two colours include the Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue.
The BS6 Yamaha MT-15 comes with a 155 cc single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine. It produces about 17.9 bhp max power and 13.9 Nm of peak torque. It comes paired with a six-speed gearbox. The engine also comes with Yamaha’s VVA technology (call it as a Vtec of bikes). The engine is then assisted by the slipper clutch to reduce the wear and tear of transmission.
The BS6 Yamaha MT-15 comes with 282 mm disc at the front and 220 mm disc at the rear. These brakes are then assisted by the single-channel ABS. The suspension duty is done by the conventional telescopic suspension at the front and mono-shock at the rear.
The BS6 Yamaha MT-15 features a fully digital negative display instrument cluster. The headlamp and taillamp unit is a LED unit. It now also comes with a built-in side stand engine inhibitor as a standard. Also, the pillion grab handle is integrated into the rear panel to have a cleaner design.
The bike comes with an aggressive and also same time a comfortable riding posture which well suits the tag of a streetfighter. The rear tyre is a 140 section tyre which enhances the looks of the bike. Nevertheless, the bike looks absolute street machine with smaller wheelbase and dimensions. The smaller dimensions also help the bike to achieve a nimble and predictive ride quality.
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The Yamaha MT-15 price is a little bit on the expensive side of the segment but offers good power output and features so it judges its pricing. It competes against Bajaj Pulsar NS160, TVS Apache RTR 160 4V, upcoming Hero Xtreme 160R, and also the KTM 125 Duke.