Af­ter a brief ses­sion at the BIC, it’s time to put Yamaha’s baby MT to the real world test


How’s it in the real world?

WITH THE FZ 16, YAMAHA KICKED off the pre­mium 150cc seg­ment in the coun­try, gar­ner­ing great re­sponse from the classes as well as the masses. The FZ-25 fol­lowed it up and it turned out to be a great com­muter owing to its torquey engine. If you were look­ing for an out and out per­for­mance-ori­ented Yamaha, the R15 was your only bet, other than the pricey R3 , of course. Well, un­til the MT-15 ar­rived.

A few months ago, Aatish rode the bike at the Buddh In­ter­na­tional Circuit and was all praises about its agility and that liq­uid-cooled mo­tor. But the ideal en­vi­ron­ment to test the MT-15 would be the ur­ban jun­gle. And that’s ex­actly what we did this time around. Of course, never dis­count that trip to Lavasa, our favourite wind­ing road.

The bike is a hoot to ride in the city. There’s no lack of power all the way up to the 12k mark thanks to the vari­able valve ac­tu­a­tion that en­sures lin­ear power de­liv­ery through the rev range. This makes the engine friendly in the city and put­ter­ing around as low as 30kmph in the sixth cog is easy for the MT. The flat han­dle­bar, tall seat and slightly rear-set pegs make for a com­mand­ing rid­ing pos­ture. Add the sin­is­ter styling to the equa­tion and you’ll have a hard time nit­pick­ing.

Though the bike has the same rake an­gle as the faired sib­ling, it has a shorter trail, which makes it su­per ag­ile. Just point and the bike bolts in that di­rec­tion. At 138kg, it is very easy to flick around and make your way through the city traf­fic. Add the zeal­ous mo­tor to the equa­tion and some­thing as mo­not­o­nous as commuting is so much fun with the MT-15. The brakes of­fer great feed­back and pro­vide am­ple stop­ping power.

Take the bike to your favourite ghats and you’ll be a tad dis­ap­pointed. The short 1335mm wheel­base, which gives you an edge while cut­ting through the city traf­fic, is trou­ble­some when you go around corners. There is min­i­mal feed­back from the front and the high-pro­file MRF tyre robs you of con­fi­dence when leaned over.

Yamaha has tweaked the sus­pen­sion on the MT-15 for bet­ter ev­ery­day us­abil­ity, how­ever it still feels a bit on the stiffer side. On bro­ken roads, you’ll feel al­most ev­ery rock you ride over. The low sus­pen­sion travel is to be blamed for it as well.

Though the bike seems to be well put to­gether, weirdly, the po­si­tion of the in­di­ca­tor and horn is in­ter­changed which takes time get­ting used to. Then there’s the huge panel gap be­side the rear seat which looks like a hur­ried job.

The Yamaha MT-15 will leave a last­ing im­pres­sion on you. The mo­tor­cy­cle’s sin­is­ter styling, en­thu­si­as­tic engine and ev­ery­day us­abil­ity will urge you to write that cheque. But the MT’s fit and fin­ish and the stiff sus­pen­sion is some­thing you might want to con­sider. The lower-spec com­po­nents in­clud­ing sin­gle-chan­nel ABS, box-type swingarm and poor qual­ity switchgear at `1.36 lakh (ex-show­room, Delhi) make the MT-15 one pricey af­fair. ⌧




Fac­ing page, top to bot­tom: Mid-cor­ner stability is not its forte; the engine will sur­prise you with its prac­ti­cal­ity; head­light looks un­de­ni­ably cool; con­sole is not easy to read on the go

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