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2019 Yamaha MT-15 vs rivals: Value, specs comparability

15th Mar 2019 12:28 pm

How does the brand new Yamaha MT-15 stack up in opposition to different sport-naked bikes in its section? We examine their specs to search out out.

Yamaha has simply launched the MT-15 at Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Basically a unadorned model of the R15, the MT-15 is Yamaha’s most performance-oriented sub-200cc bare providing in India, but. The MT-15 pricing leads to it sitting near different larger capability street-nakeds just like the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V and the Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Each these bikes could be from a section above, however their aggressive pricing and compelling all-round efficiency will show to be a problem for the MT-15 to beat. We’ve additionally added the lately launched KTM Duke 125 to the combo. Regardless of producing decrease output figures on this firm, the 125 Duke suits proper into this comparability with its pricing.

PriceYamaha MT-15TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABSBajaj Pulsar 200NSKTM 125 DukePrice (ex-showroom Delhi)Rs 1.36 lakhRs 1.11 lakhRs 1.12 lakhRs 1.18 lakh


On the coronary heart of the MT-15 is similar 155cc motor that’s additionally seen on the R15, nonetheless, Yamaha has stated that it has remapped the ECU to higher swimsuit its intent. This single-cylinder engine could not produce the best numbers right here and, with this being a spec comparability, it means the MT-15 doesn’t come out on prime if you have a look at the numbers. Nevertheless, a particular upper-hand that this engine does have is the usage of what Yamaha calls VVA or Variable Valve Actuation. To elaborate, the VVA system basically employs a solenoid coil-based valve operation mechanism that utilises low-cam and high-cam consumption rocker arms in the direction of both finish of the rev band. This can be a massive a part of the rationale that output figures of this motor are within the ballpark of these produced by some bikes within the 200cc class, two of which we’re utilizing on this comparability – the Apache RTR 200 4V and the Pulsar NS200.

Owing to its bigger displacement, the 197.7cc motor on the Apache RTR 200 4V has barely larger output figures – 20.5hp and 18.1Nm of torque. In the meantime, the Pulsar 200NS is essentially the most highly effective bike right here, with the 199.5cc engine making 23.5hp and 18.3Nm of torque, an entire 9hp greater than the infant Duke that produces a commendable 14.5hp and 12Nm of torque.

On the transmission entrance, whereas the powerplant on the KTM, Bajaj and Yamaha are mated to a 6-speed gearbox, transmission is taken care of by a 5-speed unit on the TVS. Apparently, the RTR 200 4V and the MT-15 include a slip-and-assist clutch. What this leads to is a clutch lever that’s a lot lighter in operation and a rear wheel that doesn’t lock or hop round as a lot underneath onerous downshifting. A nifty function if you happen to had been to ever take one among these bikes to the racetrack! Though the gearbox is just like the one on the R15, Yamaha has modified the ultimate gear ratio on the MT-15.

PowertrainYamaha MT-15TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABSBajaj Pulsar 200NSKTM 125 DukeEngine155cc, single-cylinder197.75cc, single-cylinder199.5cc, single-cylinder124.7cc, single-cylinderPower19.3hp at 10,000rpm20.5hp at eight,500rpm23.5hp at 9,500rpm14.5hp at 9,250rpmTorque14.7Nm at eight,500rpm18.1Nm at 7,000rpm18.3Nm at eight,000rpm12Nm at eight,000rpmTransmission6-speed5-speed6-speed6-speedPower-to-weight ratio139.85hp/tonne137.58hp/tonne152.59hp/tonne97.97hp/tonne


Sarcastically, one thing that the MT-15 and 125 Duke have in widespread is that they each misplaced some higher-end hardware (as in comparison with their internationally offered variants) to be priced extra competitively. The KTM 125 Duke offered in India misplaced out on larger spec-suspension and a few options that we’ll check out under. The MT-15, then again, was disadvantaged of a USD fork and a extra advanced swingarm, compared to the Thailand-spec MT-15. The 125cc motor of the India-spec 125 Duke sits on the identical trellis body because the Duke vary that’s at present on sale right here. It’s the one bike on this comparability to function a USD fork, whereas a monoshock unit is widespread to all of the 4. The MT-15, 200NS and RTR 200 are outfitted with a traditional telescopic fork. The entrance fork on the MT-15 has decreased path as in comparison with the R15 The KTM’s chassis setup leads to it being a particularly agile bike, however the MT-15, with Yamaha’s signature ‘Deltabox’ perimeter body, is a neat dealing with bike as nicely. It seems that is one thing Yamaha takes pleasure in, because it invited us to journey the R15 on a racetrack as nicely when it was launched. Exact and speedy in its dealing with, the R15 isn’t any slouch, and we’ll quickly know if the identical may be stated in regards to the MT-15.

In the meantime, a twin-spar body is used on the Pulsar 200NS, which additionally occurs to be the heaviest bike right here at 154kg. That stated, it makes up for the added weight with the additional energy, as may be seen from the power-to-weight ratio. The Apache, then again, will get a singular cut up double-cradle body, with the engine performing as a pressured member.

Stopping energy on the MT-15 comes from a 282mm/220mm (entrance/rear) disc brake combo. The identical setup is seen on the R15 These brakes aren’t one of the best within the enterprise and had been one of many solely complaints we had in regards to the R15. Slowing down the 200NS and 125 Duke are a much bigger 300mm/230mm disc combo, whereas the RTR 200 comes with a 270mm/240mm setup. All 4 bikes include ABS, both as customary or as an optionally available variant. The MT-15 will get a single-channel ABS unit, in contrast to the dual-channel one on the R15 The 125 Duke and 200NS include single-channel ABS as nicely. The RTR 200 4V is offered in fuel-injected and carburetted variants, with solely the latter getting ABS within the type of a dual-channel system. With the April 1 ABS deadline simply weeks away, the fuel-injected variant is prone to get the protection function quickly.

UnderpinningsYamaha MT-15TVS Apache RTR 200 4V ABSBajaj Pulsar 200NSKTM 125 DukeWheelbase-1353mm1363mm1366mmWeight138kg149kg154kg148kgFront brake282mm disc270mm disc300mm disc300mm discRear brake220mm disc240mm disc230mm disc230mm discFront suspensionTelescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkUSD forkRear suspensionMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockFront tyre100/80 – 1790/90 – 17100/80 – 17110/70 – 17Rear tyre140/70 – 17130/70 – 17130/70 – 17150/60 – 17Gas capability10 litres12 litres12 litres10.2 litres


As talked about earlier, the India-spec 125 Duke doesn’t get the identical specs because the internationally offered bike. For starters, it’s designed just like the 200 Duke that’s at present on sale in India. In distinction, the 125 Duke offered overseas is designed just like the current-gen 390 Duke and KTM’s bigger street-naked bikes. Consequently, the 125 Duke loses out on the LED headlight, and a full TFT sprint. Nonetheless, it’s nonetheless a slightly contemporary trying bike and its design has stood the take a look at of time.

The Yamaha MT-15, in the meantime, is impressed by its almost-litre-class larger sibling, the MT-09. Most noticeably, the headlight design is a singular styling aspect. In contrast to on the internationally offered MT-15, the India-spec bike would not function brightly colored wheels.

The Apache RTR 200 4V and Pulsar 200NS have comparatively much less dramatic styling approaches. The 2 bikes even have a extra relaxed using place. Take into account, none of those bikes are monitor instruments that may have you ever bent over reaching for the handlebars, and it is solely over lengthy durations of using that your physique will begin to really feel the results of the ergonomic variations.

Summing it up

All 4 bikes are bare, performance-inclined bikes that might double as every day commuters, with ease. At Rs 1.36 lakh, the MT-15 has its palms full with the competitors. It prices simply Rs 3000 lesser than its absolutely faired counterpart and a good bit greater than the opposite bikes on this comparability. That stated, the MT can also be Yamaha’s strongest entry on this sub-200cc bare section, and would show to be a robust contender if the corporate manages to translate the attribute of the profitable R15 to its bare counterpart. Whereas, the bikes are intently matched on paper, the way in which they stack up in opposition to one another in the actual world might be very totally different. We’re using the brand new Yamaha MT-15 in a number of hours, so keep tuned to search out out what we expect.

All costs ex-showroom Delhi.

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