The motorcycle packs a really mean-looking headlight cowl that doubles up as a hand guard too
Yamaha’s design language has always been quite aggressive. There are complex, angular lines melding into sleek bodywork in many of its motorcycles. Case in point is the new Yamaha MT range. While a lot of us enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for the launch of the MT-15 in India, check out this sweet mod job from Thailand:
They seem to have used a custom cowl above the headlamp whose shape is similar to that of a buffalo's horns. It doubles up as protection for the knuckles too, just like the Yamaha Ray ZR Street Rally edition’s handlebar cowl. Conventional mirrors will come in the way of the feral look, so they’ve opted for bar-end units, which frankly further accentuates the bike’s look! Plus there are body-coloured full-length engine guards with a little bit of carbon fibre garnishing too. The carbon fibre finish is there on the fuel tank too, but we aren’t sure if they’re real or just for aesthetics. Either way, they look cool.
Complementing the front is the sleek rear which reminds us of the old-gen MT-09’s tail section. They’ve essentially eliminated all the ‘unnecessary’ bits like the indicators, fender and licence plate assembly. Other than that the motorcycle appears to be stock. The Thai-spec MT-15 comes with inverted forks up front with gold finish, and an aluminium swingarm whereas the India-bound model makes do with conventional forks and a box-section swingarm. Powering the bike is a R15 v3.0-derived 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with VVA (Variable Valve Actuation). It generates 19.3PS at 10,000rpm and 14.7Nm at 8500rpm, working alongside a 6-speed with assist and slipper clutch.
Yamaha will be launching the MT-15 on March 15, and we believe the motorcycle would be priced around Rs 1.2 lakh (ex-showroom). It doesn’t have any natural rivals in its segment but the KTM 125 Duke comes close enough.
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