If you’re planning to embrace the ‘Dark Side of Japan’, you might also want to consider these VFM alternatives to the Yamaha MT-15.
Today, the MT-15 was launched in India and is priced at Rs. 1.36 lakhs (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The MT-15 is placed at the start of the MT line-up and is designed from the looks of its elder siblings. Yamaha has got the Dark Side of Japan to India and is powered by a 155cc, single-cylinder engine as on the Yamaha R15 V3.0. The engine on the MT-15 produces 19.3 PS at 10,000 RPM and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8500 RPM. The R15 V3.0 sourced engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper clutch and has single-channel ABS as standard. The bike also gets a mean looking headlamp setup, with main projector headlamp and two LED DRLs placed above it. It features telescopic front forks, LED taillights, all-digital instrument cluster and alloy wheels.
Though, if you want to consider your options on buying the Rs. 1.36 lakhs priced MT-15, you can get TVS Apache RTR 200 4V, Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, Yamaha FZ25 and for a slight premium, you can opt for the Yamaha R15 V3.0.
TVS Apache RTR 200 4V
The TVS Apache RTR 200 4V comes with multiple offerings, the standard variant comes at Rs. 1.15 lakhs, the fuel injection variant comes at Rs. 1.29 lakhs, and the ABS-equipped variant is priced at Rs. 1.31 lakhs. The bike is powered by a 197.75cc, air-cooled engine which produces 20.07 BHP and 18.1 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed gearbox with A-RT slipper clutch. The bike has a top speed of 127 km/hr. The fuel capacity of the bike is of 12 litres and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 41 km/l. The bike also comes with dual-channel ABS and RLP (Rear wheel Lift-off Protection) control.
Bajaj Pulsar NS 200
The Pulsar NS 200 is a naked motorcycle offered by the Indian automaker priced at Rs. 1.07 lakhs. The bike comes powered by a 199.5cc, liquid-cooled engine, that produces 23.5 BHP and 18.3 Nm of torque. The bike gets a single-channel ABS that works on the front wheel. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox and has a top speed of 136 km/hr. The fuel efficiency of the bike is 35 km/l, with a fuel tank capacity of 12 litres.
Yamaha recently launched the new FZ25 ABS in India with a price tag of Rs. 1.33 lakhs. It is powered by a 249cc, fuel injected, oil cooled engine, that is good for 20.6 BHP and 20 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox and a dual-channel ABS configuration. The FZ25 gets a 14-litre fuel tank with a claimed mileage of 43 km/l. It also gets all-LED headlamps and a digital instrument cluster. The bike has a top speed of 134 km/hr.
Yamaha R15 V3.0
The R15 V3 comes powered by a 155cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected motor that produces 19 BHP and 15 Nm of torque. The engine gets a VVA (Variable Valves Actuation) technology and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch. It has a fuel tank capacity of 11 litres and a claimed mileage of 30 km/l. It has a top speed of 132 km/hr and is priced at Rs. 1.39 lakhs, which is slightly more than the new MT-15. It also gets all-LED headlamps and a digital instrument cluster.
Yamaha MT-15 Alternatives
– The MT-15 is powered by the same engine as on the R15 V3.0
– It faces stiff competition from Apache RTR 200 4V, Pulsar NS 200, FZ25 and R15 V3.0
– Dark Matt Blue and Metallic Black are the two colour shades on offer of the MT-15