The Yamaha MT-15 was recently launched in India with some new updates that were picked up from the R15 V4’s parts bin. What are these updates? And how different is the street motorcycle from the previous version? We tell you in this article.
Upside down forks
The most noticeable change to the MT-15 Version 2.0 over the previous iteration is the flashy golden fork bottles and inverted forks beneath. This setup is similar to the R15 V4, even though it would be tuned to suit the MT-15’s character. However, it is a welcome change over the conventional units the motorcycle came with before.
Another update comes in the form of a refreshed colour pallette. While it still comes with paint schemes like the Metallic Black and Ice Fluo Vermillion, these have been revised for a fresher appeal. Additionally, the MT-15 is also offered in the iconic Yamaha Racing Blue paint and Cyan Storm, which is the brightest of the lot. That said, the design of the Version 2.0 has been retained from the previous model and continues with a radical-looking headlamp, muscular fuel tank and a svelte rear section.
The previous generation of the MT-15 sported a box-type swingarm whereas the R15 V3 came with an aluminum unit. Now though, the MT-15 Version 2.0 sports an aluminum swingarm too, just like its fully-faired counterpart. While it is not only premium, the new swingarm is also likely to make the MT-15 a better handler than before.
Lastly, the new MT-15 also gets a revised instrument cluster that has been picked up from the R15 V4. Unlike the rectangular unit on the previous version, the V2’s unit is slightly angular and comes with Bluetooth connectivity and a fresh layout as well.
All of the updates have made the MT-15 slightly more expensive than the previous model. While the current one retails at Rs 1.60 lakh, the previous MT-15 was sold at around Rs 1.47 lakh, ex-showroom.