Before welcoming the BS-VI version of the Yamaha MT 15, we decided to ride the outgoing version as a last hurrah. And here’s what we think about it.
Yamaha MT 15. (Image courtesy: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)
A petrolhead’s definition of a perfect performance motorcycle is quite clear. Looks, agility and the ability to smoke a motorcycle a segment above. In 2008, Yamaha’s decision to bring the R15 to India stirred up a storm in the 150-cc segment. With outright impressive performance and a premium price over the others, the bike carved out a niche for itself.
As the sales charts spoke for itself, Yamaha decided to carefully preserve the formula and better it on subsequent levels in the following generations. But the R15 and its charm have been a well-established fact and that’s not why we are here. Because what we have here today is its streetfighter twin, the MT 15.