Yamaha MT-15 long term review: After 6,222km and three months
Riding the Yamaha MT-15 made me miss my college days for this is precisely the motorcycle that I would've truly wanted back then. In terms of design, it seems the designers carved the MT-15 out of a solid block using a Samurai Sword. There is not a single ounce of fat on this machine. I believe there is no motorcycle in India that looks as appealing as the MT-15 in and around the 150cc class. And it is not just the overall design that struck the right chord but also the instrumentation and the build quality which do feel premium.
In these three months at the OD garage, the MT-15 has seen smooth tarmac during office commutes while also experiencing bad roads on the highways where the solid build quality of plastics on the tank shrouds was highlighted. I also enjoyed taking the MT through the twisties of Lonavala and Aamby Valley right in its comfort zone. The Deltabox frame and short wheelbase, paired with the aggressive position where you're sitting almost on top of the front wheel, makes the MT-15 an engaging 150cc motorcycle.
Adding to that feeling has to be the smooth 155cc engine that has a linear power delivery with smooth response. While it offers the necessary momentum to cut through traffic, the engine also delivers enough punch at higher revs that lets you reach higher speeds with ease. My favourite aspect about the MT-15 has to be the fact that the engine doesn't get thirsty even when you ride it in a spirited manner.
Acquired December 2019
Last reported at 4,895km
Total mileage 6,222km
Fuel 36.86 litres