The Yamaha MT-15 V2 is expected to feature a reverse-down front fork, an updated instrument cluster, a dual-channel ABS system, and improved graphics.
Yamaha Motor India Limited will launch the updated MT-15 in the domestic market today and judging by the brand name that it is commonly known, it could be called MT-15 V2 / V2.0. Last year, the Japanese two-wheeler Major launched the heavily updated R15 V4, incorporating new features such as the upside-down front fork, traction control and quickshifter.
Other highlights are a modified digital instrument console with Bluetooth connection and a completely new design based on the R7 sold worldwide. The Fired Supersport has been well-received by buyers, and since its arrival, there has been speculation surrounding an updated MT-15. However, Naked Streetfighter probably won’t get the big change.
For example, the 2022 Yamaha MT-15 is expected to receive only minor visual updates with the new color scheme when there is a high probability of a Monster Energy MotoGP version. In addition to the graphical update, the upcoming motorcycle will be offered in white, gray, metallic black and Racing Blue color schemes but no major mechanical update is possible except for the USD fork.
Existing telescopic front forks will be ditched in favor of an upside-down front fork unit, and the rear will continue to be monotonous. Not to be outdone, the updated version probably won’t be equipped with fancy bits like Traction Control and QuickShifter. Its price will increase by almost Rs. 10,000 more than the outgoing model.
When the new USD front fork is included, the MT-15’s handling is expected to be better but a cast aluminum swingarm will continue to be missed. For performance, the same 155 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled SOHC engine will continue to produce a maximum power output of 18.5 PS at 10,000 rpm and 13.9 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm.
The powertrain will be combined with a six-speed transmission with a slipper and will support the clutch as standard. Another key addition would be the dual-channel ABS system, a necessary inclusion for better stopping performance. The instrument cluster will probably be borrowed from his Supersport siblings.
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