Yamaha MT-15: First ride review

first_img Abhik Das New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 19:11 IST Yamaha MT-15 was launched in India on March 15, 2019, at a starting price of Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).HIGHLIGHTSYamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range.The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance.The Yamaha YZF-R15 brought about a marked shift in the 150cc segment back in 2008 yet for long, many enthusiasts have also been asking for a naked version of the motorcycle. Well, let’s be honest, the FZ despite its positives simply didn’t match up to the R15’s performance. 2019 finally sees Yamaha launch the MT-15 and we sampled it at the Buddh International Circuit. Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that.The Yamaha MT-15 in essence, is the R15 stripped off its fairing but the styling cues go deeper than that. The seat for instance, is a single piece unit that doesn’t bear any resemblance to the R15’s. The tail end of the design is more in line with the MT 09 and MT 07. The fuel tank too isn’t a direct lift off the R15 and of course, the headlamp inspired by the Samurai, definitely bears semblance to the bigger MTs. Yamaha MT-15 gets a 155cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine that is a free-revving and effortless performer.Styling though is far easier to change than the engine and its sub-components. Yamaha MT-15’s powerplant is the same 155cc, 19.3bhp unit as in the R15 v3 but has been tuned to dish out power lower in the rev-range. This becomes possible with revised ECU mapping and ignition timing. Samurai inspired DRLs and exposed projector underneath complements the aggressive overall design.The final drive ratio has also been altered with a 52 teeth rear sprocket compared to the 48 of the R15 for better acceleration and mid-range grunt. Yamaha didn’t stop at that and decided that the already sharp steering geometry of the Yamaha R15 had to be sharper still for the streetsadvertisement Box section swingarm replaces the aluminium unit on the R15 along with a larger rear sprocket.More stability has been afforded thanks to the 10mm increase in wheelbase and a box section swingarm too. The famed Deltabox frame remains as do most of the cycle parts from the v3 R15. LCD display, borrowed from Yamaha R15, has similar levels of information display besides looking great.All this means that Yamaha MT15 is just as able in its handling and a few laps around the north section of the BIC proved that. The BIC being a Formula 1 track is obviously very fast for a 155cc motorcycle, so much so that we never hit the sixth cog. Nevertheless, using the engine’s top-end power in fourth and fifth displayed the changes brought about by the modifications. The revs rise strong from the get go and the MT accelerates a little harder than the R15 but the power tapers off sooner, nearing 9,000rpm and higher. This is where the R15 still feels stronger while the MT feels a little lack lustre despite the variable valve actuation. The MT’s intentions are clear in this respect. While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets.While the R15 feels at home on a track, the MT will suit the streets, where its sharper dynamics will shine through aided by quick bursts of acceleration that it’s more adept at than its sibling. Turn in is quick, sharp and surefooted while the MRFs offer a good amount of grip. The smooth surface of the BIC doesn’t say much about the suspension when considering road use but on track, the firmness and supple damping was perfectly suited for sport riding. Single seat on Yamaha MT-15 seems spacious but doesn’t allow for much movement.The ergonomics is another stand out difference. The MT has its rider sitting upright with just a hint of forward lean while the rearset footpegs are spot on making for a sporty riding stance. Although, the rider’s triangle doesn’t allow for much movement in the saddle.VerdictThe MT-15 makes its street focused dynamics clear but a true picture of the MT-15’s capabilities shall be revealed when we ride it on public roads. Meanwhile, the question to be answered is the number of people willing to put their money on the MT and its popularity against the FZ16 and the FZ25. The steep pricing might be its only shortcoming as Rs 3,000 separates it on either side of the FZ25 and R15. A fully-faired motorcycle is still a clear choice for many while a bigger engine is always more enticing.ALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200: First ride reviewALSO READ | Hero XPulse 200T: First ride reviewALSO READ | Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture NoireadvertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Yamaha MT15Follow MT-15Follow Yamaha R15Follow Yamaha MT-15 launchFollow MT15 first drive Next Yamaha MT-15: First ride reviewYamaha MT-15 brings the dark side of Japan to India with the revered R15 hiding underneath. So Yamaha’s newest streetfighter promises a lot more for the streets than its track-focused sibling.advertisementlast_img read more

Netflix CraveTV Amazon and Canadas changing streaming habits

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elise Amendola TORONTO – Viewers who hoped that 2016 would mark an explosion in new streaming video competition in Canada were left disappointed, and some industry observers say next year probably won’t signal any big changes either.The much-anticipated launch of Amazon Prime Video finally came last week but didn’t live up to most expectations. Consumers got access to the marquee series “Transparent” (but only the first two seasons) and the new auto show “The Grand Tour,” but the slim roster was otherwise padded with mostly low-profile shows and second-run movies.Last month, Shomi closed shop. And earlier in the year, Netflix built a wall to block cross-border viewing.As the year went on, it became increasingly clear the streaming revolution stateside wouldn’t be televised in Canada.“We’re not there yet,” deadpans Brahm Eiley, president of Convergence Research Group, when asked if Canadians can ever expect to browse a menu of streaming options that mirrors the U.S.“It might take up to five years before we see that kind of stuff.”Consider that U.S. mainstays like HBO Go, Hulu and Sling TV — which together form a package that’s a lot like cable TV, but cheaper — are growing in popularity.American broadcast network CBS and cable channel Starz also have their own streaming platforms.Eiley, whose Victoria-based communications and entertainment consulting firm examines the fine details of the streaming world, says he’s surprised by how quickly U.S. companies adopted streaming as the future, this year in particular.In 2016, several U.S. media giants set aside their loyalties to traditional viewing methods and invested in streaming alternatives.Satellite providers Dish Network and DirecTV both established Internet platforms that practically mirror their programming but at a lower cost.Then there’s Canada, where most top-tier cable content can only be accessed — legally — the old-fashioned way.New HBO series and films are locked up until 2018 by Bell Media, which has refused to launch a standalone streaming subscription platform that would offer Canadians current hits like “Girls” and “Westworld” without paying for cable.Hulu has shown no signs of moving to Canada and its original series are mostly left unaired here.And award-winning shows like FX’s “The Americans” and “Mr. Robot” became unavailable to stream in Canada with the closure of Shomi.That’s left Netflix and CraveTV — also owned by Bell Media — as kings in an otherwise mostly barren Canadian landscape.Amazon Prime Video did tiptoe into the country last week but with major holes in its lineup. Not only was “Transparent” missing the newest third season, but other heavy-hitters like Woody Allen’s “Crisis in Six Scenes” were absent all together.While Amazon is likely to bulk up its selection in the coming months, the current lack of overall streaming options is pushing some Canadians to consider Android TV boxes.The inexpensive devices stream an endless array of TV shows, movies and sporting events for free, mostly from pirated sources. Aside from the box itself, using the technology costs nothing.Last summer, Bell, Rogers and Quebec’s Videotron launched a Federal Court case aimed at halting certain retailers from selling those Android boxes that make illegitimate streaming easy.Eiley says the trend is emblematic of the pent-up demand for cable alternatives. He expects those pressures will only intensify next year as more people get accustomed to streaming their entertainment.A study by digital consultancy firm Solutions Research Group found that ownership of streaming boxes — Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku or the Android device — has more than doubled over the past three years. About 30 per cent of Canadians, or 3.4 million households, had a streaming device in 2016 not including their laptop or smartphone.The survey of 1,005 respondents also found that 20 per cent of households that paid for cable or satellite TV downgraded their packages over the 12-month period that ended last summer. It said that represents about two million Canadian households.While the introduction of “skinny basic” cable packages can account for a portion of the reduction, the shift suggests more viewers are looking elsewhere for their entertainment, says Kaan Yigit, president of Solutions Research Group.He says it remains be seen how many streaming services can thrive in Canada, and 2017 is unlikely to provide certainty.“It’ll be an evolution year,” he says.“I don’t think there’s going to be an appetite for seven different video subscriptions (in a household).”But the lack of strong competition in the current market could be an opportunity for more upstart streaming companies that aren’t aspiring to be one of the big players.Shudder was among the smaller streaming entrants in Canada in 2016, offering horror fans a curated collection of slasher flicks.Eiley expects more niche streamers will enter the Canadian marketplace in 2017 as they look to capitalize on the gaps in Netflix’s catalogue.Dozens of streaming companies have already launched in the U.S. by playing the same role as specialty TV channels — catering to a segment of viewers interested in TV shows and movies that aren’t the biggest new hits.Brown Sugar is in the wheelhouse of fans of 1970s black cinema, while the Turner Classic Movies platform Filmstruck caters to cinephiles who favour the golden age of Hollywood.Both aren’t available in Canada yet, but Eiley expects they could be soon.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2016 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Netflix, CraveTV, Amazon and Canada’s changing streaming habits read more