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

Phoenix Coffee Roasts the West

first_imgPhoenix not only roasts its citizens with triple digit temperatures, it roasts fantastic java. In recent years the city has become a place of coffee connoisseurs adding to the West Coast explosion of coffee culture.One thing you should know about coffee houses in Phoenix is that they are never just coffee houses. Some are bars, art galleries, stores and even one shares space as an architecture firm and boutique. The Manual investigated the best of Phoenix Coffee Culture with our six top picks. If you like coffee try one out, if not, each one is unique so you may find something there you didn’t expect.Cartel Coffee Lab “Back to Black”Cartel is probably the crème de le crème of coffee. Not just in Phoenix, but on a national scale. They have built a solid local foundation with five locations and garnered national/ international press through the likes of the BBC and Food and Wine. We caught up with Kris Robison the general manager of all their Arizona locations. He explained Cartel is unique because they roast lighter than any coffee shop — corporate or local. “We roast just pass first crack,” Robinson said. He said “We are focusing on drip coffee. Traditionally the whole coffee craze has been espresso.” Their philosophy is to educate on good tasting black coffee — iced or hot — and it’s working as their locations are keeping very loyal customers.Lola Coffee “The Morning Joe”Located in the Heart of the Roosevelt Historic District. This is the morning neighborhood coffee joint where you grab quick cup of joe on your way to the office. Hollowed out of the former Gold Spot Market building. Its exposed brick interior and use of metal and grainy woods give you a warm urban coffee bar vibe.SongBird Coffee and Tea House “ArtHouse and Co-working Space”A recent addition to Downtown Phoenix this little gem was carved out of the MonOrchid Art Gallery on Roosevelt Row. This space hosts a live work art gallery, live music as well as a co-working space. If you’re in line ask for a high fiver and you get to cut the line. But you have to drink the high fiver. One super cool feature of this place is the bookshelf that runs the entire east wall with variety of novels, magazine and books to choose from.Giant “The Architect”Giant looks like something from the future dropped in the heart of the city. It’s white exterior and ultramodern garage door spills the café out onto 1st Street alongside the Cancer Survivors Park — just a half block from the Phoenix Public Library. Giant shares their space with an architecture firm and Bunky Boutique. They also use tasty San Franciscan roaster Four Barrel for all their coffee beans.Lux “Place to be seen” Lux is a Phoenix staple that has grown from a small coffee hangout for people on their Macbooks to a mutant version of its self with a newly minted space next to their birthplace. It boasts an open-air European-style kitchen, a one-of-a-kind bar open daily and new hours that beckon 2 a.m. It’s spacious new digs are filled with trendsetters and young professionals begging to be seen. Lux serves a fantastic atmosphere any day but especially for morning brunch and an evening cocktail.Press Coffee “Shop and Recharge”This is perhaps the biggest surprise on the list. We found Press Coffee hiding outside of the Central Phoenix vicinity in North Scottsdale inside the uppity Scottsdale Quarter shopping area. They featured an excellent array of options between pour-overs, ice coffee and espresso. If you’re in the area it’s worth a stop to recharge while dinning out or picking up that summer gear. 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner How to Use a French Press Coffee Makerlast_img read more

Malaysian leader says Chinabacked rail project too costly

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says that a multi-billion-dollar rail link project backed by China would “impoverish” the country, saddling the government with excess debt for the next 30 years.Since winning a historic vote last May, Mahathir’s government has axed or reviewed large-scale infrastructure projects to rein in surging national debt that it blames mostly on corruption in the previous government.But there is confusion over the status of the $20 billion East Coast Rail Link. Mahathir’s comments Tuesday suggested it might be cancelled.Mahathir said the government “just cannot pay” as the project cost could exceed 100 billion ringgit ($24.3 billion). He said paying compensation would cost less.A Chinese government spokesman in Beijing said the project was agreed to “on the basis of mutual respect and equality.”The Associated Press read more