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Here’s How The New MT-15 Fares Against The Baby Duke


While there is a clear displacement difference, how do they compare against each other with respect to features?

Yamaha has finally updated its popular naked motorcycle, the MT-15 in India. The MT-15 Version 2.0 locks horns with the KTM 125 Duke, and before you make any buying decisions, here is how these bikes clash in terms of specifications.

Engine 

Specifications

Yamaha MT-15 V2.0

KTM 125 Duke

Engine

155cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine

124.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine

Power

18.4PS @ 10,000rpm

15PS @ 9,250rpm

Torque

14.1Nm @ 7,500rpm

12Nm @ 8,000rpm

Gearbox

six-speed

six-speed

     

Out of the two, the Yamaha MT-15 V2.0 is clearly the more powerful bike with a bigger displacement engine producing more power. The MT-15 uses the same engine as the Yamaha R15 V4 and gets variable valve actuation (VVA) tech that offers a good power and torque throughout the rev range. Even in terms of power to weight ratio, the MT-15 wins the cake with a kerb weight of just 139kg, which should make it more agile and manoeuvrable as compared to the 125 Duke with a kerb weight of  159kg.

Underpinnings 

Specifications

Yamaha MT-15 V2.0

KTM 125 Duke

Frame

Deltabox

Trellis

Front suspension

USD fork

WP USD fork

Rear suspension

Linked monoshock

WP monoshock

Front brake

282mm Disc with single-channel ABS

300mm Disc with radial calliper and ABS

Rear brake

220mm disc

230mm disc

Front tyre

100/80 - 17

110/70-17

Rear tyre

140/70R-17

150/60-17

Just like the KTM 125 Duke, the 2022 MT-15 gets a USD fork up front, unlike its predecessor, which should improve the riding dynamics of the bike. The baby Duke gets radially mounted callipers, which theoretically will offer a better braking performance. With thicker rear tyres, the Duke should also be able to offer better cornering confidence. Both bikes are equipped with a single-channel ABS.

Dimensions 

Specifications

Yamaha MT-15 V2.0

KTM 125 Duke

Wheelbase

1325mm

NA

Ground clearance

170mm

155mm

Fuel tank capacity

10-litres

11-litres

Seat height

810mm

822mm

Kerb weight

139kg

159kg

The Yamaha MT-15 Version 2.0 gets a shorter seat height as compared to the baby Duke. That, coupled with the light kerb weight should make the bike more convenient and accessible to shorter riders. The MT-15 also gets a really generous ground clearance which is an added advantage on Indian roads. 

In terms of features, both bikes get a digital instrument cluster displaying different kinds of information. The MT-15 Version 2.0, however, features a Bluetooth-enabled cluster and shows call, e-mail and SMS alerts and maintenance reminders, something that the 125 Duke misses out on.

Price & Verdict

Yamaha MT-15 V2.0

KTM 125 Duke

Rs 1,59,900

Rs 1,70,630

(all prices ex-showroom Delhi)

With a more affordable price tag, better power figures and slightly more features, the Yamaha MT-15 V2.0 makes for a more attractive package as compared to its Austrian rival. However, additions such as a turn-by-turn navigation, dual-channel ABS and a quickshifter would have made the MT-15 V2.0 a much more wholesome package.

 

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