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Yamaha MT 15 versus TVS Apache RTR 160

  • Posted by Salman On 01-Sep-2021 11:29 AM

MT 15 vs. Apache RTR 160 Comparison

Biking has become more exciting, with motorcycles becoming lighter and coming with advanced features. The Yamaha MT 15 is renowned for agile handling, a wide handlebar, and weighs around 138 Kgs. The TVS Apache RTS is an equal performer with excellent features, and racer bike looks. It is also a comfortably lightweight bike at 139 Kgs.


The Design

The Yamaha MT 15 lives up to its reputation for being aggressive in its looks while dishing out the right quantity of excitement when riding. It is an excellent bike for riding solo, but pillion riders will enjoy the ride as well because of its uni-level seat that allows easy leg-reach for the pillion rider. Besides, it has an easy-to-hold grab bar for a comfortable grip. The LED headlights and raised tail-lights draw everyone’s attention towards its sleek looks.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 has an equally aggressive presence on the road, with its beast-inspired headlamps giving it an intimidating presence. The race-inspired digital analogue display provides all the info your need. The raised LED taillamp adds to the overall imposing personality. The aerodynamic design allows the bike to cut through the air comfortably. Other features include the muscled engine and tail cowl and the tank scoops that accentuate its dominant appearance.


Engine – Power and Handling

The strength of the MT 15 lies in its BS6-compliant Fi 155cc engine that comes with VVA technology to ensure good torque even at low RPM. The bike pairs with a 6-speed transmission system ably supported by ASC to provide low-stress shifting during deceleration. This system allows the bike to cruise along at low RPM, even in the higher gears.

Similarly, the TVS Apache RTR 160 draws its power from a BS6 race-tuned Fi engine that supports Glide-through technology that allows the vehicle to move effortlessly with the slow release of the clutch and no throttle operation. The rider is in full control with an adjustable split clip on the handlebars, adjustable brake pedal, and gear levers.

Safety Features

The Yamaha MT 15 features disc brakes, with the front wheel getting ABS to ensure better braking performance. In addition, the MT 15 has 140mm wide rear tyres to give you a better grip and confidence on the road. Other safety features include high-quality suspensions, shock absorbers, and an in-built side stand engine cut-off switch.

The TVS Apache RTR 160 comes with disc brake and drum brake variants. The disc brake variant features disc brakes on both wheels with ABS on the front wheel brake to produce excellent braking performance without skidding even at high speeds. In addition, the Remora tyres provide an excellent grip to offer superior acceleration and excellent performance.

Colour Variants and Pricing

The Yamaha MT 15 has four colour variants and is available between Rs 144,900 and Rs 147,900, depending on the colour.

In contrast, the TVS Apache RTR 160 comes in six colours and two variants (drum and disc). The Apache RTR 160 drum variant is priced at Rs 106,365, and the disc version comes at Rs 109,365.


The TVS Apache RTR 160 is a powerful bike to drive on city roads and the racetrack. Similarly, the Yamaha MT 15 is also a sturdy bike to have standing on your porch. The choice is entirely yours. On the pricing front, the TVS Apache RTR 160 is considerably cheaper. However, the Yamaha MT 15 comes with better features.