Yamaha MT 15 has already created a lot of buzz around youths. But is it worthy of it? Already market leading bikes are outdated in comparison to it, or this bike is creating the buzz around industry just because, it is recently launched?

We will try to find the answer only by having a detailed comparison of this bike with others in the same segment. In the last article, we compare this newly introduced Yamaha MT 15  with legendary Yamaha R15. Now we will take this series further and will compare it with Honda Hornet 160r. This 160 cc motorcycle is also have marked an impressive figure of sales in the Indian motorcycle market and still attracting a lot of potential buyers.

Honda Hornet vs. Yamaha MT 15 is exciting and essential because they are from the same segment and engine capacity is approx. equal of both the bikes. Both are the street winner and seems agile enough to provide the fun ride to bikers.

We will compare the higher end of both the bikes Yamaha MT 15 and Honda Hornet 160r, so we will have the best possible idea after comparison. So, let’s start the comparison of Yamaha MT 15 with Honda Hornet 160r in terms of Engine specifications.


Yamaha MT 15 vs Honda Hornet 160r Engine Comparison

Price: INR 1,36,000 (Ex-Showroom, Bangalore)

Top Speed: 130 Kmph

Mileage: 35-40 kmpl

Engine Description4-stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve
Fuel SystemFuel Injection
Displacement155 cc
Maximum Power19.30 HP @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque14.7 Nm @ 8,500 rpm
No. of Cylinder1
Compression Ratio11.6:1
Bore58.0 mm
Stroke58.7 mm
No. of Gears6
ClutchWet multi-plate type

Price: INR 93,000 (Ex-Showroom, Bangalore)

Top Speed: 130 Kmph

Mileage: 40-46 kmpl

Engine DescriptionAir Cooled, 4 Stroke, SI Engine
Fuel SystemFuel Injection
Displacement162.71 cc
Maximum Power14.90 HP @ 8500 rpm
Maximum Torque14.50 NM @ 6500 rpm
No. of Cylinder1
LubricationWet Sump
Compression Ratio10:01
Bore57.3 mm
Stroke63.09 mm
No. of Gears5
ClutchWet Multi-plate

Yamaha MT 15 vs Honda Hornet 160r Dimension

Overall Length2020 mm
Overall Width800 mm
Overall Height1070 mm
Seat Height810 mm
Ground Clearance155 mm
Wheelbase1335 mm
Kerb/wet Weight138 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity10 litres
Oil Tank Capacity0.95 litres
Overall Length2041 mm
Overall Width783 mm
Overall Height1091 mm
Seat Height790 mm
Ground Clearance164 mm
Wheelbase1346 mm
Kerb/wet Weight141 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity12 litres
Oil Tank Capacity0.9 litres

Comparison of Yamaha MT 15 with Honda Hornet 160r on Brakes, Suspension & Tyre

Front Brake282mm Single Disc
Rear Brake220mm Single Disc
Front SuspensionTelescopic Forks
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre100/80-17 M/C 54S
Rear Tyre140/70-17 M/C 66S
Front Wheel17-inch
Rear Wheel17-inch
Wheel TypeAlloy Wheels
Tubeless TyreYes
Front Brake276mm Disc with a triple-pot Nissin caliper
Rear Brake220mm Disc with a single-pot Nissin caliper
Front SuspensionTelescopic
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Tyre100/80-17 (MRF Zapper FYM)
Rear Tyre140/70-17 (MRF Zapper FYM)
Front Wheel17-inch
Rear Wheel17-inch
Wheel TypeAlloy Wheels
Tubeless TyreYes

Yamaha MT 15 and Honda Hornet 160r comparison conclusion

Engine displacement is higher than MT15 for Hornet 160r but a powerhouse it not producing enough power to match the MT max. power figures of 19.30 bhp. We’ll have seen some advancement in Yamaha MT 15, and it was expected, because in this crowded competition if you have to survive, then you need to offer some unique power packed bike. 

In dimension comparison of MT 15 vs. Hornet 160, we can see that here again Yamaha MT 15 is more agile then Honda hornet 160r and it is following the same tradition of previously launched Yamaha bikes. Whether they launch full-faired sports bike or they love to offer the naked street winner agile bikes, focusing on the college students.

Brakes and tyres have nothing special to discuss, both of them are offering approx. same quality material and specification. The first thing you’ve notices is the price in this comparison of Yamaha MT 15 and Honda Hornet 160.

Now the question is, “Is it worth to spend INR 40,000 extra for just 4.4 more bhp and no extra offering?”

It could be if you want a newly launched bike of you are a Yamaha fanboy. But what if you’re practical and use the bike for daily city commuting?

No doubt Yamaha MT 15 is offering more power, and we can consider its look also as a level up in comparison of Hornet 160, but on the price factor it is on bit higher side, now we have to wait to see the real enthusiasm for this bike and sales figure.

Stay tuned with us to have more comparison of Yamaha MT 15 with other segment leaders or top selling bikes.