Call it the “MT invasion.” After its successful entry of the MT-09 and the MT-07 naked bikes last year, Yamaha levels up the lightweight bike segment in the country with the TFX150. From styling to handling to performance, this newest member of the MT family will surely entice enthusiasts of small but powerful motorcycles. In other countries, this model is known as the MT-15.
According to Yamaha, TFX stands for “the fierce experience.” The new model bears a supermoto stance, and comes equipped with 37mm upside-down forks that translate to excellent riding and stability. It’s worth noting that not even the high-end MT-07 is blessed with this feature; it relies instead on old- school telescopic forks for front damping. What the two bikes do share are similar split-type seats.
The TFX 150 also boasts the same full LCD as the MT-07 at the center of the handlebar. The former’s instrument panel was positioned in an inverted way.
Locally, the 150cc variant has been brought in by distributor Yamaha Motor Philippines instead of the smaller 125cc version— called the MT-125 — now available in Europe and a few other markets. The TFX’s single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHG powerplant generates a maximum of 16hp at 8,500rpm and 14.3Nm at 7,500rpm.
The bike also features the Deltabox frame as the MT-125; this structure is known for its rigidity and strength. Even better, the TFX150 shaves off some weight because it floats on an aluminum swing arm versus the MT- 125’s steel version.
The TFX 150 is now available at Yamaha dealerships for $2,800.