Japan’s Hide Work Custom took on a big challenge in a small package, transforming a stock, small-displacement bike into a bike with a much larger feel. The bespoke MT15 Tracker combined the best of scramblers and trackers to make the MT15 a rugged, aggressive bike.
The MT15 is the smallest member of Yamaha’s “Masters of Torque” family. Essentially a naked version of the R15 V3 sporting the MT-09 looks. HWC took things in a different direction, starting out with a custom trellis subframe that comes complete with custom side-panels and a one-off bottom cover. The seat is done in black leather and sports a custom stitch-job that brings new meaning to the term elaborate. Motogadget pin LED indicators were added to the new framework as well. The tank is the stock MT tank, but it did receive a fresh coat of forest green that was then hand-laid with Von Dutch style pinstriping. HWC removed the stock headlight and put in a low-profile, circular LED headlight. LEDs were also used for the front signals. The bike also features a custom license plate hanger, custom exhaust in the underslung, low-rise tracker bars, dual-sport tires on the wheels, and an SC-Project style can.
Because the MT15 borrows directly from the R15 it comes with a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engine that produces 19.3 horsepower and has a peak torque of 14.7Nm. In other words, this bike is both torquey and quick. The bike also has deep tones to it, so the sounds and performance now match up with the bike’s looks thanks to HWC’s work. Clearly HWC was up to the challenge of making this stock naked bike look more like it deserves the engine that it has. The bespoke MT15 Tracker is definitely more aggressive and mean looking.