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Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept

Yamaha MT-03 review

Steve McDowall rides and reviews the Yamaha MT-03.

Yamaha MT-03 review.

Yamaha very quietly slipped the MT-03 into it’s product range a few months ago, and despite some good marketing at the time, the bike didn’t really catch the attention of many riders.

I had the chance to spend some time with one this week, and I was very quietly impressed.

The MT-03 falls into the same category as the V-Max and MT-01, a range of motorcycles Yamaha refers to as “Torque Sport”.

The range is characterised by strong gutsy engines generating plenty of low down torque and styling that minimises everything but the engine.

As the baby of the range, the MT-03 is powered by a single cylinder, 660cc engine that puts the bike into the Learner Approved category.

It’s actually the same engine that’s used in the XT660 range, a strong well proven power-plant that generates around 34 kW and 56 Nm of torque.

The bike is strong, powerful and easy to ride around town yet very well behaved on tight and twisty country roads.

One of the keys to the bike’s handling characteristics is a forward mass design which places engine and chassis components ahead of the bike’s midway point.

The design also places the rider closer to the handlebars than on conventional big singles, helping to achieve better weight distribution and enhanced handling agility.

The unique design concepts extend right through the bike.

The MT-03’s compact and minimalist frame is manufactured from high tensile steel tubing, and uses the engine as a stressed member.

The rear suspension system is the same as that first seen on the MT-01 concept bike, in which the shock is mounted almost horizontally on the right hand side of the bike and close to the engine.

Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept

This means the MT-03’s chassis can be made much slimmer around the mid-section, and the location of the shock helps to concentrate the machine’s mass around the centre of gravity.

The exhaust system finishes off the design and highlights the bike’s MT heritage.

From the rear the exhaust appears as dual mufflers, but they are in fact connected, and they give the MT-03 a very distinctive rear end.

Although it’s been in production since 2006, Yamaha had chosen not to import the MT-03 until just now.

Pricing has been set at $9,999 which compares favourably with it’s main competition, the  Kawasaki ER-6NL and Suzuki’s Gladius.

In my opinion, the MT-03 won’t appeal to everyone, but if you’re shopping for a bike in the learner approved naked category it’s well worth a good hard look.

Ride smart, and stay safe out there.

Steve McDowall

Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept
Yamaha MT-03 Concept

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