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Yamaha MT-03

First Ride: 2006 MT-03

Posted: 31 July

by Rob ‘the nob’ Hoyles

original isn’t easy. in the world of two-wheelers where not are manufacturers tasked with a machine to meet the practical of their target market, also need to satisfy often fickle potential that their bike set them aside as an individual, their personality and, importantly, leave them from ear to ear after every

It’s a difficult task and more so than in the small market where, up until recently, choices were to downright mediocre bikes to a budget that clearly stretch to styling or charisma.

Yamaha’s new 660cc, single-cylinder will hit the UK’s streets next year. And refreshingly, a bike that’s very to pigeonhole.

It’s an ‘urban No, er, hang on. it’s a town Well, actually it’s This futuristic-looking machine the best of both worlds.

more practical and comfortable a Supermoto, as versatile as any town and, on the mountain switchbacks and we encountered on our test route, fun than either.

Things are looking up. adding fun to

The single-cylinder motor that I to cause vibration-induced pins and after more than an in the saddle performs faultlessly only the very lightest of through the footrests at speed.

also very smooth. machines tend to be a little — not so with the MT-03. delivery in virtually any gear that even the most of throttle hands will be punished with the embarrassment of or the indignation of kangaroo-ing down the in the wrong gear.

MT Roads ahead. Freelancer Rob

Yamaha MT-03
Yamaha MT-03

And there’s plenty of torque on tap It’s fairly low geared not only makes for rapid away from the lights, it allows higher gears to be in slower corners, the motor its way out smoothly all the way up to a top speed of just 100mph — impressive for such a simple engine.

And no one-trick pony. The chassis and set-up is near on perfect. The forks feel controlled and the horizontally mounted rear gives a plush ride any wallowing when pushed

It’s nimble in town and …-proof under hard into misjudged corners even running hot into s-bends hard on the brakes to upset the bike’s balance.

No attached. Hoyles could a tea-trolley

It’s a reassuring to ride in every sense of the The low seat makes it less for smaller riders, it forgives the odd it’s comfortable, it’s screwed together and whether crossing the capital or blasting B-roads, it’ll take it all in its

While you can’t please all the all of the time, it seems that new Yamaha should please of the people, most of the time; those living in congested and cities that want that’s as fun and funky as it is functional.

The new will be available in the UK early in the New 2006. The price is expected to be 4800.

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

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