Yamaha MT-03 Could Be Released As Early As This Year

Two bits of news have surfaced in the last few days regarding the upcoming Yamaha MT-03. The as yet ‘unconfirmed’ naked version of the entry level Yamaha R3 that is all but guaranteed to be released in western markets instead of the MT-25 which is for developing countries. Until now, it had been assumed that the MT-03 would debut sometime late next year, but it could be a lot earlier than that.

Indian magazine Topgear India stated in an article regarding the Indian release of the R3 that the MT-03 (which they refer to as the MT-320) will be released in March of next year. Given that western markets almost always get new releases before India (the exception being smaller KTM bikes like the 390 Duke which are made in India), this would likely mean a release of late this year or very early next year in North America, Europe and Australia. It almost guarantees that the MT-03 will be officially unveiled later this year at EICMA, the worlds biggest annual motorcycle trade show.

The other bit of news is that the first official renders of the MT-03 have been discovered from trade mark and design applications filed with the European Union. Obviously, the MT-03 looks virtually identical to the already released MT-25 with the exception being the inclusion of ABS on these renderings.


Final Production Version of Yamaha MT-25 Revealed

Indonesian site TMCBlog has gotten the big scoops all along on the Yamaha MT-25 and today got to not only see it in full for the first time but to go for a ride it as well. The MT-25 will start hitting dealerships in South East Asia over the next few months and will hopefully transform into the MT-03 (or FZ-03, depending on where you live) and live alongside the faired Yamaha R3 sportsbike sometime late next year.

Final Production Version of Yamaha MT-25 Revealed

The pictures of the MT-25 are basically what will become the MT-03 in western markets, save of course for the larger engine and the deletion of the number plate holder on the front screen. You can also clearly see the similarities between the little naked bike and the new Yamaha R3, such as the dash, exhaust and rear fender. Major changes are the usage of handlebars instead of clipons and from our eye, slightly changed positioning of the rider footpegs.

Given the early success (and high praise from most) of the new Yamaha R3, it will be great to see another addition to the entry level market, this time as a naked to compete with the likes of the Z300, Benelli BN 302 and 390 Duke. To see the full gallery, head on over to TMCBlog.

Photos and Videos of New Yamaha MT-25

Indonesian website TMCblog has gotten hold of both the first clear photo and even a video of the final production version of the Yamaha MT-25. The MT-25 is effectively the naked version of the Yamaha R25 available in South-East Asia which was increased in displacement to 321cc and called the R3 for the west.

Mechanically, the MT-25 carries over the suspension, exhaust and frame and of course the engine of the R25. Riding position looks to be more upright and the clip-ons have been replaced with a handlebar. Visually, it has clearly taken inspiration from the MT-09 and MT-07 (known as the FZ-09 and FZ-07 in the USA) naked bikes which have proved to be a huge success for Yamaha.

The bike will be launched in Indonesia and Malaysia later this year. There’s no official word from Yamaha yet as to the timing or release of the bike (which we’d expect to receive the displacement bump as the R3 did) but from what we’ve heard, Yamaha intends to bring it to western markets by late late next year.