Joining what is now a smorgasbord of low capacity motorcycles, the Yamaha MT-03 will join the fight and sit alongside the impressive Yamaha R3 as the company’s entry level offerings in western markets. Bearing much of the styling cues of the bigger MT-09 and MT-07, the ‘baby’ MT will no doubt steal plenty of sales away from other rivals – and go head to head with BMW’s new offering as well.
As you’d expect, there’s not a huge difference between the MT-03 and the R3, save mainly for its looks and ergonomics. Being a naked, the riding position is far more upright than the little sportsbike. The upright handlebars offer a wide lock-to-lock steering angle of 68 degrees, giving the MT-03 rider plenty of maneuverability in slow traffic, and Liquid cooled parallel twin 321cc engine will be familiar to YZF-R3 owners this feature also makes the bike easy to move around when wheeling it in and out of garages or parking spaces.
The two-level seating arrangement features a 780 mm high rider seat that gives a feeling of sitting ‘in’ and not ‘on top of’ the bike, and enables the typical rider to get both feet on the ground during stop/start riding. The raised passenger seat gives plenty of space for a passenger, and features aluminium grab bars for added comfort.
No changes have been made to the engine, brakes or any other areas of the bike, which therefore means power of 30.9 kW @ 10,750 rpm and torque of 29.6 Nm @ 9,000 rpm, a 298 mm single disc at the front and a 220 mm one at the back. Wet weight is actually down on the R3 by a single kilogram.