Yamaha MT-03

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Submitted by Steve Farrell on Fri, 26 Feb 2016

SO many bikes make so much power that you have to ration it on the road. What happened to machines that were fun because you could spend an entire afternoon thrashing one without going to jail? I don't mean bikes that are just slow. I mean machines with an engaging engine and good handling, small motorcycles to desire and treasure.

They're still with us, and Yamaha's MT-03 is the latest.

A new model in name, it's actually an R3 with higher bars and no fairing. Obviously it's had a restyling, with some new bodywork, a headlight unit and handle-bar mounted mirrors. But it remains essentially a naked R3, nothing more nor less. The brakes, suspension, ‘diamond-type’ steel frame and 321cc parallel-twin engine are all unchanged.

Click here to read the rest of our Yamaha MT-03 review.

SO many bikes make so much power that you have to ration it on the road. What happened to machines that were fun because you could spend an entire afternoon thrashing one without going to jail? I don't mean bikes that are just slow. I mean machines with an engaging engine and good handling, small motorcycles to desire and treasure.

They're still with us, and Yamaha's MT-03 is the latest.

A new model in name, it's actually an R3 with higher bars and no fairing. Obviously it's had a restyling, with some new bodywork, a headlight unit and handle-bar mounted mirrors. But it remains essentially a naked R3, nothing more nor less. The brakes, suspension, ‘diamond-type’ steel frame and 321cc parallel-twin engine are all unchanged.

Click here to read the rest of our Yamaha MT-03 review.

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Submitted by Old Rocker on Fri, 04/11/2016 - 11:16

Overall Review

Recently brought a race blue colour one. Confortable, turns quick and smooth engine. 1st gear is rather low but as soon as one the move pop it into second and away you go.

Strengths

Comfortable, good roadholding, smooth engine and excellent brakes. Can keep up with motorway traffic easily with plenty to spare power for a 320cc bike.

Weaknesses

Cheap looking rear brake pedal, seat although plenty of cushioning could be more level and not tilt forward. Other than that I can't fault it.

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Submitted by Old Rocker on Fri, 13/01/2017 - 09:56

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I purchased one in Race Blu new from a family Yamaha dealer.

Strengths

Well built, comfortable, good handling and brakes. Comes with Datatag so additional security which helps. Nice smooth twin engine and quick for a 320cc when you open it up.

Weaknesses

Could do with a better made rear brake pedal, also be adjustable as with small feet the lever goes down to far for my liking. Also fitted a sports screen and the one that came with the bike doesn't give any wind protection.

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Submitted by Old Rocker on Fri, 03/02/2017 - 14:33

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Excellent twin, comfortable and good on fuel. Handles well.

Strengths

Engine, Handling, Comfort. Nice and easy to ride, light and great on the twisties/ B roads. Will cruise all day on motorways at 70mph.

Weaknesses

rear brake pedal looks cheap

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Submitted by ckweston on Fri, 17/03/2017 - 11:56

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A cheap motorcycle... and it shows

Strengths

Firstly, the power is adequate for the road - it can actually be quite fun to wind it up. Seating position is fine - I'm 6ft and I did find it quite small to begin with but got used to it quickly. It's super thin so filtering is really easy compared to my other bike (Yamaha WR125X). Fuel economy is "ok". I get around 70-75 UK MPG taking it steady. Stock tyres (Michelin Pilot Street) - these are ok for the UK road conditions. They certainly aren't knee down hero tyres but fine for all weather commuting.

Weaknesses

Quality - the bike is cheap and it shows. Plastics creak, ive had condensation in the instrument panel (will be checked) and rust has already taken hold in places on the exhaust. Compare this to my 2011 WR125X which is still in good condition - I don't have faith the MT would age anywhere near as well. Keep in mind, I didn't ride this is in the worst of the winter weather either! Rear brake is beyond useless - seriously I think I slow down quicker from the engine braking (which is very strong!) than using the rear brake (I plan to get the dealer to check this next time). Fortunately I find the front brake adequate. Recalls - I've had 2 so far on this bike. Do they not thoroughly test new bikes before they're released?!

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