Yamaha MT-03 (2006 - 2013)

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£4899
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2006 to 2013
Small, but perfectly formed. Yamaha's baby boomer is the perfect antidote to the humdrum urban commute.

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Waaaay too unreliable for a commuter. If you want to ride more than sunny weekends do not get this bike. At 24,000 miles it had left me stranded too many times, culminating in an engine rebuild. it started going wrong after only a couple of thousand miles... in 2 yrs it was off the road for 3 months.

Strengths

Awesome handling

Weaknesses

Everything else. Small tank fuel economy not up to the miles

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I am well aware that size is all important to some and that bigger is better to others. But I just feel that some of us are missing out because of this way of thinking, believe me I love big bikes! But there are so many mid-range bikes on the market these days that offer a good compromise and the MT-03 is one for me! I can't speak highly enough about it and "yes" I know what it isn't, but that's ok too. It's ridden all year round and looked after with TLC! The MT-03 is a great bike for those who want something a little different! Thanks. Paul. ps: Handles two-up very well too!

Strengths

Personal taste and choice is what makes us so interesting as human beings! I'm not one to be going along with the crowd anymore, at least I like to be different where I can be and that is where the MT-03 seems to fit in so well for me. The bike is nimble. A little nose heavy. Steers quickly and precisely. Excellent handling in all situations and with the right rubber, will hold it's own in the twisties. Good economy and reasonable running costs. The bike needs several thou under it's belt for it to start to really shine, which mine has and doe's. It has character too.

Weaknesses

It needed a new TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) in the first week as it kept cutting out. After that, I have had 2 years of trouble free riding. (a shame not all owners have had my luck). If you believe the press, then you would only use the MT for urban and twisties, don't be fooled. If you aren't into 200 mph on the M ways and are happy to relax at the legal limit, then you will find it ok. I have ridden this bike round most of the UK and one trip to Portugal with a realistic outlook of course and found it up to the task. Gell insert and small screen help. But for me it works well enough.

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Submitted by boybergs on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 14:04

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I use my bike as an inner city commuter and delivery tool and, with the addition of a rear rack that sits flush with the pillion saddle, i regularly lug round well over 20kg of load easily. The bike is so agile in town it makes a mockery of race reps and tourers on every journey which is very satisfying. Reliability has been 100% (15000 miles no problems at all except for cush drive, chain, tires...usual stuff). Bearable for short mway hops, but boring. After 2 years,I sometimes fancy a change of bike but can't think of anything better suited to the riding I do apart from a .bf or bandit...but the mt has exclusivity appeal, so what's the point? Very good bike.

Strengths

Agile, reliable and very easy to ride fast in town.

Weaknesses

Only 80 miles to reserve. Even a big single wi never be a first choice for motorway riding.

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Submitted by Capt Slow (not verified) on Sun, 01/09/2013 - 00:57

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A good bike which should find a receptive market for those with the wisdom to realise you don't need an IL4 and bundles of horsepower to have fun. This is a bike you can really live with and is a reflection of what the big bike manufacturers have come up with as a counter to the GFC - affordable straight forward uncomplicated fun!

Strengths

Lightish weight, lowish seat height, easy to maneuver whether paddling thru traffic or wheeling out of the garage. Punchy performance & great handling in the twisties. Funky styling yet still practical. Good ergos with reservation about seat. Great commuter/sports bike/short to middle distance tourer. Economical. Sporty exhaust note w/o being offensive.

Weaknesses

Tacho prone to misting up. Side stand hard to get at when still mounted. Stepped seat may inhibit taller riders or anyone hell bent on getting low over the tank. Not terribly pillion friendly...but a lot better than many sports bikes! Styling...especially the sloping "transformer" style headlight may put off older riders looking for a nostagic thumper.

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Wide bars and upright stance are great for the twisties and for learning. Seat is comfy and there it's nowhere near as vibey as I expected, so longer days don't feel like a chore. I used mine for a year everyday to commute and not had a single problem, reliable and easy to ride within traffic once the snatchy nature of a a single below 30 is gotten used too.

Strengths

- wide bars - Great fun - Good economy - not many about - comfy - good visibility

Weaknesses

- no wind protection for longer straighter trips

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You can read my first review, it covers in more detail my experience with bike. But after 6 years and 48,000 I feel connected with this bike and, would buy another any day! Love the engine characteristics. 1 tooth less on rear has made the bike so much more enjoyable on long journeys... 70mph @ around 5000 rpm is a sweet spot, with 2500 rpm in reserve. Cheers Paul I've upped the build quality to 5 as mechanical and all aesthetics etc have worn really well. I previously said 4!

Strengths

Nimble, fun, reliable, workhorse! The seat has softened off over the miles and now feels just right for longer journeys. It was a bit of a bench for the first 15,000. Took the rubber bungs out of the bottom of the seat and this lowered it just a tad, feels more like you are sat in it rather than on it. All plastics have stood up well. Only rust is on exhaust clamp nuts. That said, I have methodically looked after this machine... Top oils, washed and polished, good rubber, etc. etc. It is still a really smart machine for the year and millage. 100,000 miles is my aim, will update!

Weaknesses

I guess there could be many if imagination came into play, but being realistic, well, there aren't any! Sorry! It's just what it is.

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