Carrying the same athletic DNA that has made the MT-09 one of the best-selling Yamaha models of all time, the new MT-03’s aggressive next-generation design conjures the iconic MT look. The mass-forward body design projects a forceful and predatory character, while dual slant-eye position lights offer a menacing look above the single LED headlight.
The wide-shouldered fuel tank and new bodywork have enabled Yamaha’s designers to achieve an optimum riding position that enables MT-03 riders to experience the highest levels of comfort and control in different situations. The slim centre section allows the rider to mould their body closer to the bike. The low seat height, high-mounted handlebar and compact frame guarantee a natural and ergonomic riding position that creates a special feeling of rider/machine unity.
At the heart of the MT-03 is one of the most sophisticated powerplants in the class, featuring a balanced two-cylinder configuration that delivers a much smoother feeling at lower rpm compared to some single-cylinder models. Its high-tech internals include carburized connecting rods and lightweight, heat-resistant forged pistons with a low reciprocating weight for reduced vibration and enhanced throttle response. The all-aluminium DiASil cylinders offer excellent heat dissipation properties for reduced horsepower losses.
The MT-03 features an inverted KYB fork with optimized spring and damping settings, delivering more solid handling when closely compared to motorcycles using conventional front forks. The Monocross single shock has seven steps of preload adjustability and is tuned to strike a balance between ride comfort and sporty performance for capability across a wide range of uses, from urban commuting to extended rides in the twisties.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 will be available in Canadian dealerships by the spring of 2020 starting at $5,899. Colour options are Ice Fluo, Tech Black and Yamaha Racing Blue. For a thorough list of features and tech specifications, please visit https://yamaha-motor.ca/products/details-build-price.php?model=5376&group=MC&catId=79
- Aggressive next-generation MT design
- Dual slant-eye position lights
- LED headlight
- Sophisticated 321 cc twin-cylinder engine
- New 37 mm inverted front fork
- Long swingarm with new shock settings
- Lightweight diamond frame
- Ergonomic riding position
- High-quality, big-bike look and feel
- New high-tech LCD instruments
- New lightweight LED flashers
Returning to the lineup and completing Yamaha’s 2020 offerings are the MT-07, MT-09, MT-10, XSR700, XSR900, Tracer 900, Tracer 900 GT, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES and WR250R.