The Yamaha MT-03 which is essentially a naked version of the R3 has been showcased at the 2017 Bangkok Motor Show. The motorcycle shares its mechanical elements with the fully faired R3 sportsbike but features a design that is inline with the brand’s MT range of naked bikes.
The Yamaha MT-03 is powered by the same cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled motor that powers the R3. Mated to a 6-speed gearbox, the engine pumps out 42 PS and 29.6 Nm of torque. The street fighter gets rid of the clip-on handlebars in favor of a relaxed riding position. It also features new fuel tank pods and a minimal headlamp.
The MT-03 employs regular telescopic front fork and a monoshock rear suspension. The 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in 110/70 (front) and 140/70 (rear) section rubbers. Both wheels are retarded by a disc brake each. Going by the R3’s specifications in India, the MT-03 for our market may not have ABS on offer even as an option to keep the costs in check.
The prominent fuel tank with side intake pods, a sporty headlamp, exposed chassis and simple tailpiece give the MT-03 a purposeful look. Like any other naked street bike, the new Yamaha offers a comfortable and relaxed riding position.
The Yamaha MT-03 competes with the likes of Benelli TNT300, Kawasaki Z250, BMW G310R, KTM Duke 390, etc. There have been reports that the MT-03 is planned for launch in India. But the same has been rubbished by Yamaha India officials. And with the new FZ25 now on sale, it is more or less certain that the MT-03 is never coming to India.