Yamaha is bringing its MT-03 middleweight bike to the US in 2020. The MT-03 is already available in Europe. But once on US shores, Yamaha is releasing it as a naked segment, entry-level model. According to Yamaha, the MT-03 has a radical and aggressive look.
Its 321 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine is equipped with twin balancer shafts. The shafts combine to deliver a smoother riding experience. Internally, the engine has “carburized” connecting rods and forged pistons. Aluminum DiASil cylinders provide better-claimed heat dissipation and reduced power loss.
Frame and suspension
The engine is cradled by a tubular diamond-type steel frame. It is a stressed member and Yamaha says it contributes to better handling and feel. Fitted to the frame are 37 mm upside-down forks and Yamaha’s “street-tuned” suspension. At the rear, Yamaha has fitted its long swingarm concept.
The 22.6-inch long asymmetrical swingarm pivots close to the MT-03’s midway point. Yamaha says that this contributes to a high level of controllability during braking, cornering, and acceleration. Working with the swingarm is a seven-step preload-adjustable Monocross rear shock.
The front fascia of the bike is all-new for 2020. It features aggressive-looking dual angled “position lights”. It gives the bike a bit of that “Terminator” look. Below and to the center of them, a small LED headlight lurks beneath the front cowl assembly. Together, it’s a very futuristic look. Minimalistic LED turn signals complement the look.
In the cockpit, a “negative LCD” instrument panel provides its data displayed in white on a black background. A one-piece tubular handlebar connects you to the machine. “Ice Fluo” and “Midnight Black” paint schemes are available.
The MT-03 has a retail price of $4,599 and should be available in Yamaha dealerships beginning in February 2020.
All photo credit: Yamaha (European models shown)