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Yamaha MT-03 Review (2020)


Yamaha MT-03

The MT-03 looks great, handles well, has fantastic build quality, is cheap to run and is everything you would expect from a Yamaha.
- Rating: 10 / 10

What Is It?

The Yamaha MT-03 is an A2 licence friendly naked bike and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant liquid cooled 321 cc parallel twin engine, producing 41.4 bhp at 10,750 rpm and maximum torque at 9,000 rpm.


  • Seat Height: Low (780 mm / 30.7 inches)
  • Weight: Average (168 kg / 370 lbs)
  • Economy: Good (60 mpg / 4.7 l/100km / 21.2 km/l)
  • Range: High (180 miles / 290 km)
  • Power to Weight: Low (0.244 bhp/kg / 0.182 kW/kg)
  • Top Speed: High (120 mph / 193 km/h)


  • Low beginner friendly seat
  • Looks great
  • Very light
  • Economy
  • Handling


  • The excellent MT-07 can be A2 restricted
  • No TFT dash
  • Gearbox
  • Seat

What Is It Like?

Yamaha MT-03

About me

I'm a 52 year old male, 5'7" tall, with 15 years riding experience over 4 bikes.

Why did you choose it?

  • Weight
  • Practicality

What is good about it?

The MT-03 is fantastic for economy and insurance costs.

What could be improved?

The gearing feels like it could do with one more but around town it is fantastic.

What is the economy like?

I costs me around £9 per month and I do about 140 miles.

Yamaha MT-03

Any mods or upgrades?

  • Yamaha heated grips with three heat settings - hot hot hot
  • Yamaha small screen - easy to fit with good instructions and looks good
  • Yamaha radiator guard - good radiator protection and looks the part too
  • Yamaha valve caps and sports style oil filler cap
  • TomTom motorcycle satnav - recommend, been in rain at 70 mph, reliable map updates for life

Yamaha MT-03

How is the engine?

Fantastic. First flick of starter and away it goes, no rare noises or recalls at the moment.

How does it handle?

Responsive with easy handling, good cornering and fantastic acceleration.

What are the brakes like?

Sharp and as expected.

Is it comfortable?

The seat gets a little uncomfortable after about 1 hour but the suspension soaks up the bumps.

How reliable have you found it?

No problems at all.

What's the servicing frequency and cost like?

Only had its first service at 480 miles and costs about £120. Servicing due every 12 months going forward.

To sum up

The MT-03 looks great, handles well, has fantastic build quality, is cheap to run and is everything you would expect from a Yamaha.

- Neil P, 2020

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