Yamaha MT-03 For Sale
What Is It?
The Yamaha MT-03 is a funky naked bike with quite a following and is powered by a liquid cooled 659 cc single cylinder engine, producing 45 bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque at 5,250 rpm.
- Steel tubular frame with Aluminium swingarm
- Dual 298 mm discs up front with two piston calipers
- Rear 245 mm disc with Brembo single piston caliper
- 43 mm fork with 130 mm travel
- Side mounted shock with 120 mm travel
- Unique 1->2 exhaust system
- 5 speed gearbox
The engine is also found in the XT660 off-road adventure models and offers immediate throttle response throughout the rev range. As a rather high capacity single cylinder design it's often called a Thumper. The brakes and fork are from the FZ6.
The brightly coloured side mounted shock of the lateral suspension system really stands out, giving the bike a unique image. It also shares some design elements with the larger MT-01, most notably the twin under seat pipes and angular bodywork while the twin mufflers on both bikes are surrounded by resin heat shields to protect the rider.
Yamaha engineered a weight distribution of 52% front to 48% rear, resulting in more front end feel. The weight distribution and focused centre of gravity both contribute to the agile handling of the bike. The 5-spoke 17" wheels take a 120/70 tyre at the front and 160/60 at the rear.
- 2004: Light blue
- 2006: White, blue and black
- 2007-2008: Red, white and black
- 2009: Yellow, red and black
- 2010: Yellow, black
- 2011-2013: White, black
Yamaha's Kodo design philosophy is at work in the MT-03. In Japanese Kodo means heartbeat or rhythm of the soul. The concept is probably best described if you imagine the feeling created by the Kodo drumming group.
Review In A Few
- Stands out from the crowd
- Poor range
- Hard seat
Launch RRP: £4,800
Capacity: 659 cc (average)
Power: 45 bhp / 34 kW (average)
Red Line: 8,000 rpm (average)
Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h (average)
Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km (good)
Range: 200 miles / 322 km (high)
Fuel Capacity: 15.0 litres / 3.3 gallons (average)
Seat Height: 805 mm / 31.7 inches (average)
Wet Weight: 192 kg / 423 pounds (average)
Dry Weight: 175 kg / 386 pounds
Power to Weight: 0.234 bhp/kg / 0.175 kW/kg
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