2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha first launched the MT-09 and with it the MT range of motorcycles only six years ago but the ‘Masters of Torque’ concept has been a raging success for the brand. 

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The triple-cylinder MT-09, which has since also spawned the Tracer GT sports-touring rig and the XSR 900 retro-naked, the parallel twin MT-07 along with its XSR700, the mighty YZF-R1 powered MT-10 models and at the other end of the scale, the lower capacity MT-03 have all been winners in various ways for Yamaha. In Europe Yamaha have sold almost a quarter-of-a-million MT models since the range first kicked off in 2013. 

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

For 2020 the MT-03 gets a thorough revamp with an even more radical new look while the well-proven 321cc parallel-twin continues much as before. Suspension upgrades have also been bestowed on the new generation MT03.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

2020 Yamaha MT-03 Key Features

  • Aggressive next-generation MT design
  • Dual slant-eye positions lights; LED headlight
  • Sophisticated 321cc 2-cylinder engine
  • New 37mm upside down front forks
  • 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
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2020 Yamaha MT-03

This mass-forward look is taken to the next level on the new model with the new 14-litre wide-shouldered fuel tank cover and lightweight air scoops that reinforce the strong family links.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

While the new dual slant-eye position lights are the main focus of attention and give the new MT-03 a dramatic face, the small but powerful LED headlight is positioned centrally and inconspicuously beneath the front cowl assembly. Projecting a brilliant beam of light, this minimalist design gives the new model a unique and charismatic look that reinforces the bike’s bold and futuristic style.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

Slim and light new LED flashers perfectly complement the position lights and headlight and integrate well in the MT-03’s aggressive new style.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The balanced 2-cylinder configuration delivers a much smoother feeling at lower rpm compared to some single-cylinder models and its high-tech internals include carburized con rods and lightweight heat-resistant forged pistons whose low reciprocating weight reduces vibration and enhances throttle response – and the all-aluminium DiASil cylinders offer excellent heat dissipation properties for reduced horsepower losses.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

One of the most significant technical upgrades for 2020 is the fitment of new high-specification upside down forks that deliver enhanced handling performance that help make the new MT-03 one of the strongest performers in the LAMS category.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

Featuring gold-coloured outer tubes and 37 mm inner tubes, these new forks – together with the aggressive new front cowl and dual position lights – give this premium lightweight all of the presence and stature of a much larger capacity MT.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha first introduced the concept of the extended swing-arm on its YZF-R1 Supersport machinery, and the same technology is used to good effect on the new MT-03. Pivoting closer to the machine’s midway point, the 573 mm long asymmetrical swingarm reduces the variance in the bike’s angle with the road surface to give a high level of controllability during braking, cornering and acceleration – and the shock’s revised pre-load and damping settings and the stiffer rear spring further refine the bike’s overall handling performance.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The MT-03’s lightweight diamond-type tubular steel frame is constructed to give the optimum balance of rigidity which contributes towards the bike’s agile handling and lightweight feel. By mounting the engine as a stressed member, Yamaha’s designers are able to keep chassis weight to a minimum.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The fitment of a new wide-shouldered fuel tank and revised bodywork has enabled Yamaha’s designers to achieve the optimum riding position that enables MT-03 riders to experience the highest levels of comfort and control in different situations.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The slim centre section allows the rider to mould their body closer to the bike, and the low seat height as well as higher-mounted handlebars and a compact frame guarantee a natural and ergonomic riding position that creates a special feeling of rider/machine unity.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The next generation MT-03 also benefits from new high-tech instruments featuring a negative LCD display.

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 is expected to debut in Australia early next year. 

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2020 Yamaha MT-03