Yamaha MT-03 will make the YZF-R3 fans happy as it will be more affordable than before which was already the case with the faired version
YZF-R3 came to the market last year in 2015. The motorcycle proved it might at the race tracks, road and road tests. The motorcycle was splashed with awards as well. The pricing, performance and everything else was almost on the verge of being the next best. However, the KTM continues to be the best in sales, the R3 earned critic’s point by being more accessible, refined and easier to live with. The MT-03 strengths all those facts and it is set to come to India as well. Yamaha has confirmed its launch but it has been delayed by some margin. The Japanese manufacturer will sooner or later will launch it in the year 2016. We have all the details of this bike, which could be the next best thing.
Yamaha MT-03 Design and Dimensions
Based on the faired YZF-R3, the naked motorcycle has carried a lot of bits along it. The rear cowl seems to be the same which houses the front and rear seats. The tank is the same and so is engine belly fairing. There is the new headlight based on the new MT series of motorcycles worldwide that we are seeing higher up in the category. Tail-lamp also remains the same. There are minute to changes to dimensions but the key facts such as seat height remain the same. 3 kgs lighter kerb weight is expected.
Length: 2090 mm
Width: 745 mm
Height: 1035 mm
Seat Height: 780 mm
Ground Clearance: 160 mm
Kerb/Wet Weight: 165 kg
Fuel capacity: 14 litres
Yamaha MT-03 India India Launch and Price
India launch should happen in late 2016 and pricing should be Rs. 30-35,000 less than the faired version. If ABS makes it to the motorcycle we can see similar pricing like before.
Yamaha MT-03 Chassis, suspension and brakes
Mechanically too the changes are minute. It continues to get the same diamond frame seen on these class of motorcycles from Japanese manufacturers. Same tyres, wheels and suspension unit continue to be the part of the MT-03. Listed below are the details. Sadly, the MT-03 also doesn’t get the USD forks or better tyres, which is a possibility for Indian market that they get better ones after much criticism.
Chassis – Diamond frame
Front – 41 mm Telescopic Forks
Rear – MonoShock
Front – 110/70-17
Rear – 140/70-17
Front – 300 mm Disc Brake
Rear – 240 mm Disc Brake
Yamaha MT-03 India Engine And Specification
The same flexible and proven engine will continue with the naked version as well. Power and torque is made exactly at the same RPM and so are the other numbers. Smooth, refined and the most powerful engine it class, apart of the KTM has earned its reputation of being almost segment best in performance and the entire package making quite a hoot and a deal to ride and buy.
Twin Cylinder, liquid-Cooled, DOHC 4-Valves
Maximum Power – 42 PS @ 10275 RPM
Maximum Torque – 29 NM @ 9000 RPM
Transmission – 6 -Speed Gearbox
Yamaha MT-03 India Top Rivals
KTM Duke 390, Kawasaki Z250
Yamaha MT-03 India Safety and Features
There is a probability of ABS being offered with this motorcycle here in India. Features wise we can expect, a loaded instrument cluster such as a Fuel MID and much more.
Yamaha MT-03 India Review