The WebBikeWorld writers have been abuzz with excitement about the newly redesigned Yamaha MT-03 for 2020. Despite the range launching in 2006 and having a second-generation launch in 2016, Yamaha has taken the bike back to the drawing board and the results are worth the excitement.
Firstly, the 2020 MT-03 does away with the previous generation’s inline twin in favor of a new inline twin with a 180-degree crank and built-in counterbalancers that are expected to produce over 50 crank HP and mid to high 40’s in torque at the crank.
As well, Yamaha listened to their riders and have re-tuned the rear suspension as well as designed a new, slightly longer swingarm to improve confidence under braking and hard cornering. They then have paired that with an entirely new 37 mm upside-down front fork to give better road feel and comfort, and lowered the seat height to a hair over 30 inches to bring the center of balance lower and allow for easier cornering.
As well for 2020, Yamaha has redesigned the multifunction dash display to make it more readable at any speed, as well as make it more user-friendly. Lastly, and again by listening to their riders, a brand new downdraft fuel injection system has been designed and implemented to allow for much smoother starts over previous generations. As well, on a personal note, the new triple headlight assembly looks viciously aggressive, and this writer loves it.
The new 2020 Yamaha MT-03 starts at $4,599 US/$5,899 CA.
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Single shock; 7-step preload-adjustable, 4.9-in travel
Hydraulic single disc brake, 298mm; ABS
Hydraulic single disc brake, 220mm; ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity
14 L (3.7 US gal.)
Ice Fluo, Matte Raven Black
54.3 in (1379mm)
6.3 in (160 mm)
30.7 in (780 mm)
173 lbs (169 kg)
1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
2020 Yamaha MT-03 Features
Smooth And Easy To Ride Power Delivery
This 321cc liquid-cooled 2-cylinder engine features lightweight forged pistons and carburized connecting rods, delivering easy to manage power in the low rpm range with strong high rpm power. The extremely light clutch feeling makes the MT-03 even more fun in the city, while its offset cylinders and advanced fuel injection system ensure smooth throttle response.
Dual Position Lights with Singular LED Headlight
The dynamic MT-03 looks cool with its dual angled position lights that emphasize its aggressive big-bike looks. A single compact and powerful LED headlight burns a hole through the darkness to light up the road ahead.
Aggressive Next-Gen MT Design
There’s absolutely no mistaking that the new MT-03 is a member of Yamaha’s legendary Hyper Naked family. With its aggressive front light assembly as well as bold air scoops and a sculpted fuel tank, the MT-03 gives you the chance to become a true Master of Torque and experience the most dynamic ride in the class.
37mm KYB Inverted Front Fork
The MT-03’s serious big-bike specification is underlined with the addition of an inverted KYB front fork. Equipped with 37mm tubes and a cast aluminum upper triple clamp, the new front end reinforces the bike’s high-specification and delivers a confident and smooth ride during braking, acceleration, and cornering.
Potent Twin-Cylinder Powerplant
Yamaha’s 321cc liquid-cooled, inline 2-cylinder engine delivers excellent power and performance throughout the rpm range. With a 180-degree crank design and integrated counterbalancer, the layout minimizes vibrations for a smooth, refined engine character.
Smooth and Useable Power
With double overhead cams (DOHC) and four-valve cylinder heads, the MT-03 engine provides easy to manage power at low rpm with strong high rpm power—ultimately delivering an exciting ride with a broad spread of power.
A smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox ensures the rider always has the right ratio, whether riding through tight city streets or on the open highway.
Modern Fuel Injection
Downdraft induction fuel injection system provides easy starting, excellent fuel economy, and responsive performance in all conditions.
Advanced Cylinder Construction
Yamaha’s unique DiASil—a high-silicon aluminum alloy—is used in the cylinders to ensure excellent heat dissipation. An innovative offset cylinder design helps reduce friction and provides better efficiency, quicker response, and great overall engine performance.
Strong and Lightweight Forged Pistons
Forged aluminum pistons—the same technology used in the MT-10—contributes to reduced power loss and lower vibration levels. This design results in minimized vibrations and smooth running, even at high rpm.
Compact Exhaust System
The short muffler design features modern styling and helps to centralize mass, improving agility for ultra-responsive handling.
Inverted KYB Front Fork
The MT-03 features an inverted KYB fork with optimized spring and damping settings, delivering more solid handling when closely compared to motorcycles using conventional front forks.
Monocross Rear Shock
The 7-step preload-adjustable single-shock design is tuned to strike a balance between ride comfort and sporty performance, for capability across a wide range of uses, from urban commuting to extended rides into the twisty canyons.
The MT-03 is equipped with a 22.6″ long asymmetrical swingarm that provides a planted ride during braking, cornering and acceleration.
Potent Braking with Standard ABS
The 298mm floating-mount front disc brake ensures excellent stopping power, supported by a 220mm rear disc. The MT-03 ABS model also features an antilock braking system to boost rider confidence and prevent wheel lock-ups in reduced-traction conditions.
Lightweight Diamond Frame
The compact diamond-type tubular frame combines low weight with immense strength, to give you neutral handling and easy maneuverability in traffic. And with its inverted front fork and rear shock with complimenting settings, the MT-03 is ready to carve through the twisties and get your adrenaline flowing!
Stylish LED Turn Signals
Light-Emitting Diode (LED) elements are used for both the front and rear turn signals. Not only do LEDs offer long life with minimal power draw, they provide brilliant illumination, for confidence and visibility day or night. The MT-03’s dynamic new appearance is reinforced by the new LED signals that perfectly complement the bike’s aggressive looks.
Dynamic Mass Forward Design
Yamaha’s Hyper Naked bikes are instantly recognizable thanks to their aggressive and powerful design. A sculpted fuel tank cover is designed to fit snugly with the rider, while the lightweight air scoops enhance the look and feel of the mass-forward body design and highlight the dynamic MT family look.
Ergonomic Riding Position
With its compact body and low 30.7″ seat height, the MT-03 is a joy to ride whether you’re escaping traffic or having a blast out on the open road. Behind the aggressive bodywork, a specially sculpted knee area and fuel tank cover work with the high-mounted handlebars to provide an agile and ergonomic riding position.
Digital LCD Instrumentation
To match the MT-03 Hyper Naked’s radical new looks, Yamaha has fitted a stylish LCD meter that provides easy-to-absorb information.