2016 Yamaha MT-03 (10)

Dropping neatly into the space between the MT-07 and the MT-125, the 2016 Yamaha MT-03 takes sight squarely on the entry-level, commuter market.

Taking everything from its fully-faired YZF-R3 sibling, the MT-03 leaves its clothes off for the rider who wants a naked, lightweight and nimble motorcycle that does everything.

The 320 cc liquid cooled parallel-twin engine as first packaged in the YZF-R3 is a four valve 48 hp powerhouse that should do sterling service as a daily rider. The chassis is also lifted directly from the YZF, giving a sporty, head-forward riding position. The assymetrical swingarm design is taken from its big brother, the R1, a nod to Yamaha’s racing heritage.

Recognising the demand from the market for an easy-to-ride, rider friendly bike, the seat height is a mere 780 mm, putting the bike within easy control of all but the tallest riders, or those who are very long in the leg department. ABS comes standard, giving new riders confidence in MT-03’s handling, and letting old riders coming back to the sport overcome the re-learning curve.

The 2016 Yamaha MT-03 will be sold alongside its fully-faired YZF-R3 sibling and is expected to hit Malaysian dealers early next year. No word on pricing as yet, but the MT-03 retails in Thailand at an estimated price of RM21,500.