While the US market is known more for big, heavy cruisers, litre-class superbikes and dirt bikes, it also gets the 2020 Yamaha MT-03, priced at USD 4,599 (RM19,258). Biggest change from the previous generation MT-03 is the headlight, which is now a twin LED unit that mimics the look of the 2019 Yamaha MT-09.

While we don’t get the MT-03 in Malaysia (the author had a go on the YZF-R3, MT-03 and MT-15 during the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Sport tyre test), we do get the YZF-R25, with which it shares the parallel-twin engine configuration. The twin from the YZF-R3 is used in the MT-03, in this case a 321 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve mill, putting out 42 PS at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm.

Mated to a six-speed gearbox, power gets to the ground via chain final drive, with the 17-inch wheels shod in 110/70 rubber in front and 140/70 at the back. Suspension is with 37 mm diameter KYB upside-down forks and 7-step preload-adjustable rear monoshock.

Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD instrument panel while LED lighting is used throughout. Fuel is carried in a 14-litre tank, including reserve.

Claiming a wet weight of 169.1 kg, the seat height on the MT-03 is a rider-friendly 780 mm. Braking is done with hydraulic discs front and rear, measuring 298 mm and 220 mm in diameter respectively, and two-wheel ABS comes as standard equipment.

In Malaysia, the Yamaha YZF-R25 retails for RM19,998, while other options in the quarter-litre naked sports category include the BMW Motorrad G 310 R at RM27,500, the Zontes ZT310-R at RM19,800 and the KTM Duke 250 at RM21,730.

What do you think? Is there a case for the 2020 Yamaha MT-03, or more suited for Malaysian license requirements, an MT-25, to be sold here? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.