Yamaha shows off its new entry-level naked machine, the MT-03. The Hyper Naked line up was initially introduced in 2016 and exploded in popularity across the world. For the new 2020 model, Yamaha kept it’s fun, nibble streetfighter style but incorporated new items. For example, Yamaha implemented an upgraded multifunction panel. In addition to this, the MT-03 has been given a new rear suspension and an MT series exhaust. In addition to this, Yamaha re-directed its focus on the style and design of the machine. The result was a darker futuristic version of the machine we’ve all come to love.
A quick overview of the new 2020 MT-03 shows us that Yamaha has made some significant improves into the appearance of the bike.
- New items in your multifunction panel;
- New rear suspension;
- MT series exhaust;
- Redesigned split seat;
- LED backlight.
The MT-03 gets a facelift
The first thing to note on the new MT-03 is the modern angular headlight design, a style which has become increasingly popular in the last few years. The lights themselves have been upgraded to dual-LED driving lights and a centralised projector lamp. We’re not saying that the new headlights resemble a demonic robot. However, if that’s the look you’re going after, this is probably as close as you’re going to get.
Also, the incorporation of a KYB 37mm inverted fork and cast-aluminium triple clamp entices bikers with a sportier look. For riders who aren’t familiar with inverted forks, they are by design, stronger than conventional forks. Inverted forks are exponentially more rigid because they mount the larger diameter “slider” to the triple tree. The result improves handling and what is known as ‘connectedness’. Inverted forks certainly aren’t the cheapest forks available on the market, so it’s a nice touch delivered by Yamaha on a budget bike.
- Chassis Type: Diamond;
- Front suspension / stroke: Telescopic fork / 130 mm;
- Rear / travel suspension: Rear scale / 45 mm;
- Trail: 95 mm;
- Front brake: 298 mm hydraulic disk;
- Rear brake: Hydraulic disc of 220 mm.
While the MT range always has synopsis with a sleek robotic look and the new MT-03 is no exception.
The 2020 MT-03 has a 30.7-inch seat height with tall bars and rider-friendly seat. This machine is designed for comfort with moderate levels of torque; it’s clear that the bike is aimed at younger inexperienced riders. The machine still maintains its 321cc parallel-twin engine with 180-degree firing order. With 44 horsepower and a budget-friendly 50-plus mpg, it’s undoubtedly an attractive purchase for younger riders. The new 2020 model comes with ABS as standard. The bike has a 22.6-inch long swingarm to improve it’s stability and handling when hitting those twisties.
- Length: 2,090 mm;
- Width: 745 mm;
- Height: 1035 mm;
- Minimum ground clearance: 160 mm;
- Distance between axles: 1,380 mm;
- Caster: 25 °;
- Minimum turning radius: 2.70 mm;
- Seat height: 780 mm;
- Fuel tank capacity: 14 liters;
- Engine oil capacity: 2.4 liters.
One additional feature to get excited about is the new LCD dash. Keeping in line with other MT releases, the MT-03 now incorporates a digital speedo, tach, GPI and petrol gauge. This critically replaces the extremely dated analogue dash found on the prior model of the MT-03.
Ultimately, Yamaha has refined this bike like an aged whiskey, and we’re reasonably impressed. The overall look of the motorcycle is a lot cleaner than it’s previous models. However, are the upgrades enough to make current riders trade their bikes in for?
- Type: 4-stroke, 8-valve, 2-cylinder, DOHC, wet sump;
- Actual displacement: 320.6;
- Diameter x Stroke: 68.0 x 44.1mm;
- Compression ratio: 11.2: 1;
- Maximum power: 42,01cv / 10,750rpm;
- Maximum torque: 3.02kgf.m / 9.000rpm;
- Clutch: multi-disc, wet;
- Power supply: electronic injection;
- Currency: 6 speeds;
- Primary / secondary transmission: gears / chain;
- Fuel: gasoline;
- Battery: 12V 6AH;
- Ignition system: TCI;
- Starting system: electric.
2020 MT-03 Colours
There are several colours available for the 2020 MT-03 release.
- Matt Silver (Metallic Silver);
- Racing Blue (Blue Metallic);
- Midnight Black (Black Metallic).
- The average consumption of 11 miles per litre in the city;
- The average consumption of 13.5 km per litre on the road.