Yamaha’s New LAMS MT-03
Yamaha has strengthened its learner-bike line-up with the arrival of the all-new MT-03, which has been downsized to complement the popular MT-07 naked and YZF-R3 sports models.
Priced from $5699 (plus on-road costs) and based on the recently launched YZF-R3, the MT-03 is the smallest and most affordable offering in Yamaha’s popular ‘Monster Torque’ naked bike range, which comprises the MT-07 parallel twin (in learner and full-power guises) and the three-cylinder MT-09. They will be joined later this year by the MT-10 naked flagship, powered by a 120kW (160hp) 1000cc inline four from the YZF-R1 superbike.
The MT-03, meanwhile, is powered by the R3’s liquid-cooled 321cc four-valve parallel twin with DOHC and develops 31kW at 10,750rpm and 30Nm at 9000rpm. Wet weight is a claimed 168 kilograms with a full 14-litre tank which is 11kg lighter than the 655cc MT-07.
The LAMS-approved MT-07, however, musters 39kW and a considerably meatier 67Nm of torque – albeit almost $4000 more expensive, from $9599 (plus on-road costs). The latest MT-03 is also an entirely different bike from its outgoing namesake, which was powered by a 660cc single-cylinder and considerably more expensive at $9990.
Other technical highlights include a six-speed gearbox, a chassis based on the R3 and a lengthened swingarm that features the same swingarm-to-wheelbase ratio as the 2014 YZF-R1, according to Yamaha.
The urban bike features natural ergonomics with an upright riding position and a low 780mm seat height to suit a range of riders, while a sculpted tank and knee grip area offer a sense of narrowness.
It also offers a wide lock-to-lock steering angle of 68 degrees for good manoeuvrability in slow, tight traffic situations.
Other highlights include 10-spoke cast-alloy wheels shod on 110/70 R17 and 140/70 R17 tyres front and rear, a single 298mm front disc with a twin-piston floating caliper and a 220mm disc at the rear and ABS as standard.
The MT-03 is available in Lava Red, Midnight Black and Race Blue liveries.