The MT-03 has a light, compact, fuel-injected engine that's full of power for instant thrust, and a short-wheelbase with a focused centre of gravity that allows remarkable control and excellent traction on all kinds of roads.
It is a bike that comes with Kodo as standard, the Japanese word for 'soulbeat' - epitomised by the sound and pulse of the MT-03's big single in action.
In the city, the radically styled MT-03 is one of the quickest and most rewarding ways to get from A to B. And out on twisty country lanes, this super-agile, high-torque bike can pack in more action per kilometre than just about any other machine.
Kodo is a Japanese noun that means pulse or soulbeat. It is not a simple concept to explain, but it is an easy thing to feel. Imagine the atmosphere created by the beat of Japanese big drums and you'll begin to get the idea.
That's the kind of soulbeat that Yamaha's engineers have built into the MT series, with engines designed to let you feel the rhythm of the power beneath, like a heartbeat rising and falling.
The MT series exemplifies the spirit that has made Yamaha one of the world's leading motorcycle manufacturers, and is one of the most significant developments in motorcycling in recent years.
Powering the new MT-03 is a high-torque, 660cc single-cylinder engine based closely on the highly-acclaimed XT660 powerplant. With its high levels of low to mid-range torque, this liquid-cooled engine has already established a strong reputation with XT660 owners, and is ideally suited as the base engine for the MT-03.
The MT-03 is a uniquely styled motorcycle, as emphasised by the up-swept muffler. From the rear, the system looks like dual mufflers, but they are in fact connected, and each one is protected by a resin shield for passenger comfort. This stylish exhaust underlines the bike's solid MT heritage, and gives it a distinctive and attractive rear end.
Tubular steel frame
The MT-03's compact and minimalist frame is made from high-tensile steel tubing, and has been designed to give optimal rigidity for responsive handling and excellent rider feedback. This extremely strong design utilises the 660cc engine as a stressed member, for extra solidity.
Lateral rear suspension
The MT-03 has a lateral rear suspension unit, similar to the one first seen on the MT-01 concept bike. This design has the shock mounted almost horizontally on the right side of the bike, close to the engine. This makes the chassis slimmer around the mid-section and concentrates mass around the centre of gravity for better handling.
The MT-03 runs with 5-spoke, 17 inch wheels, and their low weight ensures that the front and rear suspension work efficiently. At the front, a 120/70-17 tyre grips the road, while an extra-wide 160/60-17 rear tyre delivers high levels of traction for strong back wheel drive force
The MT-03 is designed to offer forward mass, where the rider sits closer to the handlebars than on conventional big singles for an idealised weight distribution and enhanced handling. This is accentuated by the supermoto-style forward riding position.
Engine type Single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke 100.0 mm x 84.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.0 : 1
Maximum Power 35.3 kW (48PS) @ 6,250 rpm
Maximum Torque 56.2 Nm (5.73 kg-m) @ 5,500 rpm
Lubrication system Dry sump
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet, Multiple Disc
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission Chain
Overall length 2,070 mm
Overall width 860 mm
Overall height 1,115 mm
Seat height 805 mm
Wheel base 1,420 mm
Minimum ground clearance 200 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 192.4 kg
Fuel tank capacity 15 litres
Oil tank capacity 3.4 litres