Yamaha MT-03 in a short test

Yamaha MT-03 in the PS short test

Little freedom

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Although the Yamaha MT-03 is primarily intended for newcomers and those returning to work, the lively twin also puts old hands in a good mood.

Every trend sooner or later creates a counter trend. And while on the one hand engine outputs of over 150 hp can already be found in so-called travel enduros, on the other hand you will find motorcycles like a Kawasaki Z 300, Honda CBR 300 or Yamaha YZF-R3 more and more friends. And that same R3 was the template for the Yamaha MT-03 recently presented not far from the tourist stronghold of Benidorm.

Yamaha MT-03 in the PS short test

Little freedom

Driving the Yamaha MT-03 through big cities in Japan at night, seeming threatening, protective or rather silly, that remains to be seen. The fact is: if a bike like this comes out of it, then the philosophy can’t be that wrong. Because as it turns out the next day, you can have a lot of fun with the MT-03 even in daylight and sunshine.

Comfortable even for tall people

Primarily intended for newcomers and those returning to work, the Yamaha MT-03 with its lively twin also puts old hands in a good mood. A low sitting position, low weight and a comfortable sitting posture, even for tall people, have never been a mistake and lead to an agility that comes pretty close to the bicycle that is often referred to in this context. As daunting as the high-rise gorges of Benidorm appear, the hinterland presents itself as low-traffic and curvy.

And although the parallel twin develops “only” 42 HP due to the A2 driving license regulations, there is hardly any feeling of lack of power. Provided that the pilot is not afraid of high revs and has a nimble shift foot. Unfortunately, the six-speed box does not switch very precisely. When it comes to the chassis, you have to make compromises in fast-forward mode. Both the simple telescopic fork and the strut, which can only be adjusted in preload, could use a little more damping and the brake a little more bite. Nevertheless, the Yamaha MT-03 for 4995 euros is a real offer that will find its friends.

Data Yamaha MT-03


Yamaha MT-03.


  • Two-cylinder in-line engine
  • oven valves / cylinder
  • 31 kW (42 PS) at 10,750 rpm *
  • 30 Nm at 9000 rpm *
  • 321 cm3
  • Bore / stroke: 68.0 / 44.1 mm
  • Compression: 11.2: 1
  • Ignition / injection system
  • 32mm throttle bodies
  • mechanically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch
  • Six-speed gearbox
  • Chain

landing gear:

  • Bridge frame made of tubular steel
  • Steering head angle: 65.0 degrees
  • Trail: 95 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1380 mm
  • Inner fork tube: 41 mm
  • Suspension travel from / h .: 130/125 mm

Wheels and brakes:

  • Light alloy cast wheels, 2.75 x 17 / 4.00 x 17
  • Front tires: 110 / 70-17, rear: 140 / 70-17
  • 298 mm single disc brake with double-piston floating caliper at the front
  • 220 mm single disc with single-piston floating caliper at the rear


  • (full tank) 168 kg *
  • Tank capacity: 14 liters super

Base price: 4995 Euro (plus ancillary costs) *

* Manufacturer information

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