When it comes to motorcycles be it commuters or sport bikes, there’s one company that never compromises with the balance of power and ride quality. Yes, Yamaha never fails to amaze its customers with their exhilarating series of bikes coming up every year.
Keeping up with the word, the company has yet again come up with another bike in the 300cc segment, the Yamaha MT-03. The MT-03 has a very sharp design language in the first look. As we go closer, we see the detailing being done just right. The visors follow the traditional design like all the naked bikes in the series while the tanks get some cool writings on it attracting more eyes towards it. The tires are wider at the rear to give that extra grip on the corners.
The MT-03 is powered by a 321cc parallel twin engine mated to a six speed transmission with a maximum power output of 41bhp and 27Nm of torque. The bike seems to be a big upgrade to the previous 250cc MT-25 which grabbed great attention post its launch in India. However, only drawback the bike seems to have is that it shares all its components with the fully faired YZF-R3.
At 168 kg, it’s a very light weight bike enabling the power to weight ratio just well. The low seats provided make it very manageable.
The MT-03 is said to have a refined engine pulling from as low as 3,000 rpm in a way that the bike feels unthreatening to even the inexperienced bike riders. When worked hard on the throttle, there’s enough power for lively acceleration. However, there isn’t much wind protection. But cruising at 70-80kmph, the naked twin comfortably adheres to the road and provides a very smooth riding. There isn’t much room for a pillion in the back with a very thin seat.
The Yamaha MT-03 is estimated to be priced at Rs.2.90 lakh and will make its entry into Indian market by early or mid 2018.