Yamaha - Motorcycles - MT-03


2018 Motorcycles

Embrace the Darkness

The lure of the Dark Side of Japan grows stronger every day. And more riders are turning their backs on conventional models and coming over to one of the most exciting new movements in motorcycling.

Yamaha’s dynamic MT-03 represents the new wave in motorcycle design. A sporty and versatile character comes together with an upright riding position and compact dimensions to make this naked lightweight an ideal choice for new, returning and upgrading riders.

Powered by a lively 321cc parallel twin cylinder engine and equipped with an easy handling chassis, this motorcycle makes you look forward to every ride on any road. MT-03 from Yamaha. Come and embrace the Darkness.


•  A2 license class model with dynamic MT DNA
•  YZF-R3 based liquid-cooled twin cylinder engine
•  Compact and lightweight YZF-R3 derived chassis
•  Long swingarm and Monocross suspension
•  Dynamic mass-forward body design
•  Naked body with distinctive MT styling
•  10-spoke alloy wheels with 140-section rear tyre
•  Moderate 780mm seat height for good ground access
•  Multi function display with analogue tachometer
•  ABS-equipped 298mm front disc & 220mm rear disc
•  LED position light and LED tail light
•  Compact and slim tail


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Upright riding position with mass forward silhouette

The MT-03’s ergonomic handlebar/seat/footrest layout is designed to give an upright riding position that makes this one of the most comfortable and versatile bikes in its class. The compact tail end is contrasted by the concentration of bodywork around the front end to create an aggressive mass forward silhouette.

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Liquid-cooled inline 2 cylinder engine with enjoyable torque

Powering this lightweight all rounder is a 321cc inline 2-cylinder engine that’s been developed from the YZF-R3. Equipped with lightweight forged pistons and carburized con rods, this compact and lightweight engine produces plenty of mid to high rpm torque for enjoyable riding in a range of conditions.

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Lightweight and compact frame

Manufactured from 35mm steel tubing and featuring widely spaced top rails, the MT-03’s compact frame mounts the engine at four points to create a strong and lightweight structure. For good straight line stability the YZF-R3-derived chassis uses a long asymmetrical 573mm long swingarm mounted directly to the Monocross shock.

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10 spoke aluminium wheels and 140 rear tyre

For an optimal balance of strength and rigidity the MT-03 is equipped with lightweight 10-spoke aluminium 17-inch wheels that keep unsprung weight low for enhanced suspension action together with light and agile handling. Developed from the YZF-R3, these wheels use a 110/70-17 front tyre and a 140/70-127 rear tyre.

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780mm seat height for easy ground access

The compact tubular frame is designed to give easy handling and high levels of control. To achieve good ground access the rider’s seat has a moderate height of 780mm, while the passenger seat features aluminium grab bars for added convenience.

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Multi-function instrumentation

The stylish multi function instrument panel features an easy to read display with an analogue tachometer on the left side with a digital speedometer on the right, next to the gear position indicator. The comprehensive display also includes a fuel gauge, water temperature gauge, clock and two tripmeters as well as an oil change indicator.

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ABS equipped as standard

For excellent stopping performance together with accurate feel through the brake lever, the MT-03 features a 298mm floating front disc with a 2-pot caliper – while the rear wheel is fitted with a 220mm disc and single pot caliper. With ABS equipped as standard, this lightweight and agile A2 license model can be used with confidence.

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LED position light and LED tail light

The minimalist front light assembly incorporates LED positions lights, while an LED tail light gives the compact tail end a modern and sporty look. As well as consuming less power, these low maintenance lights offer an extended service life.

Technical specifications


Engine type
liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
321 cm³
Bore x stroke
68.0 mm x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio
11.2 : 1
Maximum power
30.9 kW (42.0PS) @ 10,750 rpm
Limited power version
Maximum Torque
29.6 Nm 3.0 kgf+m) @ 9,000 rpm
Lubrication system
Wet sump
Clutch Type
Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel Injection
Ignition system
Starter system
Transmission system
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission
Fuel consumption
CO2 emission


Front suspension system
Telescopic forks, Ø 41.0 mm inner tube
Front travel
130 mm
Caster Angle
95 mm
Rear suspension system
Rear Travel
125 mm
Front brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 220 mm
Front tyre
110/70-17M/C (54H) Tubeless
Rear tyre
140/70-17M/C (66H) Tubeless
EU4 compliant


Overall length
2,090 mm
Overall width
745 mm
Overall height
1,035 mm
Seat height
780 mm
Wheel base
1,380 mm
Minimum ground clearance
160 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
168 kg
Fuel tank capacity
14 L
Oil tank capacity
2.4 L