Yamaha unveil new MT-03 for 2016

Yamaha's MT-03 uses the same 321cc twin from the R3

The resurgence of Yamaha’s hugely successful MT-range has been bolstered with a new A2-licence friendly model known as the MT-03.

The naked version of YZF-R3 will use the same 321cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine offering the same 42bhp power. With over 70,000 MT Yamaha's sold in the last two years with MT-125, MT-07 and MT-09 leading the way, Yamaha looked to bridge the gap between 125cc and 689cc of the 07, so with the release of the R3 earlier this year, it made sense to use the same engine to fit with the A2-licence friendly market.

Yamaha say this is an accesible bike for the younger market.

Spec highlights include  a 780mm seat height, LED lights at the front and back plus a 14 litre fuel tank. The MT-03 will be available in two colours; Midnight Black and Race Blu and will be in dealerships from February 2016.

Bike Social understands the price will be £4499.

BMW have already taken the covers off their single-cylinder G310R, their first assault on the sub-500cc, A2 licence friendly market which puts it up against the MT-03 as a direct competitor for this growing sector of the market. Kawasaki Z300, KTM 390 Duke and Suzuki Inazuma 250 are all worthy or a shout for a group test for the early part of 2016.

A2 licence friendly MT03 from Yamaha, new for 2016

Bike Social are in Milan at the EICMA show reporting live on all the new models for 2016. Keep checking back here for up to date news or our social media channels at Facebook and Twitter.

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