MT- 03 changes tack Rac­ing Re­vi­talises ZX-10R Is the BitZer Des­tIneD For Great­ness?

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Yamaha has re­placed and re­pur­posed its orig­i­nal MT-03 which used a 660cc sin­gle cylin­der en­gine with a com­muter pack­ing a 321cc par­al­lel twin. The new model is op­ti­mised more for ur­ban use and will ap­peal to a rider who ‘val­ues style as much as util­ity’.

An upright rid­ing po­si­tion should suit bik­ers of all sizes – seat height is 780mm – and with 68 de­grees of steer­ing lock will make the MT-03 easy to ma­noeu­vre in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially with a low wet weight of just 168kg.

The mass-for­ward ag­gres­sive look is re­in­forced by a cen­trally lo­cated muf­fler.

Pow­er­ing the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion MT-03 is a liq­uid-cooled par­al­lel twin op­ti­mised for

F Hmidrange power and torque char­ac­ter­is­tics. The bike’s chas­sis is based on that of the R3 sport­ster, re­sult­ing in compact di­men­sions. With the en­gine used as a stressed mem­ber, a low weight plat­form and light­weight wheels, ex­pect ag­ile han­dling. An ex­tended length swingarm helps with sta­bil­ity and trac­tion. A sin­gle 298mm­reshdis­cfromu­pan­oth­er­fron­tis win­mate­din World­witha 220mm rearSu­per­bikes,disc,both un­der­thoughABSwith­con­trol.a The MT-dif­fer­ent03’smain­rider,in­stru­men­tKawasak­ifea­ture­shas a dig­i­tal speedome­ter­re­leased­de­tail­son­the­ofright­its heav­ilyside­with an ana­logue tachome­ter­re­workedZX-on10Rthe left­su­per­bike,whilethere’s al­sowhichashiftwill­indi­ca­tor,es­sen­tial­ly­fuel have­g­auge,itand­com­pet­ing­fuel con­sump­tionon­even­termsread­out.with­onda dis­played tech-Avail­able­heavy­inYama­hared,blacka grown-up Grom or and­blue,BMWtheMT-ma­chin­ery.03islearn­erSoad­ven­ture bike named ap­proved,there’strac­tion­comes­the Bull­dog with­con­tro­latwo-(yearnowwar­ran­ty­with­five­and­set­tingscostsin­stead$6699.re­cently, util­is­ing the CB500 en­gine of three), ina quicka prac­ti­cal shifter, work­horse-type­engine brak­ing frame, con­trol,mak­ing it ABSan ide­alof course ad­ven­ture and tourer even where three­mode re­li­a­bil­ity laun­chis para­mount. con­trol. BilledThe en­gine ca­nine-wise­has as un­der­gonea ‘lov­able tour­ing ex­ten­sive part­ner’ re­vi­sions, de­signed thoughto ‘ac­tively make­sen­joy out­doorno more life’, pow­erthe 35kW (not Bull­dogthat ex­tra con­cept was utilises needed,the mod­u­lar 200hp en­gi­neeringor 207hp with phi­los­o­phyram air whereby ef­fect). mo­tors Torque, and on ma­jor the com­po­nentsother hand, are rises shared slightly across to var­i­ous 114Nm group­sat 11,500rpm.of mo­tor­cy­cles, Changes­sav­ing on com­plex­ity.to head de­sign, While in­clud­ingthe con­cept gets a ti­ta­ni­um400cc twin, valves, bikes and built new­for ex­port pis­tons are and ex­pected elec­tron­icto use the 40kW throt­tle liq­uid-cooled­valves con­trib­ute,en­gine, frame while­and swingarma crank from re­design­the CB500, (lower keep­ing mo­ment of costs in­er­tia) down. ben­e­fit­sThe en­gine ac­cel­er­a­tio­nis tied to a and six-speed cor­ner­ing trans­mis­sion abil­ity.and ma­jorsThe en­gine,on econ­omy which and is nowease of EU rid­ing.IV com­pli­ant, is said to of­fer bet­ter Un­like low-and­most ad­ven­turemid-rev ac­cel­er­a­tion.bikes which are tall, Thethe ZX-10R’sBull­dog, like un­der­pin­ningsits name­sake, are has al­soa low re­vised,cen­tre of with grav­ity, frame thanks ge­om­e­tryto wide but changess­mall 15and inch a tyres. 16mmIts 730mm­longer swingarm.seat height Other ev­i­dently pro­duce­new­bits“Amer­ica’sin­cludeBrem­bosports­bike”M50­caters for the ma­jor­ity of the world’s on­ce­four-pota­gain, pop­u­la­tion the­monoblocEBR1190RXfrontand­brakes,SX­mod­els,the­lat­est­thoughdes­ig­naswhich is be­low 172cm in height. It’s also yet it Showaisun­clear­fork­sthrough­with­anwhome­x­ternalthesedamp­ing­willbe­sen­si­ble in that its light weight and low fric­tion sold.

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