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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
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