Small bike that thinks big

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

“What en­gine is it again?” a friend asks as I park the Yamaha out­side a lo­cal café af­ter a Sun­day morn­ing spin. She has a Suzuki SV650 and can’t be­lieve the MT-03 is only 321cc when it looks “just like a proper bike”. And there’s a rea­son for that, the par­al­lel-twin Yamaha is 100% a proper bike.

That proper bike feel in­cludes the tyres. All too of­ten small-ca­pac­ity ma­chines aimed at newer riders come with the worst rub­ber known to man, weird hoops bear­ing ob­scure brand names. But that’s not the case with the MT which comes shod with Miche­lin Pi­lot Street as stan­dard – they send the mes­sage that this is a se­ri­ous ma­chine.

Ac­cord­ing to the mar­ket­ing blurb Yamaha are aim­ing the MT at new riders (it’s A2 li­cence-friendly) and

It’s tall. Some­thing that has so very nearly caught me out a cou­ple of times when pulling up to a stand­still. It’s not the seat height at 840mm that’s the trou­ble – I think it’s the width of the seat that makes things in­ter­est­ing.

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