Small bike that thinks big
“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.