WHO'S BUY­ING M T- 0 3 s ?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

The Yamaha is A2-li­cence friendly, but that doesn’t mean they're all be­ing bought by young­sters. A more ob­vi­ous route is for a fresher to opt for some­thing like an MT-07, have it re­stricted then get the dealer to re­store full power once the time comes.

Where it seems more pop­u­lar is with older rid­ers look­ing to down­size and also for folk look­ing for a sec­ond bike, folk such as MCN reader Mike Wood­ward who has a Tracer 900, MT-07 and Honda MSX 125 but se­lected an 03 be­cause it is ideal for car­ry­ing around in the back of his mo­torhome.

Mike says: “With a mo­torhome garage weight limit of 250kg the 168kg Yamaha fits nicely with spare ca­pac­ity for our rid­ing kit. Size wise it fits the mo­torhome garage per­fectly. We just roll it in on a ramp and then run it into a Sealey Bike Chock then strap it down. If we need to take lots of stuff like moun­tain bikes in ad­di­tion to a mo­tor­bike then we tend to take the MSX 125, but for tour­ing hol­i­days we take the Yam.

“Apart from be­ing a great fit for our mo­torhome, the Yam got the nod over its most ob­vi­ous com­peti­tors, the Kawasaki Z300 and KTM 390, on ac­count of the bet­ter pil­lion ac­com­mo­da­tion. We vis­ited the Isle of Man for the South­ern 100 in July and this was our first trip with the Yamaha in the mo­torhome. De­spite our com­bined weight be­ing bang on the MT-03’S all up load limit, it eas­ily coped with two up rid­ing around the Is­land and had enough power to keep up with traf­fic if not blast past it (two-up over­takes have to be rea­son­ably well planned).

"Two-up, the brakes lack power. In fact they lack power full stop and this is some­thing I’ll have a look at over the win­ter. Set­tings wise I added a click of preload for me when rid­ing solo and a fur­ther two clicks two-up. I didn’t find it too much of a has­sle to change the set­ting although you do need to take the chain guard off but that’s a sin­gle bolt.”

‘The Yamaha coped eas­ily with some two-up rid­ing around the Isle of Man’

Mike's MT lives in the back of the van

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