WHO'S BUYING M T- 0 3 s ?
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