MT-03

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£109 / bhp, 0.2bhp / kg

Yamaha: “Em­brace the dark­ness.” MCN: A2 li­cence MT, built in In­done­sia; cheap and im­mensely thrash­able.

The first thing to strike you about the MT-03 is its tacho – this twin re­ally is red­lined at 12,500rpm. The thing is, the MT will hap­pily use ev­ery last rev in search of mak­ing as much progress as it can, and do it with a sur­pris­ingly smooth ci­vil­ity. And for an A2 li­cence-friendly en­gine mak­ing 40bhp (bor­rowed from the YZF-R3), the MT-03 can build up and main­tain a de­cent head of steam. On longer rides the 03 starts to test the def­i­ni­tion of ‘fun’, but it’s ca­pa­ble of hold­ing 70mph with­out de­stroy­ing it­self or your hands, and keep­ing the speedo above 80mph is an en­ter­tain­ing chal­lenge. There’s not a lot of en­gine left above 70mph though, so care­ful plan­ning is re­quired for over­takes.

MT-03 sec­ond­hand values The orig­i­nal MT-03 – the 660cc sin­gle with a side-mounted shock – is still fetch­ing de­cent money; close to £4000 for a last-of-the-run 2012 ma­chine. Our 321cc twin MT-03 has only been around since the start of 2016, so £4000 is where they start for a barely run-in, few-hun­dred­miles minter. The 03 is an In­done­sian­built Yam, but qual­ity con­trol is, on the sur­face, as good as an equiv­a­lent Ja­panese bike.

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