£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.