Yamaha_MT03I had the chance, a few weeks ago, to take a Yamaha MT-03 for a quick spin. As far as I know Yamaha has used the engine from the XT 660 and put it in a more modern sci-fi-like chassis. If you’ve read my opinion on the XT 660, you will now that I was thrilled by its high fun factor.

The MT-03 ranges equally high in fun factor and higher in design factor and use possibilities. In fact I can’t really shake the bike from my mind. It’s the best choice of a short range traffic cutting fun package I’ve tried yet. You have the kind of weird (but fun) upright riding position of an off-roader/motard, that gives you good traffic overview. The wide handlebars makes it extremely easy to handle and feel very steady and stable. The sound of the single cylinder 660cc engine is a beauty, and the low range pull is quite nice as well.

I didn’t have the chance to ride with a passenger, but it looks like the passenger seat is on the comfy side compared to that of the XT-660. It has grab rails, so how bad can it be. I recon it will do just fine for some evening show off rides around town with your spouse. I wouldn’t take it for a cross country baggage packed two-up tour. But should I ever need a bike for daily commuting, which also has some spunky street credibility; the MT-03 is very high on the short-list.

If you are a beginner and considering this as your first bike, I’d say go for it. It has just the right amount of power, forgiveness (excellent brakes without being too aggressive) and high potential to keep a big fat grin on your face for years to come.

I’d love to see a Ducati-Multistrada-like 1000cc model of the MT-03. That would make a serious replacement option for my present Honda 919.

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88 Responses to “Trying out the Yamaha MT-03”

  1. Anonymous  May 13th

    Hi there, i’m chris.I’ve just read your post & i need your opinion.I was thinking of getting one (mt-03) with my wife & use it as a primary bike (city use) & for short distances (aproximately 100-150 km)but then i saw the fz6 (naked edition).Consider that this ‘ll be my first 600cc+over so i don’t have great expirience on these bikes and i intend to use it mostly in city (70%).What do you think?Thanx in advance

  2. Jesper  May 15th

    Hi Chris, thank you for commenting.
    I’d say it’s a question of taste regarding the choice of those two bikes.

    I would probably choose the MT-03, because of the fun-factor. But if you need a versatile everyday commuter workhorse I think the FZ6 is an excellent choice.

    The engines of these two bikes are very different. The FZ6 engine is a 4 cylinder from a 600cc race bike and the MT-03 is a 1 cylinder from an offroad bike. The FZ6 has greater top speed and will take more revs. The MT-03 has a good pull from the bottom of the register, so you don’t have to change gear much, and if you like the sound of a v-twin engine, you’ll like the sound of the 1 cylinder as well.

    But one thing is for certain. You should try and get a test ride on both bikes before you make your decision.

    Happy riding, and let me know what you end up with.


  3. Markus  May 15th

    AAARRRRGGHH! yer killin me!
    I hate that we don’t get this in the US.

  4. Helmet Hair - Motorcycle Blog » Blog Archive » Smaller fun focused motorcycles gain popularity  June 12th

    [...] Is the day where a 1000ccm sport bike was the wet dream of every young bike nut beginning to see an end? 400ccm to 650ccm single and twin cylindered supermotos, flat trackers and street fighters are starting to pop up everywhere. Right now most of them are custom builds or kit bikes, like the Ron Wood Rotax Flat Track Motorcycles. But some of the manufacturers has jumped the band wagon and sent out factory made fun packages ex. Yamaha’s XT660x, MT-03 and Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM, not to mention the wicked Husqvarna SM 610. [...]

  5. William  July 9th

    I have been learning on a DT125R ’04 for the last 8 months and the MT 03 has been an obsession of recent! I communte from the London suburbs into the city and as a first bike it just does it for me.

    How does it sound? My DT125 sounds like an over revving moped! I definitely want something that gives me a bit more street cred than looking like a french teenager!

    that link takes you to a post of mine with an email conversation with the designer of the MT 03. He and I both studied design at the RCA, London (altho years apart). Hope its of interest.

  6. Helmet Hair - Motorcycle Blog » Blog Archive » Choosing your first motorcycle  August 24th

    [...] If you fall in love with a new model, that you for obvious reasons wont find used, so be it. Riding motorcycles is a lot about passion, and taking the sensible approach can be a bit tough when your mind is set on that shiny new motorcycle winking at you in the dealer’s show room. This year it could be motorcycles like the Yamaha MT-03 or the Kawasaki ER6n which I would consider good entry level motorcycles. But consider your self warned; the first scratch in the paint hurts like hell. [...]

  7. jamie  November 12th

    Hi, if anyones interested i’ve got my MT-03 on ebay

    Regards, Jamie

  8. Dan  February 21st

    Man read your review, been considering the bike for a while, i am still a learner, therefore still on a 125cc, but hopefuly will get through my tests soon (i have to my CBT ends in july) and once i pass, i am going to move onto a bigger bike, my question is, because i can not seem to find a price anywhere, is how much, roughly, do they cost?
    any help is greatly appreciated :)

  9. Jesper  February 22nd

    Hey, Dan. the MT-03 is an excellent starter bike if you ask me. You should just call you local Yamaha dealer and ask about the price, as it varies a lot from country to country. E.g. In Denmark you pay 12000£ for a bike you would pay 4000£ for in UK, because of taxes.

  10. Gyrro  March 9th

    Heyya mates, I am also bifurcated with the choice…MT-03 or FZ6-N? Both with about the same prices as new and second-hand makes it even harder! Yeah, I’m kind of a beginner too (i’ve been riding ’97 Bandit 400), but I am riding just for the fun(MT-03)and adrenaline(FZ6-N) usually on the weekends! It is often that we cover more than 400km for a day! So, Jesper, or anyone, which one is better?
    Be safe & happy riders! :)

  11. Jesper  March 19th

    Gyrro, I want to say the MT-03, but in the long run you’ll probably be happier with the FZ6-N. If you cover +400km when riding with the mates, I think the FZ6-N is the most suitable of the two. Think of the bikes as; FZ6 = race bike heritage, MT-03 = supermoto/enduro heritage. Then decide what you need most.

  12. Stefan Michalak  March 26th

    Hi I am in the process of looking for a dealer for the MT-03 but before I go any further, would anyone know if this bike would be suitable for my height. I am 6ft 2 so my nees dont normally fit snug into the sides of the tank.

    Any help / advice here would be wonderful

  13. Jesper  March 26th

    Don’t know if it’s suitable for your height, Stefan. My advice is; to find a dealer and ask them if they can arrange a demo ride. If that’s not possible go to the dealer and sit on the bike to see if it feels suitable. But make an effort to get a demo ride, it’s worth it.

  14. Bald Keef  May 23rd

    I have an MT-03 today as a loan bike while mine is in for service. Based only on the 6 mile ride from the dealer I am very impressed. I am 6ft 2in as well and I found it very comfortable. Very different from my own CBR600F but very well planted and confidence-inspiring, good cornering and generally impressive.
    Not as much vibration as some twins I have tried, low-revving but great in traffic.
    Definitely have a try before you buy, it does feel quite quirky and may not be for everyone.
    Hope this helps.

  15. Ijaz  May 26th

    Today I swap my Ducati Moster 600 with DT-03. It is faster at traffic lights but, after 100Mph I’m missing my Monster. I love both bikes for looks and ride but, for my bank balance I think DT-03 is much better.

  16. Niki  June 21st

    Recently sold my Aprilia 650 Moto and husbands Ducati Monster 600 just not enough days a year to ride together, but we are thinking of sharing a Yamaha MT 03 we need reliable Jap bike but worry that the power will feel dull compared to what we are used to, any thoughts? I know we should buy the new Honda Hornet or Kawasaki Z750 but looks do count.
    Cheers Niki

  17. Jesper  June 21st

    That’s a damn tough question. I could guess away, but my best advice is, to try and find a dealer where they have a demo bike you can test ride.

    I don’t think the MT-03 will feel more dull than the Aprilia, but with the Duc I have my doubts.

    I’ve only tried 800cc and above Ducati bikes, and they have more power than the mt-03 without a shadow of doubt.

    My best guess is that the performance difference is minimal with city riding, and more a question of passion for one bike or the other.

    Hope that was at least a little helpful.

  18. Niki  June 21st

    Thanks for your reply, our local dealer doesn’t have a demo, although I have at least sat on one, you may be surprised to hear that the Aprilia licked the Ducati, being only the 600 monster it just wasn’t as quick or evan fun bike, if the electric’s hadn’t been so poor on the Aprilia we would have kept it but MOT’s were a nightmare, I am looking for a similar riding position and super reliability, at the moment I have borrowed a friends R6 and just love the fact that despite looking an unloved bike it fires up first time, unlike the Ducati but being tall myself after a ride my wrists are wrecked and to be honest it has too much power for my skill level and I really want a comfy ride position, the bike won’t have to do much just jolly weekend cafe cruising and then sit and sulk happily in a garage for up to 4 weeks between rides, work commitments.

    Thanks Niki

  19. Jesper  June 21st

    Have you considered the Kawasaki Versys, that’s a bit similar to the Aprilia. Probably more comfy than the MT-03 on longer hauls.

  20. Niki  June 21st

    Yep we have looked at the Versys but only because it was next to the Z750 and evan the ER 6n grabs me looks wise, but maybe we should have a closer look, my heart goes with the more retro looking bikes (Aprilia Moto was the 1995 Strack designed bike) I am wondering about the Triumph Scrambler, but fear the reliability might not be that of Japanese bikes.

  21. Lindsey  July 31st

    I passed my test in November 06 and have had a second hand Suzuki DRZ400sm since then (39bhp 135kg). Most of my riding is on fairly twisty country road on the Yorkshire Moors at evenings/weekends for fun.

    As a second bike, I’m looking for a bit more faster than the DRZ, more comfortable seat, bigger tank capacity, lower seat height. I want it to be manouverable and fun. I’m 6 feet tall and am arranging a test drive shortly. I love the way it looks.

    My budget is £5,000 is this the best bike for me?


  22. Ilias  September 10th

    I’m going to buy a bike before the end of September, and after a lot of thinking I ended up between the Aprilia Strada and the Yamaha MT-03. I was hoping that maybe you could help me choose?
    The main usage is going to be driving around heavy traffic jams inside the city, but I want to be able to go for a long trip every once and a while.
    I like the design of the MT-03, but it doesn’t have a fuel gauge where the strada has instruments with every single detail. Then my second worry is depreciation. I think the aprilia will drop it’s value a lot after 1 year of ownership than the yamaha. Also parts would be more expensive for the aprilia?

  23. Jesper  September 12th

    Don’t know that much about Aprilia cost of ownership etc. But I wouldn’t worry that much about a fuel gauge. You just reset your trip meter when you refuel, and you will very quickly learn your range. I never had a fuel gauge, just a reserve indicator, and it works like a charm.

    Best advice I can give you is, go for the bike you like most. You’ve come a long way and narrowed it down to two. What is separating them now is details, that each motorcycle rider will have different opinion on.

    Oh!, and by the way. Check insurance rates for both of them as well if you haven’t already done so.

    Good luck mate, and happy riding.

  24. cas  September 23rd

    im well excited i ve been ridin about on a honda slr650 but i ve traded it in 4 a yamaham mt03 im getting it in a week and its brand new im seriously excited wot a lovely lookin bike ive read a lot of reviews and all saying same stuff fab bike roll on sat

  25. Jeffers  December 7th

    Hey Jesper! Just thought I’d throw in my belated thoughts!
    I’m 59 and recently back to work after having a new valve put into my heart!
    I used to ride an FJ1200 B4 that a 1000RX and two further 1000 Kwackers B4 that. My girlfriend rides a 650 Bandit (soon to be sold for something a bit lighter, though. May be an ER6N, SN650 or similar) so in order to spend more time with her I decided to get another bike. I didn’t want anything mega-fast (Been there; done that!) So I read your comments here and in a few other online places and two weeks ago went out and bought a black one! Now I am a DoT Approved Motorcycle Instructor who hasn’t ridden a bike for 15 years, so I had to re-learn a few things! The first thing that I noticed is how forgiving the MT-03 is. It’s also quite comfy in the short term and pulls like a train! There’s a lot of perceived grunt here for 45 ponies and it’s very gratifying to be able to go away from “the lights” at a very respectable rate!A bit different to the British singles that I grew up around! This bike I would recommend to anyone who doesn’t want/need a 130mph screamer. It is superb as it is. It does what it says on the tin. Its cheap to insure and the only improvement on the horizon is a gel insert in the seat. If you like the look of it- get one: You won’t be disappointed!
    Thanks for listening folks!

  26. Jesper  December 8th

    Thanks, for the wise input, Jeffers. I had a feeling this bike was good. Hearing it from a rider with your experience makes me sure. I’m very certain your comment will be appreciated by a lot of people who consider buying a MT-03. Thanks

  27. cas  December 21st

    lovin it lovin a little head turner my mt03 seriously fab lookin bike growls away n nippy .had fn ridin it all ova north n mid wales some crackin roads to ride fn factor 100 per cent

  28. ormaz  December 29th

    Thanks for the review ! I helps me to make up my mind. The rear shox is the main attraction on the MT-03. Seems like a convenient way to set it up just as you like it, what say? My riding is mostly in the city so I appreciate the upright stance and low-down grunt. Thanks.

  29. Giannis  January 7th

    Purely by luck i can tell you all that Ilias bought Aprillia. By coincident i read this article and i remembered that one guy asked me on the street the same questions about the MT03 because i ride one, and he had the aprillia strada. I am e new rider and the mt03 is my first bike. i choosed it by instinct and i can tell you it was the best decision in my life. Every ride is a pleasure.

  30. Ilias  January 7th

    No freakin’ way! What are the chances? lol
    Drive safe and enjoy!
    My strada doesn’t start since the day before yesterday. I hope it’s just a hick-up and it will revive it self magically.
    Eitherwise I’ll make a chalk circle around it and stab some voodoo dolls. Changing the spark-plug didn’t help.
    Aaah… the sadness…

  31. theweecannyjock  February 8th

    been riding my liquid bronze mt-03 for four months now and have a trip planned at the end of may 08 with another three mates one on a cbr 600 another on a buell 1200 and the other will be on another mt-03 leaving bristol then holyhead to dublin then to belfast and over to stranraer straight up to inverness back down to my hometown of dundee then down to blackpool and on to bristol the trip will take place over six days. we have planned the route so that we will use no motorway all a,b and duel c/way this will be an ass breaker but i trust my mt-03 so much that im sure i will have a stunning time.

  32. Jeffers  February 9th

    OK!! I’e had the MT-03 for a few weeks and ridden quite a bit (but not as much as I’d like due to annoying things like work and crap weather!).
    All I have written in my above post still holds true.
    In order to get a gel pack put in the seat and not lose the use of the bike for that period I thought I’d simply by another seat….so I rang my main dealer nd got a pleasant surprise! New front seat £45!! Can’t be bad! The only other thing I’m going to do is fit a centre stand which I got from a great German company, for £120.
    The bike is a delight! My main dealer
    (Magnum’s in Gillingham) are nice people
    and all in all I’m a happy bunny.
    For those people like CAS in Wales who would like to talk to other owners….here’s a link. It’s fun and it’s FREE:
    Now you know!! Thanks to Jesper for his initial road test….Take one out for a week-end mate!!

  33. theweecannyjock  February 11th

    hey jeffers can you send me the link to where you got your centre stand from and did it fit first time or did you have to mess around to get it on. i had to have my mt-03 lowered as i am only a short ass 5’3 so that left the side stand to high so in turn i had to chop and weld the side stand so the bike wouldnt fall over but i just dont trust it now i would rather it was on a centre stand.

  34. Jeffers  February 12th

    Here you go M8!!

    It’s on eBay. It comes from Germany and it’s great quality. Arrives with adequate fitting instructions. It took 36 hours to get to me from the time I ordered it til it arrived at my door.

  35. Chris  March 2nd

    Hi folks,

    Nice reading about you thoughts on the MT03. yesterday went to the local motor dealer and checked out some bikes.

    I instantly fell in love with the MT03…

    at first i was looking at ducati monsters but the cost secondhand as much as a brand new MT03…

    so i think in a couple of days i’ll cant stand it anymore and buy the bike ;)

    one question, how is it on long rides? 400 – 500 km?

  36. theweecannyjock  March 2nd

    hey chris like i said i have a long trip planned in may so i have been out and about putting the miles on and getting my backside used to the saddle i find that the bike will ride about 150 miles before needing a fuel stop and i can do this quite easily in the saddle. although having said that i don’t ride motorway very much and if i do it is only short distance.i would say go for it.one great feature is that i can get the exhaust to pop when i want it to now rather than it doing it when i don’t expect it (good for head turning)

  37. Brad  March 26th

    Hey theweecannyjock

    please could you update me after you’ve done your trip, I’m quite keen on the bike but would also like to do long trips and would like to know how it performs. any news would be great!

  38. roberto  April 22nd

    queria fotos da yamaha mt 03

  39. Jeffers  June 18th

    Goddammit!! I knew I’d be pushing my luck joining the MT Owners Club! You see they have lots of members with MT-01s and one came up for sale at a good price and it would have been churlish not to buy it!! So I did! Not a beginners bike at all…but I have my skillz back and I’m lovin’ it!
    One thing tho’….I now have an MT-03,
    in black with 705 mi on the clock and nearly £100 of extras up fer grabs. Jesper this could be the chance you’ve been waitin for!! Best offer over £3k!


    Look in the For Sale section…pics and everything!!

  40. Jeffers  June 18th

    ummmm….That should read nearly £1000
    worth of extras!! Sorry Jesper!!

  41. theweecannyjock  June 18th

    hi brad.
    im back from the trip and just as i thought it was fantastic. i could not fault the bike. in total we did 1500 miles in six days the weather was great and the roads even better. the mt 03 handled like a dream and kept up with the cbr 600 no problem. the only mod i have made to the bike is a screen from givi i fitted this in about 20 mintes and it offered me good protection on the long straights of the a82 and the a9 in scotland.
    because the bike handled so well i have decided to keep it for at least another year as the machine i have in my sights is the bmw gs 800. when i do part with the mt 03 i will have fantastic memories of the miles i will have done. all in all it is a great machine. first class on a and b roads. loads of low down pulling power and even better on twisty roads keeping up with the sports bikes. stunning in traffic and very nimble for filltering. anyone looking for one will not be dissapointed.
    roll on the next trip thats what i say.

  42. Jesper  June 19th

    Going to pass, Jeffers. I have plenty in the two bikes I have right now.

    But thanks for the offer :-)

  43. Pirvu Eugen  August 20th

    I am from Romania and i will love to buy an MT03…can you tell me iff you have ride’it with pasenger and how good that was? For pasenger how was?
    Is good for a 2-300KM for riding with pasenger?
    I will love to go sometimes in the mountains with my girl….
    Thank You!
    Sorry for soo many questions!
    All the best!

  44. Marie  September 4th

    I exactly got the same question ! How does the passenger feel? Thanks

  45. Jesper  September 4th

    I didn’t ride with a passenger so I’m sorry but I can’t answer that question. Hopefully someone else will chip in with their knowledge.

  46. Alejandro  December 30th

    Hi Jesper,

    I’m from Chile, I’m the owner of a Sachs Madass 125, we have a nice group here called Madass Riders Chile, so we organize trips and have a lot of fun.

    However, I’m needing more power now, a lot more, so an option to maintain more or less the same driving style would be the MT-03 (at least has the same driving position). I also like the FZ6n, in fact I proposed the same debate in our website (funny coincidences), but as you well said, the MT is better for the City and moreover in our city (Santiago) where we have awful traffic.

    One answer I have not found is the MT-03′s top speed, what is it? Despite the Top speed, what is recommended speed for a 300 Kms trip?

    I would very much appreciate your response.

    Thanks in advance.

  47. Jesper  December 30th

    Hi Alejandro,

    I’m not certain about the top speed, but my guess is that it’s somewhere between 150-180km/t.

    I don’t think I’d consider a bike because of its top speed. Basically you can go anywhere on anything it’s just a matter of how much time you have and what level of comfort you expect.

    The speed I’d recommend for any length of trip is what ever you feel comfortable with. You should never let yourself be pushed or stressed when riding a motorcycle.

    If you feel comfortable following traffic and staying around the speed limits of where you are riding. Then you’re in a good spot.

    Example: If you’re at full throttle just touching the speed limit on the freeway. Then you need to stay off the freeways or get a stronger bike. It’s safest to have a little more power than you march speed. Also if you’re carrying luggage or pillions.

    I’d have no problem of doing a 300km trip on the MT03. But doing it on a regular basis with luggage and a passenger I’d go for a stronger bike.

    Hope that helped.

  48. Grischje  January 3rd

    Hi Alejandro,

    The topspeed is around 170 km/h but thats nearly in the red.

    i drove that speed for a couple of minutes on the german highway (no speed limit) but its awful :) you need some big musscles to keep yourself on the bike.

    becouse the lack of a windscreen you have a lot of wind in your face, i drove back from germany to holland avaraging 135 km/h but even that is a struggle..

    my advice this bike is better suited for small bendy country roads :)

    Cheers, Chris

  49. paul  February 28th

    Nice blog,i love the style of this bike,better than the 01,just needs a bigger lump.Shuehorn an fzr exup in and hang on.Bin biking all my life and the mt03 is one of the best looking bikes around,and for a bad back 50 somthing sports bike owner it might be time for a change.

  50. Bülent  February 28th

    Hi mate, i was googling for mt-03 reviews and I found your blog. I wasn’t riding since i had a accident with a truck 8 years ago but now I want to feel the wind and freedom again. I’ve been reading reviews of all the naked bikes for 2 years but still not decided what to buy (little budget=big decision). MT-03 was the bike that made me think of riding again at the first place. Thanks to all the people who shared their opinions about MT-03, really appreciated. I have one little question; after all these years (I had a 250cc vespa for 2 years tops:)what do you think about making a come back with MT-03. Thanks

  51. kev  February 28th

    hi buddy, well what can i say about the mt-03. when i test rode the machine i could not get the smile of my face, i rode it back to the dealership and paid my deposit. one week later i took delivery of the bike. as you read in the blog, i took the bike around the uk with another three guys, i had no problem keeping up with any of them and managed to put them all to shame as we tackled the twisty A roads. the bike comes alive and just loves these type of roads. i thought about selling the bike to buy the new bmw 800 gs but when it came to it i just thought, well maybe one more summer on my mt-03. so that is where i am at with the bike at the moment. the machine is very true and trustworthy. although i have riden bikes for many years this is a machine that is sutiable for most people, it is fantastic on the A roads easily sits at 80 on the motorway, although i would reccomend a GIVI screen (good price and very easy to fit) great in traffic when filltering (easy to handle at low speads) the fun factor for me is when you come off the gas the exhausts make the most fantastic popping sound, very loud and very cool.

    ok now the bad bits
    well as you can see 18 months on and im still looking for them.
    this is an honest opinion. i have no regrets. also anyone out there as short as me you can rest easy im 5’3 and have had the bike lowered a touch, this has not affected the handling in any way.
    cheers kev
    let me know how you get on if you do decide this is the bike for you. good luck.

  52. Jose Silva  March 25th

    Hi Everyone!
    I took my cbt in january 2009 and the full test in February 2009, i never ridden bikes before appart the Suzuki GS500 from the learning school. I went to George White in Swindon and get myself a Brand new MT-03 wich rides lovely. My mate has got a Suzuki V-strom and he loves my bike. They are pure fun.

  53. stavros  April 4th

    hi guys. just recieved my new MT-03 seems a good bike. one problem though. the speedo is in km/h can anyone out there help with any info of how to convert to mph??? struggling with my supplier. many thanks STAVROS

  54. kev  April 4th

    hi buddy congrats on the new bike. it tells you in the hand book how to convert. if you cant find it then mail me back and i will dig mine out cheers

  55. kev  April 4th

    push the select and reset buttons together and turn the key on. when the digits start flashing on the display,push the select button to choose kilometers or miles.

  56. keiran  April 24th

    Hi all
    Just to let you know that i agree with all thats been said here,the 03 is a stunning little bike,and it is a rare site on the roads where i live!
    It gets some seriouse attention wherever i park it.
    Its not all show and no go either! it handles like a dream ,and is as forgiving as my old 535,but much more fun! GET ONE -YOU WONT EVER REGRET IT!

  57. Mark  April 26th

    Just bought an MT-03 last week cant believe how easy it is to ride. Would have to agree with Keiran it’s getting a lot of attention!

  58. M Stoughton  May 9th

    Why not in the US??????

  59. Alex  June 30th

    hi guys
    i have just bought an MT-03 as a second bike,like you say no matter where you park it, it gather attention,got the best of both world’s as my main bike is an MT-01.

  60. Sog  July 29th

    Well I did a deal for an mt03 tother day and pick it up on friday ,Im a mid 40′s litre plus riding fanatic,but was starting to feel unsure but having read all the comments on here I can only say I cant wait thanks guys n gals for helping me finalise my desicion

  61. Pedro  October 4th

    hi there,
    Just a few words about the MT03. I had the bike for 2 months and did about a 1000 km in the meanwhile. As a first bike, it’s more than I expected.
    Back from a day trip in the french pyrénées mountains, I confirm the bike is incredibly fun on the twisty secondary roads (much more fun and easier than the 1200 harley davidson roadster my daymate was using today).
    The MT is ok in city traffic, but the handlebar is large. You may want to add a windshield; you may ask for 10 more horsepower. But the bike makes you feel so confident, no matter how creepy the road surface is. I now feel almost everyday the will to let the city behind, and ride wherever…
    No regrets, I’ll look for a road test of a KTM Duke to see if that maybe a future option..

  62. Mark  October 5th

    Does anyone know if the fly screen that Yamaha make for the MT-03
    actually works?
    I ask this because i am thinking of adding one but its a bit costly
    for cosmetic purposes only!

  63. TiagoS  November 21st

    Hi there, this is TiagoS from Spain. Has anybody riden the mt-03 off-road? My girlfriend has a Suzuki Van Van and I would like us to ride offroad together. Another question, is the MT-03 comfortable for the passenger? Not too big trips, only 300-400 miles.

    V´s to everybody…

  64. celtic frost  April 5th

    hey peoples, i am just about to take my test next week and considering buying the MT03. ~I am currently riding an Yammy DT 125 which is a great wee bike as i use it to commute and as a toy for off road ventures. I was wondering if anyone has tried the MT off road or if anyone can advise on the possiblity to “enduro” the bike with new forks and knobblies? Im thinking perhaps a KTM might be a better option but any feedback appreciated

  65. Ptbodyguard  April 5th

    Hi Celtic Frost I own a MT-03 for a year now and its been fabullous, the bike as been in mud, water, gravel and Sand with no problems at all, the only thing i changed was the tyres for Continental Road Attack for more grip especially on the wet. My ridding partner as a KTM 690 SM and its a great bike as well but not so confortable for a bit longer journeys. If you want the bike just for local rides and town get the KTM but if you plan going for something more confortable get the MT-03.

  66. Mark  April 27th

    Hello y’all.

    Interesting reading, I am thinking of getting a new bike soon.

    I just cannot choose between Kawasaki’s ER 6N, or the Yamaha MT-03

    I have owned a Hyosung 250 comet for the last two years, I live on an island in Spain with good year round riding. I am bored of my Hyosung’s capabilities, engine and looks and want to step up to either of one of these bike, just can’t decide.

    The only pulling point is that my Hyosung dealer will give me a 1200 euro trade in against the Kawasaki, I’d be left with the bike and have to pay the full 6250 euros if I bought the MT 03, which I prefer the look of but I believe has not as much perfonrmance?

    Thanks for your comments in advance.


  67. Edo.  June 11th

    For all of you stateside who are wishing Yamaha would resume offering street/scrambler thumpers we’d use and enjoy instead of heavy, expensive play-racers and low-riders, get on http://www.yamaha-motor.com and tell them about it. The fabulous 660 engine – now 686cc – is confined to glorified golf carts in the US, meanwhile nothing fills the gap of substantial, fun, and useful street/scramblers that got so many of us riding and enjoying bikes in the first place.

  68. Sherminator  July 26th

    Hey all,
    I have been offered an MT-03 at a good price and i am strongly considering it. I have looked up the specs and the specs dont look to good (power wise) but i test rode it and it seemed reasonably powerful indeed and reasonably lighter than 175kg which i have been told it is. are these stats wrong or is my judgement just impaired by my desire for the bike:
    But i have one major question that i need to know. My friends want me to come down to Le Mans with them next year. Will this bike make the trip through france adequatly? will the fuel stretch? will the bike be fast enough and will it be comfortable enough to last a 2-3 hours riding at a time?

    Thanks guy, this will be the decieder over getting it.

  69. Mark  July 27th

    In reply to above, great bike to commute. Very light and fun to ride. The fuel tank is not the biggest and would stuggle on motorways etc over long distances. You may struggle to keep up with your mates too! Having said that I love it and am keeping mine! Hope this helps you choose.

  70. alex  July 27th

    i have an 03 aswell as its bigger brother the 01.
    recently i took the 03 on a 300 mile trip round the scottish/english border with a few fellow mt owners.I have to say i was well impressed with its performance,tank range was roughly 100 miles,on the motorway it will easily at 70/80mph.

  71. Coltrane  August 31st

    Hello everone..
    I was just browsing for parts for another bike when I found this page, nice to see the interest in the MT-03.
    4 years ago my Honda 450 Supermotard was stolen and I was out looking for a new bike.
    I was looking at buying something practical ( and boring I thought ) and stylish, i checked out the Ducatis, the Hondas and all the “mid-range” 600-800cc bikes.
    I didnt have a lot of cash and the insurance was a joke so instead of waiting for more money and letting the summer go to waste I decided for the MT-03, i didnt even do a test run with it! Deperate I know! Now almost 5 years later I have taken really long trips with it, stunting it, city traffic, snow and rain AND I LOVE THIS BIKE!
    I have done some modifications to it and purchased some alternative parts. The exhaust from Akropovi is maaaad! It also added power to the bike. After this and my friends fingers in it i top out at 196kmh, as long as you rev this bike it will keep up with all of the bikes in the same range until you hit top speed, start in number two gear and you leave Ducatis standing.
    Yes, no windshield and stuff so it will be windy but this is a “naked bike” and for people who dig the wind it´s awesome. Riding any naked bike will require some “holding on” when above 150kmh. Next month I will have them map it and with a power commander I think it will reach 200 and thats all I need. I made the suspension a bit stiffer and i´m lowering it soon. This is after almost five years with the bike, and I still love it.
    I might have some pic´s on my Facebook account if your interested.

  72. george  September 4th

    Hi Im from Greece and bought the last mt 03 available in the whole country on this special offer 09 model for 5380euros. I used to have a yamaha drag star 1100 classic but i sold it a few years ago and ive always wanted to get another bike and love the mt. The drag star weighed 270 and it wasnt convenient. What a nice change. I went to the dealership rode it for 15 km then it started raining. I wanted the white one but got the black one in the end and it looks great. I think i might paint the gas tank black mat to match the rest of the bike and put a white sticker strip around the wheels to match the awesome side mounted white suspension. Yamaha have done a great job and the bike should be reliable, fun, and easy to maintain. Cant wait to ride it. Thanks for all the comments. Very nice to hear from so many mt 03 owners from all over the world. Take care dudes…Safe riding!!!!

  73. Paulo74  September 4th

    Well, I am now the proud owner of an 06 MT 03 in white. I never had a test ride on one, liked the looks and just bought one. Picked the bike up this afternoon and having ridden it for the last 4 hours these are my first impressions of it.
    1. It is freckin AWESOME!!!
    2. Power delivery is very very good in all gears and speed is NOT an issue in any way.
    3. The handling is amazing.
    4. Brakes are very very good.
    5. Motorway riding is fine, don’t believe the scaremongers. Took it on and just went one junction but managed 95MPH and it still felt good. If you have ridden naked bikes before its exactly the same, windy, but fine.

    If you are thinking about this bike GO for it, it is a really really really good machine.

  74. raaijos  September 6th

    HI there. I read most of the comments about the MT03. To tell my little story: I’m 63 (passed midlife crise and arrived in old age crise) Fact is that in March of this year (2010) one of my friends told me that he had booked in September an arranged motor bike holidy trip in the US. 4 Corners trip it’s called. Riding around in 5 states AZ, UT, NM, CO and NV of course on a HD. First thing I asked “Can I join you on the buddy seat?” But right away I said no buddy seat; I’m going to learn to ride. Started in April and 30th July I had my license. Another friend borrowed me his old Kawa 454 LTD (87) to practice. Rode on it for about a month, Great fun. That old Kawasaki brought me to the local Kawasaki dealer (rpm-counter broken cable) and there I saw her. The Yamaha MT 03 shining in the showroom between hard green Kawa Ninja’s and other for me too big and too racy bikes. It is from ’06 and 5000 km’s for a bit less than € 5000. The dealer offered me to try it out but unfortunately the battery was empty and at that moment I didn’t have that much time. I thought it was a twin because there were two exhousts but reading the specs on the internet I found out that there is only one cylinder of 660 CC. 45HP, that old Kawa had 60HP and two. So I started to doubt. But having read all the exiting comments about the bike I must try it out. It is something very different from a HD Sportster 883 that I’m going to ride in the US but nevertheless….. We’ll see. Every “normal” motor biker advises “never by a Harley, too expensive and you always have to take your toolbox” So may be the MT03?!

  75. Brendan  September 6th

    Hi! Sept 2010

    My 06 MT-03 is for sale, Edinburgh.
    8500 miles, lovely nick, garaged. Standard, and ridden gently by this middle aged classic bike owner. Not the usual owner profile! New/good tyres, Scottoiler, Ultraseal. £2550

    07751 631066



  76. Radu  October 17th

    Hello jeffers! Guided by you, I just brought my own MT-03 here im Brazil, and I’m very happy with it!!! Thanks a lot. By the way, can you send again the link for the center stand? The link somewhere above doesn’t work. Also, if you have the link for the wind shield, it will be of great help.
    Radu (Brazil)
    XTZ 250 Lander/07

  77. Brendan  October 18th

    I’ve now sold my MT.
    But I have a Yamaha rear rack, an SW Motech centre stand, a new seat, and a new petrol tank available to sell. See the MT Owners Forum for details!

  78. Vaughan  October 19th

    Yep, the MT-03 is indeed a great bike, nimble, handles well, looks great, slightly quirky and full of charecter, I am packing it away for the winter having loved every ride of this summer (about 6000 miles)…..I love it, I love it !!, doesnt take up too much room in the garage, simple to maintain…sounds faaaantastic….TBH, I cant fault it and if it was nicked, I would go right out and buy another :-)

  79. Cleveland Steptoe  March 8th

    Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any suggestions?

  80. Chris S  April 21st

    I’ve had an MT-03 now for a good 4 and a half months, and done just over 6000 miles on it. Ridden it in all weathers including snow and ice, and all roads tarmac, it is an incredibly capable and versatile bike When I first rode it I was very unnerved, having just traded my XVS650 Dragstar in for it. When I first rode the MT, I/it was very upright and very jerky to start off with because of the high torque, but as soon as you get to know the bike and where the sweet spots on it are (which doesn’t take long at all – I was loving it before I had covered 10 miles!) then it’s a doddle. If you’re looking to tour the country or even several countries, there are better bikes for the job. Riding rediculously economically doing 75mph on a motorway from a full tank (10 or so litres until reserve) I managed almost 110 miles before the fuel reserve light came on. It is a bike built for thrashing on the back streets and leaving sports bikes behind on a country road. Which is always satisfying. :) After a 320 mile round trip, my shoulders were aching from the constant buffeting by the wind – probably my own fault for only stopping for fuel and carrying on straight away – but even when you are riding after a long boring motorway ride, when you get to whatever destination you choose, you are instantly re-awakened by how fun this little bike is! In 1st gear it will easily pull the front wheel up just on the power for the amount of torque available to you – that torque is also very handy when you give it a bit much, brings you back down easily to get your nerves back. Cornering takes a little practise to refine for the upright seating position, but once you get it right, there is very good ground clearance – the footpegs were scraping and there was still about half an inch of “chicken strips” left on the edge of the tyre (those have since been worn away :D). Top speed, once again there are many other bikes more suited to the job as flat out on the motorway I managed 109mph before bouncing off the rev limiter. It is a bike built to be thrown around and it seems the more you push it, the more it encourages you to push further. All in all, if you want a fun commuter that will give you just as much fun in the countryside as it does blasting away from the lights in town, then this is the bike for you.

  81. Daggers  April 22nd

    Hi, i have just been reading over the above. I have not been on a bike for over ten years, back when i had a 125cc on the road as a learner. I had to come away from bikes due to becoming a daddy, so have been using a car ever since.

    I have always had an interest in bikes, from lower 125cc to mid range and bigger speed bikes.

    Sorry… so anyway after ten years or so i am going to do it and buy a bike. i have passed my theory and have both my CBT ans DAS booked, soon.

    As i have been away from bikes so long and have never been on any thing other than a 125cc, would i have the skills to ride and kep in control the MT-03. i love the look of the bike and have been happy with the reviews i have read. but should i stay lower in power?

    also i will need to use the bike in most weather througout the year. alot of reviews say that they put their bikes away in the winter, would the mt03 be able to cope with windy, wet, and the other elements winter has to offer.

    i am not looking to a fast bike but love the looks and want something with a little punch but is also forgiving of me the riders, little mistakes.

    Thanks very much any fb would be great.

  82. Ptbodyguard  May 1st

    Hi Dagger!
    I have my MT-03 for 2 years now and was my first bike ever, my bike as got now 10500 miles and it was ridden trough out all year including snow, I had to replace a fork seal, and the clocks as they filled up with water, but everything was done within warranty, so no big hassle, I am planing now selling as I want to move into big trails (BMW 1200GSA). If I could I would keep it as it is lots of fun, any queries just contact me, ptbodyguard@aol.com

  83. Trevor  November 18th

    Hi to all reading this blog
    I’ve had an MT-03 for 3 months now and covered nearly 1500 miles.
    Been riding for 25 years on just about about every type of bike, currently have an old school GSXR1100 + KDX200 enduro. I was looking for something totally different to the Gixer to use through the winter and after one test ride on the MT knew it was for me. Although totally different style and engine it has so much in common with the LC’s I used to hoon around on in my youth – an absolute blast and punches above it’s class so to speak.
    In it’s element on the twisties and around town, certainly not embarassed on A roads, I even enjoy wet and leafy single lane backroads on a Sunday morning. Since I’ve had it the poor old Gixer has been confined to the garage most of the time as the MT just begs to be ridden, even wet and windy weather is fun!
    It’s been on a 550 mile in two days round trip to Cornwall and a track day, will be doing both again. Definitely off to France on it next year and gonne line up some more track days.
    I’ve added Leo Vance end cans (lovely sound) and K&N, larger front sprocket and brighter headlamp bulb. Not ideal for long motorway blasts, 45 minutes at 85mph was literally a pain in the neck but pretty much any unfaired bike would be the same. Good two up for an hour or so. Obviously not a speed demon but pulls to 90mph+ in all conditions, a bit more if you can wait for it. A decent rider on a decent sportsbike will leave it but not by that much unless long straights, on a wet track I was able to keep up with all but the quickest riders.
    Bought it as a ‘stop gap’ to use through the winter and then sell on for something else next Spring, right now I wouldn’t even consider getting rid next year, it’s a keeper.

  84. Drenq  January 19th

    Here you can find a video of my Yamaha MT-03 as I was riding it to work. I used a GoPro head cam. Since I was looking to every video possible before I’ve got the bike, and wanted to see how it sounds and looks. I decided to tape the ride. I have more unedited videos, which I didn’t have time to upload em online, and I hope I will soon. Hope you like the vid:

  85. paulo ganem  August 4th

    live in brazil.i have a mt 03,since okm.Bike is fantastic.Ride always with my wife distances 500/800km.No problems;Completely fun,tork and wind in face.Dont sell.I am a rider +/- 35 years ago.


  86. oliver  January 18th

    Hi everyone. Im from Hungary. I would like to buy an MT-03 in the future, and its nice to read these beautiful things about it. My problem is that i am 6 ft 5 in (195 cm) tall, and this is a little bike i think, so i dont know if its comfortable or not or i wont look like a giraffe when i ride it. If anyone have this type of experience, please share with me.

    Best regards

  87. Dave  May 19th

    Hi, I was planning on doing a track day on an MT03 at Donington. Is the MT03 up to the job?

  88. Jesper Bram  May 19th

    I haven’t tried it. But I have seen many different street bikes at track days. So I would say go for it. Be safe, and have fun.

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