It wasn’t that she looked too nice but … a little bit anyway. If the first MT-03 (in 300 format) blended perfectly into the Master of Torque family, it became a little too phlegmatic in face compared to the patibular faces of the current MT-10 and MT-09.
Be playful, let’s be a show off, so be it. The Yamaha is adorned with a particularly sharp look, feline at will. Too bad the mouth is obscured by a bubonic lighthouse. We’ll have to do with it, cursing at the same time the horn that we still haven’t managed to hide. But we find a smile with the front axle of this MT-03. A clear desire for sportiness emerges with the adoption of a 37 mm inverted fork instead of the classic 41 mm model. The driving will be able to afford to be more incisive, more stamping, without however going to provoke the fire. Let’s stay in context, it’s a 300.
Still equipped with its Diamond-type tubular steel frame, it takes advantage of its overhaul to recover a stiffer rear shock with revised settings. The other elements of the chassis do not change. One brake disc per wheel, one ABS, not too big tires, and it rolls.
At the pace of the 321 cc twin. Who does not seem to have evolved from the top of his forty horses. Enough power to rub shoulders with the 390 Duke and Z 400, more generously cubed and developing barely more watts. The Yam will however have to bow to the torque curves of the competition. The engine has so far been 3 mkg, which allows you to take off smoothly and then twist the handle without fear of damaging the swingarm.
However, the MT-03 seems to want to distribute punch. It’s not just his face on the menu of physiological changes. Her body worked her shoulders, showing some orïThe air intake forms very much borrowed from the MT-09. A nice injection of style, ending with a flattering update to the dashboard. To finish believing yourself on a machine of guts and grip, the digital unit reproduces that of the MT-10; in addition simplified. The tapered LED indicators conclude this evolution, with a much more fashionable finesse..
With this 320 MT-03 II, Yamaha does not upset the situation but offers much more poise to its initiatory roadster in A2. More nasty visually, wanting to hold the front better, the Yamaha also wants its share of the hooligan in the MT family. The price goes up a bit, so do the ambitions.
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MT-03 320 2019
Model marketed in
about 160 km / h
The technical aspect
Yamaha MT-03 320 2020
- Weight in running order: 169 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(68 x 44.1 mm)
at 10,750 rpm
at 9000 rpm