Yamaha’s attractive little MT-03 learner bike, gets a major cosmetic and performance upgrade for 2020, plus a price hike.
The MT-03 is now $A7299 ride away, compared with $A5699 (plus on-road costs) last year.
However, it now has much better suspension, all LED lighting, LCD dash, new and aggressive “Dark Lightning” styling and a choice of three colours: Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Tech Black.
The styling features a pointier nose, bigger air scoops, dual position lights and a minimalist diamond frame design with very little bending or welding.
But more importantly the handling should be vastly improved with the addition of 37mm inverted KYB forks and a cast aluminium upper triple clamp plus an updated rear shock with seven-step preload adjustment.
The long 573mm swingarm reduces fluctuations in the angle of the swingarm in relation to the road surface during both compression and rebound when compared to a conventional, shorter design.
Yamaha says this provides more efficient transmission of power to the rear wheel, particularly during acceleration, deceleration, and cornering.
It is powered by a compact and lightweight 321cc inline twin-cylinder engine developed from Yamaha’s multi-championship-winning YZF-R3 sportsbike.
The liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve CP2 engine features a 180-degree crank and integrated counterbalancer.