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I so want one....MT-03

Yamaha have gone and done it now. They have taken their wonderful 660 single engine, same as what powers the Skorpion, and thrown it into one mean looking package to create the MT-03. This is what MZ could have done had they kept making the Skorpion.

Yamaha have this to say about their mean steed.

MT-03 is a motorcycle for its time – born for the kind of 21st century roads where bigger high-performance bikes struggle to unleash their full potential. MT-03 has instant, pulsing low-down power from its fuel-injected 660 cc single-cylinder engine and a totally new sports chassis concept engineered for hardcore street sports riding. You get a short wheelbase, low seat height, focused centre of gravity and forward-biased riding position for hyper-manoeuvrability, superb rider feedback and excellent traction. So MT-03 is perfect for intense fun riding, it doesn’t matter whether you’re doing it on tough urban streets or mountainside hairpins. And with side-mounted rear shock, aluminium swingarm and twin underseat pipes, the ultra-rugged MT-03 looks as trick as it rides.

Yamaha’s MT-03 is a motorcycle that cannot be constrained by old-fashioned labels. Like the rest of the MT-Series family, it unites innovative thinking and unforgettable looks to deliver a brand new style of bike for our ever-changing world. The result is a radically beautiful piece of engineering ready to cause a stir at every turn – like the legendary Japanese Kodo drumbeat, an awesome power that can be felt through the soul.

MT-03 was built as metallic expression of Yamaha’s Art of Engineering philosophy. It is not enough to make the bike just stunning to look at and great to ride, the aim is to make a motorcycle that is so in tune with its rider there seems nothing they can’t do. The MT-03 has been designed and engineered to deliver a sporty, unforgettable ride every time the key hits the ignition. It just so happens this also makes it one fantastic looking machine.Get ready, MT-03 is here.

There are a few differences to the engine in the MT-03 compared to the Skorpion. Just a few. ;-)


Type: Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder, 4-valves, SOHC
Displacement: 660 cc
Bore and Stroke: 100.0 x 84.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Max. Power: 33.4 kW (45HP) @ 6,000 rpm
Max. Torque: 56.2 Nm (5,73 kq-m) @ 5,250
Lubrication: Dry Sump
Fuel Supply: Fuel injection
Clutch Type: Wet multiple-disc
Ignition: TCI
Starter System: Electric
Transmission: Constant mesh, 5-speed
Final transmission: Chain
Primary reduction ratio: 2.080
Secondary reduction ratio: 3.130
Gear ratio: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
2.500, 1.625, 1.150, 0.909, 0.769

The styling is stunning to say the least. Pure street aggression.

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Yamaha have realeased their new 660 based single. The MT-03. See I so want one....MT-03 The bike can be had in Europe but not here in Aussie land. I have asked Yamaha Australia if they will bring them in. They said "No plans at this stage to introduce the MT03 in to Australia." To rub salt into the wounds, axxess, the forum admin guy at got to ride one. NOOOO!!! So unfair. He translated his ride impression into English for those of us who will not get to ride this. Thank you mate for doing this for us. So lets see what he has to say.....

Saturday 16 February I could try the Yamaha MT-03 at Gebben Motors. I could try a brand new red 2008 model. After a short instruction and a warning because of the new tires we were ready to go! The first thing I noticed was the enormous wide steer and the upright riding position It gave me a feeling of absolute control and power! The seat was quit hard but not uncomfortable at all.

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