Friday, October 31, 2008

2009 Yamaha MT-03 goes 'extreme yellow'


The 2009 Yamaha MT-03, a small-bore all-rounder that manages to look cool...

Pics: Motoblog

The 2009 Yamaha MT-03 remains unchanged mechanically, but does get this ‘extreme yellow’ paintjob that you see here. And for those who aren’t crazy about yello, the bike will also be available in white and black…

The 2009 MT-03 is still fitted with the same 660cc single-cylinder engine that also does duty on the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere. The engine makes 48bhp at 6,250rpm and 56.2Nm of torque at 5,500rpm, which sounds just about adequate.

The MT-03’s other 'features' include a short wheelbase, mass centralization for improved handling, double-disc front brakes, underseat exhaust, aluminum swingarm and horizontally mounted rear monoshock. If nothing else, we think the bike looks funky-cool. Now, if only Yamaha started fitting the R6 engine on this bike.... ;-)


We wonder how it'll behave with an R6 engine stuffed into it...!

Also see:
First pics: 2009 Benelli Tre-K 899...
2009 Kawasaki ER-6n riding impression
2009 Hyosung GT650R gets fuel injection...
First pics: 2009 Aprilia Shiver 750 GT...
2009 Suzuki Gladius 650 unveiled...
2009 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion...

Elsewhere today:
Heating up the GSX-R...


Sometimes, even four wheels are not so bad...!

8 comments:

JimE said...

With the R6 engine it there, it's practically an FZ6N (which Yamaha won't share with North America...)

Mike said...

Dunno about the R6 engine but I do have a better idea - I wish Yamaha brought back their FZR400 engine and put THAT in the MT-03. Call it the MT-04 maybe. Now that would be some bike... 8-D

Anonymous said...

i don't agree. single cylinder engines are cool in their own way. every bike doesn't need to have multis

Anonymous said...

lightweight singles can be fun to ride, at times more than your GSX-Rs and ZX-10Rs. never ridden the mt-03 but i do love my royal enfield Bullet 500. and i guess it looks better than the mt-03 too!
:-)

H W Pfabe said...

This is one of my dream bikes, but none in North America. Even the MT-01 is in Canada but not the USA...

Kruzr_Kllr said...

Anyone who says singles can be as much, or more, fun than multis is just saying it for effect. You may want to believe that, but you know it can’t be true. I mean, what would you rather have – an MT-03 or a Street Triple? Exactly…! :-D

abraxas said...

I had the good fortune to test ride one, they will not be sold in south africa due to costs, and it had the 660 engine in.

What an awesome machine, in traffic it's light, punchy and a LOT of fun.

Anonymous said...

Ive got an Mt-03, fantastic, but.....the twin from the SV650???

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