2020 Yamaha MT-03 First Look Preview

Yamaha shows off a new entry-level naked bike with its MT-03.

Yamaha has a new entry-level naked bike in its 2020 US model lineup with the new MT-03. The entry-level option of its Hyper Naked motorcycle lineup was first introduced in 2016, and it has been a hit in every market around the globe thanks to its combination of comfortable ergos, fun engine, nimble handling, and streetfighter styling. For the 2020 model year, Yamaha has kept all the pint-size performance status quo, but the Tuning Fork guys added an inverted fork and focused on redesigning the styling of the bike with an emphasis on making it darker, more Hyper Naked in appearance.

2020 Yamaha MT-03
The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 embraces its dark side courtesy of a complete face-lift that starts with the stylish headlight all the way back to its pointy passenger perch.Yamaha Motor Corp.

Keeping with the mass-forward styling approach of the bigger MT-series, Yamaha has tuned up the front end and changed the design of the headlight fixture so it looks similar to the rest of the family. The addition of a KYB 37mm inverted fork and cast-aluminum triple clamp give the bike both a sportier look and feel, while the dual LED driving lights and centralized projector lamp solidify the MT-series style Yamaha is focused on.

2020 MT-03
Yamaha’s Hyper Naked designs embrace a mass-forward styling approach. The new bodywork of the 2020 MT-03 helps solidify the affiliation with the larger models in the lineup.Yamaha Motor Corp.
Sure the MT-03 looks good but it offers an exciting, comfortable ride too. With a 30.7-inch seat height, tall bars, and rider-friendly seat, this bike can be ridden all day.Yamaha Motor Corp.
321cc parallel-twin engine
At the heart of the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 is still its 321cc parallel-twin engine with 180-degree firing order. It pumps out around 44 hp.Yamaha Motor Corp.
2020 MT-03
The 2020 MT-03 comes with ABS as standard equipment and will be offered in two colors.Yamaha Motor Corp.

A new LCD dash adds additional moden style while improving the appearance of the bike from the rider’s perspective. It also offers digital speedo, tach, GPI, gas gauge, and clock along with the various other warning lights. The new tank shroud and dual air scoops fill out the front end nicely while the tall handlebars, new seat, and redesigned tailsection flow together nicely as your eyes follow the lines from front to back. Yamaha has really cleaned up the styling of the MT-03, making it much more MT than not.

2020 Yamaha MT-03 LCD Dash
The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 features an all-new LCD dash that replaces the dated analog dash of the previous version.Yamaha Motor Corp.
Light-Emitting Diode glory
The LED turn signals cut down on power draw while piercing the darkness with all of their Light-Emitting Diode glory. Did you know that’s what LED was?Yamaha Motor Corp.
Master of Torque
What does the “MT” stand for, exactly? Apparently, “Master of Torque” is the catchphrase for all these models, and in the case of the MT-03, that torque comes courtesy of its fuel-injected 321cc twin-cylinder engine.Yamaha Motor Corp.
22.6-inch long swingarm
The 22.6-inch long swingarm helps to keep the bike stable on the slab while helping it handle twisty canyon roads in style. This is the cool Ice Fluo version.Yamaha Motor Corp.

The entry-level MT-03 will continue to be powered by the spry 321cc, DOHC parallel twin operating with a 180-degree crank design. Its miniature-mill makes a fun, usable 44 hp (claimed) while providing enough low-end torque to easily get going from a stop, plus the light pull at the clutch helps out a bit too. For that matter, the 30.7-inch seat height, narrow seat, and slim frame offer an easy reach to the ground for most riders of average height. The MT-03 is light at a claimed 373 pounds and gets a budget-friendly 50-plus mpg. Combine that with its 3.7-gallon fuel tank and you are looking at a range of roughly 200 miles.

Midnight Black edition of the 2020 MT-03
You can also choose a Midnight Black edition of the 2020 MT-03. Both options are available with an MSRP of $4,599.Yamaha Motor Corp.
2020 Yamaha MT-03 tailsection
The tailsection of the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 is redesigned to look more svelte than it did in the previous version.Yamaha Motor Corp.
fuel tank
A pair of new, ultra-bright headlights surrounded by an MT-esque fuel tank shroud with dual air intake scoops that look burly.Yamaha Motor Corp.
2020 MT-03 right side
It would be easy to overlook the addition of the 37mm KYB inverted fork but Yamaha believes this is a significant upgrade to both the performance and styling of the 2020 MT-03.Yamaha Motor Corp.

When all is said and done, the objective was to take a great little motorcycle and give it an identity that goes beyond just seeing it as a beginner bike. It seems as though Yamaha has done an admirable job of packing a bunch of rider-friendly features into a nice, tidy package and still manage to offer it at a price point that makes it painless for new riders to get into a new motorcycle. So, if you like the naked bike look and are searching for a great first bike, then get your tail on down to your local Yamaha dealer and take a peek at the 2020 Yamaha MT-03.

2020 MT-03 in black
The front headlight and cowling area is much more futuristic than before, and the LED indicators will make sure you are seen from any angle.Yamaha Motor Corp.
Yamaha PR says the new MT-03 embraces the dark side of Japanese youth culture. Wherever the inspiration came from, we like it.Yamaha Motor Corp.

2020 Yamaha MT-03 Specifications

PRICE $4,599
ENGINE 321cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke twin-cylinder; 4-valve
BORE x STROKE 68.0 x 44.1mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate
FRAME Diamond-type tubular steel
FRONT SUSPENSION 37mm KYB inverted fork; 5.1-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Monocross KYB shock, seven-way adjustable for spring preload; 4.9-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 298mm single disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 220mm single disc w/ ABS
WHEELS Die-cast aluminum
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 110/70-17 / 140/70-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/3.7 in.
WHEELBASE 54.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.7 in.
WARRANTY 12 months
AVAILABLE February 2020
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com