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2019 Yamaha MT-03 revealed, should it come to India?

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Grand Prix International Public Company Limited on 7th of April concluded the 40th Bangkok International Show 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The show hosted 32 car brands, 12 motorcycle brands and 58 booths dedicated to accessories in an area of 1,70,960 Sq Mt. One motorcycle among them that was unveiled was the 2019 Yamaha MT-03. This naked street-fighter is based on the Yamaha YZF-R3 which is being sold in the Indian market and Yamaha India also recently launched the 2019 Yamaha MT-15 under its ‘Dark Side Of Japan’ campaign.

The 2019 Yamaha MT-03 comes in a red and white dual paint theme with red 10-spoke alloy wheels and matte black finish on the engine. The sculpted muscular fuel tank is painted in white with MT-03 badging on its sides in red. The headlight is low slung and comes with LED daytime running lights and full LED tail lights. The instrument console has an analogue tachometer with digital speed readouts and multi-information display. It gets an ergonomic handlebar as opposed to a clip-on making it very comfortable to ride. The seat height at 780mm is low, allowing a good reach for shorter riders, and it weighs light at 168 kg wet.

The 2019 Yamaha MT-03  is powered by a fuel-injected, 321cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin cylinder, DOHC motor producing a maximum output of 42 PS of power @ 10750 RPM and 29.6 Nm of peak torque at 9000 RPM with a TCI ignition system and is coupled to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox.

The chassis on the 2019 Yamaha MT-03 is a steel tube diamond frame and the front-end has a conventional right side up, telescopic fork and a ‘monocross’ suspension on the rear, mounted directly to an asymmetrical, long box-type swing-arm which will aid straight line stability. Stopping power comes from an ABS-equipped 298mm front hydraulic disc brake with floating twin-pot calipers and a 220mm rear disc brake with single-pot calipers.

The 2019 Yamaha MT-03 coming to India is still unclear, but if it does, it will rival the likes of the Kawasaki Z250, the BMW G310R, KTM Duke 390 and is expected to be priced around INR 3 lakh ex-showroom, India.