Yamaha confirms MT-03 for Canada

The MT-03 naked bike is indeed coming to Canada, says Yamaha.

Yamaha has confirmed its new “entry-level ride” (based on the same engine as the R3) will come to Canada at a $5,899 MSRP. It’s been available in other markets for a few years now, but the updated model was questionable for North America, as the previous 2016-2019 model hadn’t come here.

Well, now we know for sure we’re going to get it. It’s going to tie into Yamaha’s pseudo-bosozoku marketing, as you can see below.

Aside from the fact it’s got the same styling as the other MT models and the same engine as the R3, we also know the MT-03 has non-adjustable KYB forks and preload-adjustable Monocross-style shock. The machine will be available in time for next spring in white, black or blue paint. There are a few more details in the press release below, along with the information that the MT-07, MT-09, MT-10, XSR700, XSR900, Tracer 900, Tracer 900 GT, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES and WR250R are all returning for next season.


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Press release

All-new 2020 Yamaha MT-03 Coming to Canada

November 3, 2019 (Toronto, ON) – Featuring a radical new look and feel, a best-in-class two-cylinder engine, precise handling and outstanding agility, the new MT-03 is the ultimate entry-level ride for anyone looking to join the Yamaha family.

Carrying the same athletic DNA that has made the MT-09 one of the best-selling Yamaha models of all time, the new MT-03’s aggressive next-generation design conjures the iconic MT look. The mass-forward body design projects a forceful and predatory character, while dual slant-eye position lights offer a menacing look above the single LED headlight.

The wide-shouldered fuel tank and new bodywork have enabled Yamaha’s designers to achieve an optimum riding position that enables MT-03 riders to experience the highest levels of comfort and control in different situations. The slim centre section allows the rider to mould their body closer to the bike. The low seat height, high-mounted handlebar and compact frame guarantee a natural and ergonomic riding position that creates a special feeling of rider/machine unity.

At the heart of the MT-03 is one of the most sophisticated powerplants in the class, featuring a balanced two-cylinder configuration that delivers a much smoother feeling at lower rpm compared to some single-cylinder models. Its high-tech internals include carburized connecting rods and lightweight, heat-resistant forged pistons with a low reciprocating weight for reduced vibration and enhanced throttle response. The all-aluminium DiASil cylinders offer excellent heat dissipation properties for reduced horsepower losses.

The MT-03 features an inverted KYB fork with optimized spring and damping settings, delivering more solid handling when closely compared to motorcycles using conventional front forks. The Monocross single shock has seven steps of preload adjustability and is tuned to strike a balance between ride comfort and sporty performance for capability across a wide range of uses, from urban commuting to extended rides in the twisties.

The 2020 Yamaha MT-03 will be available in Canadian dealerships by the spring of 2020 starting at $5,899. Colour options are Ice Fluo, Tech Black and Yamaha Racing Blue. For a thorough list of features and tech specifications, please visit https://yamaha-motor.ca/products/details-build-price.php?model=5376&group=MC&catId=79

Aggressive next-generation MT design
Dual slant-eye position lights
LED headlight
Sophisticated 321 cc twin-cylinder engine
New 37 mm inverted front fork
Long swingarm with new shock settings
Lightweight diamond frame
Ergonomic riding position
High-quality, big-bike look and feel
New high-tech LCD instruments
New lightweight LED flashers

Returning to the lineup and completing Yamaha’s 2020 offerings are the MT-07, MT-09, MT-10, XSR700, XSR900, Tracer 900, Tracer 900 GT, Super Ténéré ES, FJR1300ES and WR250R.


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