Great Commuter and FUN!
I couldn't be happier with this bike.
Sorry not sorry if the following is long and rambling.
I needed a reliable commuter to get to work. My old bike (GN250) was worn out after i added 40,000km to it over the past 5 years (25k in the last year), was starting to break down, and was a bit slow for keeping up with highway traffic.
As i am an Analyst by trade i read and watched every comparison of bikes in this class, read every review and watched every YouTube video... followed by spreadsheets and cost/benefit analyses... and decided that if i ...could get one, the mt-03 was what i wanted. Due in no small part to the reviews on this website, and thanks in particular to the excellent and exhaustive review by our friend John Crossland, i looked at prices on secondhand Mt-03s, but found it was actually cheaper to buy new thanks to the great finance offer from Yamaha. And i'd get 2 yrs unlimited kms warranty. Coming into winter, reliability was key. Also, i was keen to have ABS as the roads are in poor shape where i live, its winter, and the roads have been covered in grit.
Purchased in May 2019 for $7,000.00.
Arguably the best learner bike
I got a great price on a new mt03 $5300 ride away
Excellent value for money
I don't have much of a backside so Ido get uncomfortable after about 50 kms but it is OK
I've done 1800km now. Had it serviced at 1000 km no problems the rear mirrors could extend out a bit more so am not seeing my arms when riding
Seems Tj have enough power although 1st gear could be a bit higher
It loves cruising at 110 kms and it handles well
The gears are sometimes a little clunky especially from 2 to 3rd but that could be me or running in
The Yamaha dealer replaced the oil with mineral oil and said they will not put semi synthetic in until 10000 kms which did surprise
I commute and the bike is very agile and easy to control
Excellent value for money bike
I needed a bike for commuting to a new job. I haven't ridden a bike in years and was looking for a secondhand bike. When I saw the MT-03 at just under $5k (2017 stock clearance), it wasn't much more than I was considering for secondhand bikes. Another great attraction was ABS which the secondhand bikes didn't have. I've had the bike for a couple of weeks now and am very happy with it. It has more than enough power for my needs and holds well on the freeway. I have also been surprised by the fuel economy. I had seen a few comments about i...t being a bit heavy on fuel and read somewhere about a typical fuel consumption of 4.7 liters/100km, however, after having done about 500km, I'm getting about 3.3 liters/100km. I travel close to 100km/day and most of that is on the freeway at 100km/hr, so that probably accounts for much of the good figure. I am using 98 RON, so that probably factors in as well.
This bike is best in class - look no further for a powerhouse 321 CC bike! I compared as many other bikes as I could in it's class from the Honda CBR 500R and 300R, to the Ninja and everything in between. The Yamaha outperformed every one of the competitor bikes on both city and country riding. I couldn't believe just how good the mileage was, and how fast I could up and down shift. The price was just right for me at the time ($6000) and will make getting out camping easy on the odd weekends away.
Fun flexible bike for the road
My bollini speed had done five year job so bought this as a longer termer great bike break in was no real struggle as happy at low revs just had first service great even in heavy winds powerband is perfect for sensible riders still enough torque for great overtaking good all round safe bike that is Lotta fun in twisties and good commuter even though can be bit thirsty. I love the mirrors on it good viewing of all I being quite tall can sit bold up all Lean forward leg room fine but been a good different years since had big bike last three ...being 250 250 200 and last two same length as this tyres loving wider back ones the weight of bike is quite light for the engine so feather weights might think of a screen for it but Yamaha have made a good bike for all even though I here from elsewhere learner / commuter I nearly 41 been riding since 17 and don't understand why everyone wants more than really need remember can't get out fines on a motorcycle. Highly recommend testing one.
2016 Yamaha MT-03 (with a 320cc twin cylinder engine not the 660cc single cylinder engine in the 201
Have just traded my 2015 Yamaha YZF-R15 v2.0 with a 150cc single cylinder engine for a 2016 Yamaha MT-03 with a 320cc twin cylinder engine. It has about twice the capacity, power and torque of the R15 and weighs an extra 30kg. Although the MT-03 twin engine will rev the same as the R15 engine it has a lot more low down torque. I've previously had bigger bikes and found the 320cc twin cylinder fuel injected liquid cooled Yamaha engine feels as least as strong as a 450cc twin carburetted oil cooled Suzuki engine I had. Feels a relaxed ride compared to R15. Only just got it so I'll be running it in and will update my review with how it runs once I've run it in for the open road.
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