Yamaha has unveiled the 2020 MT-03 naked roadster with styling and mechanical upgrades.
In terms of styling, the 2020 Yamaha MT-03 gets an aggressive front fascia that features an updated headlight setup. The full-LED headlight resembles the unit that’s seen on the latest Yamaha MT-15. Thus, you would see LED position lamps along with a projector headlamp. The 2020 model also benefits from LED blinkers instead of conventional units on the model it replaces. The revised cockpit includes a negative LCD display.
The fuel tank and the air scoops get an even muscular design that looks more appealing than the model it replaces. A new layout to the dual-tone paint on the tank further enhances the styling quotient of the motorcycle.
The saddle has the same split-style, step-up design for a sporty look. The side and rear panels have received some styling tweaks for a refreshed look. The taillight, too, is new on the 2020 model. The registration plate and the LED blinkers continue to occupy the space on the stalk at the back. The MT-03 will be available in three colour options – Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Midnight Black. The motorcycle will be available with optional accessories and MyRide smartphone application.
Like the old model, the new model is powered by a 321 cc parallel twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine (still in Euro-IV guise) that delivers 42 PS of peak power at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of maximum torque at 9,000 rpm. Yamaha says that the motor features all-aluminium DiASil cylinders to offer excellent heat dissipation properties. Anchoring department comprises single discs on both wheels.
The Yamaha MT-03 retains diamond-type tubular steel frame. The shock absorption department has undergone changes, and the bike now features 37 mm inverted front forks instead of conventional units on its predecessor. The addition of upside-down forks brings the feature list closer to its rivals such as the KTM 390 Duke and the BMW G 310 R. The gold-coloured outer tubes enhance the visuals of the motorcycle.
Yamaha has also brought the concept of the extended swingarm from the YZF-R1 Supersport to the MT-03. The 2020 MT-03 uses a 573 mm long asymmetrical swingarm that is claimed to reduce the variance in the bike's angle with the road surface. Yamaha says that the setup gives a high level of controllability during braking, cornering and acceleration. The rear monoshock has an adjustable pre-load and damping setting.
The 2020 MT-03 will start reaching Yamaha dealerships in select European markets in December 2019. The Indian launch details are scarce right now.