2020 Yamaha MT-03

2020 Yamaha MT-03
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Yamaha Brings Its Naked Entry-Level Ride To The U.S.

Yamaha expands its MT lineup (formerly the FZ in the U.S.) with an all-new, entry-level model, the 2020 MT-03. Previously available in other markets, it joins the MT-07, -09 and -10 within Yamaha’s hyper-naked range it touts as the “Dark Side of Japan.” The MT-03 toes the family line with minimalist appointments that waste not an ounce on superfluous details. Power delivery is both smooth and predictable to reinforce its rider-friendly nature. ABS protection provides an extra safety net to help make sure you keep it rubber-side down.

 

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Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Top 5 new Streetfighters coming in 2020

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities has given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of new machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top five coming in hot for 2020:

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2020 Yamaha MT-03

2020 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha Brings Its Naked Entry-Level Ride To The U.S.

Yamaha expands its MT lineup (formerly the FZ in the U.S.) with an all-new, entry-level model, the 2020 MT-03. Previously available in other markets, it joins the MT-07, -09 and -10 within Yamaha’s hyper-naked range it touts as the “Dark Side of Japan.” The MT-03 toes the family line with minimalist appointments that waste not an ounce on superfluous details. Power delivery is both smooth and predictable to reinforce its rider-friendly nature. ABS protection provides an extra safety net to help make sure you keep it rubber-side down.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-09

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-09

It Gives You Everything It’s Got

A lot of words come to mind when someone mentions the Yamaha MT-09: powerful, sporty, agile, and aggressive are a few of them. Packed with the 847 cc CP3® engine, the MT-09 combines aggressive styling and impressive performance with a host of electronics – including traction control, ABS and improved throttle curves – to make it a contender in the naked sportbike field.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha MT-09.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-10

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-10

If Stupidfast Is Your Thing, You Gotta Check This Out

Yamaha’s Hyper-Naked literbike features a 998 cc plant that delivers 160 ponies for a brutally powerful ride. The factory tweaked its D-Mode engine mapping feature to help the rider manage said power and (hopefully) keep the power delivery synched with the rider’s skill level. Also new from 2018 is the Quick Shift System that helps you run through the gears even faster so you can get the most out of whichever mode you prefer. TC, RbW and ABS all make an appearance in the electronics suite, and the suspension comes with an array of adjustments to make this an all-around, top-shelf bike.

Continue reading for my look at the Yamaha MT-10.

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2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-07

2018 - 2019 Yamaha MT-07

This Could Be Your "I Just Want To have Fun" Bike

Yamaha finally saw fit to drop its FZ family designator last year in favor of the MT brand seen by most other markets. The changes aren’t limited the moniker; the MT-07 came with a handful of tweaks to include better suspension and updated looks to reflect its aggressive nature. Fans of the”Fuzz” will rejoice to know that it retains its 689 cc, crossplane concept powerplant with its 50 pounds o’ grunt and steering geometry that makes the family so nimble.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha MT-07.

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Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Top 10 Street Motorcycles of 2018

Naked, lightweight and narrow. The perfect combination for the urban jungle

Although not an official segment of motorcycles, our lifestyle for daily transportation in urban communities have given rise to street motorcycles that are lightweight and nimble for the concrete jungle. Being an agile handler while looking the part is how we need our commute through the asphalt.

This is our list of the machines we think can handle those demands better than any other. A motorcycle with an upright riding position, lacking plastic fairings for that narrow lane splitting ability and a lightweight construction for the ease of flickability is what we are looking for, and here are our top ten:

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"Janus" custom bolt-on kit that gives more with less

"Janus" custom bolt-on kit that gives more with less

All you need is an allen, hex wrench and a few hours to feel the ’80s

For someone like me living in an apartment and have no garage of sorts, the itch to customize my ride to my taste always takes the back seat. Calling a stock motorcycle my own is only by force and not with contention. But then again, shelling heaps of cash and the downtime of not having the motorcycle with me while it’s in a garage somewhere on the outskirts of the town is usually why I don’t bother much with it.

Coming to the rescue of such folks are these chaps from Istanbul’s Bunker Custom Cycles that have come up with a bespoke bolt-on custom kit for $1000 that will take up just a few hours on a Sunday afternoon to make your ride look like how you’d imagined it to be. Their first such kit is called the “Janus” that bolts on to the Yamaha MT-03 and MT-25 naked streets.

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Yamaha's custom conversion kits a special treat to its folks

Yamaha’s custom conversion kits a special treat to its folks

Three naked motorcycles get a visual treat of the ’80s

Yamaha created a scene at the recently concluded EICMA in Milan showcasing some crazy out of the world concepts and production models like the three-wheeled Niken, the Tenere 700 and the MT hypernakeds.

While these machines were showcased out to the world, the Japanese Blue Team is giving more to its own people with custom conversion kits to the MT-09, SCR950 and the SR400 naked monsters prowling on the streets of Japan.

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Yamaha unveils its 2018 'MT' hyper nakeds

Yamaha unveils its 2018 ’MT’ hyper nakeds

The MT-07 gets a major facelift and the MT-09 gets the ’SP’ treatement

The naked streetfighters from Yamaha have been making a lot of noise everywhere they go. Be it as the ‘FZ’ series here at home or as the ‘MT’ in European markets. Thanks to their mad engines and stunning designs, they have been an enormous success for the Japanese Blue Team.

For 2018, Yamaha has decided to go synonym with their naming and have replaced their ‘FZ’ badging seen until now in the US with the Master of Torque ‘MT’ that has appeared on European-spec Yamaha motorcycles since 2005. This move was part of “Yamaha’s ongoing initiative to strengthen a passionate, global community of MT riders sharing the distinctive “Dark side of Japan” inspiration.”

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Yamaha Teases World Debut Of MT-25 Bike In Indonesia

Yamaha Teases World Debut Of MT-25 Bike In Indonesia

The highly anticipated debut of the Yamaha MT-25 could come on June 6, 2015, at least if you’re the type to put any stock on a recent teaser photo and video released by Yamaha Indonesia that’s hinting on a #nakedvolution that’s set to drop on that day.

Now I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but the teaser video of the launch makes it look like the event’s going to a pretty big deal. Yamaha Indonesia appears to be rolling out the red carpet for this one and images of a mysterious naked bike on the video only adds to that assumption.

Granted, there have been no specific announcements that the MT-25 will make its debut on this event, but let’s say that it does. First of all, it makes sense for Yamaha Indonesia to throw such a lavish party and highlight it with the debut of the naked version of the YZF-R25.

Doing it in Indonesia also makes sense since the Southeast Asian country is considered as one of the biggest motorcycle markets in the entire world. That’s especially true for small-displacement bikes, something that the MT-25 is expected to be.

It wouldn’t make too much sense for the bike to debut anywhere else, too, since Western markets are more inclined towards bigger models. Having the bike make its debut in Indonesia is a sign that Yamaha is more than ready to stare down the likes of the Honda CB300F and the Suzuki GW250F in the race for supremacy in the quarter-litre sports bike market.

There’s going to be no shortage of customers lining up to get a piece of the MT-25 when it officially hits dealerships down the road. What better way to announce its arrival than to throw a lavish street party in a country where motorcycles outnumber cars by a wide margin.

Like I said, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’m excited to finally see the MT-25 in all its glory.

Continue reading to read more about the Yamaha Indonesia’s plans to debut the MT-25.

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Yamaha Root is the Brainchild of a Yamaha Collaboration

Yamaha Root is the Brainchild of a Yamaha Collaboration

Collaborations are always a big part of the auto and motorcycle industries. One company does this while the other does that. It’s a simple formula that has yielded a lot of positive results. But every so often, a certain manufacturer decides to do it differently. Instead of tying up with another company, it goes through its own separate industries to build something that, for better or for worse, will get a lot of attention.

Yamaha recently took that route with Project AH A MAY. In case you didn’t notice, that’s “Yamaha” spelled backwards. Anyway, Project AH A MAY is an undertaking that allowed two of Yamaha’s divisions to build something of the other’s expertise. That’s exactly what Yamaha did with Yamaha Corporation, which specializes in building musical instruments, and Yamaha Motor Co., the division that specifically builds motorized vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs, and boats.

The basic gist of Project AH A MAY is for both divisions to build something that the other typically builds without any constraints related to production. In other words, they could let their imaginations completely go overboard if need be. Well, from the results of this endeavor, Yamaha Corporation certainly did that with its interpretation of what a Yamaha motorcycle would look like.

The result is called the Yamaha √. Don’t be confused at the use of the mathematical symbol because that’s exactly what Yamaha Corp. did. In simpler terms, the bike is called the Yamaha Root and yes, the design is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Yamaha Motor Corp, or any other other motorcycle manufacturer for that matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Yamaha √, or Yamaha Root in case you’re still confused about the use of the symbol.

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2014 Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally

2014 Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally

Fitted with the latest technologies developed by the Japanese manufacturer, the Yamaha MT-09 Rally is a capable motorcycle that can reward you with a thrilling riding experience each time you jump on its back.

The 2014 MT-09 Street Rally comes with a new bodywork, fresh chassis components, and new fuel tank shrouds, side number plates and fork covers. Moreover, the motorcycle also comes with a flatter seat and new graphics.

Power comes from an 847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine which generates 84.6 kw (115ps) at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) of torque at 8,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a constant mesh six speed transmission and can be optionally linked to an Akrapovič exhaust system.

As far as wheels are concerned, the Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally rides on 17 inch rims shod in 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) rear tubeless tires.

Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally.

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2014 Yamaha MT-07

2014 Yamaha MT-07

The all new Yamaha MT-07 made its official debut at the EICMA motorcycle show. The new motorcycle is the smaller version of the MT-09 so it shares a many features with its sibling.

In terms of style the Yamaha MT-07 comes with a muscular look a sporty tail, a sculpted fuel tank and seventeen inch wheels.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a 689 cc, parallel twin, liquid cooled, inline, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke engine which delivers a maximum torque of 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) at 6,500 rpm and 55.0 kW (74.8PS) at 9,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a constant mesh six speed transmission with wet, multiple disc clutch.

The stopping power is assured by front hydraulic dual discs and rear hydraulic single discs.

For the moment, Yamaha didn’t release any prices, but we can expect it to be priced slightly lower than the MT-09 ($7,990) so it will be pretty affordable.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Yamaha The MT-07.

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2013 Yamaha MT-03

2013 Yamaha MT-03

With its impressive design language and the mighty roar, the Ymaha MT-03 is eager to attack the roads with poise. The Yamaha MT-03’s character is so unique that it had to be created a special niche for itself. The new “roadster motard” puts versatility on top of the list and it can be easily considered the perfect partner for any type of road.

The motorcycle is powered by the same engine as the Yamaha XT660 namely a smooth, fuel injected liquid-cooled, 660cc unit that puts out 35.0 kW (48PS) at 6,250 rpm and 56.2 Nm (5.73 kg-m) of torque at 5,500 rpm. These numbers are far from being impressive, but the motorcycle recovers this lost terrain in terms of handling.

Therefore, Yamaha’s engineers have spent a lot of time on making the MT-03 as agile as possible. They did it by moving the motorcycle’s weight as far forward as possible. Due to the smart emplacement of the engine, battery, swingarm and other elements, Yamaha obtained a weight distribution of 52/48% front/rear, giving the motorcycle a great front end feel.

Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha MT-03.

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2012 Yamaha MT-01

2012 Yamaha MT-01

We’re not going to beat around the bush here, the Yamaha MT-01 is the pure definition of an exhilarating ride.

It’s not just the MT-01 for that matter; the entire MT series demonstrates the spirit that has made Yamaha one of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers. As one of the most important developments in motorcycling in the recent years, the MT series displays how the modern and impressive bike should be built. It comes with great features, offering riders the chance to experience the riding thrills of the MT series.

At the heart of this bike, you’ll find a massive high-tech, air-cooled 1,670cc V-twin engine encased in a minimalist aluminum sports frame. Talk about a no-frills, all-performance, ride-at-the-seat-of-your-pants machine. That’s the Yamaha MT-01.

The bike also comes with impressive torque numbers that come courtesy of the massive engine in a nimble frame, and with an exhaust note to revitalize the spirit and a formed style to stop the traffic, the MT-01 is really one for the road.

Complemented with cutting-edge suspension and brakes, you will get a powerful, confident, and exhilarating riding experience.

Find out more about the Yamaha MT-01 after the jump.

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2012 Yamaha MT-03

2012 Yamaha MT-03

Yamaha wants us to believe that the MT-03 is an ideal choice for you to enjoy some of the best riding experiences in its bike segment. Really, who are we to disagree with these guys?

The MT-03 is more than just a light and compact bike with a short wheelbase; its also a powerful and versatile machine that boasts of remarkable control, excellent traction, and unrivaled power.

Speaking of its power, the MT-03 comes with a high-torque, 660cc single-cylinder engine that was based closely on the highly-acclaimed XT660 powerplant. With high levels of low to mid-range torque, the liquid-cooled engine powering the Mt-03 is ideally suited for the bike’s overall design and performance characteristics.

It’s no wonder why Yamaha has been singing the praises for this bike for as long as anyone of us can remember. When you’re looking for a comfortable, safe, and powerful bike that will definitely turn some heads, you need not look further than the MT-03.

More details of the Yamaha MT-03 after the jump.

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2009 Yamaha MT-01 SP belongs to the European market

2009 Yamaha MT-01 SP belongs to the European market

European fans of the Yamaha MT-01 are offered a 2009 limited edition version called SP in the manufacturer’s attempt to enhance the riding experience while also making the bike more attractive. So while the engine remains the same 1,670cc V-twin developing 90 horsepower at 4,750rpm and 150Nm of torque at 3,750rpm, the fork is now a fancy 43mm USD Öhlins unit and the rear shock an adjustable Öhlins one. These, together with the 17-inch wheels now featuring Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires – 120/70 front and 190/50 rear – are, according to Yamaha, supposed to offer ‘a more intense experience of ‘Kodo,’. Synthesizing, this means more heart beats per second.

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