In June, Yamaha officially took the wraps off the Yamaha MT-25 — the naked version of the Yamaha YZF-R25 sport bike. While that bike is destined for many markets abroad, it began the strong speculation as to whether Yamaha would punch-out an MT-03 for developed countries.
Today we have that answer, as Yamaha Japan has listed the MT-03, with photos, on its website. Roughly 9lbs lighter than the Yamaha YZF-R3, and good for just over 41hp, there aren’t too many surprises with the new model, though small-displacement bike fans should be rejoicing.
Perhaps the biggest news coming with the MT-03 is the speculation as to whether Yamaha USA will call will import the machine, a thus call it the FZ-03, keeping with America’s different naming convention for the brand’s popular budget-focused models.
It seems like an almost certainty that the MT-03/FZ-03 will come to the US though — likely for a few hundred dollars less than the $4,990 priced R3.
We were highly impressed with the Yamaha YZF-R3 when we rode it, so we expect good things from its naked sibling.