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2016 Yamaha MT-03 Gets Confirmed by Japan

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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.

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Source: Yamaha

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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