Mt 03 660. Yamaha

Yamaha

Mt 03 660

My daily commute is all London-based, so this was not a major issue for me. Now I have had mine for about a month. They handle well up to medium speed bends and have wide bars for easy riding around in town traffic. It always starts even after 4 months of winter, first time. Survived a 5 day 2600 mile trip around Scotland carrying all required kit + camping gear! There would have been a bit more but I didn't want to get down to it. Sometimes you have scooters over takes you when you are full throttle.

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2013 Yamaha MT

Mt 03 660

The engine is pretty rubbish in todays age. I was easily able to keep up with motorway traffic. Handling is spot on, engine performance pokey, cruises at 75-80mph all day and gives you a commanding view of the road ahead. Now it is the first set of keys I pick up for anything less than full-on touring. It'll do it, but the lack of fairing, relatively lightweight chassis and low gearing mean that motorway riding is not its forte. Great acceleration up to 80 mph, bike can go faster but really doesn't like it topped it out at 110 with some revs remaning, but really doenst feel good.

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Yamaha

Mt 03 660

Clutch and throttle action are spot on and the brakes lifted from the Fazer are excellent. It looks good, feels solid and the raucous stock exhaust is load enough for other motorists to notice you and get out the way although a louder aftermarket Mivv system is on my wish list. This design has the shock mounted almost horizontally on the right side of the bike, close to the engine. Not had any problems with build quality, just a touch of rust on the exhaust manifold. You can also trick it out with Akra's and lots of hi-tech goodies to customise yours from the official Yamaha catalogue. One of the most beautiful bikes I have ever seen. And out on twisty country lanes, this super-agile, high-torque bike can pack in more action per kilometre than just about any other machine.

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Yamaha

Mt 03 660

Will I swap it for anything else? The characteristics of its big single cylinder engine push you to drive it hard, hammering around the outside of traffic and slamming on the brakes at the lights! Overal, I would recommend the Mt-03 to anyone looking for an involving, well built and rare-to-see on the roads of London anyway bike. These numbers are far from being impressive, but the motorcycle recovers this lost terrain in terms of handling. A very soulful for a Jap bike! Bought it for 3k in Oct 2008, and by Oct 2009 I had spent just under 1. This is accentuated by the supermoto-style forward riding position. Surely Yamaha must be slipping the type approval people a bung for the noise this thing makes. It is not a simple concept to explain, but it is an easy thing to feel.

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Yamaha MT

Mt 03 660

The instrumentation is spartan but the tacho is prominent to keep the motor in its sweet spot. Build quality seems very good indeed and the whole package hangs together very well indeed. Engine should be super reliable. I am told the service intervals are 6000 miles apart so running costs should be minimal with only one of everything to service except tyres of course I recommend everyone rides one as soon as possible. Totaly reliable covered 11,000 inner-city miles without a glitch. Coming off the power and shifting down they even pop on the overrun. I once stalled on the inner circle of a roundabout which was very dangerous.

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Yamaha

Mt 03 660

The Duke 690 is probably better overall except maybe reliability? I could't live with this but its the first injected single I've had. I keep mine outside under a cover and lots of stuff has gone a bit rusty, but its an old bike now. I constantly had to abort overtakes as the gear change would slow me down too much. Handling is good, but, because of the surging, low speed cornering takes some getting used to, with extra clutch control needed. Admittedly that's a side effect of my ex dispatch riding, but it's still annoying and forces you to drive likes it's sunday all the time. Out on the A-roads the bike handles well in the bends but will not be powerful enough to satisfy anyone who likes to ride quickly.

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Yamaha MT

Mt 03 660

Weaknesses: You wont want to go to far to fast saves your licence. Grunty motor and still looks kind of cool. Weaknesses: Fuel injection not brilliant, wide bars can be a pain whilst filtering, mirrors not to good either. Not having a fuel gauge is a bit annoying, but there is a low fuel light + a couple of trips so, once you know how much you can get out of a tank, it's easy to monitor roughly how many miles you've got left until you need to fill up. I had hoped to commute on it but felt vulnerable on the motorway.

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Yamaha MT

Mt 03 660

I had litre bike before this and I've noticed I definitely spend a lot more of the time going the right speed, but still having the same amount of fun, so that's good. Give it bends and traffic and it will smoke it. Prior hitting the highway I am king of the road. Keep that in mind when buying this motorcycle. There is tons of leverage available through the wide slightly turned out bars and their position plus the fact that there is very little of the bike in front of you gives you a feeling of flying through the countryside.

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