Yamaha to launch new MT-320 naked bike

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Apart from engine size, the MT-320 is likely to be identical to the Asian MT-25(Credit: Yamaha)

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Following on from the recent unveiling of the MT-25 in Indonesia, Yamaha is set to introduce a larger capacity version for developed markets based on the YZF-R3 sport bike. Dubbed the MT-03 or MT-320 (FZ in USA), the new model is intended to fill the gap in Yamaha’s lineup between the entry level MT-125 and the powerful MT-07.

The MT-25 is made in the new Yamaha Indonesia Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing facility in Pulogadung, East Jakarta, and is based on the Asian YZF-R25 model. Powered by a four stroke inline twin cylinder 249 cc engine, it produces 36 hp (26.8 kW) and features an intricate streetfighter styling. In Indonesia it sells for 46 million Rupiah (US$3,500).

Yamaha's press release states that "the MT-25 is planned for many countries around the world, including developed markets." Given that in Australia, Europe, Japan and USA the YZF series includes the 320 cc R3 variant instead of the 249 cc R25, we should expect to see an MT model with this bigger engine. In R3 spec this fuel injected twin motor outputs 42 hp (31.3 kW).

A recent patent leak has confirmed that a version of the new mid-sized MT equipped with ABS is on its way, probably programmed for official presentation at EICMA in Milan, Italy in November.

Yamaha faces competition from a range of brand new models with engine capacities upwards of 300 cc, such as the Kawasaki Z300 and Benelli BN302 twins, and the Honda CB300F and KTM 390 Duke singles. Triumph is also known to be developing a similar capacity naked motorcycle, styled after the iconic Speed Triple. Last year a prototype rumored to use a new 250 cc single cylinder motor had been spotted while testing, yet recent reports indicate a delay in the development process in order to upgrade the engine to 300 cc in an effort to keep up with its competitors.

These motorcycles where mostly designed for Asian markets with quarter liter engines, but have proved to be very successful in Europe – helped by the fact that the second level motorcycle license (A2) is capped to 35 kW (47 hp), regardless of engine capacity.

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