Two thousand miles in and it’s all good with the Yamaha MT-03. When the bike arrived I’d been worried it would be just that bit too small engine-wise but I couldn’t have been more wrong. For my back road commute, it’s just fine.
One of the things that makes life at 321cc so rewarding is that there’s absolutely no pressure. A few years back I spent a few months with a Kawasaki ZX-12R. It was astonishing knowing there was so much power on tap and it certainly had everyone beat on bragging rights – but it was actually all a bit too much. Plus, anytime I was overtaken, it just made me feel, well, a bit inadequate.
Roll forwards to 2016 and whenever a well-timed, drop-a-gear pass on the MT-03 works out it’s an absolute pleasure. Sure, it’s mostly cars that get passed when capacity is so limited but no matter.
Meanwhile, when another bike blasts past on the gas… well, who cares? The other day a ZX-10R loomed large and green in my mirrors through one of the small market towns on my rural ride home.
On the gas through the bends as soon as the 30mph zone gave way to derestricted, it wasn’t until the long straight that the Kawasaki came by. Miserable git didn’t even wave. But did I worry? Did I hell.
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