Yamaha MT Series isn’t pursuing speed; it pursues enjoyment in controlling the machine completely. Therefore, Toshiyuki Yasunaga of Yamaha Engine Design Headquarters Product Design Department visualized easy handling on the MT Series-esque designs.
In designing the MT-03 and the MT-25, he concretely noted three keywords: mass centralization, cross-layered design and cross-movement design.
In the mass centralization, the main parts are gathered near the center part of the body and are arranged as carefully as possible to pursue this driving performance and compact body. In the MT-03 and the MT-25, it achieves mass centralization through the cross-layered structures of three piling functions: the front part of the tank which has a tank cover, the side knee grip, and the air intake that flows below. Its function and style are compatible.
Its gasoline tank was significant and it adopts an inner tank that is the same as that of the MT-07. You can see the resin-made tank cover on its gasoline tank, and this contributes to the high level of freedom in its design.
When that tank cover was extended, you can feel the continuity of its shape on the left and right sides, thus suggesting a quick handling. This is a close movement design, and it succeeded in generating a sense of liveliness the moment you’re on the seats, even though you wouldn’t feel it just by looking at it.
Moreover, it also inherited the MT Series trademark where its engine combustion generates power flowing with the air which is expressed on the Z line.
Also, while it was designed to have thorough lightness and streamlining for its spaciousness and heaviness, it is very interesting that it is also equipped with an under cowl.
Yasunaga said regarding this matter, “We wanted to express its power and the impact of its mechanism, which is suitable for the concept “Street Cheetah.”
Aside from the MT Series, Yasunaga was also in charge of the design of the new YZF-R1.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)