Yamaha R3

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Yamaha YZF-R3

The Yamaha R3 (YZF-R3) was introduced in 2015.

The appearance of this model was due to the desire of Yamaha to take a leading position in the market of small-capacity motorcycles for beginners and to compete, first of all, with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 model. Similar models from other Japanese manufacturers, and in particular Honda CBR 250 and Honda CBR 300, although they are in the same class, are objectively less interesting motorcycles due to a simple 1-cylinder engine.

Looking at the Yamaha R3, it immediately becomes clear that this model is the answer Kawasaki Ninja 300 - here is the same 2-cylinder injection engine, but it has a slightly larger volume (321 cc vs. 296 cc see) and produces great power and torque characteristics - 42 hp. at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm. In addition, Yamaha relied on the similarity of the motorcycle with the top models of the R-series and the alleged belonging of the Yamaha YZF-R3 to this series. Although, of course, the model has nothing to do with them, and these statements are only a thoughtful marketing ploy.

Key features of the Yamaha YZF-R3 include a steel diagonal frame, an injector, ABS (versions without ABS are available in the North American market), simple suspensions in the form of a conventional telescopic fork and a rear mono-shock absorber, as well as a 6-speed gearbox. The curb weight is 169 kg.

The naked model Yamaha MT-03 was also built on the Yamaha R3 platform and has been on sale since 2016.

The main competitors of the Yamaha R3 in the class:


Yamaha YZF-R3
Yamaha YZF-R3
Yamaha YZF-R3


Specifications Yamaha R3 (YZF-R3):

ModelYamaha R3 (YZF-R3)
Motorcycle typesport
Release year2015+
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume321 cm³
Bore / stroke68.0 x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio11.2: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systeminjector, 2x
Ignition typeTCI
Maximum power42.0 h.p. (31.0 kW) at 10,750 rpm
Maximum torque29.6 Nm (3.0 kg * m) at 9000 rpm
Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 70-17M / C (54H)
Rear tire size140 / 70-17M / C (66H)
Front brakes2 discs 298mm, 2-piston calipers (ABS)
Rear brakes1 disc 220 mm, 1-piston caliper (ABS)
Front suspension41mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 130mm Travel
Rear suspensionpendulum with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 125 mm
Length2090 mm
Width720 mm
Height1135 mm
Wheelbase1380 mm
Minimum ground clearance160 mm
Saddle height780 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h6.5 sec
Maximum speed175 km / h
Fuel tank capacity14.0 l (including reserve - 3.0 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb)169 kg