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):

Model Yamaha R3 (YZF-R3)
Motorcycle type sport
Release year 2015+
Frame steel
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 321 cm³
Bore / stroke 68.0 x 44.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.2: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system injector, 2x
Ignition type TCI
Maximum power 42.0 h.p. (31.0 kW) at 10,750 rpm
Maximum torque 29.6 Nm (3.0 kg * m) at 9000 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 110 / 70-17M / C (54H)
Rear tire size 140 / 70-17M / C (66H)
Front brakes 2 discs 298mm, 2-piston calipers (ABS)
Rear brakes 1 disc 220 mm, 1-piston caliper (ABS)
Front suspension 41mm Telescopic Fork (Fixed), 130mm Travel
Rear suspension linkage with monoshock (preload adjustment), stroke - 125 mm
Length 2090 mm
Width 720 mm
Height 1135 mm
Wheelbase 1380 mm
Minimum ground clearance 160 mm
Saddle height 780 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 6.5 sec
Maximum speed 175 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 14.0 l (including reserve - 3.0 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb) 169 kg