The YZF-R3 is an all new motorcycle for 2015 and will be Yamaha’s flagship model in the Indian market. The bike boasts a 320cc parallel twin producing 41.4 bhp and 29.6 nm of torque. The R3 derives features from its bigger MotoGP siblings with Yamaha’s signature DiASil offset cylinders and a 180 degree crank which helps reduce friction and improve overall efficiency. The parallel twin thanks to forged aluminium pistons and a complete DOHC setup gives the engine its high revving nature. Suspension on the R3 is pretty standard with KYB 41mm telescopic front forks and KYB adjustable rear monoshocks. Brakes are top notch with a 298mm front disc and 220mm at the rear. For the Indian R3, Yamaha have opted for MRF Zapper tyres as a cost cutting measure which is definitely a bad decision on their part.
The R3 is definitely a thorough supersport with its tall rear tail, front dual headlamps, clip-on handle bars, but the riding position isint as committed because Yamaha have designed the R3 for the streets.
The R3 will directly compete against its Japanese counterpart – the Ninja 300, and is definitely a better performer than the Ninja; and at Rs.3.25 lakhs ex showroom it is a cheaper buy too. On the other hand the locally made KTM RC 390 is much cheaper than the R3 and slightly edges the R3 in terms of outright acceleration but the R3 definitely trumps the 390 in terms of sheer build quality and refinement. Bringing the R3 and not the R25 has definitely been a great decision by Yamaha India.