The new lightweight YZF-R3 is an ideal entry point for supersport riders and a seamless solution for YZF-R15 or other small capacity owners who are looking to move up.
Its powerful new 321cc twin cylinder engine and lightweight chassis benefit from the most advanced technology you'll find in the class. Which means that every time you get on your new R3, you just know it's going to be like nothing else. The YZF-R3 is a stylish and practical performance model that’s ready to open up the world of R-series to a new generation of riders who are looking for cutting edge design combined with exciting performance and excellent value.
The new YZF-R3 engine has been designed using cutting-edge technology that has already helped to establish the R1 and R6 as two of the most respected supersport models available today. The result is that this new inline 321cc DOHC 4-valve engine has a sporty free-revving character with strong performance across the range.
The R3 is equipped with a newly designed steel diamond-type tubular frame that has been developed using the latest structural analysis technology. Its main tubes are 35mm diameter steel pipe, and the compact 321cc engine acts as a stressed member and features three rigid mounts and one rubber mount.
The R3 is equipped with front forks using sturdy 41mm diameter tubes, the largest in the class, and is fitted with an aluminium handlebar crown and under bracket. Offering 130mm of front wheel movement, these forks are designed to deliver smooth action combined with a good feeling of rigidity that helps to ensure confident and predictable handling.
The YZF-R3’s fairing features twin headlights with a reverse slant design that gives this new supersport bike a distinctive image that, while clearly part of the R-series family, has its own unique look. Between the lights is a centrally located air duct reminiscent of the YZR-M1 and YZF-R6, further strengthening the family ties.
The 10-spoke lightweight wheels are complemented with a large diameter 298mm floating front disc with a two-pot caliper, and a 220mm rear disc with single pot caliper that give smooth, strong and progressive braking performance. ABS is fitted as standard equipment.
More R-series styling influence is evident in the R3’s short 2-into-1 muffler that has a distinctive R6 style about it. This compact muffler is positioned close to the machine’s centre of gravity to give improved mass centralisation, thereby contributing towards the bike’s agile handling character. Equipped with a triple expansion chamber and oxygen sensor, this stylish muffler emits a sporty exhaust note to complement the R3’s performance-focused character.
The multi-function instrument panel includes an analogue tachometer and digital speedometer – and to underline its strong R-series heritage the R3’s instruments feature a shift timing indicator lamp similar to the design used on the YZF-R1. There’s also a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge as well as fuel economy information, clock, tripmeters and more.
Engine Type Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve Displacement 321 cc Bore x Stroke 68.0 × 44.1 mm Compression Ratio 11.2 : 1 Lubrication System Wet sump Fuel Management Fuel injection Ignition TCI Starter System Electric Fuel Tank Capacity 14 L Oil Capacity 2.4 L Final Transmission Chain Transmission Constant mesh 6-speed Dimensions
Length 2090 mm Width 720 mm Height 1135 mm Seat Height 780 mm Wheelbase 1380 mm Ground Clearance 160 mm Wet Weight 169 kg with 14 litres of fuel Chassis
Frame Type Diamond Suspension Front Telescopic fork, 130mm travel Suspension Rear Swingarm, 125mm travel Brakes Front Hydraulic disc, 298mm with ABS Brakes Rear Hydraulic disc, 220mm with ABS Tyres Front 110/70-17M/C 54H(Tubeless) Tyres Rear 140/70-17M/C 66H(Tubeless)