Was it Mike Metzger who coined the phrase “Go big or go home”? Regardless, that seems to be Yamaha’s attitude as it enters the small displacement sportbike category with an all-new R3 featuring a 321 cc parallel twin engine that will likely top the category in terms of power and flexibility.
Priced at $4,990, the new R3 gets fuel injection, a six-speed transmission, disc brakes (including a single 298 mm disc up front) and a claimed wet weight (with 3.7 gallons of fuel) of just 368 pounds.
With sensibly sized 17″ tires, including a 140/70 in the rear and a 110/70 up front, the new R3 should be exceedingly nimble. A relatively low seat height of 30.7″ means this bike will be friendly to novices and females. The three available colors are pictured in this article, and all will be available in U.S. dealers in March, 2015
Here is the press release from Yamaha, followed by a fun video featuring Mr. and Mrs. Colin Edwards.
Cypress, CA October 16, 2014 –Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is proud to announce the newest member to join the acclaimed R-Series, the all-new YZF-R3.
Bred from the ground up using Yamaha R Series DNA the YZF-R3 features a 321cc, liquid-cooled, in-line two-cylinder, DOHC, fuel injected engine tuned to deliver excellent power and performance throughout the powerband.
Legendary R-Series styling with a full fairing gives the YZF-R3 that destined for the racetrack look and the low seat height of 30.7” make it available to a wide variety of riders looking for their first motorcycle or just prefer a lightweight, nimble machine.
The YZF-R3 features top notch components like KYB front suspension, lightweight aluminum 10-spoke wheels and a newly designed compact LCD instrument panel that displays all the important data at a glance.
The YZF-R3 will be available in three color options—Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, Rapid Red and Raven––and will retail for just $4,990, with bikes available in dealerships beginning in January 2015.
For more information on all Yamaha models please visit www.yamahamotorsports.com.