2015 Yamaha YZF-R3
The new Yamaha YZF-R3 model runs on a 321cc inline twin cylinder engine with downdraft induction fuel injection. It is on a lightweight chassis with a full fairing, utilizes a forged piston and a 298mm floating mount front disc brake. The Yamaha YZF-R3 spins around on a 41 mm KYB front suspension with 5.1 inches of travel, has a street height of 30.7 inches and has a flat seat.
We gather the field of entry-level sportbikes for a show-down to see which machine is best in the segment.
|Engine Type||Two-cylinder DOHC, four valves per cylinder|
|Bore Stroke||68 mm x 44.1 mm|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injected|
|Ignition||TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition|
|Transmission||Constant mesh; Six-speed|
|Rake Trail||25° / 3.7 in.|
|Seat Height||30.7 in.|
|Front Suspension||41 mm KYB telescopic fork; 5.1 in. of travel|
|Rear Suspension||KYB single shock; 4.9 in. of travel|
|Front Brake||Hydraulic, 298 mm|
|Rear Brake||Hydraulic, 220 mm|
|Front Tire||110/70-17M/C 54H|
|Rear Tire||140/70-17M/C 66H|
|Fuel Capacity||3.7 gal.|
|Dry Weight||368 lbs. (Wet)|
Yamaha finally enters the entry-level sportbike market with its 320cc YZF-R3. MotoUSA takes a spin, including some track time at Thunderhill Raceway for a first ride review.